All things are connected – are they not?
Here we are digging into a North Dakota winter to fight the black snake. The black snake – the Dakota Access Pipeline, a.k.a. Big Oil, a.k.a Big Money. Anyway, cold weather inevitably leads to cold and flu season. North Dakota seems a bit more frigid and bone-chilling than cold season in San Diego, my most recent residence – none the less, winter drives all of us to the store for big bottles of bright, traffic-signal colored liquids. They are usually wrapped in plastic by two’s, daytime/nighttime. Ingredients include:
- Acetaminophen: Pain relief and fever reduction
- Dextromethorphan: Cough suppressant
- Doxylamine succinate: Relief of allergic rhinitis symptoms such as runny nose and sneezing.
- Guaifenesin: Expectorant
- Phenylephrine: Nasal decongestant
- Oxymetazoline: Nasal decongestant
Big words, a.k.a Big Pharma, a.k.a Big Money. Instant relief, but no future for us 99%…
Happy to report our sister, Anne Whitehat, a beloved warrior of the Oceti Sakowin Camp and member of the Sicangu Lakota, has taught us a new way to go forward.
Following is the recipe for your family, camp, or tribe to survive and thrive this and all future cold seasons. In case you find yourself caught up in a winter movement similar to ours, the equipment and ingredient kit items are also listed.
Oceti Sakowin Cough Syrup
Small-batch, 100% Herbal
36-48 12oz Jars
- Bring to a boil, then simmer 30-45 minutes
- ¾ full water in a big pot
- 4 Tbls. Slippery Elm Bark (powder form, more concentrated)
- 1 Whole Garlic, crushed (remove only outermost shell)
- Handful Cinnamon Sticks
- 2 Apples, cut up
- Take off heat to add/stir in:
- 4 handfuls:
- 4 handfuls:
- Strain into second large pot (cheesecloth ideal), rinse boiling pot; strain once more into boiling pot
- Add (2) 5 lbs jugs of honey
- Stir, bottle! Warm shooter if you are anything less than 100%
Kit for winter-long, group quantity production:
(best if just for medicine)
- 2 Large pots
- Strainer (cheesecloth best)
- Wooden Spoon
- Ball Jars
Bulk Ingredients (from Frontier)
- 1 lb of each herb: Slippery Elm Bark, Rosemary, Echinacea
- 10 lbs honey
- Cinnamon Sticks
- Garlic string
Can be done over the campfire.
Bring to boil and simmer.
Add herbs, stir then strain; Breath it in, sooooo good!
Second strain, back into boiling pot.
Bring on the honey!
Rinse honey jars with warm syrup to get every drop! It’s expensive, you know!