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Homemade Cough Syrup for Winter Wellness

By Constance Rigney, January 7, 2020

As we head into the chilly depths of winter, colds lurk right around the corner with the next downpour. Reaching back into my background in Chinese medicine, I have a homemade cough syrup you can make that will help ease the discomfort for you and loved ones:


  • 2 cored pears chopped into quarters (peel on)
  • 1 mandarin or tangerine peel, baked for 5 minutes, or dried
  • 2 slices of ginger
  • 1 T of honey
  • 1 lemon, cut in half
  • 3 cups of water

To Prepare:

  • Add pears and peel to water and bring to boil
  • Reduce to a simmer and add ginger
  • Reduce to two cups
  • Squeeze and add lemon
  • Add honey
  • Stir and drain

Another thing to note: pungent flavors open up the pores causing diaphoresis to help you sweat out a cold. At the first sign of a cold, try adding garlic, ginger, fresh green onions, and chives to a bowl of hot soup to stop the cold in its tracks.

Here’s to a healthy winter!

Constance Rigney

Broker Licensed in OR & WA

25 years ago I left a tiny town in the small state of Connecticut and headed west for the big trees, big mountains, and rugged beauty of Oregon. My eyes are still wide with wonder today. Though I've had some love affairs with Washington and California, Oregon is my soul-state. Captivated by Portland (and my husband Scott), I made a cozy North Portland Craftsman Bungalow my home. And so began my infatuation with Portland culture--the tiny neighborhood restaurants, the most amazing large bookstore, the crocheted bike racks, the local musicians, the murals, and of course, the perfectly poured pints. I spent ten wonderful years in this city as a practitioner of Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Learning even more about Portland's community, neighborhoods, and hidden gems through the tales and experiences my clients shared with me. The city became so much more than a collection of places; it became the story of the people who call Portland home. It's clear to me that helping people on their journey to wellness is not so different from helping people through the process of buying or selling a home. It begins with making a connection, establishing trust, and finding joy in the process. I'm here to advocate for you, find the answers you need, and smooth any bumps along the way. In my time, I've rented, renovated, restored, bought and sold homes. I understand, first hand, the challenges, hard work, and financial and emotional investments in the buying/selling/rental processes.  My goal as your agent is to support your needs and desires, and to work together to find the perfect place for you to begin, or rekindle, your own love affair with the city I'm so glad to call home.
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