3 Fall Remedies To Have On Hand

3 Fall Remedies To Have On Hand


It’s been feeling like fall here in the Midwest and I have those awkward days of wondering whether I should wear my flip flops or boots. These are the only two things I wear on my feet for the most part – because they are easy to wear and it gives me less choices I have to make when I start my day. Yes, I am in that season of life where anything that makes life easier is necessary. 😉


In thinking of fall lately, I’m sharing my 3 favorite DIY home remedy recipes that I try to have on hand for the coming fall and winter months. Now is the time to prepare so that if a sickness arises, I have what I need on hand and ready to use!

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Recipe #1: Homemade Cough Syrup




  • Cut 2 large onions and place in double boiler (if you have one).
  • Cover with raw honey at least 1/2 inch above the onions.
  • Add 2 TBS. licorice root and 2 TBS. wild cherry bark.
  • Simmer on very low heat until the onions become translucent.  If you don’t have a double boiler, you can simmer it very gently in a pan for about 20 minutes.  A double boiler is better because the pan being directly on the heat will take more of the beneficial properties from the raw honey.
  • Strain the onions and herbs out and store in a jar in the refrigerator up to 3 months.
  • Adults can take 1 Tbs. and children 1 tsp. of the syrup up to every 15 mins as needed. Allow the syrup to slowly trickle down the throat as you take it. If you don’t have the licorice or wild cherry bark, you can use this same recipe with just the onions and raw honey for a very effective syrup! You can also make a cough syrup out of just the wild cherry bark and licorice, but that is a different recipe.
    If you’re concerned about the taste of using onions, even my pickiest daughter can take this syrup just fine. Some secrets to help your children willingly take it: make sure you add enough honey, and don’t tell your children that it’s made from onions – sometimes the thought of something affects the taste! 🙂
    This syrup is good for about 3 months in the fridge. I would heat a little bit very gently before using for a cough as that will help soothe.

Here are 3 favorite DIY home remedy recipes that I try to have on hand for the fall and winter months.

Recipe #2: Elderberry Syrup


4 cups water

3 cups raw honey



  • Bring berries and water to a boil and simmer for about 30 minutes.
  • Mash berries and strain through a cheesecloth or a fine strainer.
  • Stir in vinegar and honey and pour into jar.
  • Keeps in the refrigerator for 6 months.

Dosage suggestion:

Child – 1 tsp. daily

Adults – 1 tbsp. daily

(Or hourly if sick, or every 15 minutes if very sick!)


Recipe #3: Echinacea Glycerite


Dried Echinacea
Food Grade Vegetable Glycerin


  • Fill jar half way with dried herbs {or all the way with fresh herb}.
  • Cover dried herbs with boiling water just to the top of the herbs {to help extract properties from the dried herbs}. 
  • Fill the jar with glycerin. 
  • Place a towel in the bottom of a crockpot. Place the jar on top of the towel. Fill crockpot halfway with hot water. “Cook” in the crockpot on warm setting for 3 days.  Strain the herbs.
  • Use 1/2 tsp. 3-5 times a day for children. Use 1 tsp. 3-5 times a day for adults.  I administer for about a week. If the sickness is bad enough, you can even give a dose every hour until improvement.


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This post is updated from it’s original posting of September 25, 2012

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