Immunity supporting thieves herbal honey tea spoons

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Immunity supporting thieves herbal honey tea spoons are perfect as a cough suppressant and sore throat relief all wrapped up in a treat!

 

 

Sore throats are caused by bacterial or viral infections that cause inflammation of the membranes in our throat tonsils. They’re very common and often uncomfortable with symptoms of dryness, itchiness, difficulty swallowing, and pain. And is there anything worse than when these symptoms accompany an uncontrollable cough? Methinks not.

One of the best treatments for a deep cough + sore throat is right in your kitchen cabinet. But you probably already knew that! Many families use honey to ward off colds and sore throats because it’s use is proven to help these symptoms. In clinical studies, honey was as effective as a commonly used cough suppressant ingredient, dextromethorphan, which is found in typical over-the-counter cough medicine. Source. Honey is usually readily available and delicious, so why not give it a shot?

I don’t know about you, but when I’m under the weather, I always boil some water and sip on tea all throughout the day. And although honey is sweet and delicious, I don’t enjoy eating it by the spoonful. So I pop one of these spoons in my tea, let it dissolve while my tea steeps. And my kids like to eat them like lollies. Please note: due to the risk of infant botulism, a severe but rare form of food poisoning, you should never give honey to a child younger than a year old.

What is thieves?

Thieves blend is a medieval herbal blend composition that is said to have been used during the black plague. Historically, it was used in a vinegar solution. While I love to make thieves vinegar, I thought I would infuse some the herbs into my manuka honey and keep some in the fridge.

Ingredients in thieves herbal blend honey spoons:

½ cup raw honey, Manuka Honey is best! Manuka honey can handle being heated without losing all of it's benefits. 

Thieves herbs and spices used:

rosemary

cinnamon 

clove

lemon

nutmeg

ginger

These are not all traditional, but many variations exist, so it's difficult to know which one to replicate, and this one works well for us.

How to make honey spoons / lollies:

Place all ingredients in raw honey several days before making the lollies to allow them to infuse. 

Prepare popsicle sticks or lolly pop sticks over parchment paper or on a spoon mold (I use spoon mold)

Put your thieves honey in a double boiler place over boiling water in a small saucepan

Stir constantly until temperature reaches 300 degrees F (use a candy thermometer)

Remove from heat and stir

Quickly pour into the top of your spoon mold, or gently drop in a circle shape over the top of your lollipop or popsicle stick, to encompass the top of the stick.

Let solidify at room temperature, or move to the fridge for at least one hour.

Gently remove from parchment paper, or easily "pop" out from your mold.

Lollies will dissolve easily in hot water.

herbal thieves honey spoons

herbal thieves honey spoons

Yield: 10 honey spoons
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Honey and thieves herbal blend lollies and tea spoons for a cough suppressant and sore throat relief and alternative cold relief all wrapped up in a treat!

Ingredients

  • ½ cup manuka honey infused with:
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary or 1 tablespoon of dried
  • 2 cinnamon sticks or ¼ tablespoon of dried
  • 3 whole cloves or ½ tablespoon of dried
  • ½ tablespoon fresh grated ginger or ¼ tablespoon of dried
  • zest of one medium sized lemon

Instructions

Infuse your herbs and spices into your manuka honey for 5 days - one week before making these spoons. To infuse, simply place your ingredients in your honey and let it sit with an air tight seal.

When you're ready to make your pops, slightly heat the honey and strain the herbs and spices out of the honey. While you do this, prepare to make your spoons.

Prepare popsicle sticks or lolly pop sticks over parchment paper or on a spoon mold (I use spoon mold)

Put your thieves honey in a double boiler place over boiling water in a small saucepan

Stir constantly until temperature reaches 300 degrees F (use a candy thermometer)

Remove from heat

Quickly pour into the top of your spoon mold, or gently drop in a circle shape over the top of your lollipop or popsicle stick, to encompass the top of the stick.

Let solidify at room temperature, or move to the fridge for at least one hour. I find it works best for me just to let them sit at room temperature.

Gently remove from parchment paper, or easily "pop" out from your mold.

Lollies will dissolve easily in hot water.

Notes

These lollies can be fragile so be careful when removing them from your mold.

Store in your fridge in an airtight container for up to one year.

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While I hope you make and enjoy these honey lollies or tea spoons, I do not hope that you are under the weather now or anytime soon. If you are, feel better soon!