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Honey Cough Drops

My 100% natural honey cough drops have been a lifesaver!  When my neighbors were groaning at the delay of winter, I was happily enjoying the lingering bits of sunshine, hoping in vain that winter would further takes its time arriving.  Well, it’s here.  Insert sad face.  Maybe I’m one of the few.  Maybe it’s because I’d like to live my life in sundresses, barefoot always near the sea, maybe it’s because of my childhood dreams of being a mermaid {still true}, or maybe it’s because I’m a born and bred southern gal.  The cold just disagrees with me.  {I can only imagine how I’d fare closer north.}  With the cooler air, comes drier air that wicks both my skin and throat of moisture so these homemade cough drops have been a serious lifesaver.

At its most base level, my recipe only calls for tea and honey.  I particularly enjoy using Throat Coat and Gypsy Cold Care for this.  By brewing a stronger, more concentrated tea, I was able to detour around sourcing each individual herb separately.  If you want to go this route instead, elderberry, hyssop, horehound, slippery elm and coltsfoot are all strong options.  To perk up these drops, I opted to also add in freshly grated ginger and lemon zest.  The results are a nice, soothing lozenge that naturally coats the throat without artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

Since these are honey based, they are best kept in the fridge/freezer and have honeys characteristic softness and chew and since these aren’t derivative of sugar or corn syrup, they do take a bit longer to make but if you’re trying to stay away from refined sugars due to lifestyle or dietary needs or looking for a more wholesome approach, these drops are definitely the way to go.  However, if you’re looking for a more classic approach, my easy 5 minute candy is a good place to start.  I found this particular concoction to taste very reminiscent of a bright black tea and of course, you can tailor make this to suit your personal needs.  I once doctored up a batch with echinacea and vitamin c.  Whatever flavors you choose, you can’t go wrong with my honey sweetened, herb-powered drops!

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Honey Cough Drops
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Serves: 1 dozen drops

  • ½ c water + 3 tea bags* {steeped for 20-30 minutes then strained}
  • ¾ c honey

  1. Whisk tea and honey together.
  2. In a heavy bottomed pot, allow it to cook until it reaches 300 degrees or the hard crack stage. This can take 30 minute or longer but just be careful and patient.
  3. Pour into desired molds and allow to set.
  4. Wrap individually in wax.

*if individually sourcing herbs, the following are some of my favorite: elderberry, hyssop, horehound, slippery elm and coltsfoot. Use about 2-4 tb each and steep in the same way.


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7 thoughts on “Honey Cough Drops

  • Risa says:

    What mold did you use for these drops? I’d love to order the same size-they’re perfect!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Hi, Risa! I couldn’t find my exact one on Amazon anymore but posted a similar one in the description box of this video on my channel =)

  • thehautecookie says:

    wow you even make your own cough drops?! i bet theya re so yummy! xO!

  • My Natural Cold Remedies + FIRE CIDER Recipe | The Squishy Monster says:

    […] My homemade lozenges are soothing when you need quick relief from a sore throat.  Making my own ensures that I’m only getting what I need and not any funky extras like red no. 40.  Mine are simply made with just a couple of ingredients and can be endlessly customized with your desired set of herbs or tinctures. […]

  • Ysabeau Terazawa says:

    Your recipe sounds great. Can I triple the recipe? I want to use them as stocking stuffers for family and friends at Christmas-time. My nephews are health nuts who prefer remedies using natural ingredients as opposed over-the-counter products.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    You can certainly multiply this recipe as desired =)

  • Angela Gustafson says:

    I came looking for cough drop recipes because of red 40. Its a migraine trigger for me. I’ll be making these very soon!

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