Homemade Thieves Cough Drops

Homemade Thieves Cough Drops

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Need cough drops without all the high fructose corn syrup and other yack? Try Homemade Thieves Cough Drops. They’re super easy to make and taste great so even the kids won’t mind!

So on my mission to cut down on over-processed foods and things I can’t pronounce I started reading ingredients and I’m constantly shocked at where they try to sneak in food dyes or corn syrup on us.

Marshmallows need to be a little whiter? Add some blue dye!
Ketchup not quite red enough? Bring on the red food dye!

The same goes for cough drops which is why I don’t let my kids have them as I’d rather stick to just giving lemon on a teaspoon of honey. This year armed with my Young Living oils I am loving the combination of Thieves and Lemon to help combat sickies (see how my buddy combatted the sickies in her house here.) Anyhoo, I wanted to make some cough drops with the oils and made these Homemade Thieves Cough Drops. They’re only 4 ingredients and taste great. They’ll keep in a jar for a couple of months so make a batch now before you feel yuck! I put mine in a cute mason jar and am planning on gifting them to a friend of mine who loves cough drops!

Homemade Thieves Cough Drops


  • 1 cup of honey or agave
  • 1 teaspoon unrefined coconut oil
  • 6 drops of Young Living Thieves Oil. Grab it here: http://mummydeals.org/essential-oils/
  • 3 drops of Young Living Lemon Oil


  1. Add the honey or agave and coconut oil into a pan and bring it a boil gently.
  2. Turn down your heat to medium high and keep boiling until it reaches 300 degrees with a candy thermometer. I added the coconut oil to help it not boil over. DO NOT BURN!
  3. Once cooked bring off the stove and let cool for a few minutes.
  4. Add in the essential oils.
  5. Drop in cough drop circles onto parchment paper.
  6. Let it cool and harden.
  7. Either wrap in parchment paper or store in a jar to keep.

NOTE: They’re not as hard as a cough drop or rather mine weren’t but I used Agave and not honey.  Just didn’t want you to expect a hard cough drop!

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  1. Hey! I just wanted to say hello and that I have shared your link to my blog post. I made these today and they are yummy!!

  2. I just made my first batch and haven’t tried them yet because they are still cooling but I am hopeful. I have been looking for a cough drop that was corn syrup free as I am allergic to all forms of corn and this seems to be a great alternative. Thank you

  3. Just made some. And used raw honey! Not my favorite (it’s what I had though) love it! YL cough drops are out of my budget right now 🙂

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