I prefer natural remedies whenever possible. Bronchitis or a bad flu season can be exhausting and uncomfortable because they limit sleep.

Honey Cough Syrup Recipe This soothing cough syrup uses honey, herbs, and citrus to calm coughing and sore throat.

Materials – 4 cups water – ¼ cup ginger (fresh grated or dried) – ¼ cup chamomile flowers – ¼ cup marshmallow root – 1 TBSP cinnamon – ¼ cup lemon juice – 1 cup honey

Instructions – In a medium size saucepan, combine the water and dried herbs. – Bring it to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.

– Simmer until the volume is reduced by about half (you will need 1 cup of liquid after herbs are strained off).

– Pour the herb infused water through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove herbs (compost the herbs!).

– While the liquid is still warm, whisk in the lemon juice and honey. – Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 months.

Notes Note: Anyone allergic to ragweed, marigolds, daisies, or chrysanthemums should avoid chamomile.I give 1 teaspoon to children and 1 tablespoon to adults as needed for symptoms.