Homemade Cough Drops Yields 20-25 Cough Drops coconut oil honey cinnamon

Homemade Cough Drops

Feeling sick? These natural homemade cough drops are my go-to when I’m fighting a cold. Made with natural ingredients like raw honey which is known to help suppress coughing and immune boosting coconut oil you can’t go wrong with this natural alternative!

Homemade Cough Drops - Feeling sick? These natural homemade cough drops are my go-to when I'm fighting a cold. Made with natural ingredients like raw honey which is known to help suppress coughing and immune boosting coconut oil you can't go wrong with this natural alternative!

Our family has been down with a cold for the last week. It started with my 5-year old who was only sick for 3 days. Once she was better our 2-year-old came down with it and soon after my 1 one year old, husband and I were sniffling and coughing.

I usually make my homemade cough syrup when we get sick but it just wasn’t cutting it this time. I didn’t have the patience to melt it every time we needed it so I decided to make a batch of cough drops instead. I stored these in the refrigerator and we just popped them out when we needed a cough drop.

About The Ingredients

Raw Honey – Known to naturally suppress coughing and help with sleeping due to respiratory infections (source). In clinical studies, honey has shown to be just as effective in alleviating coughs as over the counter cough medicine. Honey is also known to help reduce allergies. According to this article, taking a few teaspoons of local raw honey a day prior to pollen season can be effective in boosting your immunity to pollen!

Coconut Oil – This healthy fat is rich in antioxidants and contains lauric acid, which is antibacterial and antiviral. Coconut oil can be used to help prevent colds by boosting the immune system. Once the cold is set in, coconut oil can help reduce the length of sickness and can be quite soothing when added to warm honey-lemon water or tea.

Cinnamon – Cinnamon has been used in folklore and traditional medicine to help reduce cold and flu symptoms.

Homemade Cough Drops

Homemade Cough Drops

Yields 20-25 homemade cough drops.


  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup raw local honey
  • 1 teaspoon of organic cinnamon or 1 drop of Thieves Essential Oil


  1. Scoop coconut oil into a mixer bowl and beat with a hand mixer or stand mixer until it’s whipped.
  2. Add the honey and continue to whip until the honey and oil are mixed.
  3. Add essential oils or cinnamon if using.
  4. Pour mixture into small ice cube trays.
  5. Freeze the coconut cough drops until they’re hard, about 20 minutes.
  6. Pop the cough drops out of the ice cube tray and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Homemade Cough Drops
Serves: 20-25
  • ½ cup coconut oil, room temperature
  • ½ cup raw local honey
  • 1 teaspoon of organic cinnamon
  1. Scoop coconut oil into a mixer bowl and beat with a hand mixer or stand mixer until it's whipped.
  2. Add the honey and continue to whip until the honey and oil are mixed.
  3. Add essential oils or cinnamon if using.
  4. Pour mixture into small ice cube trays.
  5. Freeze the coconut cough drops until they're hard, about 20 minutes.
  6. Pop the cough drops out of the ice cube tray and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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About the author: Tiffany is a real food mama who lives in Oregon. She is a stay at home mom of three coconut babies. She is passionate about traditional and healing foods. As a true believer in the health benefits of coconut, she uses coconut products in almost all her cooking. Subscribe to The Coconut Mama’s Newsletter for more articles like this one.

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  • Katelyn March 19, 2017, 10:54 am

    I’ve made these before and they truly are wonderful for soothing a sore throat, and have turned into my go-to recipe. However, I discovered that they aren’t very travel friendly, as they melt into a giant glob. I’m just wondering if you happen to know of a travel friendly recipe Where they don’t need to remain refrigerated to keep their shape?

  • Helen February 22, 2017, 8:54 am

    These melt in the mouth very fast so in that sense, they are not really good for soothing a sore throat because they are gone so fast. I made this recipe because I didn’t want to go to the trouble of making a hard candy type cough drop on the stove. Now I almost wish I had.

  • April January 6, 2017, 4:58 pm

    I used this recipe but I added lemon and ginger it came out so delicious my kids love it

    • Kris February 15, 2017, 10:08 am

      How much of each? I like ginger and lemon over just plain honey…

  • Christina Tuvman December 8, 2016, 9:03 am

    I made these last night, even added some lemon oil to it, and they never truly got hard..i left them in the freezer overnight beacuse they wouldnt harden and took them out this morning and they started melting almost right away..

  • Rebecca Blum December 3, 2016, 9:20 pm

    My family loves these cough drops. They taste great and they work like a charm i have a 5 year old and an eight year old so when one gets sick the other will get it so it nice to be able to make something that works for both of them and not have to spend money on buying cough drops at the store and also to be able to give them something that works with their bodies to help it heal rather then something that hides the symtoms and that only last for a few hours and really doesnt do anythong for them

  • Anna November 6, 2016, 11:46 am

    Hi, I made the cough drops and they didn’t come out as in the photo. The cough drops never solidified like in the instructions and I left them in the freezer for over an hour. Not sure what went wrong.

  • Deb October 16, 2016, 2:26 pm

    How do you take these with you when on the go, without refrigeration, so they don’t melt?

  • Katelyn Repka September 28, 2016, 6:23 pm

    How long do they last

  • Lauren September 24, 2016, 6:01 am

    Hi Coconut Mama. I’m having some trouble making these cough drops. My coconut oil won’t whip up. It is staying a smooth liquid? I used room temperature organic unrefined coconut oil. Please help????

  • Desiree August 30, 2016, 9:45 pm

    Love these!! Thank you for the recipe. I will be using these daily. Making another batch to send with friends..

  • Kiara August 17, 2016, 3:28 am

    Have you tried making these with lemon juice? I’ve made your cough syrup just yesterday and love the flavour, even the kids are taking it. I was thinking it would be a really nice combination for cough drops. I have seen a lot of recipes that boil the honey to get a syrup but would rather not do that myself. I am going to try making these tomorrow.

  • Sherri February 3, 2016, 9:18 pm

    What if someone can not eat honey ?

  • Michelle C January 16, 2016, 3:34 pm

    Sooo excited about these! I made these as the recipe said and although They taste great, all the honey went to the bottom when I froze them so they are stuck to the tray and fall apart when I remove them. Any idea as to what I did wrong so I can try again? Thanks!!

  • annette December 23, 2015, 2:32 am

    They taste delicious and work either way, if they are solid or mushy!!! The benefits come through as expected. Heck, I was licking my spoon clean before I could freeze them! They were great !! Also, I wanted to say… Why do people feel it necessary to add to recipe?

  • Sonya Parrish December 13, 2015, 12:29 pm

    Can you add lemon essential oil to these cough drops and if so how much do you recommend? I love to take a spoonful of honey with a drop of lemon oil. Tastes delicious!

  • Melissa December 11, 2015, 4:18 am

    I made these and they never got hard- even after being in the freezer for months! They were very messy and not like a cough drop at all, thoughts? I really wanted this to work!

  • Kimi November 24, 2015, 10:23 am

    Not sure it through the the first time but really want to do this but where did u find the molers for the cough drops? / shape ? Is there a website ?

    • Tammi October 22, 2016, 8:58 am

      You can find molds at a craft store they have real Cute candy molds that can be used a wide variety of molds check it out fun..

  • Kimi November 24, 2015, 10:17 am

    Where did u get the things that make the cough drop.. The forum .. The shape ..I want to make some but can’t come across in stores that I can use.. Thanks.. I want to do this for my kids! Along with cough med as well

  • Amy November 10, 2015, 11:30 am

    has anyone tried adding peppermint extract to any of them for possible decongestant? Or Ceyenne pepper?

  • Shelley October 15, 2015, 8:33 pm

    For those whose drops came out gooey or taffy-like, mine did the same and I think I know why. I live in Texas, so my coconut oil is melted at room temp in October. It needs to be in a solid/semi solid state to be whipped with the honey and stay emulsified until hardened in the freezer/fridge. If the coconut oil and honey are both liquid, they will separate…honey on the bottom, thus the goo. Am I right?

    • Shane November 8, 2015, 7:23 pm

      That sounds right, since coconut oil melts at 76 degrees. In my experience, they won’t mix well unless the coconut oil is somewhat solid.

  • Sonya October 3, 2015, 11:38 am

    Does the coconut oil need to be refined or unrefined or does it matter? Could you add lemon essential oil to make them honey-lemon cough drops?

    • ashley October 24, 2015, 10:09 am

      Coconut oil needs to be organic and raw. If it’s not raw that means it’s been heated and compromises the integrity of the oil

  • Tammy September 26, 2015, 1:09 pm

    how big of measurement would these turn out to be from your ice cube tray? 1 tsp or 1 tbsp? I made the recipe and just put some in my hot water! see what happens … how long did you have to do this for to help a cold go away? And how long would you have to take coconut oil for to help with abdominal fat?

  • Libby June 24, 2015, 5:39 pm

    Can I add additional items like ginger root and lemon juice or will it alter the outcome?

  • maria February 21, 2015, 4:54 am

    mine didn’t set so still gooy had to spoon them out why???

  • Nanna February 16, 2015, 8:42 am

    Those really helped with my throat! Been having trouble with a cold for almost 3 weeks and my throat decided to go nuts.

    Those helped losen up the slime and give me my voice back!

    1-0 to nature, once again. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Christine February 10, 2015, 8:30 am

    Coconut oil is amazing. Just making these to pop one in your mouth every day has huge benefits! I am making them just for that reason. The shelf life will be long, it’s just oil, honey and cinnamon, none of that will go bad in the frig for several months, maybe up to six months. If you are worried about tasting oil, you will get past it once you Google the benefits of Coconut Oil. Buy smart, Unrefined, Organic, xtra virgin is the only way to go. Walgreens has Natures way on sale right now buy one get one half off. Make the investment, your body will be glad you did.

  • abby January 13, 2015, 7:47 pm

    Didn’t work for me. Came out like taffy.

  • Jennifer January 13, 2015, 2:13 pm

    Yes, coconut milk in the can will be that way! Often underneath all the fatty part will be coconut water, basically. But when it’s all mixed together it is coconut milk :o)
    Keep in mind that this recipe calls for coconut OIL, though! ;o)
    Hope that helps!

  • jen January 13, 2015, 8:18 am

    Well I’m wondering what its like when tht coconut oil starts melting in ur mouth, would tht feel like an oily goo??

  • ricky January 12, 2015, 6:41 am

    is coconut milk thick in a can???I bought a can of coconut milk and it was thick like frozen butter…..is this nommal??

    • Mimi January 25, 2015, 1:45 pm

      That’s coconut milk…you want coconut OIL. Found usually with the other cooking oils.

  • Gabrielle December 31, 2014, 7:01 pm

    I made some of these today and I cant get the finished product to just pop out. They are stuck. Any Ideas to make this part go smoother?

    • K January 12, 2015, 7:44 am

      Maybe put bottom of pan in pan of warm water for a few seconds? That might melt them enough to pop out.

    • Jennifer January 12, 2015, 4:43 pm

      I would just dip the bottom of the mold in some warm/hot water to loosen them but not so long as to melt them.

  • Renita December 28, 2014, 1:11 pm

    I just made these today. Hubby is getting a cold. Anxious to see how well this recipe works!

  • Cori December 15, 2014, 8:48 pm

    how much of the coconut do you taste? Not the biggest fan of it but love honey.

  • Nicole December 7, 2014, 1:59 pm

    These are a huge hit with the 2 & 4 year old! Thank you!

    • Aly November 10, 2015, 11:41 am

      Did your 2 year old suck on these well? I was wandering if I should make them into suckers for her?

  • Nikki November 15, 2014, 8:29 am

    I’m curious if the coconut oil should be soft or melted. In my house at room temp, it is melted :o)

  • tanner November 12, 2014, 9:41 am

    Very cool idea. Going to make some this winter XD

  • Beth November 11, 2014, 7:27 am

    Just put a batch of these in the freezer to firm up.
    My husband & I are both coughing a lot, so these will be so nice to have.

    Thanks for such a great recipe!

  • Lil November 3, 2014, 11:52 am

    Room temp coconut oil? I live in Arizona and my oil is liquid does it matter?

  • Nicole October 31, 2014, 9:51 am

    Love your blog!

  • Denise October 26, 2014, 6:02 pm

    What is Thieves oil? so I can see if it is called by a different name in Britain.
    I will use Cinnamon if I cant get it here.xx

  • Tiann October 22, 2014, 10:27 am

    If I do not have the ice tray right now, is there something else I can do to form the cough drops?

    • Oil Lady Carissa December 15, 2014, 8:16 pm

      I would pour the mix into a shallow pan or cookie sheet type of thing (IDK how much this makes, but whatever would be appropriate for the amount of cough drop base you have) Use a sheet of parchment paper or wax paper to prevent it from sticking (if it sticks at all – haven’t made it yet!) and let it cool in the fridge or freezer, then cut or score it and break it up into smaller sizes. I realize it’s been almost two months since you posted that question, but I just found this, lol!

      • Mimi January 25, 2015, 1:41 pm

        I used a cookie scoop let them set for 10 min in the freezer then cut in quarters to make a bit smaller. Not quite as pretty but they still work!

  • Tasha October 20, 2014, 5:53 am

    Is there something I can substitute for the coconut oil? My son is allergic to coconut.

    • buffi October 26, 2014, 9:23 pm

      The only thing I can think of might be palm oil or palm shortening. It doesn’t have the same antibacterial & antiviral properties, but it would do, I think.

      • Carrie October 30, 2014, 5:53 pm

        Palm probably will be a problem if there is a coconut allergy. Coconut is classified as a palm oil. I am also allergic to coconut. In other recipes that call for coconut oil I have been told you can substitute other carrier oils. I wonder if that would work in this situation. They don’t have the same consistency as coconut…

    • Nicole May 30, 2015, 6:58 pm

      Tallow might have a suitable consistency. Holler at your local butcher or save it up from your cooking.

  • Angie October 19, 2014, 11:17 am

    I’d like to know, as well, how long these will last for?

    • The Coconut Mama October 21, 2014, 12:02 pm

      I’m honestly not sure. We went through this batch fairly quickly.

  • Meara October 18, 2014, 8:19 pm

    I might even make some elderberry syrup and add it in just to prevent any colds before they get bad.

  • Hannah October 18, 2014, 9:49 am

    Love the sound of this recipe but annoyingly I don’t have a freezer. Is there a different method I could use to make these drops (or similar)?

    • The Coconut Mama October 21, 2014, 12:03 pm

      Yes, you can refrigerate them instead. Just leave them in the refrigerator until they’re hard.

  • Kimberly Eibe October 18, 2014, 7:39 am

    Any idea how long they last?

  • cindy October 18, 2014, 7:14 am

    How long do they keep?

  • Ally @ Om Nom Ally October 18, 2014, 6:11 am

    I hope you and your family are all feeling better – and I bet you are if you’ve been popping these frequently! What a fantastic cough drop recipe, a much better alternative to suppressant pharmacy medicines 🙂

    • The Coconut Mama October 21, 2014, 12:07 pm

      Thank you, Ally! We are all feeling much better. 🙂

  • Sheree October 16, 2014, 2:49 pm

    Hi, Is there a substitute for cinnamon? My daughter is allergic to it.

    • The Coconut Mama October 21, 2014, 12:11 pm

      Just leave it out. 🙂

    • Scott December 15, 2014, 9:01 pm


  • samantha October 16, 2014, 10:30 am

    Does it have to be Raw honey?

    • Theresa October 17, 2014, 4:02 pm

      you could use regular honey and it will sooth but raw honey has far more medicinal properties and will sooth and help heal.

    • Scott December 15, 2014, 9:00 pm

      You can also use maple syrup.

  • Debbie Benfer October 16, 2014, 4:34 am

    Do you chew these or suck on them more like a cough drop?

    • Tina November 14, 2015, 10:22 am

      I would say suck on them. If you chew them they won’t last. They should melt soon enough by your body heat.

  • Katie October 16, 2014, 1:11 am

    Excellent recipe. Can’t wait to make them, but when I’m poorly, the last thing I’ll want to do is make them.
    Do you know how long they keep either at room temp or refrigerated?? Thanks again, Katie 🙂

    • Penny October 16, 2014, 2:32 pm

      I’m wondering the same thing. Almost can’t wait till I get a cold! lol!

      • Robynn December 18, 2014, 6:23 am

        There is absolutely no ingredient listed that is going to go bad on you. Coconut oil has a general shelf life in the cupboard airtight container of 2 years but it can last longer. Air is the enemy causing coconut oil to taste stale. Honey doesn’t go bad Cinnamon doesn’t go bad allthough it loses it’s potency over time …. They might pick up smells from the fridge and taste stale so be careful to protect them from that. I would use a glass container because I avoid plastics.

        So airtight container in the fridge these are going to be okay as long as they taste good . And if you want too you could finish them off now and then and start over. Eating them every day is a nice way to get coconut oil.

    • Alexandra February 21, 2015, 8:49 pm

      I would assume they would have a long shelf life. At least 6 months to a year. Raw/natural (unprocessed) honey has a 2-3 year shelf life and coconut oil is similar + I don’t believe spices go bad (although if they do it takes years) – freezing them couldn’t hurt either

      • Dawn Pettiglio March 1, 2015, 6:32 pm

        The shelf life of honey is infinite.