Homestead Medicine Cabinet: Flax jelly for sore throats
Flax Jelly has been used as a medicinal remedy for sore throats for generations. It’s a must-have for your homestead medicine cabinet. Learn how to make this for your family to help with chest congestion, cough and sore throat.
It’s a beautiful sunny day today. It seems brighter with the sunlight reflected on the snow. The wind is blowing quite strongly and it’s blowing in freshness and life. It’s been kind of dark since Solstice and I love to see the sunlight again. Lots of my friends are sick right now. It’s cold and flu season around here and lack of sunlight is a huge factor in the weakening of our Canadian immune systems. I hope you are taking vitamin D3. I take 5 tablets a day to keep my immune system working in top shape.
When you do get sick, flax jelly is a great remedy for the cough, sore throat, and the generally cough-hackiness of flu season. Here’s the recipe. You can print it out using the button at the bottom of the post and save it for when you need it.
Flax Jelly Recipe
Flax jelly is the oldest herbal remedy known. It has stood the test of time. It helps with chest congestion, cough, and sore throat. Make it just before you consume it. It thickens as it cools.
Ingredients for one serving:
- 2 tablespoons of whole flaxseed
- 1 cup of water
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
1. Using a medium saucepan, bring the water and flaxseed to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes.
2. Strain immediately and reserve the clear liquid in a teacup.
3. To the teacup, add one teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.
4. Drink it down immediately, before it gets too thick.
- Prep Time: 5 min
- Cook Time: 3 min
- Total Time: 10 min
- Yield: 1 serving 1x
Flax jelly is the oldest herbal remedy known. It has stood the test of time. It helps with chest congestion, cough and sore throat.
- 2 tbsp. whole flax seed
- 1 cup of water
- 1 tsp Honey
- 1 tsp Lemon Juice
- Bring water and flax seed to a boil and simmer for 5 min.
- Strain immediately and reserve the clear liquid.
- Mix in honey and lemon juice.
- Drink immediately, before it cools down and thickens
Make it just before you consume it. It thickens as it cools. If it cools too much the consistency is similar to egg whites, it is preferable to drink quite hot.
If you let it cool too much flaxseed jelly takes on the consistency of egg whites. Certainly not pleasant, but it is medicine and it doesn’t taste bad. It does help with the symptoms of a sore throat, cough and chest congestion. Mr. Joybilee says, “You get used to it.” Your children may not appreciate it cooled.
The actions of flaxseed are:
- demulcent (soothes),
- anti-tussive (prevents coughing),
- emollient, and
- vulnerary(wound healing).
You can also use flax jelly without the honey and lemon, as an egg white substitute in baking, or as an aftershave lotion. You can also take the jelly and seeds together in a cotton cloth and use it externally as a warm plaster over the chest, to reduce congestion.
Other herbs you can take for a cold or flu:
Willow Bark (for the aches and fever)
To find out more things you can do with flax check out these other posts from Joybilee Farm
Flax plasters, compresses, cold relief, and omega 3: The benefits of Flax
DIY moisturizing hand sanitizer from flax
This isn’t an exhaustive list. What’s your favorite natural remedy for colds and flu? Share it in the comments.
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These photos renmid me of the ones in my grandmothers photo album. My mother was raised on a homestead in the then rural area of Williamsburg, OH. Of course, homesteading was the way of life for my grandparents and probably yours too. I sometimes feel that I am not living up to my roots because I don’t know how to can vegetables yet and am not a very good sewer. (Is that part of it?) I remember going into my grandmothers pantry and seeing stacks and rows of canned beans, tomatoes and peppers; I even remember sitting around the kitchen breaking beans. Even being only a first generation city-girl there is still a lot to re-learn about the natural way. Thanks for providing a platform. Do you having any advice about building a small greenhouse for Ohio winters?
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Susan Hutchinson says
Never heard of using flax for sore throats! I learned something new! 🙂 We usually concoct a lemon/honey/ginger paste or use slippery elm tea. I’ll have to try the flax idea the next time a sore throat comes to call – hopefully not soon! I’m going to post a link to this post on my blog – hope that’s ok! I enjoy posting helpful info for holistically minded moms!
Joybilee Farm says
Thanks for posting a link to your blog. I really appreciate it. We found out about the flax jelly when we started growing linen (fiber flax). It works and it isn’t as gross as it sounds. We usually put the lemon and honey in it. You are second person who suggested ginger. I am definitely going to try that with the flax next time. Hoping over to check out your blog now. Cheers,
kellie hunt says
I like an Elderberry rob.Tastes like crap,but does the job.Also some red clover/cayenne teas helps with upper respiratory issues.
Joybilee Farm says
Thanks for commenting, Kellie. What’s Elderberry rob? I haven’t heard about that one. I’ve also used dandylion wine to advantage with cold and flu symptoms. Cayenne would be great for breaking a fever. I haven’t tried red clover yet but I think I will this summer, when the clover is in bloom. Thanks for stopping by. Chris
Always refreshing to hear a raitoanl answer.
“The consistency of snot” – yum! Like you said, it’s medicine. I like echinacea tea with honey, or just a spoonful of manuka honey left to sit in the back of the throat. Thanks for sharing on Wildcrafting Wednesday.
Joybilee Farm says
Thanks for commenting, Laurie. Honey is good, too. I like lemon and honey for a sore throat, too. Manuka honey is difficult to come by around here, so I use local honey which works, too, as long as it hasn’t been super-filtered. Chris
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We like to drink lots of Ginger and Lemon tea!!!
Joybilee Farm says
Oh, that sounds very good, Judith. Almost worth being sick to drink ginger and lemon tea. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. Chris
Unbelievable how well-wrtietn and informative this was.