Horehound Lozenges: The Homemade Remedy for Sore Throats, Coughs, and Asthma

Horehound is best known as a time-honored cough remedy, found in syrup, candy and tea preparations. The aerial parts of the plant are used medicinally. Horehound is antiseptic. An infusion used as a wash, or a preparation of horehound salve is useful to disinfect wounds.



A cold infusion of horehound acts as a bitter digestive tonic and will stimulate the flow of bile from the gall bladder. It is diuretic and may also relieve flatulence and stimulate appetite. Horehound stimulates discharge of bronchial mucus, loosening and expelling phlegm. It is beneficial in the treatment of croup, bronchitis, and whooping cough , and has been used in the past in the treatment of tuberculosis , once known as consumption.

In fact, horehound may help with all of the following:
  • Cough
  • The common cold
  • Nausea
  • Parasites
  • Jaundice
  • Sore Throats
  • Asthma
Horehound is often prepared as a syrup or tea. However, our family prepares horehound lozenges to have on hand for a quick go-to remedy, should the need arise.

Horehound Lozenge Recipe

Ingredients
  • 1 cup dried horehound leaves
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cup raw, local honey
Equipment
  • stainless steel pot
  • cheesecloth
  • spoon
  • cookie sheet
  • candy thermometer (optional)
Directions:
  1. In a small stainless steel pot, boil the horehound leaves and water, covered, for 25 minutes.
  2. Cool and strain the mixture using a cheesecloth.
  3. Reserve the liquid and compost the leaves.
  4. Add the honey to the liquid, return to the pot, and bring to a boil once again.
  5. Once boiling reduce to a simmer.
  6. Cook mixture, stirring constantly, until the syrup reaches 300 degree F (this will take a while). Or, if you’re like me and don’t have a candy thermometer, use the “test” (see below).
  7. Grease a cookie sheet with butter or coconut oil and pour in the syrup.
  8. When the syrup has cooled and is pliable, begin pulling off small piece and rolling between the palms of greased hand, form a small ball. Work quickly as the mixture hardens pretty fast. I like to institute the help of little hands! The children love helping at this step:)
  9. Allow lozenges to cool on pan.
  10. To dry, set lozenges aside for 24-48 hours or place them in a food dehydrator at 150°F for 4-6 hours until completely dry.
Store in a cool, dark, non-humid place for 4-6 months. If you don’t have a place that is all of those things, you may store them in the freezer.

If you’re in a hurry, you may eat the drops before they’re dry.




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