Lung Health Syrup and Elixir

Liven up your tea or sparkling water
an herb and honey elixir in an old-fashioned bottle
Prep Time: 
1 hour
Number of Servings: 
Makes 3 cups of syrup


  • 1 cup finely chopped dried holy basil/tulsi, thyme, mullein, licorice, elecampane, ginger
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 1 cup local raw honey or sugar, adding more or less to taste
  • 14 cup brandy (if making elixir)


  1. Bring herbs to a rolling boil in a pot with filtered water. Partially cover with a lid and turn heat to low so herbs can gently simmer but not boil. Let this decoction reduce to about half. 
  2. Once the decoction has reduced to about half, remove from heat. Cover the pot with a lid and allow herbs to steep in pot for 15-20 minutes. 
  3. Strain out all herbs. Once strained, this is your concentrated decoction. Place strained decoction back on stove and add honey or sweetener of choice.
  4. Keep on low heat and stir to help the sweetener incorporate. When using honey, use low heat, as high heat breaks down beneficial enzymes. 
  5. If making elixir, add brandy now. Once sweetener has fully dissolved, let it cool, pour in glass jar or amber bottle(s), and keep in fridge. Enjoy as you wish!


A syrup is a water-based preparation sweetened with local raw honey or raw sugar. Syrups are great for kids, when someone is sick, or to mask the flavor of unpleasant-tasting herbs. An elixir is a syrup with alcohol, usually brandy or vodka, which is added at the very end. Excerpted from Radical Remedies: An Herbalist's Guide to Empowered Self-Care by Brittany Ducham (Roost Books; 2021)


Brittany Ducham


Brittany Ducham is a community herbalist and writer bridging plant, personal, and political. She carries a passion for bioregional herbalism, social justice, and DIY culture into her work, making small-batch herbal medicines, and working one-on-one with clients. She runs Spellbound Herbals and Sensual Delight Press and her work can be found in herbal apothecaries and shops across the United States.