How To Make Homemade Cough Drops

When you or your loved ones get a cold, the last thing you want to have to worry about is their suffering, right?

You want that nasty cough to stop, the one that seems to keep them up all night long. You want them to be able to rest during the day without hacking all over the place.

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Cough drops are easy enough to make at home, and you can feel better about the ingredients contained in them. There is a lot of sugar in this recipe, but it’s necessary not only for the “candy” part, but it also acts as a preservative. You will only be consuming 2-3 of these drops at the most a day as well.

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You’ll need just a couple of homemade ingredients.

I used modified versions of the original recipe I found to make it more child friendly for my kids. I like what I was able to come up with, and they do help my family’s cough quite a bit. For example, instead of plain sugar, I used mint sugar. Instead of plain honey, I used a lemon-ginger infused honey. So, here’s my new recipe:

  • 4 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup lemon-ginger honey
  • 3/4 cup mint sugar

Prepare a loaf pan with parchment paper and lightly greased with coconut oil.

Over low heat, simply melt the oil and sugar and honey together over low heat. Stirring constantly, bring to a boil and boil until it’s at a hardball stage, about 250°.
Make your own cough drops to soothe coughs. The Homesteading Hippy #homesteadhippy #fromthefarm #diy

Pour the mixture carefully into the loaf pan and allow to cool just long enough to handle, about 10 minutes.

It may still be hot in some places, so take care cutting it. Using a sharp knife, cut into 32 equal pieces. You can wrap them in wax or plastic paper if you desire, but I found that I didn’t need to, as my family needed these NOW and there wasn’t much of a risk of them sticking together. You could also carefully dust the pieces with cornstarch to keep them separate, although that may change the taste of the drop itself in the beginning.
Make your own cough drops to soothe coughs. The Homesteading Hippy #homesteadhippy #fromthefarm #diy
Make your own cough drops to soothe coughs. The Homesteading Hippy #homesteadhippy #fromthefarm #diy

Store at room temp in an air tight container.

The shelf life on these should be about a year, with the amount of sugar, but I have always made small batches that are used up within a week or two.

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4 thoughts on “How To Make Homemade Cough Drops”

  1. thanks for the recipe. I like to roll cough drops in slippery elm powder. It’s not a gross taste and it also adds medicinal qualities.

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