I am lucky enough to have a sore throat and cough at this time so how lucky you are that I can tell you how to make a lozenge that will help with dry cough (due to that silly tickle that lives in the back of my throat) and a sore throat from coughing due to the tickle, and on and on and on!
Basically you need to make a strong tea of licorice root (called a decoction), about 1/2 cup water to 1 tsp cut up root. Take 1 or 2 tablespoons of honey to about 1/4 cup of the decoction and add it to about 1/2 cup of slippery elm powder. Mix, roll, cut and let dry for a day or two and you have a lozenge that helps you naturally and cheaply!
The Licorice root will help act as an expectorant to loosen up the phlegm so you can cough it up and the honey and Slippery Elm will soothe your scratchy throat. Contrary to what the commercially made products say, you NEED to cough and get that "stuff" up and out! You just need to get it done and use something to soothe you during the process.
Feel free to use local honey that you have infused with Lemon Balm, Lavender or Cinnamon Sticks like we have for an extra boost of herbal healing and flavor!
Store these cool, dry and dark and they will last for a month or so.
Oh, and one more thing...
Because herbs are so versatile, you can also use these for upset tummies as Slippery Elm is a great tummy soother as well!
Let me know if you have any questions! And please drink lots of water!