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Composition Powder.

Updated: Feb 12, 2021

If you don't have the time or inclination to fiddle around with making syrups, then this super quick and handy kitchen cupboard remedy might be for you. The great thing is you will probably have all the ingredients at home already, or can easily source them from the local shops or supermarket.

Composition powder is used for preventing and healing colds, sore throats, flu, respiratory infections and congestion. It is full of heating spices that help to raise the body’s core temperature to kill off invading pathogens, and promote sweating, thereby aiding the channels of elimination.

This recipe is adapted from an early American herbalist named Samuel Thompson, who according to the picture above, had a head distractingly similar to a root vegetable. He had a fascinating career path with plenty of political intrigue and is well worth a Google if you have time.


1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp powdered cinnamon

1 tsp ground cloves

½ cayenne pepper

½ tsp licorice root ground.

NOTE - If you are struggling to get licorice, you can always tear open a ‘red seal black adder tea bag’ and grind the contents. They contain other spices but they will all be fine for this purpose.

Mix all the spices together, and store in an airtight glass container and label the contents.

To use, simply add ½ cup of boiling water and 1/8 tsp of the composition powder in a cup, and drink whilst hot. You may sweeten as desired and/or add lemon juice.

Please avoid in pregnancy, breastfeeding, reflux and gastritis.

I'd love to hear what you think if you try out this recipe.

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