As many of you know I am now studying a Bachelor of Health Science in Naturopathy, which means a lot of fun experimenting with tinctures and herbs. This is just one of the many things I have learnt to make since returning to uni.
I'm not sure about you, but I actually hate buying throat lozenges. The natural ones blow a hole in the wallet and any of the cheaper lozenges... well they are cheap for a reason. With my nutrition background, safe to say I had a lot of fun with this recipe so you guys can DIY your own.
Ginger Decoction Ingredients:
- 1 cup water
- 60g fresh ginger, grated
- Place all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 8-10 minutes or until very frequent.
- Tip: the longer you leave this the better.
- 1/2 cup of ginger devotion (make sure you get some of the actual ginger pieces in here.
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 cup honey (Manuka honey for extra immune support)
- 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- 1 tsp olive oil (immune booster)
- Lightly coat a 12-piece silicon mold ice tray with some olive oil.
- Place the ginger liquid, coconut sugar, honey and cream of tartar in a saucepan over a medium heat and stir until it comes to a boil. Once boiling, turn down to simmer for 10 - 15min.
- At the 10min mark do the 'crack test' to see if ready. Simply drip a small amount in ice water with a teaspoon. If it turns to toffee immediately it's ready. If not, keep simmering for another 5min and try again.
- When this stage has been reached, take off the boil and evenly pour the mixture into the silicon mold.
- Place the mold in the freezer and allow to chill. Turn out the mold and store the lozenges in a glass container in the fridge. Separate the layers with some baking to prevent from sticking.
- Use as needed when you have a cold or flu.