Last week I introduced you to a homemade cough syrup that I loved. I found that I needed something that I could carry around, so I did some research and found a lot of recipes for homemade cough drops. I combined a couple of recipes and made these, which I like for a couple of reasons. One, they are cheap to make and two, they are very effective.
To be perfectly honest, these cough drops do require a bit of time spent on the making of them. Some tips I would offer are these: use a good pot, use at least a two quart pot, and cool the mixture before making the drops. I'll explain more as I go.
2 Immunity tea bags
3/4 c boiling water
3/4 c honey
10 drops of Thieves essential oil
1 drop cinnamon oil
1 drop peppermint oil
Steep tea in boiling water. Remove bags and add honey. Heat until boiling. Using a candy thermometer, cook until the thermometer reaches 300 degrees for one minute. Turn off heat, cool 10 minutes. Add essential oils and stir well.
Using a teaspoon, drop small amounts of the mixture onto parchment paper. Cool overnight. Dust with cornstarch. Store in a airtight container.
The cooled mixture makes more even sized drops. When the mixture is hot, it runs all over the place! The cornstarch keeps the drops from sticking to each other.
While these are kid friendly, they are a grown up taste, especially with the tea and the Thieves oil. If you want your kids to like them, you may consider adding a few drops of vanilla or cherry flavoring.
One of these tides me over between doses of cough syrup. Super cheap, eco friendly and natural ingredients!