For nearly two decades, I had a favorite brand of cough drops that went with me everywhere. During that time, I had a pack of cough drops in my purse or in my rehearsal bag (I’m an opera singer when I’m not blogging and mothering) pretty much constantly.
Trouble is… I turned the package over a few years ago and realized what was actually IN said favorite cough drops.
How does this look to you?
Active Ingredient: Menthol 5.7 mg
Inactive Ingredients: caramel color, FD&C blue 1, FD&C red 40, FD&C yellow 5 (tartrazine), flavors, glucose syrup, glycerin, malic acid, partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil, potassium citrate, soy lecithin, sucrose, water
Needless to say, I went looking for a few decent alternatives right quick.
While I loved a few of the alternatives I found, I also wanted to make something at home so that I could control the ingredients. I started with homemade cough drops based off the popular Swiss herbal blend, which worked really well, but it was a bit time consuming, and I wanted something I could whip together in just a few minutes.
This homemade version of Slippery Elm drops was just the one-trick pony I was looking for. They take only a few minutes to make, they coat a sore throat well, and due to the addition of elder flowers (read more below), they actually help prevent the flu as well, so take these anytime you feel either the sniffles or a fever coming on.
This recipe is remarkably easy and has only about half-an-hour of hands-on time total, but there are few hours of “curing” time, so make sure to take that into consideration.
Click here for the full recipe: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2013/10/homemade-herbal-throat-lozenges-for-cough-cold-and-flu.html