Homemade Slippery Elm Bark Lozenges

March 16, 2011

Okay my fellow #1 and #2 mamas, ready for another herbal homemade recipe?  This one can be used to comfort digestive complaints (such as indigestion, diarrhea, colitis or ulcers) as well as to soothe sore throats or oral wounds (such as biting your tongue or lip).  I found that these were really easy to make but because the recipe makes so many lozenges (85!), it can be a little time consuming.  I suggest doing the final steps while relaxing in the evening in front of a TV show or listening to a good audio book :) .

Oh by the way, the taste was something I was unsure of on these.  I didn’t expect them to taste very good but in the end they were totally okay.  They are not super yummy but they are nowhere near bad and the kids are happy to suck on them so I would say that is a success!

-1/2 Cup Slippery Elm Bark Powder
Plus you might want a little more for dusting (you can most likely find this at a local  health food store in their bulk/herb section)

-1/4 Cup Honey (raw is best)
By the way, I saw that Azure Standard offers a gallon of Raw Honey for about $30, this is a great price from what I have seen.

-1/2 tsp. Natural Flavoring Extract (such as lemon, vanilla, mint or strawberry)
I had some Lemon Drop Stevia on hand so that is what I used.

-Mix together slippery elm bark powder, honey and flavoring in a bowl to form a dough.

-Once it is mostly all combined (a little extra powder in the bowl will remain) dump it onto a cutting board.

-Roll it into a ball to full mix it together and then create small “logs” or “snakes” that are about 1 cm thick.  Use extra slippery elm powder as needed to keep it from getting to sticky.

-Slice each little snake of dough into pea-sized pieces and roll into little balls.  Place each ball onto a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan and bake at 250 degrees F for about 1 hour.  Store in a cool, dry place (or refrigerate) in an airtight container.

Yield: about 85 Lozenges (this is a large batch so feel free to cut it in half if desired).

Directions: Adults and children 3 and older.  Allow the lozenge to dissolve slowly in mouth (when it gets “gummy” you can swallow it).  You can also dissolve in hot water and drink it as a tea.  Take one lozenge every 2 hours s needed.

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to check out the Elderberry Syrup recipe that I posted previously.  Want more like this?  The above recipe was taken directly out of the online ebook Herbal Nurturing.  Interested in digging deeper and making some of your own cough syrups, lozenges, toothache soothers, headache massage gel, pink-eye relief, balms, pregnancy and monthly teas and more?  Check out the comprehensive Herbal Nurturing guide for only $8.95*!

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**Disclaimer: Obviously I am not a doctor and this is not “medical advice”. :)


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