Make Your Own Cough Drops This Cold And Flu Season
FaithTap Staff 11/14/2015
As winter rolls around, the images of doctor appointments and high fevers pop into our heads. But you can save a few dollars and help your family feel better with these homemade all-natural lozenges!
Screenshot via YouTube Gather The Supplies
For these all-natural cough drops, you'll need:
1 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Water
1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Tablespoon Honey
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cloves
1/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
Once you have all your ingredients on hand, you're ready to get started!
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To start, you'll need to add the sugar, water and lemon juice in a medium saucepan. It works best to use half of a fresh lemon as the source of the juice.
Lemon juice is filled with Vitamin C and will fight against even the worst cold.
Screenshot via YouTube A Spoonful Of Honey
Next add the spoonful of honey. Honey is a great natural antibacterial substance and cough suppressant!
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Finally add the cloves and ginger. They both work to boost the immune system and fight pain, nausea and nasal congestion.
Screenshot via YouTube Let It Simmer
Turn the stove's heat to medium and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally.
Once boiling, you can reduce the heat to low and let the liquid simmer for 15-20 minutes. Remember to keep stirring!
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After simmering, move the pan away from the stove. Let it sit for two minutes or until mixture is thick, dark and syrupy.
Once it reaches this consistency, use a spoon to drip nickel-sized drops onto a baking sheet covered with wax baking paper.
Screenshot via YouTube The Way The Pros Do It
You can also use a piping bag to make the drops more consistent. Beware - the liquid is extremely hot so you should take extra precautions if you plan on using this method!
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Sprinkle On The Love
Let the drops cool down for 20 minutes and once they've cooled completely, sprinkle the powdered sugar like you see below.
The sugar will make these treats even tastier and will prevent them from sticking to each other!
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These yummy cough drops are perfect for a variety of different cold and flu symptoms, or if you just want to give your immune system a little extra boost.
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If you are more of a tea drinker, you can pop two or three of these into a glass of hot water and gulp it down. The drops will taste great either way and you'll get some relief from your miserable symptoms.
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To see the whole process in action, click "Play" on the video below!
VIDEO The Gift Of Good Health
The Center Of Disease Control estimates that 15-60 million Americans will suffer from the flu this year. That means your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers all have a great chance of catching some sort of bug.
So once you've got this cough drop recipe under your belt, make sure to pass it along. They'll greatly appreciate it!