I always keep whiskey on hand for cough syrup and teas.A lot of you might not appreciate this next item on my list of survival items, but a shelf supply of liquor(s) or wine(s) is beneficial too. Not only to barter with, but for "medicating" someone who is in pain when no other forms of adequate pain relief might be found and a simple dose of aspirin just won't do the job. Think "Old West days" when you construct your survival kits.
cough syrup-use half a fifth of whiskey and rock candy (you can make rock candy yourself or buy at the store) let the candy disolve in whiskey for a month, shake every now and then to mix it up.
sassafras tea cold remedy- boil sassafras root, willow, lemon and honey. Add a shot of whiskey just before you drink it and go to bed. It will sweat the cold out of you.