Marshmallow and Liquorice Cough Syrup

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 15 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook: 10 min
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4 tablespoons dried or 8 tablespoons fresh marshmallow root, roughly chopped

1 teaspoon aniseed seeds

1 teaspoon whole cloves

3 heads/bunches fresh elderberries

2 dried liquorice roots, broken up into small pieces

1 sprig fresh eucalyptus leaves (about 8 leaves)

Peel of 1 mandarin orange

1/2 cup honey

5 tablespoons glycerine

Juice of 1 lime


  1. Put the marshmallow, aniseed, cloves, elderberries, liquorice, eucalyptus and orange into a saucepan with 2 1/8 cups water. Simmer until the liquid is reduced by one-fifth. Remove the liquorice and eucalyptus leaves and discard. Blend the mixture in a blender until smooth. Pour the liquid back into the pot and add the honey, glycerine and lime juice. Stir and simmer for 2 minutes. Pour into sterilized, clear 250-milliliter bottles. Take 2 tablespoons 3 times a day. Keep refrigerated. Use within 2 weeks.

Cook’s Note

If using fresh marshmallow root, use 4 dried liquorice roots.