Natural Remedies for Upper Respiratory Infections

Bosnian Tonic
Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 11/09/2019
5 out of 5 stars

“Sher-be” – Bosnia Home Remedy – Lard/Milk/Sugar of Cold and Flu:

My friend “Ljubica” from Bosnia-Herzegovina who came the USA back in 1990's as a war refugee showed me this remedy. She said it's called “Sher-be”, it's old Bosnian name.

I got hit with the worst upper respirtory infection I ever had. Head was completely stopped up with thick mucus, sinus membranes swollen shut I could not breath thru my nose. Ear canals clogged and coughing with thick mucus… etc. She came over to my house and cooked this cocktail up on my stove for me to drink.


2 teaspoon white sugar
1 cup (8oz) milk (I use whole milk red cap)
1 teaspoon pork lard from leftover bacon grease or butter (real not margarine)


You melt sugar in a saucepan til it states to carmalize, then add milk (she also said you can also add a little whisky too). Stir til completely mixed and pour into a large coffee mug. Add pig lard or butter to mug and stir til melted. Drink hot. The taste is unpleasant, making this hard to swallow. You'll get thru it. I added ½ a package of swiss coco mix to improve the taste to help get it down.

I had a head cold at the time and after drinks this mixture, within 15 minutes I started coughing and sneezing with globs of mucus moving out of my lungs, throat and sinus which were congested before. My head was lighter and not as much pressure. She told me to make it again in the morning and drink it again.

I woke up in the morning which was 12 hours after my first cocktail and this is how I feel. Pressure in my head is down by 50% I can breath thru my nose. Still stuffy but I can get air thru which is a big plus. I coughed up globs of thick mucus in my sleep which I spit into a tissue. Over all I feel 60% better.

It is now 24 hours since I first started drinking this Bosnian cocktail, my 3rd drink and I must say I'm about 90% better.

There is no logic reason why this cocktail should work… Really… Bacon grease…? Can anyone please explain to me WHY this cocktail works?