A Lemon Ginger Throat Drop made at home is better than the store-bought drops and easy to make! This recipe uses natural ingredients like essential oils and home that help soothe a dry and itchy throat.
In the winter, sneezes and coughs spread many germs. And the cough always seems to linger a little longer than anything else. This recipe for homemade cough drops can help soothe a scratchy, tickly throat. The best part is homemade, and natural throat drops are surprisingly easy to make.
Lemon Ginger Throat Drop Health Highlights
Honey contains phytonutrients which have antibacterial and antiviral properties that help boost the immune system, making it easier to fight sickness. Raw honey contains natural sugars and minerals. Honey provides an easily absorbed supply of energy in the form of liver glycogen, making it ideal for a pre- or post-exercise energy source.
Lemon essential oil helps soothe the mouth and throat and supports healthy respiratory function. Lemon essential oil also naturally cleanses the body.
Ginger is a major ingredient in many Asian dishes with a hot, fragrant flavored spice. In Western tradition, Ginger is most often used in sweets. Ginger essential oil helps with antioxidant protection in addition to helping support healthy digestion.
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) is an antioxidant that plays an essential role in maintaining proper immune function. It seeks out and binds with free radicals the body produces when it breaks down nutrients to convert them into energy, and sometimes when the body is exposed to harmful substances like smoke or toxins.
Lemon Ginger Throat Drop Recipe
- ¾ cup water
- ¾ cup honey
- 3 drops Lemon essential oil
- 1 drop Ginger essential oil
- 1 tablespoon ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) powder (Available at health food stores and online)
- Combine the honey and water and heat over medium heat in a saucepan until mixture begins to boil. Clip a candy thermometer to the side of the pan where it will not touch the bottom or side. Continue boiling until the water mixture reaches 300°F on the thermometer, stirring constantly.
- Reduce heat immediately and allow mixture to cool for 5–10 minutes, or until the consistency becomes syrupy.
- Stir in the Lemon and Ginger essential oils. Stir well to combine.
- Dust a candy mold with ascorbic acid powder. Pour honey mixture into molds and allow to completely cool. (See notes.)
- Remove from molds and dust again with ascorbic acid powder to keep the drops from sticking together when stored.
- Store in an airtight container.
- If you don’t have a candy mold, let the mixture cool a little bit. Then, using a teaspoon, allow the mixture to drop into small throat-drop-size circles onto a piece of parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Set the drops aside to cool (a marble slab will help the speed up the process). After they have completely cooled, dust the drops with the ascorbic powder. Then turn them over and dust again.
- Keep the drops in a cool, dry place. They should last for a few weeks. If they become sticky after sitting, dust them again with the ascorbic powder.
- This recipe includes Lemon and Ginger essential oils but works just as well with Spearmint, Cinnamon, Clove, or Peppermint essential oils.