I hate having a dry scratchy sore throat and consequently, I love having sugar free ginger throat drops within my reach!
Since it’s Autumn in Michigan, it means alot of cold air and scratchy sore throats for us Michiganders. But, on a good note…..it also means football, apple cider, and pumpkins. So..that’s a plus.
Thankfully, there are many different ways to help alleviate a sore throat. Some of the tricks that I have used (and..I’m sure I’m not the only one) include hot herbal tea with honey, water with lemon, and an array of frozen beverages.
Recently my daughter, Hannah, has been making her own soothing ginger throat drops. She mixed a few recipes together that she found on Pinterest and created these drops using local raw honey, organic ground ginger, a blend of essential oils, and natural sugar substitutes.
These drops taste great (especially if you like spicy ginger) and effectively soothe our throats when they are dry or sore. Yep, my daughter is a genious and I can’t wait to share her recipe for sugar-free ginger throat drops!!!
*This post may contain affiliate links. For my affiliate disclosure, click here.
Organic ground ginger:
This spicy herb is known for its medicinal qualities that include antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. For more about ginger read: How Does Ginger Help a Sore Throat?.
Raw Local Honey:
Mayo Clinic shares that a study has shown that honey may be as effective as a common cough suppressant ingredient, dextromethorphan, in typical over-the-counter doses. Raw honey also has antiviral, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Monk Fruit/Erythritol Blend:
I used this sweetener blend because it is low carb, non-caloric, and isn’t pro-inflammatory like regular sugar. If your Keto, diabetic, or trying to avoid table sugar, this is a great blend to have for baking and cooking. To me, the taste is VERY similar to regular sugar.
Monk fruit is a sugar substitute derived from a small green melon native to southern China. It is non-caloric and nicely sweet. To read more about Monk Fruit read: Why Everyone’s Going Mad for Monk Fruit from Healthline.com. Erythritol is a low-calorie sugar alcohol used as a sugar substitute. Erythritol is found naturally in some foods. It’s also made when things like wine, beer, and cheese ferment. Read more from WebMD: What Is Erythritol?
If you don’t need/want this to be sugar free, go ahead and use cane or regular sugar. The following recipe is the same regardless. This sweetener blend and sugar can be exhanged 1:1 in any recipe.
A small amount of citrus juice adds flavor these throat drops and helps to cleanse the throat and lessen drainage. In this recipe, you can use lemon juice instead of lime juice if you prefer. For my drops, I use lime juice and lemon vitality essential oil. But, these drops are yours to make. You get to choose!!
Vitality Essential oils:
You have to be careful with using essential oils orally. I choose to only use Young Living Vitality oils in this recipe which have been created and labeled for oral use. NEVER EVER use essential oils orally that do not SPECIFICALLY state on the label that they are for oral use. If you don’t know, simply skip this part of the recipe or use fresh spices.
For essential oils in this recipe, you have quite a bit of freedom. I used sage, lemon, and Thieves blend (cinnamon, clove, lemon, rosemary, eucalyptus ) essential oils.
- Sage is an herb known for it’s healing and purifying properties.
- Lemon is a disinfectant and used for promoting health.
- Cinnamon is a spice used as a tonic and has antibacterial properties.
- Cloves are a spice that have been researched rather extensively and have multiple medicinal qualities. This spice if frequently used as an analgesic with anti-microbial properties.
- Rosemary is an herb that boosts the bodies immune system, acts as an anti-oxidant, and is known for having anti-microbial properties.
- Eucalyptus is a plant that can be used to help alleviate aches and pains while acting as an anti-inflammatory age and promoting overall wellness.
If you don’t want to use essential oils add a 1/2 teaspon of ground cinnamon, clove, and dried sage instead.
Sugar-Free Honey Ginger Thieves Throat Drops
- 3/4 Cup Monk Fruit/Erythritol blend
- 2 TBSP water
- 2 TBSP raw local honey
- 2 TBSP of freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 TSP of organic ground ginger root
- 1 single drop of Sage Young Living Vitality Oil
- 2 drops of Lemon Young Living Vitality Oil
- 4 drops of Thieves Young Living Vitality Oil
- Step 1 Heat the Monk Fruit/Erythritol blend in 2 TBS of water over medium heat until the color turns brown. Do not stir, but lightly turn the pot around periodically. Heat for 8-10 minutes in a gentle boil.
- Step 2 Remove the pot from the heat source and stir in the rest of the ingredients. (Hint: I like to put the essential oil drops into the honey, then add the honey to the mix – I don’t know why, I just do it this way)
- Step 3 Place the mixture on parchment paper using two spoons to mold into small portions. If you have a silicone mold, place the mixture there. (I do coat the mold with a small amount of coconut oil to help release the drops when cooled)
- Step 4 Once cooled and hardened, roll the drops in a powdered Monk fruit/Erythrotiol blend (or corn starch) to coat.
- Step 5 Store in a cool dry area. (I use a mason jar and cupboard space).
- Step 6 Enjoy as needed.
If you are interested in becoming a Young Living Wholesale member…..