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Homemade sore throat pastilles recipe

Sore throat? Nose running? You can ease the first signs of a cold with these homemade sore throat pastilles. Made with manuka honey and slippery elm bark, these DIY lozenges are very soothing.

Serving Size:

Makes approx. 30



  • 1 x herbal tea bag (I used peppermint)
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) fresh boiled water
  • 2 tbsp manuka honey
  • 40g slippery elm bark powder (and a 1 tbsp extra, for dusting)


Put the teabag into a tea cup with the boiled water, leave to brew for 2 minutes.

Nest, put the honey into a medium size heat-proof bowl and pour in the tea. Stir to melt the honey.

Add slippery elm bark powder and mix well to form a thick paste.

Line a bread board with some baking paper and transfer the pastey ‘dough’ onto it. Dust over with some extra slippery elm bark powder and use the back of a metal spoon to flatten and shape it into a rectangle, about 5mm thick.

Take the smallest ring from a set of cutters (or the lid off something like a vanilla essence bottle) and use it to cut out small pastilles. Press out any remaining dough into a rectangle again, and cut out more shapes until all the dough it used up. 

Arrange the pastilles in a storage container and, with lid off, leave to harden in a dark, cool, dry place. This can take 1-2 days. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.


  • Slippery elm bark powder is a natural source of fibre that has anti-inflammatory properties. You can buy it at your local health food store.
  • If you want to harden your pastilles quickly, you can pop them into the freezer.
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  • This recipe was created by Katie Rainbird for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder. You can follow Katie at Katie180.