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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  • 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!

  • Nicholas Fraser

    What honey exactly, there are quite a few.

  • John

    Oh yeah, and if you have lots of gunk in your chest from a cold, eat as much of the hottest hot sauce as you can stand. Seriously. The next day your lungs will start kicking out some serious business.

  • John

    You forgot codeine, the most time honored item on the laundry list of cold remedies! Basically all you can do when you get sick is to drink lemon/honey tea + lots of other fluids, maybe some chicken noodle soup and take some Tylenol 3 to ease sore throat

  • Aditi Kabir

    nice one. someone told me that lemon and honey works well, so i was having one table spoon full honey, lemon squeezed on it every morning before the breakfast. no warm water so far. will it do any good? i have chest full of cough. i will try your remedy from tomorrow.

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