This Herbal Mucolytic Syrup is thick and gooey, and seems to grab onto the mucus and clear the throat as you swallow a spoonful. Chase with hot tea for improved results. Research has shown the benefits of licorice, anise, marshmallow root and honey in helping with mucus.
Herbal Mucolytic Syrup Ingredients
- 1/2 ounce of dried licorice root
- 1/8 ounce of dried anise pieces
- 2 pints of distilled water
- 1/2 ounce of dried marshmallow root
- 1/3 cup of honey
- Juice of one squeezed lemon
Herbal Mucolytic Syrup Instructions
- Prepare a decoction of licorice and anise by adding them to 1 pint of water and simmering down to 1/3 pint of water on medium heat.
- Cool and then strain and remove the licorice and anise remains. Pour the remaining liquid into a large glass jar.
- Add 1 pint of water to the licorice/anise decoction along with 1/2 ounce of dried marshmallow root. Allow the marshmallow to infuse for 12 hours at room temperature.
- Then strain the marshmallow herb from the decoction. Save the remaining liquid.
- Separately, in a saucepan, heat 1/3 cup of honey and then add the licorice/anise/marshmallow liquid. Bring to a gentle boil and then simmer on low for 20 minutes.
- Pour into the glass jar, cool, and then add the juice of one squeezed lemon.
- Adult dose is up to one tablespoon up to four times a day. Store in the refrigerator for one week.
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Herbal Mucolytic Syrup Research
- In an open trial of 62 patients, a cough syrup made from ivy leaves, thyme herb, aniseed and marshmallow root was effective. From: Büechi, S., Vögelin, R., von Eiff, M. M., Ramos, M., & Melzer, J. (2005). Open trial to assess aspects of safety and efficacy of a combined herbal cough syrup with ivy and thyme. Complementary Medicine Research, 12(6), 328-332.
- Throat coat, a tea including licorice, slippery elm, and marshmallow, reduced throat pain in patients. From: Brinckmann, J., Sigwart, H., & van Houten Taylor, L. (2003). Safety and efficacy of a traditional herbal medicine (Throat Coat®) in symptomatic temporary relief of pain in patients with acute pharyngitis: A multicenter, prospective, randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study. The Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, 9(2), 285-298.
- In a double blind study, A. officinalis reduced the cough of those taking and having side effects from enzyme inhibitor drugs to treat hypertension. Rouhi, H., & Ganji, F. (2007). Effect of Althaea officinalis on cough associated with ACE inhibitors. Pakistan Journal of Nutrition, 6(3), 256-258.
- In vitro, marshmallow extracts stimulated epithelial cells to support the traditional use for treatment of irritated mucous membranes. From: Deters, A., Zippel, J., Hellenbrand, N., Pappai, D., Possemeyer, C., & Hensel, A. (2010). Aqueous extracts and polysaccharides from Marshmallow roots (Althea officinalis L.): Cellular internalisation and stimulation of cell physiology of human epithelial cells in vitro. Journal of ethnopharmacology, 127(1), 62-69.
- Lozenges containing marshmallow root showed an effect in treating irritated oropharyngeal mucosa associated with a dry irritable cough. Benbassat, N., Kostova, B., Nikolova, I., & Rachev, D. (2013). Development and evaluation of novel lozenges containing marshmallow root extract. Pak J Pharm Sci, 26, 1103-1107.
- Licorice components had an anti-allergic effects in vitro and in vivo due to glycyrrhizin, 18β-glycyrrhetinic acid, and liquiritigenin, and may be useful in treating asthma and dermatitis.From: Shin, Y. W., Bae, E. A., Lee, B., Lee, S. H., Kim, J. A., Kim, Y. S., & Kim, D. H. (2007). In vitro and in vivo antiallergic effects of Glycyrrhiza glabra and its components. Planta medica, 73(03), 257-261.
- In a study of 105 children ages 2-18 years with nighttime cough, parents rated honey favorably in reducing the cough associated with respiratory infections. From: Paul, I. M., Beiler, J., McMonagle, A., Shaffer, M. L., Duda, L., & Berlin, C. M. (2007). Effect of honey, dextromethorphan, and no treatment on nocturnal cough and sleep quality for coughing children and their parents. Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine, 161(12), 1140-1146.
- In a double blind study of 300 children ages 1-5 years, the three different types of honey tested reduced nocturnal coughing. From: Cohen, H. A., Rozen, J., Kristal, H., Laks, Y., Berkovitch, M., Uziel, Y., … & Efrat, H. (2012). Effect of honey on nocturnal cough and sleep quality: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study. Pediatrics, 130(3), 465-471.
- The antimicrobial activity of honey is reviewed. From: Molan, P. C. (1997). Honey as an antimicrobial agent. In Bee products (pp. 27-37). Springer, Boston, MA.
- Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice root) and Adhatoda vasica had an antitussive activity in mice comparable to that of codeine sulphate. From: Jahan, Y., & Siddiqui, H. H. (2012). Study of antitussive potential of Glycyrrhiza glabra and Adhatoda vasica using a cough model induced by sulphur dioxide gas in mice. International journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and research, 3(6), 1668.
- Glycyrrhiza glabra induced cough efforts in guinea pigs more effectively than codeine. From: Saha, S., Nosál’ová, G., Ghosh, D., Flešková, D., Capek, P., & Ray, B. (2011). Structural features and in vivo antitussive activity of the water extracted polymer from Glycyrrhiza glabra. International journal of biological macromolecules, 48(4), 634-638.
By: Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, RA, LMT, RYT
This categorized compilation of research articles does not necessarily imply that there are adequate results to demonstrate safe and/or effective human use. These statements are not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any diseases. The information at this page has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Consult a Doctor before using herbs and essential oils if you have medical conditions, are taking medications, or have questions.