DIY Homemade Cough Drops

DIY Cough Drops

As the cold and flu season continues to linger around we sometimes get desperate to find a remedy that works. Colds can be the most difficult to get rid of so you want something that works and fast. I began to think about all of the cough drops that I have used and I have never felt like they relieve my symptoms. Since I keep coconut oil on hand at all times in my house I wondered if there was a way to make my own cough drop. I created my own recipe from others ideas to form this great cough remedy!

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Place honey and coconut oil in a pot and bring to a boil.
  2. When the mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat to simmer.
  3. “Cook” the mixture until it reaches 300 degrees Fahrenheit with a candy thermometer. If you don’t have a candy thermometer spray a cookie sheet with coconut oil cooking spray and pour the syrup on the sheet.
  4. When the syrup has cooled, it will become bendable, begin to use your hands to pull of pieces and form into ovals or the shape of your choice. Work quickly as this hardens very fast.
  5. Allow cough drops to cool on a pan.
  6. Store in a cool, dry place for up to 2 to 3 weeks.

There you have it, simple and easy cough drops with ingredients in your pantry. I like this recipe because you can make as many or as little as you would like. You could also make these into cough drop lollipops by laying down a candy stick and pouring the mixture at either end and allowing to cool on parchment paper.

I used honey because of it’s antibacterial properties. Studies have shown honey may help relieve symptoms when you have the cold or flu. I also chose to incorporate coconut oil into the cough drop because of it’s properties that can help your immunity by fighting the virus directly. Coconut oil has also been shown to help soothe your sore throat by ingesting the oil while feeling under the weather. For more tips and tricks for helping your cold and flu this holiday season check out our Top 5 Ways to Fight Cold and Flu with Coconut Oil.

-Lani

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8 Comments Post a comment

  1. Jaime
    February 3, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    I just made these and they’re great! Thanks!

    • February 4, 2015 at 2:03 pm

      Jaime – We are so glad that you liked them! You’re very welcome 🙂

  2. Peggy
    February 10, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    Plan to make these this weekend and add some Thieves and Lemon essential oils. Can’t wait!

    • February 11, 2015 at 11:12 am

      Hope you enjoy them Peggy. Let us know how they turn out with your added ingredients!

  3. Elise
    July 20, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    hi,
    Doesn’t heating the c.oil so much kill off some of the good stuff? similarly the honey? I try not to over heat some of my natural healers so as to protect the quality … Meanwhile we often just take a spoon of raw honey & cold-pressed c.oil when we feel a tickle throat (& often stir in some lime juice, maybe e a bit of warm water to make a drink)

    • July 22, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      Elise,

      We chose to heat the coconut oil via the stove top for a quick few seconds just to achieve the liquid state, however if it is warm outside, you can place your jar of coconut oil in the sun to naturally liquify 🙂 Thank you so much for your tips & so glad to hear that these ingredients seem to help you!

  4. Janie Smith
    September 29, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    These sound great, and I would use raw honey, preferably Manuka. Just a question….doesn’t the boiling process eliminate the nutrients in the honey?

    • October 20, 2015 at 1:54 pm

      Janie,

      We are not sure about that. If this is something you are worried about, maybe try adding in the honey after.

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