The advent of winter brings along with it a number of illnesses. Cough and cold are of common occurrence in the winters. Sometimes it can be really bad and you reach out for medicines and cough drops for some respite. A variety of cough drops are available in the market. But instead of buying cough drops it is always better to prepare them at home. The ingredients required for making the cough drops are easily available at home and the procedure is also pretty simple.
Mentioned Below Is The Recipe For Making Cough Drops And Cough Drop Lollipops At Home
Recipe Using Honey, Lemon Juice And Fresh Ginger:
Half cup of buckwheat honey (Antibacterial properties of honey helps fight infections and it has a soothing effect on the throat),2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice (Has antimicrobial properties and also is effective on colds) and 1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger root (Has analgesic and anti inflammatory properties).
Take a saucepan and to it add the honey, lemon juice and grated ginger and start heating the mixture on a low flame. Heating the honey to the right temperature is of utmost importance to get the perfect candy. You can either use a candy thermometer and heat the mixture up to 300 degree Celcius or simply pour a littler mixture in ice cold water and if the drop hardens then the candy is done. If it remains soft then in that case further heating is required.
Once the mixture reaches the required temperature remove the mixture from the heat and let it cool just a bit so that the foam settles down. Now pour the mixture in a greased candy mould and let it cool(don not put in the refrigerator) .If you are making these cough drops for children then take lollipop mould and place the stick and then pour the mixture into the mould .Children will enjoy licking these lollipops.
Recipe To Prepare Herbal Cough Drops:
11/2 cup of buckwheat honey, 2 cups of water, herbs of your choice (you can use chamomile, cinnamon, elderberry etc .Use ½ cup of each of the herbs)
Boil 2 cups of water and pour the boiling water on the mixture of herbs. Let it steep for about half an hour. Strain the solution. Take one cup of these herbs infused water and 11/2 cup of honey in saucepan and heat the mixture on a medium flame .Follow the same procedure that has been used in the first recipe and prepare the herbal infused drops and lollipops.
So next time you or any one from your family wants to have a cough drop then don’t get them from the market. Instead prepare them right in your house. These cough drops are totally safe and highly effective.