Green & Healthy Living

How To Make Your Own Herbal Cough Drops!

These cough drops are great for those dry coughs that tickle your throat at night and that prevent you from sleeping and in order to make this recipe you’ll need the following:

  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme leaves
  • 2 cups of organic sugar
  • 3/4 cups of organic black strap molasses
  • 1 tablespoon dried sage leaves
  • 1 tablespoon dried hyssop leaves

Use something to pour the hard candy mixture into, a hard candy thermometer is recommended, but this is optional.



Next step is to prepare your hard candy molds for the mixture or lightly grease a cookie sheet or casserole dish. You’ll need a small cup of cold water nearby, if you don’t have a candy thermometer.




The next step is to make a strong brew of tea by combining the sage, hyssop and thyme with one cup of water. Net let this steep for 15 minutes (covered) and then strain off the herbs. It is recommended to only use use 1/2 cup of this strong tea.



Next combine all the ingredients in a medium to large saucepan and include the a 1/2 cup strong herbal tea, the sugar and the black strap molasses.




If you are using a candy thermometer, it’s recommended to attach it to the side of the pan. Next turn the burner to medium high heat and stir this mixture constantly until it reaches 300º  F.  Test the mixture by dropping a small amount in a cup of cold water, if you aren’t using a candy thermometer. When the mixture solidifies when dropped into the cold water it’s done.



Once it is ready, pour into the hard candy molds.


You’ll need to start cutting the cough drop squares immediately, if you are using a cookie sheet or casserole dish. If you wait too long the mixture will solidify and also keep in mind how big a cough drop generally is.


You can store your cough drop pieces in an airtight container and keep them in a cool place, once the mixture hardens. You can also cover the pieces with an herbal powder, if you live in a warm or humid environment.







  1. Amanda

    March 7, 2014 at 5:03 am

    What kind of herbal powder would you recommend? I live in the pacific northwest where it’s very moist and damp?

  2. Alex

    September 24, 2014 at 1:42 am

    Is the sugar a must, or can these be made without sugar?

  3. MsMcCoy

    September 24, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    I was wondering the same about tge sugar. Is honey an option? How would that substitute?

  4. n.Fernandes

    October 6, 2014 at 7:06 am

    i want to know where in dubai can i get theses leaves

  5. bethb

    November 18, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Alex, the sugar is what makes them get hard/ solid. The process is like making hard candy but with herbs instead of “candy” flavorings like butter scotch or peppermint

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