It’s that time of year.
Kids are back in school.
The leaves are starting to turn the beautiful shades of red, orange, and yellow.
Fall is coming.
And with it you just know that the colds and flu are coming, too.
The postnasal drip down the back of your throat.
The raw, scratchy, sore throats.
The waking up all night long to a hacking cough.
Annoying your officemates or fellow moviegoers with your persistent coughing at just the moment when everything else is totally quiet.
Fall is coming.
Coughs are coming.
So I’m getting ready.
I’m whipping up a batch of my no-cook homemade cough drops. These are the best kind of home remedy:
- all natural
- easy to make (2 ingredients + essential oils)
- actually works!!
What’s in natural cough drops
organic virgin coconut oil
Not only is coconut oil is a carrier oil that safely dilutes the essential oils used in these cough drops, coconut oil also has many benefits for treating a cough.
It soothes, coats and lubricates the mucus membranes in the throat.
Coconut oil is rich in antioxidants. Its lauric acid, capric acid, and caprylic acid have anti-viral and antibacterial properties that naturally help strengthen your immune system.
raw local honey
According to the Mayo Clinic, honey, especially raw honey, is an effective cough suppressant.
In one study they cited, “honey appeared to be as effective as a common cough suppressant ingredient, dextromethorphan, in typical over-the-counter doses.” Honey helped to calm nighttime coughs and even improve sleep.
Like coconut oil, honey coats and soothes a sore throat.
It has powerful antimicrobial and anti-viral properties, and it’s packed full of vitamins. All of which help boost immunity.
Plus, honey sweetens the cough drops and tastes great.
ginger essential oil
Ginger has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years.
Ginger is known for soothing sore throats and lessening coughing, especially related to the common cold.
It has great anti-inflammatory properties that may help ease dry coughs.
cinnamon bark essential oil
Cinnamon bark essential oil has long been known as a natural remedy for colds and coughs.
According to Medical News Today, a 2017 study found that cinnamon essential oil may help protect against germs that cause respiratory illnesses.
Not only does cinnamon bark essential oil provide antibacterial and antiviral goodness to knock out germs, it also calms inflammation which helps ease coughing and soothes dry, scratchy throats.
lemon essential oil
According to Dr. Josh Axe, “lemon essential oil is known for its ability to boost your immune system and support lymphatic drainage, which can help you overcome a cough and cold quickly.”
The main constituent in lemon essential oil is d-Limonene which is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent and antioxidant.
frankincense essential oil
As one of the oldest known essential oils, frankincense has long been used to ease respiratory symptoms in Ayurvedic medicine.
It has incredible anti-viral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties that can help boost immunity and shorten the severity and duration of colds, coughs, and flu.
How to make homemade cough drops — no cooking needed
step 1: put 1/2 cup coconut oil in a medium bowl and whip it until it’s soft and fluffy
step 2: add 1/2 cup raw honey
step 3: add the following essential oils
4 drops ginger essential oil
3 drops cinnamon bark essential oil
5 drops lemon essential oil
8 drops frankincense essential oil
step 4: mix well
step 5: pour mixture into small silicone candy trays
I used this silicone mold that forms the cough drops into nice little balls, but you can use any silicone mold you have. Or alternatively, you can skip the mold all together and instead drop the mixture by teaspoon onto waxed paper.
step 6: put candy mold into freezer and freeze until hard, then pop cough drops out of molds. Store in airtight container in the freezer or refrigerator.
How to use
- Use as needed
- Suck on cough drops to soothe sore throat or cough
- They will melt in your mouth fairly quickly as the coconut warms up. As they melt, the coconut oil and honey will coat and soothe your throat.
- Kiddos can think these are candy, so be sure to keep out of the reach of children.
- Due to the honey, kids under 1 should not consume. For older kids, consult your health care provider before use.
- If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctors care, ask your doctor before use.
- Make sure you only use high quality essential oils that are labeled as safe for internal use.
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