It’s that time of year again. You know, when germs take up residence and can be heard laughing as they pass from family member to family member. We have several tried and true natural remedies to help us feel better, faster. I thought I’d share some of them with you over the next few weeks.
First up- honey lollipops. These are super fantastic for sore throats and coughs. I swear it works better than anything you can find over the counter. Emme happens to love honey in every and all forms. I thought I’d make it more fun by turning it into lollipops. Since plain yellow can be quite boring, I whipped up some all natural food coloring with veggies growing in my garden- beets for red, carrots for orange, and spinach for green. I simply ran them through my juicer and added the color once the honey was ready. I was going to make blue and purple by boiling cabbage, but I ran out of time. Next batch will surely contain both of those colors. Let’s get started.
What You’ll Need-
1 C honey
pinch of cinnamon
food coloring of your choice- optional
wax or parchment paper
Lay the lollipop sticks on parchment paper. Heat the honey to 300 degrees (hard crack stage). If you don’t have a candy thermometer, simply add a drop of boiling honey to cold water. It’s ready once it hardens and forms a ball. Next, I quickly divided the honey into three bowls and added the food coloring.Lastly, I used a teaspoon and slowly poured the honey over the sticks.
It wasn’t until I was nearly out of sticks that I perfected the circle. So I made cough drops.
Let them harden for about an hour then individually wrap in cello or wax paper to keep them from sticking together. Store in a dry place. They should last a couple weeks.
This is her can’t you see this one is almost gone, why do you not have another ready for me face.
Do you use home remedies? If so, which work best for you?
***Please do not give honey to infants under 12 months.