There is nothing better for a sore throat and cough than honey. 🍯 Plus, honey also has antioxidant properties, and could moderately lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides.
While I enjoy the idea of these extra health benefits, I really love that honey can be a great choice compared to cough medicine. Honey has been so soothing during colds and coughs that I wondered if I could make some cough drops from good quality honey.
So my sidekick, Gladys, and I decided to give it a shot! First, we looked for recipes that included honey. We found that most included lemon juice, grated ginger root, and other juices and herbs. We also learned that you can make simple honey drops without other added products. Still, with this information, we decided to try our hand at adding essential oils to the honey; in place of juices, herbs, or other products.
What we ended with is a hard, candy-like product that tastes absolutely scrumptious! We made a few batches; introducing different oils with each one. In the first batch, we added drops of Ginger and Lemon, then tried Tangerine and Spearmint. For the last batch we added Wild Orange and Peppermint. Not bad for the first try!
While adding essential oils was not that difficult of a switch, getting to the appropriate temperature can be tricky. There’s a fine line between scorching the honey and getting to 300°.
Below is the recipe we used:
1/2 cup of raw, good quality honey (many recipes stated buckwheat honey)
8 drops Lemon essential oil
5 drops Ginger essential oil
A light dusting of confectionery sugar
The oils we used for the second batch were 6 drops of Tangerine and 4 Spearmint. For the third, 6 drops of Wild Orange and 4 Peppermint.
Using various types of essential oils can offer even more benefits than just controlling that cough. For instance, Lemon can help with respiratory discomfort, Spearmint supports fresher breath and aids with an upset tummy, while Tangerine has cleansing properties.
Get creative and try your own combinations. If you need support with digestion, mood, or other symptom, learn which essential oils offer you the best benefits. Have fun with it!
Cook the honey on medium heat in a small sauce pan; whisking continuously, taking on and off the heat until you reach 300°. When the honey starts to foam, take it off the heat for a moment and then put it back on when the foam dies down.
Once you reach 300°, take it off the heat and let it cool for a few minutes; stirring and keeping an eye on when it starts to thicken. As it starts to get a little thick, add essential oils to the mixture. Then, pour into molds or onto oiled parchment paper.
Leave the product set overnight. We lightly covered ours with plates to avoid anything getting on them. If you have cooked the mixture correctly, the mixture will be hard and unbendable.
Lightly dust the honey substance with confectionery sugar. It helps with any stickiness of the product.
You should be able to push out the molds or break up the hard substance into pieces. Dust again with powdered sugar and allow to sit for a few hours to dry even more. At this point, either add them to candy wrappers or place them in a container and keep in a cool dry place. Make sure they are dry or they will start to stick together. You may want to dust again with powdered sugar before adding to a container or wrappers.
As you can see, dust the honey lightly with powdered sugar. The less sugar added, the better.
So while I will probably use molds the next time to get more of a cough drop size piece, the three batches we made turned out great! Also, I will double the recipe to get more yummy drops. Again, not bad for the first try!
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