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6 Natural Cough Drop Recipes Just in Time for Winter [Slideshow]

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As the cold winter weather descends, so do a series of ailments such as dry skin, sore throats, coughing, and more. You’ve changed up your skincare routine for fall in preparation for the dry winter weather. We’ve got home remedies that can relieve phlegm and throat mucus and natural remedies to reduce fevers.

Now it’s time to make sure you have everything you need to survive that dreaded winter sore throat and the horrible, hacking cough that comes with it. I often brew myself a fresh ginger tea and add some honey when I’m feeling under the weather, but these natural cough drop recipes are next-level.

What You’ll Need

In most cases, you are making candy, so keep these basic tools at hand:

  • Candy thermometer
  • Silicon molds
  • Heat-proof spatula
  • Medium or large pot
  • Pyrex or heat-proof measuring cups
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No Candy Thermometer Method Cough Drops

This simple recipe doesn't use a candy thermometer but does give good directions on using the hard-crack water test if you don't have one. The measurements are in milliliters, but you can use this conversion chart to get U.S. standard equivalents. It's spicy and soothing at the same time and an excellent recipe for your first attempts at making your own cough drops.

Check out the recipe here.

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Lemongrass and Ginger Cough Drops

This recipe is intense, I'm not going to lie. But I just couldn't resist the combination of lemongrass, ginger, and honey. The directions are detailed and give you a lot of useful information about making cough drops in general, so give them a read before you start. The warm ginger and refreshing lemongrass will soothe you in body, mind, and spirit.

Check out the recipe here.

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Honey Lemon Ginger Cough Drops

This recipe got me at honey since I usually have about five different types of honey in my house. And, I'm a big fan of lemon and ginger, too, so this checks all the boxes. The directions are easy to follow, and you only need three ingredients. If you don't have a candy mold, you can use the drop method described in this recipe for any of the recipes on this list.

Check out the recipe here.

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Homemade Herbal Cough Drops

These homemade cough drops go a step further by incorporating herbs such as elderberry, echinacea, and chamomile to the mix. The recipe is as simple as can be. You make an infusion with the herbs (that's a fancy way of saying make tea), add the honey and heat until the mixture reaches the hardball candy stage.

Check out the recipe here.

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Spicy Homemade Cough Drops

This is probably the second easiest recipe of the bunch, especially good if you don't have a candy thermometer on hand. The recipe calls for clove, cinnamon, and ginger (LOVE), but it also gives you tons of tips on other herbs and spices to use, so you can pretty much customize the drops to your liking. And, unlike the other recipes, it uses sugar and no honey.

Check out the recipe here.

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3-Ingredient Homemade Cough Drops

Three ingredients, not heating, no candy thermometer – how much easier can you get? This recipe calls for coconut oil, honey, and cinnamon. Mix and freeze. Done. These are great to whip up quickly, and you can add other spices, such as clove or ginger if you wish. In fact, substituting the cinnamon for a little freshly grated ginger sounds good to me.

Check out the recipe here.

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Stephany is a GR8NESS Contributing Editor who writes about pet care, CBD, stress, self care, meditation, time management, brain training, and natural remedies with a focus on the science behind it all. She has three dogs, three cats, walks half marathons, and practices yoga and powerlifting. You can often find her training her dogs or experimenting with new flavors in the kitchen.
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