An excellent cure for deep, chesty, wet coughs, though not so effective on dry coughs, it’s also reputed to help ease flu symptoms..

Dig up some roots, (you’ll need about ½ cup of grated root) from a 2yr old or older plant. This can be done without digging the whole plant up, just dig carefully with a fork on one side of the plant.

Cover the grated, or finely chopped root with about 3 cups, 750ml of cold water- you can leave this to steep for half an hour or so, or just start simmering it. Simmer for 20-30 minutes until the liquid is reduced by about a third, leaving about 2 cups/500ml. At this stage, take it off the heat, & you can add leaves & flowers of other herbs, such as Mallow, Balm of Gilead, Thyme or Sage, Hyssop, & leave to stand for 5 minutes. Strain, then add 1 cup of honey to the hot liquid, you can add a little Rob or cider vinegar to cut the sweetness & round out the flavour, these will help coughs too. Simmer again for 5 minutes, then  bottle, it will keep some months in the fridge.

Dosage: Take a dssp 3 or 4 times a day, & esp. at night if coughing keeps you awake. Teaspoon doses for children, over 3 yrs. If the thought of taking it makes you feel nauseous, you’ve had enough for the time being!