Honey and Lemon Tea


Suffering from a cold? Warm your body and soothe your throat with a hot cup of Honey and Lemon Tea! It's the perfect cold remedy.

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 and Lemon Tea

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. DANI

    I was just thinking of doing this while researching the truth about tea. There are so many lies told to us in the name of marketing and shelf life, it is incredible and I don’t want to eat or drink ANYTHING that is going to cause toxemia in my blood or compromise my health. This is a natural, yet tasty solution, proivided you use raw organic honey as opposed to commercial honey’s. Now to find pure water!

    I am really glad to have stumbled on your post. Thanks for sharing.


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  2. Beth

    It’s 3 in the morning and I have been coughing every few seconds since midnight. I finally dragged my self to the kitchen and made this. However I skipped the water and added 3x the amount of lemon and 1/2 the amount of raw, unfiltered, organic honey. Now I am only coughing a few times a minute and I am off to sit in my recliner and try to pass out. Did you know that laying flat makes your cough worse? Make sure you sleep propped up to help so mucus doesn’t have a chance to settle in a pool in your lungs.


  3. Laila

    On my period (joy) and this is so soothing


  4. Maurice

    The recipe is awesome, my dad used to make it and add a small bit of onion and it helped so much when i got pneumonia.

  5. Aileen

    Just went to chemist and was chatting t pharmacist, she recommended making some, wasn’t sure of measurements so found this recipe. Very tasty and comforting


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