Herbal syrups heals

.. or how to make your home sweet healing mňamku ..

Previously in our series, we could learn how to gather herbs , dried and stored , and how to make your home a fragrant and delicious herbal vinegars . Now let's see how themselves conjure sweet and herbal medicinal syrup.

Herbal syrups are not just for kids, even though it is much better to swallow than pills and herbal teas of all kinds. In a home environment, although we can not produce all syrups available in pharmacies, but at the most basic and most popular on the manufacture is relatively simple. The advantage of home addition is that compared koupenému syrup can be absolutely sure of its composition. Some manufacturers still in its products give different chemical additives. She colorings, flavorings and preservatives probably extend product life and possibly improve the taste and smell (not in all cases), but there is no reason why we should send the body into another unnecessary chemicals.

Herbal syrups are suitable for use on a spoon in sickness and colds. It is appropriate to use them throughout the year, either alone, or in place of sugar for sweetening tea and coffee, and we can add them into the water with the juice and other beverages. Thus acts as an effective prevention and strengthen our immunity.

One of the main ingredients to produce the sugar syrup. Not always so, earlier, at a time when sugar was not yet a common household sweetener, used with honey. That in itself is very rewarding health and significantly strengthens the immune system, but this is quite expensive. When choosing for the production of domestic sugar syrup definitely wins unrefined (brown) sugar. During its production is not refining and bleaching and thus retains many important minerals and other valuable substances. Can we get some better stocked supermarkets or health food stores. Furthermore, most add lemon or less healthy option, citric acid, mainly as a preservative for a longer preservation syrups.

Syrup of elderberry flowers
This syrup is most suitable for use during colds, cough and colds, but also acts perspiratory and reduces fever. It is slightly diuretic and helps cure kidney and urinary tract, strengthens vascular walls and relieves headaches and migraines.
Recipe: 30 elderberry blossoms, 1.5 liters of water, 2 large lemons without seeds sliced ​​(or spoon citric acid), 1 - 1.5 kg of sugar
- Water-flushed flowers put into the pot, add the sliced ​​lemon and pour water. Shortly simmer and leave to stand for 24 hours. The next day leach Strain through a fine screen, return to the pot, add sugar and bring to a boil again. Stir until all the sugar has dissolved and cook until the syrup begins to thicken. Do not pour into hot jars, well off and leave it turned upside down until cool.

Plantain syrup
I plantain is a very effective and respected herb for many generations. Syrup made ​​from its leaves is especially suited to the treatment of coughs and colds, tonsillitis, flu and airway inflammation. At the same time, however, cleansing effects on our body, removes harmful substances from the blood. It also has a very positive effect on digestion.
Recipe: 20 ounces fresh washed leaf plantain, 1 liter water, 2 more lemons without seeds sliced ​​(or spoon citric acid), 1 - 1.5 kg of sugar
- Plantain leaves cut into smaller pieces, put in a pot, add the lemon and pour hot water. Pot cover and let Luhová 24 hours. Furthermore, the procedure is the same as syrup elderberry.

Mint syrup
Peppermint is known for its encouraging effect on digestion, indigestion and flatulence. It helps both the stomach and the gallbladder trouble, just when "we do not spend." It also has a positive effect on the immune system in general and as a prevention against colds. Peppermint syrup can be used not only for ordinary sweetening beverages, but is also excellent in the non-alcoholic and alcoholic cocktails.
Recipe: 50 ounces fresh mint leaves washed stems, 0.5 liter of water, 1 large lemon without seeds sliced ​​(or a teaspoon of citric acid), 0.5 kg of sugar
- First mixed with water and sugar, bring to a boil until mixture begins to thicken, add smaller pieces pre-cut mint leaves and lemon. Shortly simmer, then cover and, stirring occasionally leave 2-3 hours or so. Then strain through a cloth, warm up again almost to boiling and fill the glasses as well as previous syrups.

Home-made syrups can be for a longer shelf life shortly sterilized. For their storage is the best dry dark place in a cool area for plantain syrup rather refrigerator.

Wishing you a healthy and sweet sweets


[2006-06-28]
The author Herbal syrups heals: Michaela Vorlová