Natural Cough Suppressant
In cold days cough is a very common disorder which harasses thousands of people. Apart from medical prescriptions from the chemist store, there are some natural cough suppressant which are also effective for many people. Ancient Chinese have a recipe mainly using loquat fruits and other elements to make syrups to cure cough. Here is a simple introduction to show you how to make a home-made herbal cough medicine at home.
Generally, the harvest season for loquat fruits is in early summer, and most of the have orange or yellow colors. Loquat not has a sweet taste, it also have the properties to improve the lung functions and relieve cough and asthma symptoms. When the fruits is just in season, it is time to make some home-made loquat paste which have a better flavor than the raw ones. It can also be used as diet therapy which can be taken over the winter as well.
The method of making loquat paste is actually simple. The fresh loquat fruits should be washed thoroughly and the seeds should be removed. The skin of fresh loquat fruits are sometimes hard to remove, and you can sprinkle some sugar on its skin and marinate for a day or two. When more water are sipped out of the fruits, the fruit skin will be easier to peel off. Then put the loquat fruits into a pot and put the pot on fire. You should avoid adding water because loquat fruits would produce lots of juice by themselves.
When more juices can be seen in the pot, it is time to add some rock sugar into the container. The amount of sugar added into the pot are dependent on your preference on taste. Now, the boiling loquat fruits should be able to exude some fragrant fruit aromas. It might take about three hours for the moisture to go away, and the final paste should contain very little water. The home-made loquat syrup can be preserved in glass bottles in refrigerators. The size of the fruits will decrease to a great extent once they are condensed into some loquat extract.
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