DIY Soothing Turmeric Honey Cough Drops for Sore Throats

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Soothe your sore throat with these DIY Cough Drops!

If you’re prone to a sore, scratchy throat, look no further than these homemade cough drops. This home remedy is full of healing, anti-inflammatory ingredients like honey, lemonturmeric and mint tea. Once these ingredients are brought to a boil and hardened in ice cube trays, they become the cough drops we all know and love!

To make these lemon mint cough drops, you will need a kitchen thermometer.

In order to create the syrup-like consistency we’re after, the ingredients need to heat to 300°F exactly. This may take anywhere from 10-25 minutes, depending on your stove. Be patient, and it will become bubbly and syrupy as it approaches the right temperature. Watch the temperature carefully, if the mixture gets too hot, it will burn!

Once the syrup reaches 300°F, you’ll need to work quickly to remove the syrup from the stove and transfer it to a glass measuring cup with a lip. This makes it easier for pouring the syrup into small ice cube trays. Alternatively, you can drop large spoonfuls of the syrup onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to set the drops.

Make sure you work quickly to transfer the syrup. Once it’s off the heat, it will begin to harden within a minute or two. If yours does harden, simply warm the mixture a bit to liquefy it again.

Your cough drops will set in the freezer after 10 minutes. Once they’re ready, pop them out of the ice cube tray and sprinkle on tapioca starch to prevent them from sticking. Store your lemon mint cough drops in the freezer, and enjoy them as a natural home remedy the next time you have a cold.

DIY Turmeric Honey Cough Drops for Sore Throats

Recipe by Megan Olson

Soothe your sore throat with these DIY Cough Drops!


  • Pot
  • Thermometer
  • Glass Measuring Cup
  • Small Ice Cube Tray


  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 organic peppermint tea bag
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 t turmeric
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • optional: ¼ t mint extract


Boil the water with the peppermint tea bag in a small pot. Once boiling, reduce to low and simmer for 5 minutes.

Remove the tea bag and add the honey, turmeric, lemon juice and mint extract. Bring to a boil again.

Place a kitchen thermometer in the pot and continue boiling until it reaches 300°F. Depending on your stove, this can take anywhere from 10-25 minutes. Watch the thermometer carefully and do not let the temperature rise above 300°F as it will burn.

When the thermometer reaches 300°F, remove from the heat and immediately transfer the syrup to a glass measuring cup. You will need to work quickly because the mixture hardens fast.

Pour the mixture from the glass measuring cup into the 10 cavities of the ice cube tray. If you don’t have a small ice cube tray, drop 1 large spoonful of the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Place the cough drops in the freezer for 10 minutes to harden. Once they’re hardened, pop them out of the ice cube tray.

Cover the drops with tapioca starch to keep them from sticking together and store them in the freezer.

Watch this video – DIY Soothing Cough Drops – Natural Remedies for Sore Throat

Written by Megan Olson

Author Bio:

Megan is the author of the gluten free website, Skinny Fitalicious where she creates easy, low calorie recipes. Megan is also a nutrition practitioner specializing in weight loss. When she’s not in the kitchen or coaching clients, she’s in the gym teaching group fitness. To view more of her work, visit Skinny Fitalicious.

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