Honeysuckle and Jasmine Jelly for Sore Throats

In China, they often use medicinal jellies such as the renowned Gui Lin Gao (turtle essence jelly) instead of herbal teas. This is my take on Gui Lin Gao - though, thankfully, without the turtle! Honeysuckle is traditionally used in China as an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic, helpful with sore throats and respiratory complaints, and this soothing, delicately floral-scented jelly slips down a treat.

Show: Grow Your Own Drugs

TOTAL TIME: 28 hr 10 min
Prep: 5 min
Inactive Prep: 28 hr
Cook: 5 min

YIELD: 3 servings


1 1/3 ounces/40 g fresh honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) flowers or 2/3 ounce/20 g dried
1/3 ounce/10 g fresh jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum) flowers or 1/8 ounce/5 g dried
1 teaspoon green tea leaves
4 tablespoons orange blossom honey
1 sachet powdered gelatin
Juice 1/2 lime


Wash the honeysuckle and jasmine flowers. Heat 2 1/8 cups water until hot (about the temperature of a hot bath), but do not allow it to boil. Pour into a jug with the tea leaves and flowers. Cover and let stand. Once cooled, place in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

Strain the liquid into a pan, discarding the tea leaves and flowers. Heat the liquid gently until just below boiling point. Take off the heat, whisk in the honey, gelatin and lime juice. Pour into small tumblers or bowls, then cool and refrigerate until set like a loose jelly.

Serve in tumblers or small bowls with jasmine and honeysuckle flowers for decoration. Eat the jelly 2 to 3 times a day, or as required.

Refrigerate and use within 2 days.


The content of this program is for entertainment purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice. Always consult a professional healthcare provider before trying any form of therapy or if you have any questions or concerns about a medical condition. The use of natural products can be toxic if misused, and even when suitably used, certain individuals could have adverse reactions.




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