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.