Cough Syrup Recipe Uses Cocklebur

Old-fashioned recipe for cough syrup includes cockleburs and sugar.

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An old recipe for cough syrup was titled Cocklebur Cough Sirup:

"Gather cockleburs as clean as possible. They can be rinsed off by pouring hot water through them. Put burrs in a heavy cloth sack and boil long enough to get the strength out of them. Strain juice several times to be sure there are no stickers in it. Add sugar to make pretty good and sweet and boil down into a syrup. Use for colds and coughs – even whooping cough. It may make you feel a bit feverish at first, but that wears off."

Mrs. Wendell Taylor
Luray, Kansas


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