Lemon oil and honey sore throat drops never go out of style. It seems like there’s isn’t a “season” anymore, but that we are in a perpetual state of someone in the office isn’t feeling well, or the kids are bringing home bugs from school, and giving it to each other.
I can be hard to get to sleep at night, especially for kids when your barking cough and sore throat just won’t let you close your eyes and get a moment’s peace.
Here is a recipe for an all natural cough drop that can help ease your discomfort when you’re suffering from an occasional sore throat. The secret is really in the honey, nature’s golden gift to us.
Let’s take a closer look at how these sore throat lozenges actually work, and why.
Honey – This delicious golden liquid made from bees is a popular kitchen staple full of antibacterial and anti fungal properties. Honey has been used since the early days of Egyptian civilization as a natural remedy. Good old honey is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Honey’s thick consistency helps coat the throat’s walls while the sugary sweet flavor triggers nerve endings that keep the throat from wanting to continuously cough.
Lemon oil – Lemon oil can support lymphatic drainage and help you to recover faster. It’s antiseptic qualities can help keep all that raw skin cells in your throat from turning nasty.
This recipe is super easy to make, we will walk you through every step!
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- 2 cups raw sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup orange blossom honey
- 1/4 cup butter
- 30 drops lemon essential oil
- 1/2 cup corn starch (for finished product)
- Stir the sugar, water, honey, and butter together in a saucepan over medium heat
- Use a candy thermometer to measure the temperature of the mix
- Stir occasionally
- Watch the thermometer, and bring the mix up to about 280 degrees.
- You will see the color of the mixture turn to a cardboard color, and the bubbles will look different
- To determine when the candy is done, drip some into a glass of water. When it turns to a brittle, glass-like substance, it is done. If it is still gooey, it needs more time.
- Remove from heat, and allow to cool for just one minute
- Add the essential oil, counting the drops with the included dropper
- Pour the mixture onto a silpat silicone baking sheet
- As soon as you can touch it without burning yourself, start rolling it into a cord
- Stretch that cord to make it longer and skinnier
- When it's as thick as your thumb, use some kitchen shears to cut it into 60 or so pieces. There's really no wrong size, just imagine a piece of candy, and cut it that size
- Allow pieces to cool, do not allow them to touch each other
- If there is still some stickiness to them after they cool, dust them in corn starch. This will prevent them from forming a giant ball of candies that are all stuck together.
- Put the candies in acouple of 2 oz mason jar, and label them
- Stash them away for your next sore throat, they are so cute that you will feel better just looking at your handy work
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