Over the years I’ve collected some tried and tested flu remedies to keep my family feeling our best. While I love my garlic, raw honey, and elderberry, it’s nice to have a few targeted remedies in the arsenal.

People think of red-dyed, cherry-flavored cough syrups. Traditional cough syrup suppresses the cough, not the problem. Multiple coughs exist.

EQUIPMENT – Saucepan – Pint size mason jar

INGREDIENTS – 1/3 cup wild cherry bark – 1/4 cup mullein leaf – 1/4 cup rose hips or hibiscus – 2 TBSP elderberry – 3 cups water – 1 cup raw honey

INSTRUCTIONS – Combine the herbs and water in a saucepan and heat to a boil. – Reduce to a simmer and cook until the liquid has reduced to about 1 cup, about 30-40 minutes.

– Strain out the herbs with a coffee filter and measure the liquid. Add enough water to reach 1 sup, or simmer it some more until there's only 1 cup.

– Stir in the honey and store in a clean glass jar in the fridge.

NOTES Shelf life: This should last several weeks in the fridge To use: Take a teaspoon as needed throughout the day, up to once an hour. Children can have 1/2 teaspoon as needed, up to once an hour.