Honey and Lemon Tea

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

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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  • Laurie

    I add a teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar to this and it’s amazing what the combination does to a cold. I drink it the minute I start feeling like I’m getting something.

  • Rica Jimenez

    By the way, will this be okay for a three-year old kid?

  • Doug

    You forgot the whiskey

  • Chrys Marco

    To get the full benefit from honey, it must be “raw unheated unprocessed” in any way. I too, use raw clover honey. I went on-line to learn of the best kind of honey to use. Site after site emphatically stated “RAW, UNHEATED”. Needless to say, I was shocked to learn that the brands sold in stores have corn syrup mixed in. True, the honey content of it IS pure, but the addition of corn syrup definitely defeats the purpose.

  • Carissa

    I can’t begin to tell you how happy I was to see this…I’ve been sick for 3 weeks now! There’s some nasty bacterial infection thing going around in Montana that’s taking multiple antibiotics to get rid of. It’s finally gettin under control but my cough has been killing me to the point of pulled muscles in my rib area. Ouch :-/ my dr told me to drink tea 3 times a day to help with my cough but I do NOT like tea. This is delicious though and helps so much. Thank you for an alternative to regular teas!

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