Honey and Lemon Tea

Honey and lemon tea, perfect for soothing a cold.

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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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  • Rachel

    A friend just told me about this. It was her Mexican grandmothers cold remedy by she also recommends a pinch of Mexican oregano. I am loving it!

  • Patsy

    I bought Celestial Organics Ginger and Turmeric Tea and then added the honey and lemon. That combination is great! I can’t say that anything is totally helping my chest and head congestion, but this tea truly is soothing!

  • Rachel

    I make this all the time when I’m sick — but I like to stir it with a cinnamon stick! Wishing healthy thoughts for everyone this winter…

  • 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?

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