Last night I made some throat lozenges. I found this recipe from Learning Herbs and decided to try it out. Lozenges are easy to make and I like how I can control what is in them. Here are the ingredients:
Slippery Elm Powder
Rose Hips (I added this it’s not in the original recipe)
So let’s start with Why these ingredients?
Slippery Elm Powder: (Demulcent, emollient, expectorant, diuretic, nutritive) Slippery elm poultices are a mainstay of herbal medicine for treating itchy, inflamed, or irritated skin as well as cuts, scrapes, scratches, and minor burns. The mucilage in slipper elm bark also relieves inflammation and irritation in the throat and urinary tract when the herb is taken as a tea or infusion. Slippery elm also helps neutralize excess stomach acid. Scientists believe that the mucilages activate a reflex that causes the stomach to secrete more of its own protective mucus. Slippery elm is used in natural medicine to treat chronic diarrhea, esophagitis, gastritis, peptic and duodenal ulcers, and ulcerative colitis. (mountainroseherbs.com)
Honey: Honey contains several anti-oxidants, which makes it important to humans. In addition, it has an anti-infective component and has been used to heal coughs, intestinal ailments and skin wounds (naturalnews.com).
Licorice Root: (Glycyrrhizin, complex immune-stimulant sugars) The most common use of licorice world-wide is to treat coughs and colds. Licorice is especially useful for treating coughs with sticky phlegm, or for treating colds that accompany stomach upset. There is a German E Commission Monograph for licorice that lists it use as helpful for catarrh of the upper respiratory, and for gastric ulcers. Chinese medicine also uses licorice to treat various forms of chronic fatigue. Gastric and duodenal ulcers and canker sores. (mountainroseherbs.com)
Rose Hips: (Vitamins A, C, D, E, flavonoids, lycopene, iron) Rose hips have a long history of use in traditional medicine. The iron in rose hips make them an excellent supplement for menstruating women, and rose hip tea is a rich source of vitamin C, carrying all the benefits of that vitamin. In addition, the various flavonoids in rose hips have potent antioxidant action, helping to protect the body from the effects of stress, aging and the environment. (mountainroseherbs.com)
How do you make the lozenges? First make a tea with 1 tsp licorice root and 1 tsp rose hips by simmering them in 1/2 cup of water for about 10 min. (liquid will reduce to about 1/4 cup). Measure out roughly 1/2 cup of Slippery Elm Powder and place in bowl with a well made in the center. Put 2 tbsp of honey in a measuring cup and add the warm strained tea. Let sit for about a minute then add to the Slippery Elm Powder. Mix with spoon or hands until a dough is formed. Dust your surface with some more powder and roll out to about 1/4″ thickness. Use a circle cutter (or a cap from a bottle) to cut out your lozenges. Continue to roll out and cut until you have used up all your dough. Allow to dry for 24-48 hours then store in a container. You want them to be completely dry before storage.
These will last a very long time and this recipe made quite a bit so I feel it was worth the effort. I was able to find all the ingredients at my local health food store but you can also order them at Mountain Rose Herbs if you cannot find them in your area.