Recipes for homemade cold remedies

  • Updated: November 25, 2013 - 2:56 PM

Homemade Cough Drops

• 3 inches peeled ginger root, sliced into ½-inch pieces

• 3 cold-and-flu tea bags or other therapeutic tea (optional)

• 4 cups water

• 1 cup raw honey

• 10 drops food-grade peppermint essential oil

• Confectioners’ sugar


Boil ginger, tea (if using) and water together. Reduce to about 1 cup by simmering on low. Strain and reserve liquid.

Heat tea mixture and honey together in a thick-bottomed pot over medium heat. Do not allow to boil over (adjust temperature as needed). Stir constantly until the mixture reaches 300 degrees on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat.

Add the peppermint oil. (It may smoke a little.) Stir rapidly to incorporate. Pour immediately into small candy molds or onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a Sil-Pat mat and dusted with confectioners’ sugar.

If not using candy molds, let the mixture rest, then cut into 1-inch-by-½-inch rectangles with a well-greased knife. Once cooled completely, dust each drop with confectioners’ sugar, wrap with wax paper, and store in an airtight container or zip-top bag for up to three months.

Vapor Rub

•1 cup coconut oil

• 3 tablespoons olive oil

• 30 drops peppermint essential oil

• 30 drops eucalyptus essential oil

• 15 drops rosemary or tea tree essential oil

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