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Monday, April 21, 2014

Herb Tuesday "Homemade cough Drops"


  • 1 cup of water infused with herbs. I used elderberry, lavender, chamomile, wild cherry bark, slippery Elm, lemon oil, mullein, etc.  I get herbs here:   
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  • 1 1/2 cups of honey (I use local raw honey)
  • A candy thermometer 
  • a  sauce pan
  • Silicon candy molds you dont need this but it helps


  1. Boil 2 cups of water and infuse with desired herbs. I used about 1/2 cup of each herb for a really potent cough drop, but 1 tsp. of each herb will work also. 
  2. To infuse: Pour boiling water over herbs. I put herbs in a cheese cloth bag to make straining easier. Let steep for 15-30 minutes and strain out herbs
  3. Pour 1 cup of the herb infused water and 1 1/2 cups of honey into a medium saucepan and turn on medium high heat
  4. Stir the honey/herb mixture over medium high heat until it reaches 300 degrees. If you don't have a candy thermometer, this usually takes about 30-40 minutes and can be tested by dropping a drop of the mixture in to ice water to see if it  hardens. It should harden to the point that it breaks if dropped on the counter. You can also tell because it will start to foam and separate. It is real important to move  it from the heat quickly so it does not burn. Trust me it burns easy
  5. Pour into candy molds, or pour into baking sheet that has been greased with coconut oil or baking mat, I have even used parchment paper
  6. Let cool until it can be touched and molded and quickly form into balls cough drop sizes with your hands
  7. Put finished cough drops on a silicon mat or piece of parchment paper to cool down be careful its hot.
  8. When completely cool, I coat them with stevia to keep humidity out of them 
  9. wrap them in parchment paper or a zip lock bag


           **You can also use the remaining syrup as a cough syrup just store in the fridge

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