By Chef Lauren, Closer to Your Food

Organic natural cough drops are expensive, and they don’t necessarily taste the best. When you’re fighting off a bug and need some relief for your sore throat, try this cheap and easy recipe at home to save you time and money.

1 cup local honey
10 drops thieves oil*
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ cup organic non-GMO corn starch

In a pot on medium high heat, with a candy thermometer, add in the honey and lemon.  Bring it up to 290-300 degrees, but be careful because it can burn quickly and easily.

Remove the honey from the heat for 2-3 minutes and then stir in the thieves essential oil.

Line a cookie sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper and spoon quarter sized drops evenly onto it until you run out. Allow the drops to cool at least 2 hours.

In a baggie, toss the drops with the cornstarch and shake off any excess (this prevents them from sticking together). Transfer them into an air-tight container to store at room temp.


*Thieves oil is an essential oil blend of lemon, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary with a highly aromatic and warming scent. It is universally known for its immune-boosting and antibacterial properties, which make it a soothing and healing addition to homemade cough drops. You can use it in the home for cleaning or put it in a diffuser to help fight off viruses during cold season. Thieves oil should be made from therapeutic-grade essential oils and is an important part of any home aromatherapy kit and medicine cabinet.

Tip: Feel free to add in your favorite essential oils such as peppermint or clove oils!


Closer to Your Food is a wellness blog focused on eating and cooking for health and sustainability with recipes and lifestyle tips formulated around a plant-based diet and home-grown local foods. Chef Lauren Cox holds a B.A. from the le Cordon Bleu in Culinary Management with over 8 years of fine dining experience in private dining, catering and Michelan star restaurants. For more information, please visit and follow Closer to Your Food on Twitter and Facebook @Closer2YourFood. 

**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.