Medicinal Milks


Medicinal milks work well for children, or for a person who is very ill. They are easy to make, and will last in the fridge for up to 5 days.  Cow’s milk produces phlegm in the body, so it may not be appropriate for use in expectorant conditions. In those cases, you can use a nut milk such as almond, or soy. Rice milk is also a good choice.

Onion Milk

  • 1 small sliced onion
  • 2 1/2 cups milk

 Put the onion and milk into a pan and heat slowly until the milk reaches the simmering point. Cover and simmer for twenty minutes. Strain through a cheesecloth and cool well before using.

 This remedy works especially well for small children who do not take medications easily. It is calming, soothing, warming, demulcent and a good expectorant and nutritive medicine.

 To use for newborns, mothers can drink it freely, if breast feeding. For babies 6 months to 3 years old, give 1 teaspoon 2 times a day. For children three to seven, give 1 teaspoon 3 times a day. For ages over seven, they may drink it as often as they wish.

Elderberry or Rosehip Milk

  • 1/4 cup of dried fruit
  • 2 cups milk

Add a 1/4 cup of dried fruit to your choice of milk. Heat slowly, and do not scald. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain out herb. Cool milk before using. Milk can be given warm to a sick child. Be sure to do the wrist test to make sure the temperature is not too hot.

This recipe can be used to add Vitamin C. Children especially like the taste. The fruit gives the milk a delicious taste.Works well during a cold or flu to increase the bodies immune response.

For children ages 1 – 6, give 1/4 teaspoon 3 times a day. Children 6 to 12 can take 1/2 teaspoon 3 times a day. Ages 12 through adult can take 1 teaspoon 3-4 times a day.

Cinnamon Milk

  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon chips or 3 cinnamon sticks (2 inches long)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 Tbs honey

Add cinnamon to milk and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain through fine cheesecloth. Add honey and stir well.

This milk is warming, and has many antibacterial properties. It can be given for colds, flu, and upper respiratory ailments.

For ages 2-6, give 1/4 teaspoon 2 times day. Ages 6-12, give 1/4 teaspoon 3 times a day. Ages 12 and up 1/2 teaspoon 3 times a day.

If patient has any allergic reaction, stop immediately. Seek medical attention if breathing is impaired.