Made with only four ingredients, these honey lemon homemade cough drops are a natural sore throat remedy. These DIY throat lozenges are both healing and soothing. Honey-based and made with immune-boosting ingredients these they're an easy way to relieve a sore throat (though this elderberry homemade cough syrup is a helpful option too!).
Cold season is no one's favorite. And being that I live in Canada, cold season pretty much encompasses half the year 😛
So it`s a bit of a no-brainer that as a Certified Nutrition Coach I have protocols and tricks in place to help us survive (read about how I help my girls sleep through winter nights!). And these tricks (like homemade cough syrup and gut-healing smoothies) definitely include a lot of natural options- like these homemade honey lemon cough drops!
Plus, there is nothing worse in the winter than that niggling feeling of having to cough every four minutes. I. Hate. Being. Sick.
Other Cold & Flu Remedies I Use
And as a mom, being sick is even worse! It's not like you can laze around and watch Netflix all day (or at least not the shows you want!) and if your throat hurts you can't exactly stop speaking with a toddler 😛
Which means I do everything in my power to keep myself healthy. I'm a huge supporter of:
- Gut-Boosting Homemade Gummy Bears
- fire cider tonic (my full fire cider recipe)
- Homemade elderberry cough syrup
- good old fashioned, super healthy eating
- Homemade honey and garlic elixir for coughs and colds
- this magic elixir to help kick a cold fast!
Kicking Up Your Immune System
I also use a lot of bone broth to both fight colds and prevent them! It's actually one of my most recommended foods for toddlers because it's so healing. However, making homemade broth takes TIME (a lot of it!) which I'm slightly limited on.
So while I do strive to make my own I also make use of two-time savers: I use bone broth powder from perfect supplements (use code mamabear10) normally whisked into something (or even snuck into a chocolate smoothie!) or I use Kettle & Fire pre-made bone broth (I like straight-up chicken or the turmeric one!) because their quality is so high (simmered for ten hours!).
But sometimes, I still get sick (you can't be perfect right??.
And when I feel that sore, scratchy throat coming on, these honey lemon homemade cough drops are my best friend.
The Honey Lemon Combo
The honey lemon combination has been used for what seems like eons to soothe sore throats! Probably because it just works so damn well.
Honey helps coat your throat to prevent the scratchy cough feeling and lemon helps prevent and eliminate bacteria and infection as well as keep the ph of your stomach in a healthy range.
In particular, I like to use raw local honey when I can. The reason I use local honey in the DIY cough drops is that I believe it helps adjust your immune system towards any pollen in the air thus reducing allergies.
As for raw honey- no processed billy bee sugar honey for me here! Especially when sick, I like to keep it as close to nature as possible.
And these DIY throat lozenges also have the benefit of added ginger and coconut oil! Ginger is an amazingly healing root and helps eliminate any nausea as well as boost your immune system.
And coconut oil aside from being almost a miracle oil is very anti-bacterial. So again, helping to reduce the cold from progressing further.
When I don't have these homemade cough drops on hand I usually just steep all of these ingredients into boiling water and sip on it throughout the day- seriously, they work well!
Important Notes On The DIY Cough Drops
They took me FOREVER to figure out. Truly, before I got the recipe to work I made about four others. We had lemon honey absolutely everywhere 😛 and so many of them didn't take shape that I just had goop. I made probably three dozen honey lemon-based muffins 😛
But finally, FINALLY, I figure out the trick (and ratios!).
The trick is that you have to keep the honey bubbling (seems like burning) on the stove. You also have to keep removing briefly, stirring and redoing this (read the directions).
I'm no chemist so I've no idea the technical reason but it's almost like it burns off the goopy aspect and makes the honey into something that resembles hard candy.
So follow the directions.
You can also check out DIY Elderberry cough drops in which I provide a step by step video of how to boil the honey without burning it.
You can use any silicone molds you like but my advice is to keep the actual drops super thin. These homemade cough drops have a hard candy/taffy-like consistency in your mouth (which means that you shouldn't chew them.. especially with dentures. Seriously, taffy-like).
Because of this consistency, having them super thick isn't fun, keep them ultra-thin. Like disks.
These homemade honey lemon cough drops taste amazing and sucking on them is moderately addictive.
Homemade Cough Drops & Kids
However, because they are taffy-like once they honey firms up and melts in your mouth, my advice would be to not give them to kids. I worry with kids, especially very little ones, that they would chew them and swallow and choke.
So these are adult-only DIY cough drops I'd say (though here's a great cough syrup recipe for kiddos if you need one!)
Lastly-keep the honey lemon drops in the freezer! You can pop them into your mouth straight from the freezer, the cold feels great on a sore throat, and this way you can make a bunch and always have some on hand!
Seriously, these honey lemon cough drops rival any halls you may want.
Don't forget to pin these homemade honey cough drops!
Homemade Honey Lemon Cough Drops
- Combine all ingredients in a small pot.
- Heat the pot slightly over medium heat and melt the ingredients together.
- The honey mixture will start to bubble, remove from heat and whisk until bubbles/foam recedes slightly. Replace on heat.
- Do this for 2.5-3 minutes, whisking every 15 seconds or so. You want the mixture to get HOT but not to outright burn.
- The mixture will start to change color (dark honey color).
- After three minutes-ish, pour the mixture into silicone molds but do not fill them all the way. You want the drops to be very small and thin.
- Let cool on the counter for twenty minutes then place in the freezer to set.
- Pop the disks out when you need them. They are chilled and soothing but they're also sticky once melted (almond-like a taffy) so try not to chew them too much!
- Makes 8 drops depending on mold.
These homemade honey lemon cough drops are beautifully soothing for scratchy throats and annoying coughs. They're a quick, healthy recipe using old fashioned ingredients to help boost your immune system and soothe your throat.