How to Make Your Own Cough Drops With Coconut Oil, Plus 2 More DIY Cold Remedies

March 23, 2016
by Dana Poblete for Thrive Market
How to Make Your Own Cough Drops With Coconut Oil, Plus 2 More DIY Cold Remedies

Spring has finally sprung, but we’re not out of the woods yet—cold and flu season is still in effect, as you might have noticed from those thundering coughs and pitiful sniffles still echoing throughout the office.

Want to find some quick relief with all-natural ingredients? Easy. Try these three DIY remedies next time you come down with a pesky cold. And as effective as they are without any chemical additives, you’ll never want to touch the store-bought cough syrup, cough drops, and chest rub again.

Honey-Lemon Cough Syrup

No more yucky artificially-flavored syrup—this DIY version has just three ingredients and a clean, yummy taste. Raw honey is like nature’s medicine—according to a Penn State College of Medicine study, it works just as well as dextromethorphan (DM), the active cough suppressant in many over-the-counter cold medications. Add lemon and sage, which can both help alleviate a sore throat, and you’ll quell a cough in no time.

Yield: 1 jar
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

1 cup raw honey
¼ to ½ cup lemon juice
2 teaspoons fresh sage

Instructions

Simmer honey, lemon juice, and sage over medium heat. Remove from heat, cover, and let sit for 10 minutes. Strain through a sieve into a small jar with a lid. Let cool and store in refrigerator up to one month. Drink 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time to relieve cough, as symptoms persist—since the concoction consists of whole foods, you can generally have as much as you want without side effects.

Coconut Oil Cough Drops

Over-the-counter cough drops are supposed to taste like candy, but they usually fall short. While we keep a select few on hand for quick relief, it’s pretty easy to whip up your own little drops with just a few mild ingredients. Raw honey and lemon make an appearance once again, plus anti-inflammatory cinnamon to help inflammation in the throat, and soothing coconut oil to hold it all together.

Yield: 20 to 25 cough drops
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

½ cup coconut oil, room temperature
½ cup raw honey
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

Instructions

Whip coconut oil with a hand or stand mixer, 5 minutes. Add honey, lemon, and cinnamon, then continue whipping for 5 more minutes or until well combined.

Divide mixture into sections of an ice cube tray, filling each only ¼ to ½ full, depending on the size of the sections. Freeze for about 20 minutes. Pop the cough drops out of the tray and store in a jar in the refrigerator. Dissolve one on the tongue to relieve a scratchy throat, as many times a day as needed.

Essential Oil Chest Rub

Ditch the noxious VapoRub for this DIY recipe courtesy of Wellness Mama. Free of petrolatum, parabens, and chemicals, this version harnesses the healing powers of essential oils. Eucalyptus is antiseptic, antiviral, and works as a decongestant. Peppermint soothes pain and helps to open up the nasal passages—as does rosemary.

Essential oils are so strong, in fact, that you’ve got to be careful when it comes to creating a formula for babies and children—you should use as little as possible, and avoid certain kinds altogether, as indicated below and here. Consult your pediatrician before use.

Yield: 1 container
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

2 tablespoons beeswax pastilles
½ cup olive oil, coconut oil, or almond oil
20 drops eucalyptus oil (use only 4 drops for use on babies and young children)
20 drops peppermint oil (substitute 4 drops fir essential oil for use on babies and small children)
10 drops rosemary oil (skip for use on babies and small children)

Instructions

Melt beeswax with oil of choice in a double boiler. Add essential oils and stir until mixed well. Pour into a short, wide jar or tin with a lid for easy access. Let cool and store at room temperature. Massage into chest as needed to help reduce coughing and relieve congestion.

Photo credit: Alicia Cho

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