Soothing Herbal Cough Syrup


Herbal Cough Syrup


  • 1 Quart filtered water (Distilled water has a longer shelf life)
  • ¼ c. Thyme leaf, dried
  • ¼ c. Mullein leaf, dried
  • ¼ c. Marshmallow root, dried
  • ¼ c. Slippery Elm bark, dried
  • ¼ c. Chamomile flowers, dried
  • ¼ c  Ginger root, dried
  • ¼ c. Anise Seed
  • ¼ c. Hyssop, dried
  • 3 sticks Cinnamon
  • Raw Honey (1 cup or more)  Manuka Honey is even better, if you have it.
  • Essential Oils are optional


  1. In a saucepan, combine water, and herbs. Bring to a boil and reduce down to simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. After 20 minutes, remove from heat and strain herbs with unbleached cheesecloth. Be sure to squeeze out the herbs to get all of the herbal liquid.
  3. Combine herbal liquid with honey. Heat slightly to dissolve honey if needed.
  4. Allow to cool on the counter top before putting a lid on and storing in the fridge. Will keep in the fridge for 4-6 weeks.
  5. Add a small amount of brandy, if desired, to help preserve the syrup and act as a relaxant.

TO USE: Safe for use in children 2 years and over. Dosage: 1/2 tsp for children and 1 teaspoon for adults every 3-4 hours as needed while symptoms persist. 

Fall Farm Festival 2016

fall-farm-festivalSaturday, September 24th

9:30 am: Registration Begins – $5 for Adults, Children 16 & under FREE

10:00 am: Garden Medicine – Connie Karstens, MS -New ways to use healing plants from the garden

11:00 am: Therapy Dog Demonstration – Shelia Groskreutz & Kelli Dahlman

11:20 am: Learn About the Local Vendors!  

(Lisa Krengel, Health Nut Pantry, Litchfield Natural Food Co-op, Prairie Drifter Farm, Dan & Becky’s Market)

Noon – Lunch: Lamb Burgers, Lamb Dogs & More!

Farm Girl Fresh Author Talk Joyce Kaping & Colleen Anderson

1:00 pm: Overcoming Stress:  A Pathway to Health and Happiness – Dr. Chad J. Harrison from R & R Wellness Center

2:00 pm: Sheep Shearing Demonstration Doug Rathke – Watch a lost art & win prizes!

2:45 pm: Working Dog Herding Demonstration

3:00 pm: Pasture Hay Ride to the Crow River

All Day Attractions:

Farm Store, Local Vendors, Lawn Bowling, Free Drawings & Prizes, Pumpkin Ring Toss, Lawn Games, Farm Animals (Sheep, Chickens, Donkeys, Pony, Mule)




For Kids:

      11:30 am – Burlap Sack Races

      11:45 am – Egg Toss




About the Speakers:

Connie Karstens, MS

Connie Karstens, MS, Herbalist and Health Educator, combines updated research and knowledge with traditional wisdom of herbs and nutrition to help restore, develop and maintain optimal health and well being. Connie is a 3rd generation natural healer. She holds a degree in Biology, a Masters of Science in Nutrition Education, and taught college nutrition for 14 years before opening her own wellness center in 2005.  She incorporates whole foods nutrition, herbs, stress management techniques, and other natural remedies to support and build overall health and re-balance the body.


Dr. Chad J. Harrison

Dr. Chad J. Harrison is a leader in developing and implementing unique and powerful healing strategies.  He received a Bachelor’s of Science from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) and a Doctor of Chiropractic from Northwestern Health Science University, and has extensive training in Applied Kinesiology and Nutrition.  Dr. Chad has dedicated his career to educating and helping others achieve greater health.  He currently practices in Minnesota, where he lives with his wife, Lisa, and two children, Riley and Britton.


Joyce Kaping

Joyce is a true farm girl at heart. She enjoys growing her own food and creating recipes around the fruits and vegetables harvested from her organic garden. Joyce’s passion is to teach people how to grow, preserve and prepare healthy food for family and friends, along with sharing insight on healthy living. Her favorite times are spent with her husband, Ross, and their family, which includes 12 grandchildren.


Colleen Anderson

Colleen grew up on a farm, learning the basics of gardening, cooking, canning and freezing from her mother. She came to realize the value of that teaching over the years as her family encountered health challenges. Colleen is passionate to share with others and to help promote healthy lifestyle choices through nutritious eating. She is married to Scott, an organic crop farmer. They have three married children and two grandsons.