I don’t know about you, but lately it seems like everyone is sick-the kids, the neighbors, school class, coworkers…everyone. It hits fast and hard and then lingers for weeks. The coughing, hacking, and sore throats seem endless. While the fever has gone away, and energy is returning, the hacking cough still remains. The kids can’t miss THAT much school (nor can you miss THAT much work) so what can be done? Whip up a batch of these soothing cough drops and head out the door in confidence.
When choosing herbs and oils to use in the cough drops, it is important is use ones that will help reduce inflammation and are antibacterial/antiviral so as to not only treat the symptoms but the cause as well. That’s why for today’s recipe we chose Peppermint, Chamomile, and Lemon/Wild Orange herbs and essential oils. Pure, raw honey itself also has many healing properties including antibacterial, antiviral, cough suppressing, and is overall immunity boosting.
Homemade cough drops
1 T Chamomile (or one teabag)
1 T Peppermint Leaves (or one teabag)
6 oz Boiling Water
¾ C Raw Honey
1 T Coconut Oil
To Make: Steep peppermint and chamomile in boiling water for 8-10 minutes. Strain and pour into a medium saucepan (to avoid boil over). Add honey and coconut oil and cook on medium heat until boiling mixture reaches 300*F. Check with a candy thermometer or by dropping a droplet into cold water (will instantly harden when ready, carefully watch because it WILL burn if left at 300* too long). Let mixture cool for 5-10 minutes (until its syrupy) and add essential oils. Drop by small spoonfuls onto parchment paper and let cool. Dust with slippery elm bark or cornstarch and store in an airtight container.
To Use: Use one drop as needed to sooth sore, itchy throats, and coughing.
Note: Dropping by spoon is a bit less messy, but the lozenges are not uniform. Use a small silicon mold or hand form if you want uniform shapes. To take on-the-go, wrap individual drops in small squares of parchment paper.
Can’t stand peppermint? Try a drop of spearmint essential oil instead. Don’t have the herbs? Try a few drops of Shield in the honey/coconut mixture! With so many healing oils and herbs available, the flavor combos are endless. What’s YOUR favorite combo? Tell us below in the comments! Happy healing!
~The Sparks Team~