Saturday, January 24, 2015

Get Well Soon...

In case you didn't know, it is cold and flu season.  The flu seems to be quite strong this year.  My husband is not feeling well.  Congestion and sore throat.  I'm on red alert, since most of my students and teachers are sick.  Add my husband to that mix and I'm probably doomed.  I decided to be prepared.  Oh, and take care of my husband.

First, I made some homemade throat drops.  I have wanted to try these for some time, but it looked like a lot of work.  I decided better now than when I'm sick.  

 Homemade Honey/Ginger Cough Drops
1 c. Ginger tea
1 c. Honey
2 T. Lemon Juice
1 c. sugar
1/4 t. ginger

First make the tea.  I used a Korean Ginger Tea that was given to me by a very thankful Korean mother.  It sure has some zing to it.  After the tea is made, add the honey, lemon juice, and sugar. 
Boil until the candy thermometer says 300 degrees.  That took a while.  Keep a watch on the pot, because it will boil over.  I kept it on a low temperature and tried not to stir it much.

Next prepare your molds.  Make an even layer of powdered sugar in a cake pan.  Then using a 1/2 teaspoon leave indentations in the sugar.  That was much easier than I anticipated.  When the mixture reaches 300 degrees, use a tablespoon to fill the sugar indentations.  Be super careful as this is just plain hot hot hot.  Let everything cool, then stir with a slotted spoon.  When both sides are covered with powdered sugar, sift the drops out, put in a jar, and put in the refrigerator.  Be careful using these with children as they are still a bit sticky in the middle and kids under the age of 3 aren't supposed to have honey.  

Then next home remedy is a spicy cough remedy.  This really has some zing, but does sooth a sore throat and quiets the cough.  

Maggie's Cough Remedy
1/4 t. cayenne pepper
1/4 t. ginger
1 T. apple cider vinegar
2 T. water
1 T. honey
Mix and refrigerate.  This will make your eyes water, but it works.

My final go to is a homemade hot drink made with 1 c. water, 1 T. apple cider vinegar, 1 T. lemon juice, and 1 T. honey.  I find it very soothing.  

That in a nutshell is my "Get Well Kit."  I can't say enough how much I enjoy finding and trying these homemade remedies on Pinterest.  I especially like that I can make them out of things that are readily available in the cupboard and honey from my own hives.

One last home remedy is not from Pinterest.  It is good old Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup with a side of homemade bread.  The soup is canned vegetables from my garden, cooked and shredded chicken breasts, 4 cups of chicken broth, 1 can cream of chicken soup, 2 bay leaves, ground parsley, and ground thyme.

Grandma Wilder's Noodles 
1 1/2 t. salt
3 eggs beaten
1 1/2 cup of flour

Mix by hand until it sticks together, roll out flat, and cut into strips with a pizza cutter.  Boil in the soup for 20 minutes.  If my family is scratching their heads wondering who Grandma Wilder is.  She is from a cookbook.  

There you have it.  The perfect recipe for getting better.  Don't forget to take lots of naps.  In fact, that is where I'm headed next.  I hope everyone out there is avoiding the plague.   At the bottom are the sites where I found the recipes.  Good luck and stay healthy.

Cough Syrup:
Cough Drops:


  1. Soup is good food. I have been real cautious gong out and what I touch. My 1st year working with kids was my 1st time getting strep. I carried cough syrup all year it seems. I make a tea using fresh ginger, a good relaxer.

  2. I hope everyone gets better soon . It has been years since I have had a cold or flu . Watch now that I have said that lol . I have never heard of not giving kids under 3 a bit of honey every now and then never did us or our kids any harm lol ! strange how things change isn't it ? Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

  3. Wow you are clever.I would try these but never try to make them I am a bit clumsy. I do hope your husband gets well soon and you stay well. Hug B

  4. I love that hot drink of cider vinegar/lemon/honey! And I'm going to have to try those cough drops. Thank you for sharing! Hope he feels better soon!

  5. Well, I think IM going to try these! Im always afraid of taking anything from drugland; having a terrible reaction once to antibiotic that put me in the hospital for three days! Being prepared is like 9 tenths of the law or something like that lol...anyhow, i found out like you did that you if take care of it before it gets too bad, it nips it in the bud - you have the perfect recipes here!

  6. Oh, I do hope you stay healthy. I'm a home remedy lady myself. My favorite is raw garlic. Chop it, let it sit for 10 minutes, then swallow it down like tiny pills and chase with water. I also made some Fire Cider. Have you heard of it? I think it's good stuff and similar to your cough remedy -- lots of hot stuff. I love homemade chicken soup too. How are your cough drops working? They look pretty in the jar.

  7. I love all of these recipes. I fought it but finally with my whole house sick, I lost the battle, but I didn't stay sick as long as everyone else did so I think all of those remedies do work. I hope you stay well and I love those pictures of all of those throat lozenges.

  8. What wonderful recipes thanks for sharing and hope anyone wh is not feeling well gets better.

  9. I recently examined bottles of cough syrup in a drug store. It is scary stuff, both the active and the necessary ingredients. I couldn't buy it. I wound up getting a homeopathic remedy for children and took that at night, and it helped. I was squeezing lemons in hot water with honey too. Thank you for sharing the recipes. Get well soon.

  10. I love the look of your chicken soup - it has that real homemade honesty about it that coughs and colds shrink away from - and I've never seen cough drops made with moulds like that before. Amazing - thank you!


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