I have suffered this week with an awful sore throat, hoarseness, and stuffiness. This cold called for more than just my usual honey lemon tea remedy so I whipped up a batch of homemade cough drops! These drops include lemon (great source of Vitamin C & an antibacterial), ginger (antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, pain reducer), cinnamon (antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial), and honey (antioxidant, anti-bacterial, soothes sore throat better than some medications).
Homemade Cough Drops
*You will need a candy thermometer to make homemade cough drops.
- 2 cups water
- 1 lemon- cut in slices
- 2 tsp ginger or 2″ sliced ginger root
- 1/2 stick of cinnamon
- 1 cup local raw honey
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or with 1/2″ of powdered sugar.
- Slice the lemon into round slices and place it in a medium sauce pan with the water, ginger, and the cinnamon stick.
- Bring it to a boil and then let it simmer for about 25 minutes.
- Strain the lemon, ginger, and cinnamon pieces out of the liquid.
- Pour the infused water back into the same sauce pan and add one cup of locally sourced raw honey.
- Stir well and place a candy thermometer in the pan.
- Heat on medium high, stirring constantly, until the syrup reaches 275 degrees F. This is just past the hard ball candy stage.
- Remove the pan from heat and let the bubbles settle for a few seconds.
- Use a spoon to drop dots of the syrup onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or powdered sugar. Do this quickly because it will harden fast.
- Let the drops solidify for about 5 minutes
- Place one on your tongue and let the throat soothing begin!
These homemade cough drops do come out with a little bit of a spicy kick. If you don’t want the spiciness, then I suggest cutting the ginger to 1 1/2 tsp and the cinnamon to 1/4 stick. You can also coat these drops with powdered sugar so they won’t stick together during storage. I hope these work as well for you as they did for me! Check out 10 additional natural sore throat remedies here (post coming soon)!
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