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Homemade Throat Lozenges

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.

Read more: Health, Children, Cold and Flu, Natural Remedies

By Melissa Breyer, Senior Editor, Care2 Green Living

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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7:52AM PST on Feb 23, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

8:41PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Thanks :)

4:47AM PST on Jan 18, 2012

Thanks for the article.

3:21PM PST on Jan 17, 2012

Interesting article, thanks so much..

5:32AM PST on Dec 26, 2011

this is going to be so useful thanks

3:12PM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

Thank you

4:49AM PST on Mar 7, 2011

neat!!!!!

5:29PM PST on Mar 1, 2011

thanks

2:36AM PST on Feb 28, 2011

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

6:23PM PST on Feb 27, 2011

Thanks. I never knew you could make your own.

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