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The Throat-Soothing Herbal Cough Drops That Every Mom Needs to Have in Her Purse


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Well… it happened. 

The dreaded morning wake-up call, “Mom, my throat hurts.”

After an assessment of symptoms and a thorough inspection of the back of the throat, we seem to have caught it at the early stages.


While there are a variety of home remedies to help treat a sore throat, for me this is when herbal medicine is at its finest!


I was able to get to work quickly in the kitchen on a very simple herbal remedy by combining my herbal cough syrup and homemade cold + flu tincture

Herbs to Treat a Sore Throat and Cough

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Classic herbs used to treat a sore throat and cough include, but are not limited to rose petals, sage, goldenseal, marshmallow root, slippery elm, horehound, ginger, licorice root, elderberry, echinacea, and cayenne pepper.

For this recipe, I used the herbs I had on hand.

  • Slippery Elm. The soothing herb. Rachel Weaver, in her book, Be Your Own Doctor: An Informative Guide to Herbal Home HealthCare defines slippery elm as, “mainly powdered for therapeutic use. It is a mucilaginous herb with properties similar to comfrey. It is gentle and soothing, yet it works extremely well. ‘Mucilaginous’ means sticky and with an ability to coat. Slippery elm does this very well, coating…and healing whatever it comes in contact with.”
  • Echinacea Angustifolia Root. One of the most popular herbs associated with immunity and health. Rosemary Gladstar in her book Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, describes this herb like this, “Echinacea is always more effective if taken at the early signs of illness before the illness has the opportunity to ‘settle in.’ Echinacea is particularly effective against bronchial and respiratory infections, sore throat, and oral infections, and in any situation where the immune system needs fortifying.”
  • GoldensealAn extremely potent and highly effect herb, goldenseal is a must-have in all home wellness pantries. Rosemary Gladstar describes goldenseal to be, “a natural antibiotic, and it is often paired with echinacea to help fight off infections, colds, and flus. It is particularly effective in treating infections of the mucous membranes, found in the respiratory, digestive, skin, and reproductive systems.” 
    Note: Due to its over-harvesting in the wild, only purchase goldenseal from reputable companies that buy from small organic cultivators of the herb. Be sure the goldenseal you use has been “organically grown,” “organically cultivated,” or grown yourself — not “wildcrafted.” I ONLY recommend purchasing organically cultivated goldenseal from Mountain Rose Herbs.
  • Ginger RootGinger is a powerful antiseptic. A warming herb, ginger functions effectively as a decongestant — used in the treatment of colds and flus, respiratory congestion, and sore throat.
  • Cinnamon (sweet)Cinnamon — used in combination with ginger — dispels colds and warms the chill of winter. It kills a wide variety of diseases and is a well-known treatment for colds, the flu, and fevers.
    Note: For medicinal purposes, organic true cinnamon (sweet) is recommended.

Why Herbs?

  • They work gently and effectively.
  • You can grow them yourself, right outside your front door or even in your kitchen.
  • It’s our birthright to use the gifts of nature with respect and wisdom.
  • Up until recently, at least in the western world, herbs were an integral part of taking care of ourselves.

Health doesn’t come from plastic bottles. Vitality grows naturally from the way you live your life. Deep down, people already know this.

If you want to learn more about herbs as medicine and as food, but are too busy to enroll in an in-person program, join the Herbal Academy of New England for a comprehensive and convenient online herbal course you can complete anywhere, anytime! Learn what your great ancestors knew about the natural world and begin to build your own apothecary. Click this link to learn more and to register.

Read Next: How to Grow Your Own Herbs That Last Forever


Homemade Herbal Sore Throat and Cough Drops


Serves: Approx. 40 herbal drops. *Adjust recipe to meet your needs.


Choose only organically grown herbs. I have linked directly to the herbs and ingredients I personally use and recommend. 

Optional Add-Ins:

Where to buy essential oils for ingestion:

For the highest medicinal value available choose Mountain Rose Herbs essential oils or the organic oils from Plant Therapy. These are what I find to be the most trusted brands.



This recipe is inspired by the great herbalists Kiva Rose and Rosemary Gladstar.

  1. In a small bowl combine all ingredients.
  2. With a spoon, work the mixture into a “bread dough” like consistency. Add cinnamon to thicken, if needed.
  3. Pinch off very small bits of dough and roll them in the palm of your hand to form a pea-size ball. Note: I like to add a small amount of cinnamon to my palm while I roll. 
  4. Dry the balls in a dehydrator OR on a cookie sheet in the oven. Note: If using an oven, set to the lowest possible temperature and leave the oven door slightly open. 
  5. Once dried, store these drops in a small glass container. They will stay fresh in a cool, dark space for a year.


Adults and children take 1-2 drops, 2-4 times a day as needed.

Where Can I Get This Stuff?

Mountain Rose Herbs has everything you’ll need regarding bulk herbs and natural products for healthy, natural living.  It’s your one-stop-shop!

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1. A. (2014, November 11). How to Make Herbal Sore Throat + Cough Drops. Retrieved August 24, 2016 from

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