DIY: Herbal Cough Drops

| 12/17/2009 11:17:28 AM

A.TilsonLast time I got sick, the constant itch in my throat as I was healing tormented me more than the hacking cough that started it all. For a while after I’d recovered I couldn’t get rid of the menthol taste or the bright red color of my mouth no matter how many times I brushed my teeth. I began to wonder if the cough drops I had been unwisely and obsessively sucking on were only exacerbating my symptoms.

That’s when I wished that I had something a little less medicated and sugary, and a little more natural. Thankfully I ran across this recipe for homemade cough drops from WikiHow, which seems almost fool-proof, although I’m going to replace the sugar and corn syrup with honey.

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And with the priceless archive of herbal medicine at The Herb Companion, I discovered some of the best herbs to make this recipe even more effective. For instance, herbs with expectorant qualities that help loosen phlegm include aniseed (Pimpinella anisum), elderberberry (Sambucus nigra), ginger root (Zingiber officinale), mullein (Verbascum thapsus), osha (Ligusticum porteri) and thyme (Thymus vulgaris). All you’ll need is a pot, waxed paper and a greased cooking sheet.

Homemade Herbal Cough Drops

4/6/2016 11:17:24 PM

Corn syrup? Healthy??? wow I need to read up on how this page is is a dot com, so that means it is not non-profit, and is biased...'splains a lot.

4/5/2016 4:27:29 PM

Looks like a great recipe, but too much sugar for me! I love my natural cough soothers from Zarbee's Naturals. They are 99% honey without any of the added sugar. They're delicious and really work!