Ancient cough remedy
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Ancient cough remedy from the Keto Mediterranean kitchen

Ancient cough remedy has been used by people who struggled to survive winters throughout history. It comes in different forms and flavours and many believers in natural remedies swear by it. However, modern humans prefer those solutions from the pharmacy! I know, you would most probably take anything just to stop coughing after a cold, flu or if you already are fighting with the case of bronchitis!

Personally, I have been fighting with bronchitis as a child and also throughout my pas carb-over-eating days. The only year I did not cough or had cold at all was the year 2018 when I spent 6 months on the Zero-Carb diet. It literally did miracles for my immune system when you exclude carbs for a period of time, but that’s another subject!

How did our ancestors fight it?

Three main reasons why humans suffer from the common cold, flu and respiratory system infections are the lack of sunshine in the winter, dehydration, and constant environmental changes. But of course, nutrition plays a huge role here. As Ketonians you already know this! Vitamins and minerals will help, but only if obtained from natural, fresh and homemade foods! Rarely any supplement will help you if your nutrition is poor or toxic.

Even Hippocrates had several recipes

Ancient cough remedy has been prepared in kitchens of the eastern world for centuries by worried mothers and grandmothers. Even the father of modern medicine – Hippocrates used juniper berries and herbs for treating almost any health problems including respiratory system conditions. Ayurvedic medicine uses monk fruit for an ultimate cough remedy, while other herbs and Keto ingredients (especially animal-based fat) can serve both as nutrient boosters and natural remedies.

Ancient cough remedy ingredients – What did our ancestors use?

Fennel is a typical expectorant used to relieve the trouble of cough. In ancient Greece, it was considered as the gift from the gods.
Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) was prescribed by Hippocrates for the treatment of respiratory issues and coughs.
Horseradish: quite popular during the winter months, ancient Greeks would eat small doses as a way to get rid of excess phlegm. It was also used for sinus headache relief.

The mighty Sea Buckthorn could be the best natural supplement for any kind of condition caused by the lowered immune system

The problem with pharmaceutical cough medicine!

Well, to be honest – they all are just a placebo. The science agrees, there is not enough evidence that pharmaceutical over-the-counter cough medicine syrups actually help! Some of them have bad contraindications. On the other side, natural remedies from the ancient world don’t have unwanted side-effects, so even if they don’t help you much – they always give you boost in your determination to heal!

According to The New York Times, there were eight mass poisonings as a consequence of pharmaceutical cough syrup in which medical-grade glycerin has been substituted with diethylene glycol. This is an inexpensive, yet poisonous, glycerin substitute sold for industrial use.

In May 2007, 365 deaths were reported in Panama! This was linked to cough syrup containing diethylene glycol. Furthermore, cough medicines are frequently abused by people. This includes those containing dextromethorphan and codeine. In the end, abuse of cough medicine may result in hallucinations!

Honey as the cough remedy – But what about fructose?

Each culture swears by its remedy! In different cultures, you will find unusual and distinctive ingredients. However, one thing often appears as a typical ingredient in all of these remedies! Almost every culture includes honey! We already covered the subject of fructose, so if you would like to learn why taking fructose will not help you in regaining your health, here’s a great article.

Ancient pine

The problem with honey is it has some potential ingredients but adds way too much fructose. For this reason, we created our Keto honey substitute and our Keto Pine needle syrup with bee pollen and propolis.

Our Pine syrup is an excellent example of ketonisation! In fact, if you inhale hot water infused with pine needle essential oil, that would be one of the best cough remedies. Or if you can afford a trip to the seaside with a pine forest! But in any case, when cough starts, you want something quick and potent! The recipe I am going to share with you today is just that!

Goat milk, tallow, herbs, and spices – how simple is that?

Even though it sounds unusual and uncombinable, this remedy provided by my naturopath for years now works miracles. It’s even children safe and has no side effects. I can’t know for sure is it a placebo or there is something in this combination that really works physically. But each time I used it, it reduced coughing and provided comfort!

This is Rade Marušić, an 85-year-old naturopath and personal friend of Greek Goes Keto! He graduated Phytotherapy in China, holds a university degree in Meteorology, and studied natural medicine in Mexico. A man whose knowledge and experience can be compared to Hippokrates himself! All our remedies published on this website are based on Rade’s recipes combined with our experience and Apollonas’ client’s positive feedback.

Well, there is some scientific evidence of the hypo-allergenic and therapeutic significance of goat milk! Grass-fed beef, veal or mutton tallow carries the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. These are only found in animal products and are necessary for health. I don’t even have to point out the mild sedative effects of chamomile, right?

I believe each Ketonian already knows – Greek Goes Keto shares recipes for natural remedies that don’t have harmful side effects. We tested them on us and Apollonas’ clients (who is a certified nutrition therapist) for years. If you are not intolerant or allergic to any of the ingredients, this remedy will definitely help, it will not do any harm!

Ancient cough remedy by Greek Goes Keto and Rade Marušić

Recipe by Roberta Kapsalis


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  • 200 ml ( 1 cup) full-fat fresh goat milk – Ideally you will use half-half (goat milk and goat cream)

  • 1 tbsp veal, beef or mutton tallow

  • 1 tbsp dried chamomille flowers

  • 1 micro scoop of 100% monk fruit (or stevia)

  • 1/4 tsp sea salt (with iodine)

  • 1/2 tsp ceylon cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg


  • Place goat milk or cream in a deep saucepan.
  • Add tallow, chamomille, sweetener, salt and spices
  • Bring it to a boil and let it simer for 2 minutes.
  • As you are boiling it, lean over and inhale the steam.
  • Pour it in a cup and start sipping small amonunts so that you don’t burn your mouth. Constantly inhale the steam. This speeds up the effect of calming down the caugh.


  • Do not be afraid of lactose content in goat milk! It will not jeopardise your Ketosis if you are using full-fat fresh goat milk. Read more about the benefits of goat milk in our article “Goat milk on the throne of Keto nutrition”.

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