My son was sick a few weeks ago and my husband has been sick for the last 2 weeks, I was feeling overly confident and celebrating the fact that I have been dealing with sick boys for almost a month and hadn’t even gotten a sniffle yet. I was feeling pretty good about myself.
I woke up super early yesterday; we had to drive 2 hours to visit my in-laws in Missouri. The whole way down there I felt fine. We get down there and since it was such a nice day we decided to go mushroom hunting. 2 hours into the forest my sinuses started hurting. I brushed the feeling off as allergies, though I don’t know why because I’ve never suffered from allergies in my entire life.
We trudged through thick forest for well over 5 hours and my only concern was that I would catch a bad case of poison ivy (no symptoms of that yet but I’m super allergic so I will update later) and need to be thoroughly checked for ticks.
Fast forward to today… have you ever gone swimming in a public pool? You know the kind where you can smell the chlorine from 8 blocks away and it never fails, as soon as you get in, someone splashes you in the face and chlorine water rockets up your nose. You spend the rest of the swim trying to get your nose to stop burning but its persistant and won’t stop. Well I woke up and it feels like Satan set up shop in my sinuses and is roasting marshmellows.
Halfway through the day he migrated to my voice box and decided to torture me some more by using a brillow pad to clean my vocal cords and it just so happens that I am completely broke and out of cough drops.
So I decided to get creative. Have you ever been so broke that you turn into a inventor/scientist/researcher? Ya, I’m there.
After a little over an hour on pintrest (my new favorite app) and googling stuff I have on hand, I finally created my own version of Cough Drops.
1 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons honey (any kind will do)
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground clove
3 drops spearmint oil
1/4 cup powdered sugar (if you don’t have any powdered sugar put 1/4 cup of white granulated sugar into a blender until powdered)
Mix sugar, water, lemon, honey, ginger, clove, and spearmint in a saucepan and boil on high for 20-30 minutes, stirring constantly, until it thickens to the consistency of syrup or just a bit thicker. It should be thick enough that when you use a spoon to drip some on a paper towel, it beads up and starts to harden. Be careful not to burn the sugar or you will have to start over.
When it reaches the correct consistancy, spoon small dollops onto parchment paper and let cool until it hardens into candies (you can purchase a mold here). If the mixture starts to harden in the pan before you get it poured out, just turn the heat back on and get the mixture soft again.
Once hard, lightly sprinkle powdered sugar over the candies until coated so they don’t stick together and place in a zip lock bag.
Cleanup is a breeze! When you are done boiling the mix and spooning it out, fill the pan with hot water and boil until all of the sugar mix that is left disolves, rinse out with warm water, and wipe down the counters.
This recipe makes about 3 dozen lozenges or more depending on how big you make the dollops. Mine turned out a little funky because I didn’t have a mold but they work all the same.
This summer I’m going to make a huge batch of these and pass them out to all of my family and friends just before flu season hits. They will make excellent pre flu season gifts!
Have you ever made your own cough drops? What are your favorite ingredients to add to homemade cough drops?
Share them down below in the comments:)