If you’re looking for a more natural alternative than cough syrup for curing your cough, I think I have just what the Doctor ordered.



Hot Chocolate

Did you know, a small trial at Imperial College London found that theobromine ( an ingredient in cocoa) was a more effective cough suppressant that codeine?

But before you all go and help yourself to a hot chocolate next time you have a cough remember that both sugar and cows milk are unhelpful for your immune system. You can make a healthier version using raw cacao powder (which is ground unprocessed seeds of the tree that is the source of chocolate & cocoa), rice or oat milk and a small amount of stevia or maple syrup.
You will need to drink 2 cups to get the same amount of theobromine as in the trial. Its tough being healthy.

Other remedies include humidifying your bedroom, sleeping raised up, good old hot lemon and honey drinks and delicious thyme syrup.


Thyme syrup

Thyme Syrup is really easy to make. You can make your own by following the recipe below:

3 handfuls of finely chopped fresh thyme

Organic honey

Completely cover the thyme with honey and allow it to macerate for a few hours.

Give 1 tsp 3-4 x a day

It will keep indefinitely and is delicious!







(Source: FASEBJ,2005:19:231-3)

Michelle Toocaram

Michelle Toocaram

Michelle Toocaram has been a natural therapist for over 20 years. She has a life long interest in health and natural medicine and has trained extensively in both the UK and Australia. She graduated from the Dorothy Hall College of Herbal Medicine with distinction. Dorothy Hall is Australia's most well known herbalist with over 40 years of professional practice and teaching and the author of many leading books on the subject. She also founded the Australian Traditional Medicine Society, which regulates natural therapists.

Michelle studied in the UK with both the School of Phytotherapy and the Self Heal School. She also had a Diploma in Iridology from the Independent School of Iridology.

Michelle also studied Journey Therapy with Brandon Bays and is an accredited Journey Practitioner.

Advanced Diploma (Dorothy Hall) Classical Herbal Medicine

Diploma of Iridology

Diploma of Anatomy & Physiology

Accredited Journey Practitioner

Diploma of Remedial Massage

Member Australian Traditional Medicine Society

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