Heal That Throat With Homemade Herbal Lozenges!

Homemade Herbal LozengesYou can make homemade herbal lozenges (aka cough drops) quickly and easily.  It’s just like making herbal candy!

All you need is:

  • one ounce of dried herb
  • one and one half cups of water
  •  two pounds of refined sugar

Then follow the steps listed below to make homemade herbal lozenges.

  • In a medium sized saucepan, combine water and herbs.  Simmer over low heat for approximately ten minutes.
  • Afterward, strain the liquid into another pan.
  • Add the sugar to your decoction and bring to a boil.
  •  Boil until the mixture reaches a temperature between 265 and 270 degrees on a candy thermometer.
  • Test the mixture for consistency by dropping a few drops from a spoon into cold water.  If the drops form a hard ball, the mixture has boiled long enough.
  • Grease a 10” x 14” glass or stainless steel pan, then fill with the mixture.
  • As soon as the mixture has cooled enough to hold its shape, cut into small squares.
  • Wrap each square individually in waxed paper.
  • You now have lozenges!  Store in a cool dry place until needed.

You can also make lozenges using herbal tinctures instead of dried herbs.  To do this, reduce the amount of water used to ¾ cup and substitute one liquid ounce of tincture for dried herb.  High temperatures destroy the volatile oils in many tinctures, so do not add the tincture at the beginning of the process.  Wait until the sugar mixture is removed from the heat.  Remove the mixture from the heat, add the tincture, mix well, and then pour into the pan.

Some herbs that are good for sore throats and coughs are:

  • angelica
  • horehound
  • irish moss
  • licorice
  • peppermint
  • sage
  • slippery elm bark
  • solomon’s seal
  • thyme
  • wild cherry bark

You can make your lozenge with a single herb, or a mixture of several.  You can choose herbs that soothe the throat, herbs that suppress coughs, or a combination of both.  Experiment, and  most of all, HAVE FUN!!

Please feel free to consult our Materica Medica for more information on the various herbs.  Also, below is a list of my favorite herb books.  Most of these were used for my college courses and were so informative and helpful, I decided to add them to my library!

The Majority of the information in this article was obtained from “The Herbal Home Remedy Book: Simple Recipes for Tinctures, Teas, Salves, Tonics, and Syrups” by Joyce A. Wardwell.  This book is very user friendly and easy to follow!

 More Information on How to Make Herbal Tinctures from Any Loose Herb

Commonly Used Herbology Terms and Defintions


  • Tierra, M. (1998). The Way of Herbs. New York: Pocket Books.
  • Wardwell, J. (1998). The Herbal Home Remedy Book. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing.
  • Williams, J. (1995). Jude’s Herbal Home Remedies. St. Paul: Llewellyn Publications.

Recommended Books on Herbs

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Becki Baumgartner

Herbalist, Certified Tennessee Naturalist, Certified Reiki Master at LuminEarth.com
Becki Baumgartner is a certified member of the Academy of Integrated Health & Medicine. Becki graduated from Clayton College in 2011 with a BS in Natural Health, Minor in Herbology, obtained her Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master Certification in 2012, and her Tennessee Naturalist Certification in 2013. She is currently enrolled in the Master Herbalist Program at the Academy of Natural Health Sciences. She has been a Lead Investigator for Volunteer State Paranormal Research since 2010 and in 2012 joined Natchez Trace Veterinary Services, an Alternative Medicine Veterinary Clinic, as Practice Manager and Herbalist. She is also a volunteer naturalist for Metro Parks and the Nashville Medical Reserve Corps, facilitates a weekly Reiki Share at Center of Symmetry in Nashville, and facilitates Reiki, Herbology and Alternative Health classes and workshops in the Nashville Area. Chat with Becki on Google+ | LinkedIn | Facebook


  1. cool. thanks. i was about to ask what kind of herbs when i saw your list. a good idea for us. we seem to be spending way too much money for cough drops because where we live [not in the usa] there is a burning ban but no one pays any attention and the authorities don’t enforce the ban. so if we have to live with it then i suppose the best thing is to enjoy as best we can.

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