The cold and flu season is upon us, and sooner or later we’ll wake up with a scratchy throat.
The next time you’re in a pharmacy, read the ingredients on a package of cough drops. 90% sugar, food coloring, a drop of menthol, and preservatives. Which is why commercially prepared cough drops have a long shelf life. Here’s a recipe that’s a little more natural and much better for you.
One tablespoon of minced, fresh ginger root
One tablespoon of minced, fresh thyme
One cup of organic honey [ local honey purchased from a bee keeper is best ].
One cup of water
In a small sauce pan, bring the water to a boil and add the herbs. Allow the herb tea to steep until cold. Strain out the herbs and pour the tea back into the sauce pan. Add the honey and cook over low heat, stirring constantly. Continue to cook the mixture until it begins to crystallize. Scrape the sides of the pot with a spoon so that the crystals blend with the syrup mixture. Once the syrup is thick, remove from heat. On a waxed paper lined cookie sheet, drop 1/4 teaspoons of the syrup about an inch a part. Penny size is just right for cough drops.
Allow to harden and cool completely. Roll the cough drops in a little powdered sugar to keep them from becoming sticky. Wrap the cough drops in squares of waxed paper and store in a container with a lid.
The first time I made this recipe, I ended up with cough syrup instead of cough drops. It worked out fine, and the cough syrup soothed my sore throat.
~ Meadow Walker
Browse our Etsy store, we have dried herbs for use with steam inhalation therapy for colds and flu. Also, craft related items, sachets, dried herbs for personal smudging. We also offer the 4 Thieves Formula dried herbs.