Homemade Chamomile, Ginger, & Honey Cough Drops

Chamomile, Ginger, & Honey Cough Drops

INGREDIENTS

1/4 Cup Double-Strength Brewed Chamomile Tea
1 Teaspoon Ginger Extract, or brew some fresh ginger along with your chamomile tea
1/4 Cup Raw Honey
1/2 Cup Sugar
Powdered Sugar for dusting

DIRECTIONS

In a small saucepan, add all ingredients except powered sugar and set heat to medium. Stir until sugars dissolve. Using a candy thermometer, slowly bring the mixture to 300 degrees, also known as Hard Crack stage in candy making.

This will take about 20 minutes, but it will scorch just as quickly if left unattended or forgotten. Also note, it will foam quite a bit, so make sure your saucepan has tall walls.

Once it reaches Hard Crack stage, remove from heat and let set for a few minutes until the foam has decreased. Pour into small silicone molds and let harden completely. You can speed up this process by placing in the refrigerator.

Once hardened, remove from molds and dust with powdered sugar to prevent them from sticking together.

I store mine in the fridge and they will last about 2 weeks.

DIY Bath Fizzies!

DIY Bath Fizzies

INGREDIENTS

1 Cup Baking Soda
1 Cup Citric Acid
2 Cups Arrowroot Powder or Cornstarch
Essential Oil (I used Calming the Child as my daughter loves these)
1/4 Cup Witch Hazel
Food Coloring (optional)

DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl, sift Baking Soda, Citric Acid, and Arrowroot Powder and whisk until combined. Set aside.

In a small spray bottle (about 3-4 ounces), add 1/4 cup witch hazel and 3-4 drops of food coloring if using.

In a medium bowl, add 1 cup of your powdered ingredients and whisk in 12 drops of your essential oil. Spray powder 3-5 times and whisk. Continue this process until you can take a handful of the mixture and squeeze in your fist so that it holds it’s shape once opened. Be very careful to not to get it too wet. If you do, your bath fizzies will “melt” after un-molding.

Once the powder holds it’s shape, tightly pack into a heavy-weight silicone mold being mindful to make sure the edges are really pressed down so they don’t fall apart once dry. DO NOT use a flimsy silicone mold. See that pink one up there? It’s REALLY thin…and well…let’s just say those were a major fail.

Let set out for 2-4 hours until completely dry. You can even leave them molded overnight if wanted. Remove from molds and store in an air-tight container or zip-lock bag until ready to use.

Yields about 12 large bath fizzies.

DIY Bath Fizzies

Pain Relief Massage Candle

Pain Relief Massage Candle

INGREDIENTS
65 grams soy wax
10 grams shea butter or mango butter
45 drops essential oils (2% dilution)

I did 8 drops Roman Chamomile, 8 drops Black Pepper, 8 drops Clove, 8 drops Lavender, 8 drops Self Esteem Synergy, & 5 drops Cinnamon Leaf.

DIRECTIONS
Use a kitchen scale to measure soy wax and shea butter and tare (zero) in between. Add to a small saucepan and heat on low heat just until melted. Remove from heat and add essential oils.

Pour into 4 oz tin container and add wick. You may have to trim it to make it stand up on it’s own. Theoretically, you should tie it to something and let it hang straight down, but I’m a rebel.

TO USE
Light candle for about 10-15 minutes until some wax melts. Blow out candle and wait 1-2 minutes before using melted wax to massage into the skin as you would a massage oil.