It’s that time of year again! Yup, along with all the pumpkin spice, and sweater weather, it’s… cold and flu season!
I count my little family as generally pretty blessed in the area of health, but you can’t keep you kids away from all the germs, all the time, and last week, Garrett came down with a pretty nasty sore throat and cold. (can’t say I was surprised since we’ve been traveling so much)
My first go-to when the kids get a cold is always warm water with a bit of lemon juice and raw honey, with a drop of thieves vitality oil thrown in for good measure. It’s quick and easy, and really works wonders!
In fact, the night Garrett came down with the cold, he was coughing too much to go to sleep until I made him a mug of “warm lemonade”.
But the next morning, I knew we were going to need cough drops. I’m a huge fan of homemade herbal cough drops, but this time, I wanted to make throat soothing cough drops with coconut oil and raw honey, and add some peppermint for the menthol to support his respiratory system.
The combination of coconut oil and honey works wonders to soothe your throat, plus, both ingredients are antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral – health benefits your body needs when it’s trying to fight off illness!
Plus, the combination, especially when you add peppermint oil tastes delicious – in fact, your kids might think they’re candy!
But I’ll be honest, at least 50% of the reason I wanted to make no-cook cough drops was that I really didn’t want to, well, cook. Sometimes, you just need something where you can mix it up, and be done!
You moms with sick kids know what I mean!
Homemade Peppermint Cough Drops Recipe
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup raw honey
- 2 drops peppermint vitality essential oil
- Heat (or cool) coconut oil until it’s soft, but not melted
- Add honey and peppermint oil
- Stir to combine well
- (note: if your coconut oil is melted, the honey will sink to the bottom and stay there. Simply pop the whole thing into the refrigerator and stir it every few minutes until everything stays combined)
- Press mixture into small silicon molds, or a parchment paper-lined bread pan
- Refrigerate until firm
- Remove from mold and cut cough drops into 1/2 inch square pieces.
- These cough drops are safe to eat in what every quantities you want, however when the kids throats are really bothering them, they usually eat one every 20-30 minutes.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- Enjoy! (and get well soon!)
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Recipes everyone can make!
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I can’t tolerate coconut/palm… any ideas what I could use instead? I can’t do dairy either…
Can i use pepermint extract instead of the essential oil would come out the same
I’m not sure whether peppermint extract will have the same health/antiviral benefits.
Meg Kraska says
Also, make sure you get food-quality essential oils!