I try to keep enough on hand for the winter months, but it somehow seems to be in short supply by the time Spring rolls around. Here are 10 herbs to get you started. There are many more that can be used, but these are simple to find and most herb gardens contain at least a few.
The soothing mentholated flavor that mint adds to a cough syrup, can't be beat. It makes a lovely flavor that even small children enjoy taking.
I add mint to almost all my herbal syrups. It adds a soothing taste, and helps brighten some of the other, heavier herbal flavors.
Not as commonly known as a medicinal herb, hyssop is usually grown as a landscape addition. Hyssop is at the top of the list for useful cough syrup herbs. It has a lovely taste, and doesn't need to be covered by other flavors to be administered.
At the same time, it has been my experience that hyssop is an herb that is best harvested and used right away, instead of purchased dried. It seems to age quickly once dried, and there is no way of knowing how old some of the supply is that you buy. For best results, buy from a reputable herbal dealer, or simple pick your own.
Violets are much more than a teeny pop of color in the lawn. They are perfect for a soothing cough syrup. Pick them during the spring, when they are prolific, and enjoy the reward of this one of a kind syrup for the family.
Use the flowers or the leaves. I use flowers fresh and leaves either fresh or dried for syrups. Both have a mild flavor that blends well with any of other herbs on this list. In fact, I use the tea for that post nasal issue that we sometimes get from winter allergies.
6. White Pine
Yarrow once again delivers. Easy to grow and especially easy to find in the wild, as a cough syrup herb it is a must have.
Sage is often referred to as the Throat Herb, with good reason. It has a rich history of being used for mouth and throat ailments. Making this strong tasting herb into an herbal syrup is a good way to get it down.
I have found that sage is a bit too medicinal tasting on it's own, especially for the younger ones. I like to mix sage lightly into my basic herb mix before making the syrup.
Mullein once again makes the list as an important herb to have in your herbal medicine chest. Be sure to consider mullein in your cough syrup mix.