Is a sore throat bothering you? Pesky viruses can cause a sore throat and cough that lasts far too long. The good news is that you can find a natural remedy in your herb garden that works. The sage plant is a long-known medicinal herb used to fight sore throats and gum infections, as well as to treat the inside of the mouth or throat. It fights the pathogens that cause disease and quickly relieves pain. In the article you will find two simple recipes on how to make sage candies yourself and use them as a home remedy for cough and sore throat.
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Sage candies as a natural remedy
More and more people are recalling the centuries-old tradition of herbal medicine. After all, nature today offers just as many effective remedies as in times past. These remedies can be used to successfully treat all kinds of illnesses – as well as the unpleasant side effects of modern life, such as stress, exhaustion and listlessness. Even scientists have acknowledged that herbal medicine has a number of healing powers.
The elongated hairy leaves of true sage have great healing power, which can be used for various ailments. They have antimicrobial, antiviral, antiperspirant and antispasmodic effects. Sage is mainly prepared as a tea and used against various health complaints such as gastrointestinal disorders. In fact, another well-known use of the medicinal herb is the soothing sage candies, which are effective against inflammation of the mouth and throat and can be easily made at home. Two recipes follow.
Make sage candies yourself with this 2-ingredient recipe.
You will need:
- A sharp knife
- Cutting board
- Mortar and pestle (optional)
- Small saucepan
- Wooden spoon
- Baking tray
- Baking paper
- 10 sprigs fresh sage (or 5 g dried sage)
- 100 g granulated sugar
Here’s how to make the sage candies yourself:
Rinse fresh sage briefly under cold water, then lightly pat dry with paper towels. Then pull the leaves off the sage. Using a sharp knife on a cutting board, chop the sage leaves as finely as possible. (If you’re using dried sage, you don’t need to rinse it; chop it directly with a mortar and pestle.)
In a small saucepan, melt the sugar over low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Continue stirring until the sugar is light brown. Stir the sage into the sugar. Be careful when doing this because the water contained in the fresh sage leaves will cause the mixture to fizz, bubble and spit. Therefore, making these candies is not a task for children.
Remove the pot from the stove. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a wooden spoon, drop candy-sized portions of the herb mixture onto the paper. Be careful: the sugar mixture is hotter than boiling water and must not be touched by hand before it cools! If you don’t like the shape of the candy, let the drops cool enough to handle, then roll them into balls with your hands.
When to use. For coughs and sore throats.
How to use. Suck on a sage lozenge several times a day as needed.
How long to store? The homemade sage candies will keep for at least 1 year in an airtight container.
Make your own sage candies with honey
Did you know that honey is a natural remedy? Even a spoonful of high quality honey can bring relief from a sore throat. So, the sage candies with honey are an effective remedy for coughs and sore throats.
- 200 g sugar
- two handfuls of sage leaves
- 2 tablespoons of liquid honey
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
First, wash the freshly picked sage well and dab it with a kitchen towel. Then pluck the leaves from the stems, as only the fine leaves are needed. Chop the sage leaves very finely or crush them with herb scissors.
Place the sugar in an uncoated saucepan and heat over medium heat. If the sugar is heated too quickly, there is a risk that it will burn. While the sugar is slowly becoming liquid, it needs to be stirred constantly, preferably with a wooden spoon. Generally, a wooden spoon is better than its metal counterpart because the sugar mixture does not cool and clump as quickly when stirred.
Once all the sugar has caramelized, remove the pot from the heat and add the remaining ingredients. First add the honey and stir to combine with the caramel. Now add the lemon juice and sage and stir well.
When all the ingredients are well mixed, spread the mixture in batches with a tablespoon on one or two lined baking papers. Be careful: the sugar mixture is very hot! The candy mixture now needs time to harden. If you want to roll the candy, you should regularly check with your finger how soft the mass still is. As soon as no more threads form, the cough drops can be rolled.
To do this, simply pull the candy off with a knife and roll it between your hands into a small ball. Place the balls back on the baking paper to cool further and harden completely. When the cough drops are hard, you can still roll them in powdered sugar and wrap them in candy wrappers.
Tip: Cut and harvest sage properly
Do you grow sage in your garden or on your balcony and want to use its leaves for homemade natural remedies? Below you will learn how to cut and properly harvest sage.
- The sage leaves can be picked almost all year round. However, just before the flowering period, the concentration of essential oils is the highest. Therefore, it is recommended to harvest sage for medicinal purposes between June and August.
- Sage should be harvested on a warm, sunny day, preferably in the late morning when the dew has already dried.
- Simply cut the young shoots with scissors. When doing so, cut to about 10 cm above the ground and at least above a pair of leaves. Alternatively, you can just pick individual leaves.
- In the spring, the sage needs a complete pruning.