We got fair warning this year that the weather was to change and quickly. So we harvested all the herbs that we had left growing in the garden and made a tea out of them for these cough drops. You could use your own favorite herbal tea, some of the herbs, or all. We gathered lemon balm, violet leaf, mint, rosehips, oregano, marshmallow leaf, and lavender. We sorted through all this plant material and washed it, put it in a stainless pot and covered with water. Bring to boil, cover, and remove from heat. Let this steep until cool. Strain off plant material through muslin. Measure back into a heavy cook pot:
1 part herbal tea
1 part sugar or honey
1/2 part honey (we used some elecampagne honey we had on hand)
Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Use a candy thermometer and bring to 300 degrees - hard crack stage.
While the sugar mixture is bubbling and before it is ready to pour, you can prepare your molds. If you don't have candy molds, you can put about an inch of powdered sugar in a 9 x 13 baking sheet. Using a cork or small lid, make indentations in the sugar and these will be your molds that you fill with your cough drop molten mixture. It is so cool! Image below. You can reuse this sugar for something else. I sprinkled some licorice root and slippery elm bark powder in with mine. This powder also coats the cough drops and keeps them from sticking together. Working quickly, pour this mixture into molds and let cool. Once cool, you can put into an airtight container. You can add peppermint or eucalyptus essential oil to your batch for added benefit. You can also add drops of essential oil to a small piece of muslin and put into your jar. The candies will absorb it while contained.
Recipe created by Jody Berry
Wild Carrot Herbals.