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HOMEMADE COUGH DROPS | Home Remedy for Sore Throats

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 Have you ever battled out flu season with home remedies? How about making homemade cough drops?

If you are looking for a safe, natural remedy for nagging coughs and sore throats – then we have something for you! These homemade cough drops are just the ticket!  That’s why whenever flu season hits us–I always head to the kitchen to stock my arsenal.

How to Homemade Cough Drops?

My choice of ingredients includes herbs, essential oils and other plant-based products. Most of which are home-grown or bought fresh from stores that adhere to green living standards.

These honey-lemon-ginger  plus coconut oil cough drops are no different. Made from all-natural ingredients–these wonder drops are soothing and delightfully delicious. These four unique ingredients come together to make a great remedy for families that enjoy making things for themselves.

Introducing a Homemade Remedy for Sore Throats

I love that these honey-lemon drops offer a home remedy that children don’t mind taking. In this way, their coughs stay suppressed without the need of adding toxic chemicals into their systems.

Apart from that, I have complete control of the ingredients! It’s difficult to do so when you try to find organic cough drops from the market. 

These cough drops are so much better than the medicinal tasting commercial drops.

This DIY treatment for cough drops is simple, effective and super soothing. You won’t have to reach for artificial cough drops when you’ve got one of these on hand.

Plus, almost all the ingredients are probably in your kitchen right now.

Let’s have a look at what you have to do:

Ingredients

  • 6 tbsp of honey
  • 2 tsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tsp of coconut oil
  • ½ inch of ginger (freshly peeled and grated)
  • Powdered sugar to dust the cough drops prior to storing (Optional)

Please Note: grate the fresh ginger on the small grates. Ginger can be somewhat strong so please reduce the amount for young children or for anyone sensitive to this spice.

Method

  1. Take a small pan or 6-inch cast iron skillet and add your ingredients together.
Honey, Coconut, Ginger melting in small cast iron pan.

Let the mixture melt over medium heat.

Take the pan off the stove once the mixture starts to a boil. Then whisk until the bubbles start to decrease.

Stirring HoneyCough drop mixture as it comes to a boil.

Put back on heat and continue doing this for 3-6 minutes or until it reaches 300 degrees on a candy thermometer which is the “hard crack” stage when making hard candies,

If you do not have a candy thermometer, don’t worry…..I don’t either but please read the following information prior to starting your cough drops as it is super helpful.

The Cold Water Candy Making Test

Stop cooking once your mixture starts to darken.

Let mixture cool for a few seconds and then drop by 1/2 teaspoon on parchment paper. If the mixture becomes to thick while making the individual drops, simply place the skillet or pan back on the stove to gently reheat. This will soften the mixture to make it easier to finish making your cough drops.

Leave the parchment paper with the cough drops on the counter until completely cooled or pop it in the refrigerator to set.

DIY Cough Drops on Parchment Paper

Or, pour it into an ice tray (preferably molds made from silicone or silicon sucker molds.)

Do not fill the molds too full or the cough drops come out too thick. 

Set it aside to cool for at least 60 minutes.

If you are the type of person that loves symmetry, then opt for the silicone molds. But, if you are like me and just love the handcrafted look then go with the free form cough drops made by pouring from a spoon.

The nice thing about the free form drops, is that they come out in various sizes so you can choose the size needed.

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Storing Your Cough Drops

Cough drops are dusted with Powdered Sugar

Dust with powdered sugar if desired to help your homemade cough drops from sticking together.

That’s it! Your naturally sweet and soothing homemade cough drops are ready to use. You can save them up for weeks by keeping them refrigerated or in the freezer. I like storing them in my little stainless steel containers.

Store Cough Drops in a small container in the refrigerator or freezer.

Directions:  Slowly dissolve in your mouth whenever you feel a scratchy throat coming on or have a cough. Make sure to suck and not chew these drops. 

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Why Do Homemade Cough Drops Work?

My homemade remedy for sore throats is all about enhancing the power of fresh ingredients. Unlike, store-bought tonics, these drops don’t have any chemicals. This ensures that your body accepts the medicine readily without any side effects.

Plus, each of its ingredients serves a special purpose to cure the cough.

Let’s have a look:

  • Honey soothes your itchy throat by coating it with its warm goodness.
  • Lemon & coconut oil fight off infections with their natural anti-bacterial properties.
  • Ginger reduces nausea and boosts your immune system.

Just as a side note: some OTC cough drops can upset a sensitive stomach so the ginger in my homemade cough drops actually offers a soothing aspect to the stomach.

All in all, it’s a safe and healthy way to combat the common cough.

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Printable Recipe:

Homemade Cough Drops | Home Remedy for

Homemade Cough Drops | Home Remedy for

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Homemade Honey and Lemon Cough Drops

Ingredients

  • 6 tbsp of honey
  • 2 tsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tsp of coconut oil
  • ½ inch of ginger (freshly peeled and grated)
  • Powdered sugar to dust the cough drops prior to storing (Optional)

Instructions

    Method

    1. Take a small pan or a 6 inch cast iron skiller and add your ingredients together.
    2. Let the mixture melt over medium heat.
    3. Take the pan off the stove once the mixture starts to a boil. Then whisk until the bubbles start to decrease.
    4. Put back on heat and continue doing this for 3-6 minutes or until it reaches 300 degrees on a candy thermometer which is the "hard crack" stage when making hard candies,
    5. Stop cooking once your mixture starts to darken.
    6. Let mixture cool for a few seconds and then drop by 1/2 teaspoon on parchment paper.
    7. If the mixture becomes to thick while making the individual drops, simply place the skillet or pan back on the stove to gently reheat. This will soften the mixture to make it easier to finish making your cough drops.
    8. Or, drop by 1/2 teaspoon on parchment paper.
    9. Don’t fill the molds too full or the cough drops come out too thick. 
    10. Set it aside to cool for at least 20 minutes.
    11. Dust with powdered sugar if desired.
    12. Pop it in the refrigerator to set.

    That’s it! Your sweet and soothing homemade cough drops are ready to use. You can save them up for weeks by keeping them refrigerated or in the freezer. I like storing them in my little stainless steel containers.

Notes

Directions:  Slowly dissolve in your mouth whenever you feel a scratchy throat coming on or have a cough. Make sure to suck and not chew these drops. 

Wrap Up

In a nutshell, home remedies are the best way to tackle the flu. These cough drops are safer than most medicines. Moreover, they can be customized according to your wishes. It means that you can add more beneficial ingredients to the mixture to make it stronger.

So are you ready to add these homemade cough drops to your medicine cabinet?

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Please Note:  You shouldn’t give honey to children who are one year of age or younger. Also, always, always supervise your children when they take these cough drops or any kind of hard candies.

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Disclaimer: I am not a physician. The information provided is anecdotal and is for educational purposes only. Please consult your family doctor for advice on using these homemade cough drops.

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