Generally speaking, coughing is perfectly normal. A cough can help to keep your throat clear from phlegm and other irritants. However, sustained coughing can also be symptomatic of a number of conditions, such as an allergy, a viral infection, or a bacterial infection. Sometimes a cough isn’t due to anything related to your lungs. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)can also cause a cough.
We hate cough drops almost as much as we hate coughing. The ones we buy in the store either taste like candy or some kind of poison, and the throat-soothing affect of either is always a little dubious. When the cold season is here, and with it brings the dreaded sniffles and coughs. Instead of letting it get you down, why not made a handful of these homemade cough drops to see you through. Classic herbs used to treat a sore throat and cough include, yet are not limited to — rose petals, sage, goldenseal, marshmallow root, slippery elm, horehound, ginger, licorice root, elderberry, echinacea, and cayenne pepper.
Here are some simple recipes for homemade cough drops that are easy and delicious:
Honey cough drops
1-Cup Raw Honey
8-drops Thieves Essential Oil
4-drops Lemon Essential Oil
Put the honey in a saucepan and bring it to 300 degrees on medium (or slightly higher) heat-adjust as needed. It will begin to bubble and rise up so don’t use the very smallest pan. It should hold about 4 cups of liquid to prevent boil over. Use your thermometer to check the temperature periodically. It must reach 300 degrees or it will not be hard.
Once at 300 degrees remove from the heat and stir so it will begin to cool. You want to wait until it is as cool as possible (without being sticky) to add the oils. Once it begins to set, the honey will become harder to work with so don’t let it get too thick. If it does get too thick you can rewarm it.
Spoon the mixture into the candy molds or use a filled turkey dropper. If you don’t have molds it’s okay. I have seen people make drops using wax paper and just putting drops on the paper. They won’t be as uniform or pretty but that’s okay too.
Allow to cool completely and wrap in wax paper.
Herbal cough drops
- Powdered herbs
• 1 cup sugar, or honey
• 1/3cup light corn syrup, or honey
• 1 1/2cups water
• Powdered sugar, for easy handling
Steep your preferred soothing herbs in 1 1/2 cups of water to make a tea. Mix sugar and corn syrup with tea. Cook over low heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved and mixture boils. Continue boiling without stirring until the mixture begins to crystallize; reduce heat. Wash away crystals from the side of your pan with a damp cloth. Remove from the heat after a few minutes. Drop some of the mixture from the tip of a spoon onto a greased surface. Allow to harden and cool completely before removing. Roll the candies in powdered sugar and wrap in waxed paper for storage.