A recipe for a Frankincense cough and cold
Tea or infusion
Many thanks to my reader, “Auntie Doodles, for this recipe. She discovered it while visiting her daughter in Qatar. I have heard about the use of Frankincense tears in this manner but have not been able to confirm a traditional recipe till now. So, for coughs, colds, congestion here is a simple and traditional recipe for Frankincense tears.
- 1 heaping teaspoon of loose Frankincense Papyrifera or Carterii/Sacra tears. You can break them up if they are in large lumps, or crush them coarsely in your mortar.
- Place Frankincense in a glass, mug or cup, (250 to 400Ml.)
- Cover with room temperature water.
- Close loosely with a saucer.
- Let stand overnight at room temperature.
- Take the infused water in tablespoon doses as needed for coughs, colds, the discomforts of fevers and flu.
- It will keep for a couple of days.
- To keep it longer, pour off the liquid and store it for up to a week, covered in the fridge.
- To preserve this medicine for months, transfer the liquid to an ice cube tray. When frozen, move the cubes to a sealed container or plastic bag and store for future use.
I see numerous visitors from Arabian countries, India, Asia and African states coming through this web site. Whether family recipes, or regional traditions, I would be deeply grateful for any information anyone could share about their own traditional uses of Frankincense, Myrrh and other oleoresins. Too much of our ancient knowledge is getting lost in the wave of progress we are riding.
Ethnobotanical research does not have the economic value or financial incentive of other types of research, and is usually underfunded. It can’t keep up with its role of preserving our rich oral traditions before they are lost. If you would like to share any cultural wisdom or traditional recipes you possess, and help preserve them for posterity, please leave a comment for me below, or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I offer my thanks and gratitude in advance. Thank you!!
To read the whole post, from which this recipe was taken, and includes other uses for frankincense and other oleoresins, please see-“Preparing Winter medicine from tree saps“.