These homemade lozenges with honey, elderberry and ginger will help to soothe the throat and will boost your immune system. Use as needed when you have a cold or flu.
Ginger and elderberry decoction
2 cups of water
60 g / 2 oz fresh ginger, grated
2 tablespoons elderberries (dried)
For the actual lozenges
¼ cup of ginger and elderberry decoction (see above)
¼ cup coconut sugar
¼ cup honey
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup iced water
First, you have to make a ginger and elderberry decoction. Place all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 8-10 minutes and then strain and reserve the liquid. Store the liquid in a clean, sealed jar. Use the liquid to make tea, lozenges or to add to a cold drink such as soda water.
Making the actual lozenges. Lightly coat a 12-piece silicone mold (I used a silicon ice tray) with some coconut oil.
Place the decoction liquid, coconut sugar, honey and cream of tartar in a saucepan over medium heat and stir until it comes to a gentle boil. Once boiling, do not stir. Leave to gently boil for about 20-30minutes.
At about the 25-minute mark, begin to test the mixture to see if it’s ready. You do this by dripping a small amount with a teaspoon into some iced water to see if it immediately hardens to toffee.
Continue to gently boil and test until the mixture comes to the ‘hardened cracking’ stage when dripped into iced water. When this stage has been reached, take off the boil and evenly pour the mixture into the silicone mold.
Place the mold in the fridge or 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 or parchment paper to prevent from sticking.