Honey Horehound Drops

I made one more small step towards self-sufficiency today. I made honey horehound drops … sort of … You see, I like Ricola cough drops. They work well and I’ve been buying them for probably 20 years, now. But they’re expensive, and I don’t really understand what “starch syrup” is, and it seems like that’s probably the base, along with sugar. So I followed the directions at the Frugally Sustainable blog, and of course played free and loose with it as I do with most recipes. Yes, folks, that is a heaping cereal bowl full of honey horehound lozenges!

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First, I used about 3/4 cups of horehound and added a teaspoon or so of eucalyptus leaves, a teaspoon or so of thyme, approximately 1/2 teaspoon of oregano, and filled up the measuring cup with mullein. Then at the end, this stuff cooled off a LOT faster than I thought it would. I could only do around 20 lozenges before it hardened too much–so into the oven at 175f it went for 4 minutes. I had to repeat the process several times. I tossed them in sugar at the end in order to keep them from sticking to one another. I did use raw local honey in this recipe, even though the beneficial enzymes would be killed, because that’s the only way I know of to know that I actually have honey, not corn syrup and God knows what all.

Next time, I’ll play with the herbs some more! I’ll keep 1/2 cup horehound and 1/4 cup mullein, and add more eucalyptus along with some ginger, sage, mint, thyme, and lemon balm. Hurray for playing in the kitchen!

I’ve updated this so I can find it to remind myself of the changes I want to make next time. I hope that you find it helpful, too!

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