Homemade Throat Lozenges

During fluctuations of weather, everyone seems to get sick. People who were healthy all winter now have sniffles and sore throats—for which I have the perfect little secret weapon. These homemade throat lozenges are  soothing, a snap to make and omit the artificial colorings, flavorings and sugar found in many store-bought versions.

I go for the flower petal version because they remind me of the violet pastilles that my grandmother used to get, but adding some mint is nice, too, if you are feeling sniffly. The trick here is to use 1/2 cup total of whatever combination you think sounds soothing to your ails.

One of the key ingredients is marshmallow root, which you can order online or purchase at health food stores. Marshmallow root has been used since antiquity to tame sore throats because it has a soothing effect on inflamed and irritated tissues.

1/2 cup total:

  • Dried peppermint
  • Dried spearmint
  • Violet petals
  • Rose petals
  • Powdered ginger

Honey
1 teaspoon dried marshmallow root

1. With a mortar and pestle or spice grinder, crush dried herbs/petals to a fine powder. Mix with enough honey to form a ball, and add marshmallow root.

2. Shape into small balls or ovals and allow to dry on a baking sheet at room temperature for 24 hours. Wrap in wax paper, or store in a jar, refrigerated for up to 8 weeks.

By Melissa Breyer, Senior Editor, Care2 Green Living

56 comments

Elisa F.
Elisa F.2 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Nimue Pendragon

Thanks :)

KS Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Elisabeth T.
Elisabeth T.4 years ago

Interesting article, thanks so much..

peggy p.
peggy p.4 years ago

this is going to be so useful thanks

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Deb Lewis
debbie Lewis5 years ago

neat!!!!!

Marian D.
Marian D.5 years ago

thanks

heather g.
heather g.5 years ago

Great idea but I'll just stick with the store ones ....

Jane R.
Jane R.5 years ago

Thanks. I never knew you could make your own.