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DIY Lemon Ginger Cough Drops

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While we are big fans of the Thieves Cough Drops, sometimes you just want something a little different. Try these simple homemade cough drops with lemon, ginger, and clove! This combination can help soothe a sore throat and suppress coughs naturally.


DIY LEMON GINGER COUGH DROPS Recipe adapted from Hello Glow


  • Small saucepan
  • Baking sheet
  • Unbleached parchment paper
  • Candy thermometer (optional)


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup organic coconut or granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey (ideally local honey)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 5 drops Lemon Vitality
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger (can add more for taste)
  • 2 drops Ginger Vitality
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 drop Clove Vitality
  • Powdered sugar or cornstarch for coating


  • Gather your ingredients, then line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine all ingredients except the powdered sugar/cornstarch in a saucepan and heat to 300F. Whisk frequently while cooking to prevent sticking and check the coloring and consistency of the solution.
  • After about 10-20 minutes, test the consistency by dropping a small of the solution amount into ice water. If the cough drop cracks, the solution is ready. If it is still chewy, then cook the mixture for 5 more minutes. Repeat as needed.
  • Remove from the heat completely, add essential oils, and allow the mixture to cool slightly. Then, drop small circles onto the parchment-lined baking sheet and allow to cool completely.
  • Once cooled, dust lightly with powdered sugar or cornstarch (to prevent sticking together). Alternatively, wrap each cough drop in wax paper. Store in an airtight container away from heat or moisture.