Homemade Cough Drops

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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!)


  1. Steep peppermint, chamomile, cinnamon, and ginger in boiling water for 10 minutes or more.
  2. Strain off water, and pour into a small saucepan.
  3. Add honey.
  4. Heat over medium heat until the mixture begins to boil.
  5. Continue boiling until the mixture reaches the hard crack stage between 300-310º.
  6. Watch carefully, it is really easy to burn when it gets this hot!
  7. Let mixture cool for 5-10 minutes, until it starts to get syrupy.
  8. At this point, you can add a few drops of healing/antibacterial essential oils (this is totally optional!)
  9. Drop small spoonfuls onto parchment paper on your countertop, and let cool.
  10. 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.
  11. Store in an airtight container in a cool place or in your refrigerator
  12. Use as needed to soothe sore, itchy throats and coughing.