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Posted by The_Passenger 10 (My Page) on
Tue, Dec 16, 03 at 13:11

I thought that this would be interesting to try....just thought I'd share it...

Lozenges are the ideal preparation for remedies to help the mouth, throat and upper respiratory tract, as taken in this way they can work where they are most needed. Lozenges containing the most used herbal remedies for the respiratory tract are easily available in herbal pharmacies, but it is very simple and economical to make your own. Stored in an airtight container, they will keep for months. The method of making lozenges is based on combining a powdered herb with sugar and a mucilage (thick, viscous jelly) to produce the charateristic texture.
The mucilage may be obtained from Marshmallow root, Slippery Elm Bark, Comfrey root(not the best herb to use for internal things) or from one of the edible gums such as Tragacanth or Acacia.
Prepare your dried herb first. A good selection for respiratory tract complaints includes anti-microbial herbs such as Red Sage for tonsillitis or mouth ulcers, demulcents such as Coltsfoot, licorice or Lungwort for sore throats, expectorants such as Angelica, aniseed and Thyme to clear mucus and specifics such as White Horehound for coughs.
Instead of using dry herbs, you can also use essential oils. A good example would be Peppermint oil. Mix 12 drops of pure Peppermint oil with 60g/2oz of sugar then combine this with enough of the mucilage of Tragacanth to make a paste. Then proceed to make the lozenges and store the product in an airtight container.
Lozenges are easy to make using edible gum such as Tragacanth or Acacia to make a basic mucilage. Tragacanth is available at herbal pharmacies and some specialist food stores, but you can also get it from artist's material suppliers.
1) Soak 30g/1oz Tragacanth in water for 24 hours, stirring as often as possible... Boil 500ml/1pt of water. Mix in the Tragacanth.
2) Using a wooden spoon, beat the mixture to a uniform consistency. Force it through a muslin strainer to make a mucilage.
3) Mix enough of your chosen herb (in dried, powdered form) into the mucilage to make a paste. Add unrefined brown sugar if you like (especially when using white horehound).
4) Dust a pastry board and rolling pin with icing sugar or cornflour to prevent sticking and roll out the paste to a layer about 1.25cm/inch thick.
5) When the paste has cooled slightly, cut the paste into lozenges, in any shape and size you like. Leave to dry. Store in an airtight container.

Excerpted from "The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal" by David Hoffman.

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RE: Lozenges

And like nost of us ... we don't want to wait 24-49 hours for relief, so we buy them from the drugstore.

RE: Lozenges

Well, you can make them ahead of time! But I just posted it for anyone who was interested....

RE: Lozenges

  • Posted by Rosa 4 CO (My Page) on
    Fri, Dec 19, 03 at 7:41

My grandmother made horehound drops and kept a supply in the house at all times. More like a hard candy as I'm pretty sure it had no edible gum-just sugars and very, very strong horehound tea. Yummy!! Swiped them every chance I got, especially after she got wise to my fake cough, lol!!

RE: Lozenges

Thanks for this too, Passenger. I've made herbal pills/lozenges using a very simple recipe from Rosemary Gladstar. What I particularly like about home-made is that you can substitute honey or brown rice syrup or even stevia if you want to avoid making them w/sugar or buying those artificially sweetened ones.

Rosa, I got some white horehound seeds from a trade so I might try making those infamous cough candies this year. (I vaguely remember something about the plant being either very invasive or very ugly but will probably try it anyway, lol.)

In deep green healing,

RE: Lozenges

oh, it is invasive! In my hot weather, it is beating out my mint! But I warn you....horehound is BITTER! I mean BITTER! I can't get my capitols to get as large as they need to be to explain how bitter it is... :o) I tried to make some drops and had to use an enormous amount of sweetener, I was appalled! I would like to come accross a decent recipe that doesn't use so much sweetener, cuz it might have been me just messing around without a recipe.

RE: Lozenges

I've used stevia mixed into a tsp of honey to mask really bitter things like motherwort (whoooo!). The stevia seems to cloud the bitter so that stuff tastes sort of tolerably herbal/weird instead, and it eliminates the use of so much immunity-suppressing sugar.

Thanks for the horehound warning too. I guess I'll plant it in my invasives bed & let them all fight it out.


RE: Lozenges

You can get the same relief without any sweetener by using the effective ingredients without making them into lozenges. You can place a drop of the oil onto a piece of cotton and keep it in your mouth. You can also keep a piece of ginger root in your pocket and bite a bit off it and chew it. That also makes the best breath freshener.

And don't forget to include some healing zink oxide in your preparation. It numbs the throat as it heals it, killing the pain.

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