DIY: Cough-Away Tincture |

DIY: Cough-Away Tincture

Sarena-Rae Santos July 27, 2015

Recipe by Kate Tietje

Whether you’re taking your elderberry daily or as needed, you will likely get a cold when the weather changes. What better way to protect yourself and your family than avoiding over-the-counter cough syrups? Instead, prepare yourself with Earthley’s Cough-B-Gone, Homemade Mullein Cherry Bark Cough Syrup, or this simple Cough-Away Tincture.

Tinctures generally take six weeks of steeping, so start sooner rather than later because you never know when illness will strike! 

Cough-Away Tincture

Cough-Away Tincture is super quick to put together, and it’s filled with herbs to help with respiratory ailments such as:

  • Mullein has been used for centuries to help coughs, bronchitis, asthma, and just about every respiratory issue under the sun. The flowers and leaves contain saponins that help rid the body of phlegm and mucilage, which soothes irritated membranes. 
  • Echinacea is one of the best herbs for the “cold and flu” seasons! While promoted as a cold and flu herb for cold symptom relief, it’s also the best immune system booster.
  • Elderberry supports the immune system. It also fights cold and flu symptoms and has been shown to reduce the severity and length of influenza. 
  • Marshmallow root is best known for its ability to soothe inflammation and break up mucous, particularly in the throat.

You could include many other herbs, like wild cherry bark, slippery elm root, colt’s foot, Oregon grape root, astragalus, and more. But the ones included in this DIY are the most basic herbs and the ones that work best for most people.

I promise this is easy… and little kids can take it too!


  • 1 tbsp. mullein leaf 
  • 1/2 tbsp. echinacea 
  • 1/2 tbsp. elderberry 
  • 1 tbsp. marshmallow root 
  • 1/4 cup vegetable glycerin
  • 1/4 cup filtered water


Step 1: Combine all the herbs in a 4-ounce glass jar.

Step 2: Add the glycerin and water.

Step 3: Put a lid on the jar and shake to combine.

Step 4: Place the jar in a cool, dark place for six weeks. Shake occasionally.

Step 5: Strain through a piece of cloth, discarding the herbs and retaining the liquid. Store in a dark brown glass bottle with a dropper.

Usage: Take as needed. Ages 6 and under take 5-10 and 10-20 drops for everyone else. I like to mix tinctures with a bit of juice to make them easier to take.

I also recommend cod liver oil and probiotics preventatively and extra if sick. This combination, plus extra rest and detox baths, works fast

Additional Resources:

There are many ways to prepare for the cold season and recover from a cold, so I’ve covered a list of my favorite resources to help you find the best information in the fastest time.

What’s your go-to remedy for coughs and colds?

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Sarena-Rae Santos
Sarena-Rae Santos' journey to natural health began in 2019 when she swayed away from allopathic medicine after becoming wheelchair-bound due to the side effects of 20+ medications. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and dizziness due to nystagmus were the sources of her many health complications. Sarena's symptoms diminished after adopting a healthier lifestyle surrounding whole foods and herbs, leaving her a fantastic quality of life and a passion for educating people.
  1. Hi! Can you add how long each of these tinctures keeps for? Thanks!


  2. Any way to uses these herbs without the 6 week wait? My daughter has a cough now.


  3. Hi. Thank you for posting this. Can you be more specific about what form of each ingredient to use? Elderberries or elderberry powder? Echinacea root or herb? Ect.

    Thank you!


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Hi, I’m Kate.  I love medical freedom, sharing natural remedies, developing real food recipes, and gentle parenting. My goal is to teach you how to live your life free from Big Pharma, Big Food, and Big Government by learning about herbs, cooking, and sustainable practices.

I’m the author of Natural Remedies for Kids and the owner and lead herbalist at EarthleyI hope you’ll join me on the journey to a free and healthy life!

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