Written by Beth and Rustina and updated by Sarena-Rae Santos in December of 2023.
You know how during the fall months, the weather fluctuates and people are in full swing enjoying the cooler weather and spreading colds? Ever notice how common sore throats are after those events? Of course, sickness doesn’t come from cold weather, but that doesn’t make it not happen. So what can you do when you have a sore throat?
Cough drops are usually the first thing people reach for – however, they shouldn’t be. Most are filled with sugar, dye, and other food toxins. When the body is healing, you don’t want to harm it in the process! The best, cost-efficient solution? Make your own!
While these are called lollipops, you can make a cough drop by simply skipping the stick or buying molds. However, it feels like more fun with the stick! Another great option is homemade cough and cold lozenges. If DIYs aren’t your thing, consider Earthley’s Herbal Throat Spray.
- 1 cup of raw, local honey (If you don’t have local, try this one)
- 1 cup of Elderberry Syrup
- Optional additions: syrup from ginger, mullein, wild cherry bark, or cinnamon. The possibilities for this are endless, really!
Step 1: Add ingredients to a small pot and turn on high, ensuring you stir it consistently.
Step 2: When the mixture reaches 300ºF (use a candy thermometer — it won’t take long), you can turn the heat to low and carefully spoon it onto a non-stick surface placing sticks in the center, do drops, or into a mold. When the mixture has been used, turn off the heat.
Remember that heating honey to this temperature does take away some of its benefits. However, it still does the job of soothing and certainly doesn’t harm. To get the most out of the honey, choose a local, raw honey. Sometimes what is on the store shelves does not contain much honey!
Usually, give the first round a chance to set for a minute, and then spoon a little more over the top in order to get more of a lollipop shape. As you can see, some shape well – and others less so. Let them sit until they are firm, which usually takes a few hours. Alternatively, using a mold will help ensure a more structured and consistent appearance.
And there you have it! A good-tasting, fun way to soothe a sore throat this winter. This is something that kids and adults can use. You can whip it up quickly, keep it handy, and the best part – you know exactly what is in them!
If your child is under the age of one, be sure to consider this information: Why Babies CAN eat Honey (Sometimes).