I’ve been seriously enjoying making my own home remedies. It’s amazing how much you can do with a few simple ingredients, and after I made my first batch of homemade cough syrup, I knew that I had to follow it up with homemade cough drops. I’m a huge believer in the power of cough drops on those nights when I can’t sleep because of coughing so much. Bleh.
Some of my favorite natural cough drops are these peppermint cough drops made with raw honey and coconut oil and full of antioxidants. They’re fantastic at soothing a sore throat and very easy to make.
This recipe is a more traditional herbal throat lozenge, and honestly, there’s really no substitute for the real thing during flu season.
Probably the biggest drawback with making home remedies, however, is that it can get expensive really fast.
I tend to fight that tendency by using the most common ingredients I can.
Would it be better to use coltsfoot and elderberry flowers? Theoretically, yes. But most of us don’t have those things sitting around in our pantries, nor can we pick them up at a local grocery store. And ordering specialty herbs gets expensive fast.
The Best Herbs to Use in Homemade Cough Drops
Aside from the fact that peppermint tea tastes awesome, it’s a common cold and flu remedy. Studies have shown that it kills bacteria and viruses. It also has a numbing effect. It also dulls the pain of an aching body. The menthol in peppermint effectively thins mucus and breaks up phlegm. It provides relief from coughs and congestion. You will find menthol as a common ingredient in decongestants.
Chamomile contains immune-boosting and antibacterial properties.
Cinnamon contains anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties.
Ginger has been shown to be a powerful natural painkiller and contains anti-inflammatory properties.
What Is Important About That List?
All of those herbs have powerful healing properties, and every single one of them is available at almost any grocery store and are inexpensive to boot. Who says high-quality herbal remedies have to be expensive?
How to Make Homemade Cough Drops (without making a mess)
One common way is to let the syrup cool until it’s just barely cool enough to handle and then roll it into lozenges with your hands.
I found doing that to be awfully sticky, though and decided to do things the easy way and drop the hot syrup onto parchment paper.
Maybe they’re not as pretty, but I ended up with zero mess, and yes, the cough drops pop right off the parchment paper. Nothing sticks to that stuff. 🙂
Recipe for Homemade Cough Drops
To make these, you’ll need simple, common ingredients: peppermint tea leaves, chamomile tea, cinnamon, ginger, honey, and water.
Optionally, you can add essential oils at the end when the syrup has cooled down some but is still hot enough to stir them in. It’s hard to know how much of the oils get cooked off since the syrup is still hot, but it may be worth a shot to add some. I do like to add peppermint for flavor and thieves for its antimicrobial properties.
Start off by making a strong tea with the herbs, then add honey and cook until it reaches the hard candy stage. This can take a few minutes, as the mixture needs to evaporate a certain amount of water before it can get there.
Here’s the full recipe below:Print
Homemade Cough Drops
Try these simple, homemade cough drops the next time you find yourself with a cough or cold.
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ginger
- ¾ cup boiling water
- ¾ cup honey
- Optional: Essential Oils such as peppermint, or Thieves (Great for boosting the immune system!)
- Steep peppermint, chamomile, cinnamon, and ginger in boiling water for 10 minutes or more.
- Strain off water, and pour into a small saucepan.
- Add honey.
- Heat over medium heat until the mixture begins to boil.
- Continue boiling until the mixture reaches the hard crack stage between 300-310º.
- Watch carefully, it is really easy to burn when it gets this hot!
- Let mixture cool for 5-10 minutes, until it starts to get syrupy.
- At this point, you can add a few drops of healing/antibacterial essential oils (this is totally optional!)
- Drop small spoonfuls onto parchment paper on your countertop, and let cool.
- Dust with slippery elm bark, or at the very least, cornstarch, potato starch, or tapioca starch to absorb condensation and prevent them from sticking together in storage.
- Store in an airtight container in a cool place or in your refrigerator
- Use as needed to soothe sore, itchy throats and coughing.
Recipes everyone can make!
Nourish your body with ingredients you already have in your kitchen!