What is sweet, spicy and soothes a sore throat?
Winter is here. Crisp air, cracking fire in the stove, hot soup, and sore throats…
This recipe for herbal balls for soothing a sore throat is an effective remedy for a few reasons:
It’s sweet so it’s not hard to convince yourself, or your kids, to take it.
They store well in the fridge or on the counter. So put them where you will most likely walk by and pop one in.
These balls are easy and fun to make with kids
Almost all of the ingredients are readily available and are kept on hand in many homes.
So what are they made out of and what are the benefits of these ingredients?
Honey- Honey is a medicine made out of medicinal herbs by bees. So it has many healing properties. It is soothing which helps with an irritated throat. It is a wonderful antimicrobial so it helps clear up the pathogens and keep the balls shelf stable.
Coconut butter (or any other nut or seed butter like peanut butter, almond butter, sesame butter etc.) Nut butters are natural emollients that also sooth a scratchy throat but more than that the butter allows to cut down the amount of honey needed to reach a dough like consistency.
Ground licorice root- Licorice root is antiviral and anti-inflammatory. It’s mucilaginous materials sooth irritated and inflamed tissue. In addition it is sweet and makes these balls sweeter and easier to take.
Ground ginger- Ginger is warming and decongesting herb. Used for cold type imbalances such as colds, flu, sore throat, respiratory congestion and poor circulation.
Ground cinnamon- Cinnamon is a powerful antiseptic and anti viral. Often indicated in colds and flus, viral infections and fungus infections. In addition the sweet warm flavor make these medicinal balls taste wonderful.
½ cup honey
½ cup nut butter
¼ cup licorice
¼ cup ginger
¼ - ½ cup cinnamon
Mix honey and butter
Add herbs and mix. Continue adding cinnamon until the mixture resembles bread dough and you can knead.
Roll the mixture into balls about the size of two pees.
Powder the balls with cinnamon or cocoa powder.
Store in a jar in the fridge or not.
Take two balls up to 4 times a day while combating a sore throat.