These melt-in-your-mouth digestive pastilles will help ease belly woes and discomfort with soothing ingredients like honey, fennel, and ginger.
Have you ever tried a pastille? It’s a thick candy-like lozenge that can be chewy or solid. They’re used for a wide range of natural healing preparations, from soothing sore throats to aiding in digestion.
Melting one of these orange digestive pastilles in your mouth will help begin the breakdown of carbohydrates. As the pastille melts and works it’s way down the digestive tract, it aids in the increase of enzymes that break down proteins and fats. This is beneficial especially for people who lack these enzymes.
After you remove the pastilles from their molds, roll them in a combination of arrowroot powder and a touch of sea salt. The sea salt helps to increase saliva production. Arrowroot powder helps to keep the pastilles from sticking.
Fennel to the Rescue
Fennel comes in many forms – from the raw bulb with fronds used in salads and soups, to its seed often found whole in Italian sausage. In this preparation, I use ground fennel for its ability to easily dissolve, making it ideal for pastilles. The flavor of ground fennel is bitter with sweet anise-licorice aroma.
The Health Benefits of Fennel
- Fennel contains compounds that help ease digestive ailments associated with stomach upset. Fennel helps the body release gastric enzymes relieving bloating and gas. This is due in part to the seed’s bitter nature that increases bile secretion, important for the breakdown of fats.
- Fennel contains phenols and flavonoids; antioxidants that help protect against oxidative stress.
- Antiviral and anti-microbial properties help support the body’s natural defenses against infection and viruses.
- Fennel is a natural expectorant (an ingredient that helps loosen mucus so that you can cough it up) for respiratory ailments.
Honey for Digestion
Honey not only adds a soothing texture and base for pastilles, but also contains its own digestive benefits like improving gut microflora. Honey acts as a prebiotic feeding good bacteria for a balanced digestive system.
The Health Benefits of Ginger
- Ginger stimulates bile secretion as well as saliva production, both crucial components of digestion.
- Ginger is used to curb nausea and symptoms of an upset stomach.
- If you can’t find ground fennel, whole seeds can be ground in a spice grinder into a powder.
- Make sure your saucepan is deep enough to accommodate the foam/bubbles that will form in the pan.
- Keep a watchful eye on your candy thermometer and don’t allow the mixture to heat over 300ºF or it will burn.
BPA-free silicone candy mold (5 milliliters each cavity or about 1 teaspoon)
- ½ cup honey
- 1 cup filtered water
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground fennel
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons arrowroot powder
- ⅛ teaspoons sea salt
- Combine water and honey in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a rapid boil.
- Stir in fennel and ginger. Insert a candy thermometer and bring temperature to 300ºF. Mixture will foam abundantly as it gets closer to temperature and the color will deepen.
- Quickly but carefully pour mixture into 15 cavities. Set in a dry, cool spot to set for 2-3 hours.
- Gently remove pastilles from silicone molds and roll in arrowroot flour and sea salt in a bowl. Use a strainer to remove excess flour.
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