A sore throat is a particularly bothersome thing that attacks almost all of us during the winter months and sends us straight to the pharmacy to get sucking candies or cough medicine. We know that not treating it will only make it worse, in turn becoming a real nuisance when eating or even sleeping.
But before you head out to the pharmacy, take a look at how to prepare your own natural cough drops from the comfort of your home! These drops help relieve throat pain and the cough that often accompanies it, so you have two great reasons to learn how to make them.
Buckwheat honey, which is the base of our recipe, is not so common but it is well worth investing the time to find it because it has already proven itself scientifically. In a study of children with dry coughs, a spoonful of buckwheat honey was found to be more effective than cough syrup. This honey has a darker shade and a stronger taste than the more common honey made from citrus and wildflower. The anti-bacterial buckwheat honey is especially rich in antioxidants that protect our immune system, slows aging and prevent many diseases.
Another important ingredient in our recipe is ginger root, which has a lemony flavor. Ginger is not only a tasty and refreshing addition to a variety of dishes prepared in the kitchen but it is also a wonderful healing plant with strong disinfectant qualities, which will fight oral, respiratory tract, and throat infections as well as coughing.
The last and best ingredient in our recipe is vitamin C, which is added to the drops through lemon juice and ground up vitamin C tablets. Vitamin C plays an important role in helping to eliminate pollutants that penetrate the body since it is involved in the production of collagen, which is necessary for tissue growth and helps the functioning of the white blood cells.
Required kitchen utensils:
1. Put the honey, lemon, and ginger into the pot and mix the ingredients together while heating.
2. Once the mixture in the pot becomes voluminous and bubbly, remove the pot from the stove, and continue to mix the ingredients together until the foam disappears. Only then return the pot to the stove.
3. Repeat the previous section until the temperature in the pot reaches 300 degrees - use the thermometer to keep track of the temperature and remember that honey heats up and burns quickly.
4. Carefully pour a little bit of the mixture into a cup of ice water. If the mixture you poured creates a hard ball - it is ready to be removed from the heat. If a hard ball is not formed, try again in a minute.
5. Let the mixture cool down slightly and the froth to disappear, then pour it very carefully into the silicone mold you lightly oiled.
6. Let the mixture cool down at room temperature until it hardens. Pop the candies out of the mold. If you used a plain silicon pad, break the hardened candy.
7. Mix the powdered sugar with the vitamin C powder in a bowl and coat the cough drops in the mixture to prevent them from sticking to one another. This step is optional, and you can store the candies without it, just be sure to wrap them separately with pieces of parchment paper so they won’t stick together.
8. Store the candies in a sealed container in the refrigerator, and reach for them whenever your throat starts to itch.
Have a nice and healthy winter!