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Beginner’s Guide to Making Your Own Medicine – Part 2

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Cold and Flu Tonic

When feeling a little under the weather, reach for this soothing concoction to boost your immune system and fight that cold/flu with natural ingredients.  Your body will thank you!

2-3 organic lemons, sliced

6 green tea bags, use good quality tea

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1/4 cup Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar

1 “thumb” ginger, peeled and sliced (about 1-2 inches)

5-6 cups filtered water

Raw, local honey, to taste

Instructions:

Pour water into large pot and bring to a boil (or you can also make this in the crockpot)

Add all ingredients except the apple cider vinegar and raw, local honey

Cover the pot (or put a lid on the crockpot) and let the mixture steep for 20-30 minutes

Wash and sterilize a large, wide mouth mason jar and pour the apple cider vinegar in

Add the lemon, tea, and ginger mixture into the mason jar with the ACV

At this point the mixture is ready to cool and store in the fridge (or let cool and drink a mug full right away)

The raw local honey can then be added after the mixture has cooled, as the hot liquid would destroy the beneficial enzymes present in the honey

When needed, take out of the fridge, gently warm, and add the honey

This mixture will last in the fridge for about a week.  Drink up and enjoy the relief!

 

 

 

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A recipe I have yet to make but am very interested in comes from this site: http://www.instructables.com/id/Cough-Drops/?ALLSTEPS

I have the exact tea sampler as the post suggests so today I will give it a go! Making your own herbal cough drops is a great way to know what you’re putting in your body, not to mention it looks fun!! Just a couple things I noticed from the steps:
-Don’t use regular white sugar or agave nectar. These are both processed to heck and I would not use them at all. I suggest using honey or unrefined, organic sugar cane.
– I also would not add any artificial flavors or colors at the end of the process. Not needed. I would stick to the tea and sugar only.

Have you had success making your own cough drops? This should be quite the experiment for me and I do not own a candy mold so I am off to the store to get one! Let me know how yours turn out! Happy and Healthy medicine making everyone! 🙂

**UPDATE 1/17/2014**
I made the above mentioned cough drops and was very impressed! I used Traditional Medicinals Echinacea Plus Tea and some fresh ginger for the tea. Let that steep for 15 minutes and added the sugar. I didn’t have a candy thermometer so I decided to try it anyway, which was extremely bold I don’t recommend it, and let it boil until I thought that it was done. I used the cold water method and put a little in some cold water to see if it would harden right away and it seemed to hold together well so I took it off the heat and poured into my powdered sugar molds (never did get to the store to buy a candy mold so the sugar had to do for my first attempt). I let them cool and put into a jar. I immediately tried one, along with my 8 year old son, and we were pleasantly surprised! Not bad for my first attempt at candy making and cough drop making. I am looking forward to using different ingredients and also using a candy thermometer, which I know would have made the end result more lozenge-like. All in all, SUCCESS!
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