Essential Oil Recipe Journal
DIY Soothing Cough Drops with Essential Oils. Homemade recipe to help soothe sore throats.

DIY Soothing Cough Drops with Essential Oils

Please note that this post includes affiliate links which means I make a small commission (at no additional cost to you) if you purchase through the links in this post.

Last winter my throat was so sore. I went to bed one night feeling just fine and woke up feeling like my throat was being stabbed by sharp blades every time I coughed, swallowed and spoke. It was horrible. I was so lucky to have my sister in law Krista next door. She made me these yummy essential oil cough drops and let me tell you, they worked very well and didn’t taste awful like some of the ones you can buy at the stores!
I love these drops so much and have found them to be so helpful, especially to help soothe a dry or sore throat! We are so lucky as Krista has shared her recipe with me and she is allowing me to share it with all of you! All you need is a few ingredients and a little bit of time!
NOTE: Be sure to read the label to ensure the oils you use can be ingested. I use doTERRA essential oils many of which state they can be ingested. You can learn more about ingesting oils here!
Looking for a recipe without sugar? Get the recipe for my no sugar added drops here!
DIY Soothing Cough Drops with Essential Oils. Homemade recipe to help soothe sore throats.
It’s that time of year again… the leaves are changing colour and the cool breeze is starting to creep in. As the weather gets cooler all of the nasty germs seem to come out of hiding!

DIY Soothing Cough Drops with Essential Oils 

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 tbsp honey (get it HERE)
  • Powdered Sugar (to line cookie sheet)
  • Thermometer –(get it HERE)
  • Cookie Sheet –(get it HERE)
  • Wax Paper –(get it HERE)
  • 10-20 drops doTERRA On Guard essential oil (always read the label first to ensure the oil can be ingested)
  • 10-20 drops doTERRA lemon essential oil (always read the label first to ensure the oil can be ingested)

Prefer different flavours? Substitute either the lemon, the protective blend, or both with spearmint, peppermint, tangerine, or really any other minty/citrus oil.


1. Bring sugar, honey, and water to a boil slowly on med heat.

2. When it reaches 280°F Put in oils, at 300°F (when you can put a little drop in cold water and it gets hard right away) take off heat and let sit until it stops boiling and all the bubbles are gone.

3. On a cookie sheet, make a layer with powdered sugar

4. Take a small, round measuring spoon and make indents in the sugar.

5. Slowly spoon the hot sugar mixture into your powdered sugar mold.

6. Let sit until cool, sift to get the excess sugar off.

DIY Soothing Essential Oil Cough Drops. Easy recipe to help soothe a sore or dry throat. www.paintedteacup,com

Storing Your Cough Drops:

These cough drops keep well for quite some time, just be sure to store them in an airtight container.

Take your drops with you: Krista makes her own individual drop wrappers using wax or parchment paper. Cut a rectangle of the paper and wrap it around your cough drop. Twist both ends and voila, cough drops that are ready to travel with you!

Essential Oil Toolkit & Recipe Journal

Now that you have the written recipe, make sure you don’t lose it! My Essential Oil Toolkit & Recipe Journal is exactly what you need for recording all of your recipes in one place! Take a sneak peek at the video below and if you like what you see, purchase your copy as a paperback book or PDF printable HERE!

50 thoughts on “DIY Soothing Cough Drops with Essential Oils”

  1. I didn’t even know you could make your own cough drops! Where have I been? What a great way to soothe a sore throat. And you know every ingredient that’s in these drops.

  2. I love making my own things. I’d love to make these for the family. I have almost all the ingredients and then I wouldn’t have to run out and buy them again.

  3. This takes DIY to an entirely new level for the season! I know that sore throat mornings or on the horizon so I am going to see if I can pull this together so they are on hand. Thank you for the information on how to store them.

  4. I think this might be the first time I have EVER seen a DIY post on making your own cough drops. This is so cool, and I love that essential oils are used.

  5. I’ve never seen anyone make their own cough drops – it must be nice to know what’s inside them and that you’re not taking a bunch of chemicals to make yourself feel better.

    • They have quite a lot of sugar, I wouldn’t feel comfortable recommending them to someone with diabetes as I don’t know enough about diabetes. You could experiment with swapping so natural sugars.

  6. I know this recipe is not rocket science but leave it to me to find a way to mess it up. I was making a double batch and I thought i was rockin’ it until about halfway pouring into my molds the mixture in the pan started foaming up!? What did I do wrong? I stirred when it started to foam in hopes it would go down, and it did for a few seconds then it started to harded. So I added some water and put it back on low heat to help get it back to workable form, which seemed to do the trick, not sure if that is legal lol. My finished drops look like yours, but they aren’t very hard (like store bought) once in your mouth, they break down much faster and seem to have a powdery consistency once you bite into them.
    Not complaining, my kids like them and I could eat them like candy! I used lemon and peppermint oils. Yum!

    • Hi Amy, I really am not sure what advice to give, we haven’t had this happen. Maybe keep the heat a bit lower? Yes I find sometimes they are softer than others. If you leave them sit overnight they are generally a bit harder. You could also try popping them in the freezer. Happy you like them 🙂

    • Hmm I’m not sure, I haven’t had this happen. They won’t get quite as hard as Halls but the also shouldn’t be gummy/chewy.My only thought is maybe it was over heated? Sorry it is giving you a hard time!

    • Read the bottle to see if it says “can be ingested” or see if it has “supplement information”. I know doTERRA lemon states it can be ingested and I believe the same is true for Young Living but I don’t know about other brands.

  7. My daughter is on a very strict SIBO diet for the next 3 months and cannot have any kind of cough drops from the store. there is a long long list of things she is not allowed to have and sugar is one of them. I was wondering if anyone knows of a recipe that is sugar free? She is allowed to have honey and little bits of splenda. She usually takes a throat drop every night before bed to soothe her throat and now she doesn’t know what to do. (She has allergies so the cough drops always helped) thank you for reading.

  8. No should ingest essential oils, especially woman who are pregnant. Talk to a certified aroma therapist before telling someone it is ok to digest it, cause it is not.


Leave a Comment