Wild Cherry Bark Cough Syrup w/Elderberries
Wild Cherry, a member of the Roseaceae family, is a plant that has been used as a medicine for eons. It is used for whooping cough, colds, bronchitis, and other breathing problems. It is also beneficial for gout, diarrhea, digestive pain and disorders, and cancer. Used in this homemade cough syrup, it is helpful due to its expectorant, sedative, cough-suppressing, and drying effects. Wild Cherry helps reduce swelling and inflammation and has a drying, astringent effect on the tissues.
Energetically, wild cherry is both cooling and warming as well as drying, with a sweet, bitter, and pungent taste. As a member of the rose family, wild cherry is an ally for the heart and sacral chakras, as it is sweet, loving, nurturing, and sensual. It helps open the heart, making space to lovingly communicate with and receive from others.
Wild cherry is indicated for an “excited tissue state” (Wood, 2008), meaning heat, redness, inflammation, and tenderness. Wild cherry is considered a general restorative in the case of chronic illness such as bronchitis or during convalescence from illness.
Wild cherry has expectorant, antitussive, astringent, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, bitter, and nervine actions. Historically, it was used by many Native American tribes for respiratory disorders, labor pains, a blood tonic, as an astringent, to expel worms, disinfect skin damage, as a tonic for general debility, for fevers, headaches, as a blood purifier, chest pain and soreness, and for cholera and tuberculosis.
A remedy for coughs and for opening the lower respiratory system, wild cherry bark also contains sedative action, and is helpful in easing the cough reflex and calming irritating coughs (Hoffmann, 2003). It is a great remedy for respiratory infections when there is a lot of mucus, coughing, and constricted airways that making breathing difficult. Due to its astringent, sedative, antispasmodic, and bronchodilator actions, it dries mucus, increases expectoration, eases coughing, and opens the airways. Wild Cherry Bark is also beneficial for acute and chronic allergies and sinus inflammation and for alleviating heart palpitations and cardiac irregularities. The heart health benefits are due to Wild Cherry Bark’s sedative, nervine properties which slow heart rate and circulation, relieving arrhythmia and palpitations. The anti-inflammatory properties eliminate congestion heat, tenderness, redness, and quickened heartbeat.
Ingredients include wild cherry bark, elderberries, rosehips, echinacea root, licorice root, cinnamon, ginger, and raw honey.
This syrup should not be used by anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding. Please seek advice from your health care practitioner before taking this remedy if you are living with any liver disorders or taking any RX medications.
You will receive a 4oz, dark glass bottle of cough syrup. I recommend storing in a cool, dark place.