You can make homemade herbal lozenges (aka cough drops) quickly and easily. It’s just like making herbal candy!
All you need is:
- one ounce of dried herb
- one and one half cups of water
- two pounds of refined sugar
Then follow the steps listed below to make homemade herbal lozenges.
- In a medium sized saucepan, combine water and herbs. Simmer over low heat for approximately ten minutes.
- Afterward, strain the liquid into another pan.
- Add the sugar to your decoction and bring to a boil.
- Boil until the mixture reaches a temperature between 265 and 270 degrees on a candy thermometer.
- Test the mixture for consistency by dropping a few drops from a spoon into cold water. If the drops form a hard ball, the mixture has boiled long enough.
- Grease a 10” x 14” glass or stainless steel pan, then fill with the mixture.
- As soon as the mixture has cooled enough to hold its shape, cut into small squares.
- Wrap each square individually in waxed paper.
- You now have lozenges! Store in a cool dry place until needed.
You can also make lozenges using herbal tinctures instead of dried herbs. To do this, reduce the amount of water used to ¾ cup and substitute one liquid ounce of tincture for dried herb. High temperatures destroy the volatile oils in many tinctures, so do not add the tincture at the beginning of the process. Wait until the sugar mixture is removed from the heat. Remove the mixture from the heat, add the tincture, mix well, and then pour into the pan.
Some herbs that are good for sore throats and coughs are:
- irish moss
- slippery elm bark
- solomon’s seal
- wild cherry bark
You can make your lozenge with a single herb, or a mixture of several. You can choose herbs that soothe the throat, herbs that suppress coughs, or a combination of both. Experiment, and most of all, HAVE FUN!!
Please feel free to consult our Materica Medica for more information on the various herbs. Also, below is a list of my favorite herb books. Most of these were used for my college courses and were so informative and helpful, I decided to add them to my library!
The Majority of the information in this article was obtained from “The Herbal Home Remedy Book: Simple Recipes for Tinctures, Teas, Salves, Tonics, and Syrups” by Joyce A. Wardwell. This book is very user friendly and easy to follow!
- Tierra, M. (1998). The Way of Herbs. New York: Pocket Books.
- Wardwell, J. (1998). The Herbal Home Remedy Book. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing.
- Williams, J. (1995). Jude’s Herbal Home Remedies. St. Paul: Llewellyn Publications.
Recommended Books on Herbs
- Jude’s Herbal Home Remedies: Natural Health, Beauty & Home-Care Secrets (Living With Nature Series) by Jude C. Williams
- Ortho’s All About Herbs by Maggie Oster
- Planting the Future: Saving Our Medicinal Herbs by Rosemary Gladstar
- Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health by Rosemary Gladstar
- Secrets of the Chinese Herbalists by Richard Lucas
- Sunset Herbs: An Illustrated Guide by The Editors of Sunset Magazine
- The Healing Power of Herbs by Michael T. Murray, N.D.
- The Herbal Drugstore by Linda B. White, M.D.
- The Herbal Home Remedy Book: Simple Recipes for Tinctures, Teas, Salves, Tonics, and Syrups (Herbal Body)
- The Natural Physicians’s Healing Therapies: Proven Remedies Medical Doctors Don’t Know by Mark Stengler, ND
- The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine by Daniel B. Mowrey, Ph.D.
- The Way of Herbs by Michael Tierra, L.Ac., O.M.D.