|Once, these uglies were hearts. At least they taste great and work well!|
If you follow my blog, you'll remember I got a cough a couple weeks ago and I "cured" the painful, swollen throat part of it using a horrible tasting mixture of turmeric and apple cider vinegar - but the cough remained. It was like I had a constant tickle in the back of my throat that just would not go away. It would send me into coughing fits that happened more and more often. It got to the point where I could not even finish a sentence without first coughing up a lung.
I decided to look into making my own cough drops.
I googled a few recipes, grabbed my kitchen thermometer, and got to work.
They were boring to make. After, they were hard to store as they changed shape and stuck together in the jar (despite the powdered sugar I coated them in which was supposed to prevent them from sticking!). But, they were efficient.
I'm still coughing (it's been exactly two weeks today), but as soon as I started sucking on them, my cough started getting better whereas before it had only been getting worse. I'm now only coughing late at night and early in the morning - and very rarely during the day.
So, go ahead and give these a try! For even more immune-boosting power, infuse medicinal herbs with the ginger - I didn't have any on hand. And use more or less ginger depending on how much you like the taste - I used 1 tbsp and it was quite strong tasting.
Also, resist the urge to turn the heat up. I'm fairly certain my cough drops should have been lighter colored, but I was impatient and kept turning the burner up so it would heat up faster. Thankfully, they don't taste burned - but it could happen to you! Just be patient and keep stirring...
I recommend storing these in the candy mold, as mine stuck together when I tried storing them all together. Just pop one out as you need it!
One of my Instagram followers, Alexandra, found the perfect solution for storing and transporting these cough drops: wax paper squares!