Homemade Slippery Elm Bark Lozenges

By Ashley Devonish | Category: Healthy Living, Recipes & Kitchen Tips

Okay my fellow #1 and #2 mamas, ready for another herbal homemade recipe?  This one can be used to comfort digestive complaints (such as indigestion, diarrhea, colitis or ulcers) as well as to soothe sore throats or oral wounds (such as biting your tongue or lip).  I found that these were really easy to make but because the recipe makes so many lozenges (85!), it can be a little time consuming.  I suggest doing the final steps while relaxing in the evening in front of a TV show or listening to a good audio book :) .

Oh by the way, the taste was something I was unsure of on these.  I didn’t expect them to taste very good but in the end they were totally okay.  They are not super yummy but they are nowhere near bad and the kids are happy to suck on them so I would say that is a success!

-1/2 Cup Slippery Elm Bark Powder
Plus you might want a little more for dusting (you can most likely find this at a local  health food store in their bulk/herb section)

-1/4 Cup Honey (raw is best)
By the way, I saw that Azure Standard offers a gallon of Raw Honey for about $30, this is a great price from what I have seen.

-1/2 tsp. Natural Flavoring Extract (such as lemon, vanilla, mint or strawberry)
I had some Lemon Drop Stevia on hand so that is what I used.

-Mix together slippery elm bark powder, honey and flavoring in a bowl to form a dough.

-Once it is mostly all combined (a little extra powder in the bowl will remain) dump it onto a cutting board.

-Roll it into a ball to full mix it together and then create small “logs” or “snakes” that are about 1 cm thick.  Use extra slippery elm powder as needed to keep it from getting to sticky.

-Slice each little snake of dough into pea-sized pieces and roll into little balls.  Place each ball onto a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan and bake at 250 degrees F for about 1 hour.  Store in a cool, dry place (or refrigerate) in an airtight container.

Yield: about 85 Lozenges (this is a large batch so feel free to cut it in half if desired).

Directions: Adults and children 3 and older.  Allow the lozenge to dissolve slowly in mouth (when it gets “gummy” you can swallow it).  You can also dissolve in hot water and drink it as a tea.  Take one lozenge every 2 hours s needed.

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to check out the Elderberry Syrup recipe that I posted previously.  Want more like this?  The above recipe was taken directly out of the online ebook Herbal Nurturing.  Interested in digging deeper and making some of your own cough syrups, lozenges, toothache soothers, headache massage gel, pink-eye relief, balms, pregnancy and monthly teas and more?  Check out the comprehensive Herbal Nurturing guide for only $8.95*!

*Full disclosure: After buying this book and enjoying it myself, I signed up to be an affiliate so clicking through my links will bring you to the site via my affiliate code.

**Disclaimer: Obviously I am not a doctor and this is not “medical advice”. :)

 

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Ashley Devonish

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Posted Wednesday, March 16, 2011

8 Responses to “Homemade Slippery Elm Bark Lozenges”

  1. [...] my own home remedies.  I bought the online ebook Herbal Nurturing and started right in on the Natural Elm Bark Lozenges.  They were both fun and simple to make and I appreciated the extra tips, info and suggestions on [...]

  2. [...] you haven’t already, don’t forget to check out the Elderberry Syrup recipe and Slippery Elm Bark recipe that I posted previously.  Want more like this?  The above recipe was taken directly out of [...]

  3. I love this recipe but it is not homeopathic, it is herbal. Homeopathic is when they dilute a substance with water or alcohol until the original substance is so minute it is hardly noticeable. Most in the science community feel homeopathy is quackery because it is like taking an aspirin and shaving off just a little powder and saying that dose will cure you.

    This recipe on the other hand is just a general herbal recipe. Any recipe you have where you are mixing herbs into teas, oils, or waxes you should state they are herbal and not homeopathic because you are probably losing readers at the first line because you are stating homeopathic.

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    Heather Ledeboer Reply:

    @Raven, I am glad you like the recipe and thanks for the helpful info, I appreciate it!

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  4. Just wanted to say that I have made this many times using Slippery Elm Bark, Honey and a touch of ginger. I made it for my sister as she was going through Chemo and it was the only thing that helped her with the mouth sores, upset stomach, as well as most of the other side effects. It is safe and better than anything a doc can perscribe. My only difference was that I never baked it. I put it in an airtight container and it would last up to a year.

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    Heather Ledeboer Reply:

    @Deidre Byrd, I am SO glad to hear your feedback and how well it worked for your sister. Thank you for sharing. I am hopeful that she is recovering?

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  5. Do you know if you can use essential oils in place of the flavoring? I’m a Young Living Distributor and have several oils that I think would be great in here!

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    Heather Ledeboer Reply:

    @Karen, great question! As long as the oils in question are safe for consumption I wouldn’t see why you couldn’t do that and add to the medicinal value–good idea!

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