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Cough Linctus

Courtesy of The Vegetable Box, Octopus Publishers.


Preparation Time: 10 minutes, plus standing

Serves 4


1 bunch of young turnips, very thinly sliced

4 tablespoons sugar



Place sliced turnips in a bowl & sprinkle them with sugar. Cover & let stand overnight.

By the morning, the turnips will have produced a juice, which is a natural remedy against coughs.

Strain the juice through a strainer & then discard the slices of turnips.



A linctus can be defined as a medicinal syrup that coats the mucous membranes of the throat. Pretty much it means medicated cough syrup, like Robotussin or Sudafed.


Turnip Linctus has been around as a medicated syrup since the Greeks. While the syrup soothes the throat, it will also promote expectoration.


So remember that even though you purchase a box every week for the needs of nutritional value, there may be items that you can utilize for medicinal purposes as well.