If you’ve got a cough you can’t get rid of and you prefer to avoid the chemist, here’s an old fashioned remedy that you can make at home, using just two ingredients, sugar and radishes.
You can use them to make a cough syrup, which may not have the best of flavours (cough syrups never do) but is absolutely natural and is sure to work.
Here’s what you have to do.
Take a radish, choose from amongst the globe-shaped ones, for example the black winter radish, and cut off the top.
Then, using a small sharp knife and a spoon, scoop out all the internal flesh, leaving at least 1 cm of all round.
Fill the hole you've created with sugar, or if you prefer you can use honey instead, and then “close” the radish with the top that you cut off previously.
Wrap the sugar-filled radish in cling film and put it in the fridge to rest for 6 - 8 hours. In order to avoid any dripping, make sure that your radish says upright and place it on a plate or in a bowl.
The sugar, as time passes, will attract the liquid part of the radish and it will dissolve creating the syrup. If the radish is still turgid, you can use it a second time, repeating the same procedure.
One spoonful 3 - 4 times a day will help you get rid of that annoying cough. To improve the flavour and give the syrup a slightly antiseptic effect, you can squeeze a few drops of lemon juice into it before you take it.
If you only have small or cylindrical radishes, you can still make the syrup: cut the roots into slices, put them into a bowl and cover them with sugar. Then leave to rest in the fridge until the sugar has dissolved.
If you like the idea, bear in mind that growing radishes isn’t at all difficult... and you could quite proudly tell your chemist: “I pick my cough syrup in the garden!”.