It has become very, very important to me to know what I am feeding my family. It is equally important to me to reduce or eliminate the preservatives, dyes, and chemicals that we are exposed to in our foods and household cleaners.
These are the most soothing, natural throat drops. So much so that I wanted this to be the first recipe that I share with you. It has three basic ingredients, so I know exactly what’s in them: honey, Thieves essential oil, and lemon essential oil. They taste better than store-bought plus I know what’s in them (and I can pronounce everything.)
1-Cup raw, unfiltered honey (local honey is best) 8-drops Thieves Young Living Essential Oil (I like them a bit on the strong cinnamon side) 4-drops lemon Young Living Essential Oil 1-candy thermometer (you can find them for under $5) A turkey baster (optional)
Put the honey in a saucepan and bring it to 300 degrees on medium (or slightly higher) heat-adjust as needed. It will begin to bubble and rise up in the pan, so don’t use the very smallest pan. It should hold about 4 cups of liquid to prevent boil over. Use your thermometer to check the temperature periodically. It must reach 300 degrees, or it will not be hard. Stir frequently to prevent sticking. Be extremely careful. 300 degrees is very hot!
Once at 300 degrees remove from the heat and stir so it will begin to cool. You want to wait until it is as cool as possible (without being sticky) to add the oils. Once it begins to set, the honey will become harder to work with so don’t let it get too thick. You will know so don’t worry. If it does get too thick, you can rewarm it.
Spoon the mixture into the candy molds or use a filled turkey dropper. If you don’t have molds, it’s okay. I have seen people make drops using wax paper and just putting drops on the paper. They won’t be as uniform or pretty, but that’s okay too. If you want to get candy molds, check a local cake decorating supply store, or you can order online. I paid about $3 per mold for mine. They come in sheets that have about 12 – 20 drops on them.
Allow to cool completely and wrap in wax paper. This recipe is a little messy, so you can put down way paper on the counters around where you are working or dissolves any spills with a wet wash cloth. It’s messy, but they are so worth it! Enjoy!
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