I guess it was inevitable, even though a mama can hope and dream. We’ve had our first battle with the cold/flu and with it came a nasty cough. It started with monkey man and I fought it hard, but after 4 days of a preschooler coughing in your face there is only so much an immune system can take. And the cough is no fun at all! You know the kind… the one that keeps you up at night when all you want to do is sleep. Due to my fiercely DIY nature, I wanted to try my hand at making an all natural cough drop. Theses taste great, are easy to make and are quite effective. They aren’t a hard candy so you can feel safe about giving them to young ones as they will just melt in your/their mouth.
So let’s chat about the ingredients in this herbal beauty:
Honey (preferably raw and local): I used raw local buckwheat honey. Raw honey helps to naturally suppress a cough so this remedy is perfect for bedtime. The benefits of raw honey (as opposed to the processed and filtered honey you find in stores) are far too numerous to discuss here. It is full of vitmains, minerals and antimicrobial factors. Raw honey also contains bee pollen which has been shown to have excellent effects against allergies. The honey alone is an excellent remedy to have on hand during cold and flu season.
Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is very trendy and for good reason. Rich in antioxidants, coconut oil also contain lauric acid which has antiviral and antibacterial properties. It’s also very soothing to your throat.
Cinnamon: This herb is one of my favourites in cold and flu formulas, including in my elderberry syrup. It’s a very good antimicrobial and covers a broad range of nasties including bacterium, viruses and fungi. It is also an antispasmodic which will help to alleviate a spasmodic like coughs. Finally cinnamon is a demuclent, which basically means it will help to reduce irritation and inflammation of mucus membranes by forming a protective film (i.e. it will help your sore throat).
Ginger: This root has long been used by folk herbalist for illness as it is an excellent anti-inflammatory and like cinnamon, an antispasmodic. It also has the added benefit of being an expectorant.
Herbal Cough Drops
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup raw honey
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon (powdered)
- 1/4 tsp ginger (powdered)
- Scoop your coconut oil into a large bowl. If you have a hand mixer or stand mixer they will come in handy as you want whip your coconut oil. I don’t have either of these and some elbow grease and fork did the trick.
- Add the honey and continue to whip until they are well blended.
- Add your powdered herbs and blend well.
- Scoop (or pour depending on the heat of your house) your mixture into an ice cube tray. Preferably a small one (like this). I actually found mine at the dollar store (score!)
- Put the tray into the freezer and remove once hard. Took about 25-30 minutes for me.
- Place in a container and store in the fridge. As long as they are refrigerated they won’t lose their form.
Now I know the last thing you want to do is make these when you’re sick. I have good news folks! Coconut oil has a very long shelf life and so does honey. And herbs don’t really go bad either, just stale. So make these in the fall and keep them in the fridge until you need them.