Thursday, December 20, 2012

Natural Remedies - Homemade Throat Lozenges


Welcome to the December 2012 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Natural Remedies.


This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month our members have written posts about how they use natural remedies in their homes.

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Cold and Flu season is upon us! Finding a perfect cough drop that isn't made of mostly corn syrup is quite hard to find...and when you can find it, they aren't that cheap.

Here is a simple solution - make your own! Not only are homemade lozenges healthier, but with some substitutions and experimentation you can customize them to your liking!

The ginger lozenge recipe below is perfect for moms suffering from morning sickness or those who get motion sickness.


Homemade Ginger Lozenges


Ingredients

2 cups water

4 lemon or lemon ginger tea bags

2 cups equal parts agave nectar & pure honey (use a medium - strong honey, the darker, the better. Mix well)

2-3 tbs. grated ginger


Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a large sauce pan and steep the tea bags for about 15-20 minutes.

Turn up the heat to medium/low and add the agave nectar & honey mixture. Clip a candy thermometer to the side of the pan and bring to a boil until temperature reaches 300 degrees. Every now and then, scrape the sides of the pot with a pastry brush dipped in water.

Remove from heat, stir in the grated ginger, and let the mixture cool for no more than a couple of minutes. In the mean time, line a couple cookie sheets with parchment paper

Use a metal teaspoon (or 1/2 teaspoon if you like) to scoop out the mixture and pour on the parchment paper, leaving an inch or so apart.

Cool for at least an hour before placing in a container, otherwise they will become very sticky.

Once fully cooled, store in an airtight container.

Get Creative!

If you like you can substitute the tea with any flavor of your choosing and well as add lemon zest or your favorite flavored extract (peppermint, orange, berry, etc.).

For your child, you can use candy molds and paper sticks to make lozenge suckers. Make sure that they do not chew since the lozenge can get stuck in the teeth.

Warning - Be sure to supervise your child while he/she using cough drops or suckers, and be sure your child (or yourself!) does not have allergies to any of the ingredients above. Honey is not recommended for use under 1 year of age.


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9 comments:

  1. Those sound great! I will have to try making them!

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  2. Sounds great! Is the Agave necessary or can you use all honey? We avoid Agave. Thanks!

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    1. Chrystal - I'd imagine you could... I use just honey for my cough drops.

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    2. You can definitely do 2 cups of honey :-)

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  3. Love all the extra goodies you put in your lozenges.

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  4. I had no idea how easy it is to make your own lozenges! The only thing that seems tough to me is that I don't own a candy thermometer. Considering the number of recipes I've passed up because of that though, maybe I should get one already. Any recommendations to make sure I get a good one that isn't too expensive?

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    1. Amazon.com has some cheap ones around $5, I am pretty sure that is where I bought mine.

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  5. I've never made candy, so I don't have a candy thermometer. I assume I can use any thermometer, though? I will have to try this.

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  6. I would never have thought to make these! Great idea though, it seems pretty easy.

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