A No-Sugar, Natural Cough & Throat Soother

When cold weather comes, many of us end up with a sore throat, or a cough, especially the tickly kind that just won’t go away or let us rest.  Years ago, I learned to make slippery elm balls, and they worked super well for this – coating the throat, settling the cough.  Slippery elm is mucilaginous, and when your throat is raw and irritated, that’s exactly what you want.

Slippery elm balls are made by stirring together honey and slippery elm powder, and shaping the mixture into little balls.  My daughter loves them – a little too much.  I’m not so sure, these days, about the benefits of eating lots of honey (sugar), especially when you’re already sick – it seems more harmful than helpful.  So when a cold brought us tickly coughs that went on and on, I wondered what else we could do.  And then I thought of slippery elm applesauce!

Slippery Elm Applesauce

This is a great treat for part of breakfast, or for a bedtime snack, to settle the throat and cough before sleeping.  I am personally not a huge fan of slippery elm’s taste, which is why I add a touch of cinnamon.  (Plus cinnamon is warming for the body.)

1 cup applesauce (homemade, or we love Vermont Village Organic Applesauce – no kickback, just my personal fave)

1 tsp slippery elm bark powder (I get mine through Mt. Rose)

sprinkle of ground cinnamon

Warm your applesauce in a saucepan.  Place in serving bowl, sprinkle with slippery elm and cinnamon, and stir together.  Enjoy!

I hope you and your family enjoy this simple, delicious remedy.  I also found, personally, that drinking warm chicken broth soothed my throat and cough tremendously.  My recipe for chicken broth (a reader favorite) can be found here.  Blessings on your weekend, friends.

5 Responses to “A No-Sugar, Natural Cough & Throat Soother”

  1. 1

    Adrie,Thanks for the slippery elm idea,my kids have been coughing for a week.This would work,your the best!!!Hope all is getting better at your house!!!HUGs and Blessings,:):)xo

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    Hi Adrie,

    Been a while, you kind of lost me on the Blood Moon post, but that is not a complaint. Whenever I have come to your blog since, I do it a little reluctantly, sorry. We DO eat meat and moved to rural Vermont to be close to our food sources. We respect our food, bless it and are ever-so-thankful for it, but at this point in my life that is where it ends. I know it is a bit wimpy as if I eat it I should “own” it, but believe me, not a moment goes by in our food preparation that we are not eternally grateful for those lives sacrificed for us and we find solace in knowing that the animals we eat lived a good life, not far from where we are, I hope you understand.

    Thanks for the slippery elm tip. I find slippery elm in my tea is always the best but the kids won’t always take it that way, but applesauce, what a novel idea, thank you!!

    Also, a little tip, when I make chicken soup, quite often during the winter, I always add a healthy amount of tumeric. It is so healthy and a good way to get it into our diets, especially when we are suffering from inflammation, and it gives the chicken soup a beautiful golden color, along with whatever my 3 year old daughter is wearing!

    In good health,

  3. 3

    Hope it helps!

  4. 4

    Glad you enjoyed this one, and sorry if I in some way offended you with the Blood Moon post! Thanks for the tumeric tip.

  5. 5

    Please, no need to apologize. Some of us simply have weaker tummies than others. Enjoy your Sunday!


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