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9.Hyssop -Eases Cough & Cold

The many soothing oils that can be used when drinking this particular tea help to alleviate sore throats and coughing for those who are sick and illnesses such as cold and flu. Since Hyssop is known to be an expectorant, it breaks up the mucus that builds up in the throat and lungs, making way for quick relief and quicker healing of these particular diseases. The soothing warmth of the drink will quickly reduce the sensation of pain and the scraping of the throat so that it is usually taken before bed so it can have a much better night’s rest.

 This wildflower herbal infusion tea recipe calls for four different flowers: elderflower , wild rose, red clover, and anise hyssop. I had all of them dried already, with the exception of anise hyssop, which I had growing fresh in my herb garden. Herbal infusions are generally made with dried herbs and flowers, as that will make a more potent tea. That said, fresh herbs and flowers do add aromatics which can be quite nice. The fresh anise hyssop really made this flower infusion shine!

DIY HYSSOP COUGH DROPS

SUPPLIES/INGREDIENTS

HYSSOP INFUSION:
  • Bring water and hyssop to simmer in a small pot. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Turn off heat and allow to infuse for 30 minutes. Then strain.
MAKING THE COUGH DROPS:
  • Pour honey into a small pot along with your strained hyssop infusion.
  • Cook over low heat, stirring continuously.
  • Continue cooking until temperature reaches 300 degrees. 
    (If you do not have a candy thermometer, you can test the mixture by placing a drop into ice water. If the honey turns and stays firm/hard then you are at 300 degrees).
  • Once at 300 degrees, remove pot from heat.
  • Pour mixture into small cough drop like molds. Allow cough drops to cool and harden.
  • Once firm, pop cough drops out of mold and coat in powdered sugar
  • Store in the fridge or freezer.
  • And there you have it…an easy peasy, effective, and natural way to help deal with colds, coughs, and sore throats.

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