Honey and Lemon Tea

I have a cold. At first I thought the sneezing was due to allergies, but then it didn’t go away and I felt rotten, which is what happens when one has a cold. Achooo!!

When I get a cold, I try to remember the laundry list of things that make it all better. Drink lots of water. Check. Take zinc and vitamin C. Check. Take omega 3 fish oil (helps boost immune system). Check. Take elderberry syrup (it’s antiviral). Check. Keep warm. Check.

Another thing on the list that is especially comforting when one has a cold is a hot cup of honey and lemon tea. Well, strictly speaking, there’s no “tea” in the tea. It’s just honey, lemon juice, and hot water. But it’s so good, especially if you have a cough or congestion. The lemon juice helps cut through congestion and the honey soothes the throat. Honey and Lemon Tea

You can also add fresh ginger to your honey and lemon tea. Sometimes I’ll just have the hot water over ginger. That’s good too. But usually, it’s just honey and lemon. Now please excuse me while I catch up on the last thing on the list—rest. Peace out. ~Elise


Honey and Lemon Tea Recipe

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 1.

If you want, add a sliver or two of fresh ginger to the cup of honey and lemon tea. Note that honey should not be fed to young children under 18 months old.



  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup or more of hot water


Put honey and lemon juice into a tea cup or mug. Add hot water and stir. Add more lemon juice, honey, or hot water to taste.

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Honey, Ginger, Lemon Tea - from LA Fuji Mama

Honey and Lemon Tea

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  • Bronwyn

    Always a winner. The other Gran’s remedy that really works & gets overlooked is steam. The old way. You probably know the drill! Bowl of steaming hot water on the table, lean over it with a large towel for a ‘tent’ to trap the steam. Breathe. Deeply! 10 mins 3 times a day. Well twice is probably more reasonable. And right before bed is really helpful. Moistens the sinuses, eases congestion, means you can breathe properly. When I have a cold, sometimes it’s the only time all day I can breathe properly. My father-in-law was a Doctor. It was one of his favourite prescriptions.

    Best thing ever AND it’s free. You can add a wee bit of Vapour rub or eucalyptus or tea tree oil or something but it’s the steam that does the trick. Have a warm & comforting sort of day & breathe much steam.

  • Piet

    Very good recommendations so far, but I have to insist that grandma’s chicken soup has to be added. Having a cold this should never be missed. :)

    Get well soon!

  • Quinn

    Lemon tea sometimes makes my throat scratchy, so then I switch to apple cider vinegar.

    I hope you feel better soon!

  • Jim

    Plus a dash of whisky ( or other ) to taste . Hot Toddy in the UK .

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