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St. Francis' Certified Organic Cough Syrup

Portrait image of Dr. Terry Vanderheyden
by Dr. Terry Vanderheyden N.D

At St. Francis Herb Farm we are passionate about using effective and natural ingredients to create amazing products. We're proud of our Stop It Cold® Cough Syrup — we blended certified organic ingredients to bring two great tasting and effective cough syrups into your home.

In 2016, Health Canada reminded parents not to give cold and cough medications to children 6 years old or younger. The products “have not been shown to be effective” and further, have the potential for “serious harm." If they don’t work in young children, these OTC drug products probably don’t work in older children or adults either.

A 2007 clinical trial found that the popular active ingredient dextromethorphan (DM – a drug commonplace in cough medicines like Dimetapp, Benylin DM, Robitussin, Nyquil, etc.) was no more effective than placebo. In fact it was inferior to honey, which was found to be significantly effective for coughs! Stop It Cold® Cough Syrup contains honey in addition to the medicinal ingredients listed below.

An opened bottle of children's Stop It Cold® Cough Syrup sits in front of a woman holding a child


Elderberry Juice Concentrate

Elderberry is antiviral and antibacterial, having mucous membrane soothing and immune-enhancing qualities. A clinical trial conducted in Norway in 2000 investigated the effectiveness of elderberry extract in 60 patients. The results of the trial found that influenza symptoms disappeared four days earlier (in two days vs. six in the placebo group) and the need for symptomatic medications like Tylenol or Advil was significantly less in those receiving Elderberry compared to the placebo.

Wild Cherry Bark

According to Native American ethnobotanist, Daniel Moerman, wild cherry bark was a favourite remedy of numerous native American tribes, with uses chronicled as follow: Coughs, colds, fevers - Cherokee Cholera and tuberculosis - Chippewa Diarrhea, coughs, and as a tonic for general debility - Delaware Fevers, headaches, bronchitis, lung inflammation, sore throats, blood purification - Iroquois.”

Eclectic physician and author John William Fyfe describes the properties of wild cherry bark as effective for respiratory membrane irritations due to the alleviation of cough and also the fact that it lowers fevers, while improving both strength and appetite.


Echinacea is antiviral, antibacterial, and immune enhancing. Its effectiveness as an antiviral measure for preventing and treating colds is well-known.

A bottle of children's Stop It Cold® Cough Syrup stands on a banister in front of a table outside on a porch


Marshmallow is considered to be one most effective herbs in reducing inflammation — that class of herb known to contain mucilage, a soothing component for mucous surfaces. In his famous Herbal of the 17th Century, Nicholas Culpeper comments that marshmallow “... doth marvelously help excoriation, the phythisic, pleurisy, and other diseases of the chest and lungs.”


Lobelia was discovered by Samuel Thomson, the progenitor of the Thomsonian movement in the US in the early 19th century. It is known to calm spasmodic coughs.

For more information on Stop It Cold products click here.

For more information on how to rid of your cold and flu check out our Stop it Cold Chest Rub blog and Throat Spray blog. 

Have questions? Just visit our Great Questions Answered page to learn more or to submit a question.

Nature has given us medicine to soothe and heal. We are excited to bring soothing cough relief into your home through Stop It Cold® Cough Syrup.

Portrait image of Dr. Terry Vanderheyden
Author: Dr. Terry Vanderheyden N.D

Dr. Terry Vanderheyden is a naturopathic doctor who practices in the Ottawa Valley. He is the lead researcher and formulator at St. Francis Herb Farm.


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