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Slippery Elm Lozenges~Help for an irritated throat
October 15, 2014
Most sore throats are viral in nature and accompany a cold or the flu giving the first indication that one is getting sick. However, another type of sore throat is the dreaded strep throat. This is a highly contagious bacterial infection caused by the Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria or group A streptococcus. If not treated and resolved, Strep throat can lead to Rhuematic Fever and possibly affect your heart. Since a sore throat from a virus is treated differently than the bacteria that causes strep throat, it is important to consider the type of infection one has when treating.
There are many recipes for herbal remedies on the internet and in books. Some of them are appropriate and some are not. Be careful when choosing a new recipe, research the herb for all ages that you will be giving it to. Younger children need different doses than older children and adults. Infants are another story all together, their systems aren't developed yet and herbs affect them in significant ways. Slippery elm is generally considered safe for general use
Dry, itchy, raw, swollen, and inflamed pretty much describes a sore throat that is brought on by a cold or the flu. This recipe (adapted from A Rosemary Gladstar recipe) will help with to alleviate some of these symptoms.
These are easy to make and fun to do with young children to get them involved. Making something sometimes makes it more "fun" to try.
You will need:
Organic slippery elm bark powder
Organic Cinnamon (preferably ceylon)
Raw Honey (preferably local)
A bowl and wooden spoon to mix it in
Tray/plate to dry the lozenges on
Slippery Elm & Cinnamon Throat Lozenges
makes approximately 32 large lozenges
6 tbsp. slippery elm
6 tbsp. cinnamon
6 tsp. raw honey
*Cinnamon is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal........and tastes good!
Place slippery elm and cinnamon in bowl.
Drizzle honey on top of herb mixture.
Incorporate honey into dry ingredients. You eventually will have to use your hands to get it mixed thoroughly.
If mixture doesn't form a doughy texture, you may need to add more honey, a little bit at a time. You should be able to form a semi-crumbly ball with the mixture. This picture is a little blurry but gives you an idea what to look for.
Once mixed, start breaking off dime size pieces and rolling into the shape you want. You can place them on the tray once formed or you can roll them in slippery elm powder of cinnamon powder to coat the outside. I rolled these in a mix of slippery elm and cinnamon.
Place on a plate or tray and let air dry until dry enough to store. You can also place in a low temp oven to dry if you are impatient. The lozenges can be stored in the refrigerator, freezer, or a tin if dry.
Herbal lozenges do not have the same flavor or texture of store bought lozenges but can be effective in helping deal with sore, scratchy throats. Caring for our health is not about how good something is but how something affects our bodies and helps us recover from illness or the symptoms of an illness. Many natural remedies have fewer side effects in our bodies.