It has been some time! I very much missed writing, but after all of the holiday chaos, we now have all had the flu. One by one we were attacked by sickness. We battled the dreadful flu by using herbal medicine and herbal remedies. One of the ways we dealt with the annoying and never ending cough is with homemade cough drops. These drops are so yummy and super easy easy to make. They contain natural properties that quickly suppress the urge to cough and soothe inflammation in the throat. Combined with other remedies, the bulk of the flu only lasted about 3 days for each of us. Don’t get me wrong, we have residual symptoms still, but the heart of it didn’t last long.
You Will Need:
- 1 tbs Peppermint Leaf
- 1 tbs Chamomile
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tbs Ginger Root
- 3/4 cup Water
- 3/4 cup Raw Honey
- 1/2 tsp Tapioca flour or Cornstarch
You can use teabags if you don’t want to spend additional money by buying loose leaf. Just simply break them open. The ginger root you can substitute with ground ginger, just be sure to use a little less as it can be very potent. In my opinion, using grocery store, cheap honey isn’t a big deal because this mixture will be cooked and heated. Any good properties in the honey will be killed during the cooking process. So why waste the money?
Combine the peppermint leaf, chamomile, cinnamon, and ginger in a bowl with 3/4 boiling water. Steep for 10-20 minutes making it a medicinal infusion versus what one would consider a light tea.
Strain and pour the infusion into a small pot. Add 3/4 cup of raw local honey and bring to a boil stirring constantly. Do not stop stirring or the mixture will burn. This is not yummy. I used a laser thermometer but you can certainly use a candy thermometer. Basically, you are caramelizing the honey and making it into candy. Bring this mixture up to 300 degrees while stirring the entire time. A whisk works perfectly. As the temperature increases, the mixture will thicken and get darker. Once the mixture reaches 300 degrees, pull it off the heat and let cool for a few minutes stirring occasionally. It will resemble warm caramel. As it cools it will resemble warm taffy.
Lay out a piece of parchment paper and drop dollops of the mixture and let cool slightly. You still want them pliable as you want to roll them into balls. In a plastic container, add 1/2 tsp of Tapioca flour or Cornstarch and roll the cough drops in the flour to avoid sticking. This will also keep moisture away from the drops. As they cool, they harden. Store in an air tight container and use as needed.
They taste like a strong caramel and really strong honey. They will keep as long as stored in a cool dry place completely sealed. You can experiment with different herbs, but this recipe for my family works the best and it was what I had on hand. We try to be as natural as possible staying away from processed sugars and synthetic chemicals. Especially when you are fighting an invader in your body, why would you add something that is practically the same thing back in?
Each ingredient serves a purpose. Ginger is very warming to the body and great if you have chills while peppermint has a numbing effect. It helps with that aching body feeling and can really help break up mucus and phlegm. Chamomile boosts the immune system while relaxing the body from all of the work it is doing to heal itself.
Time to Make: About 30 minutes
What are you doing to combat the flu?