Lemon, ginger and honey : All-natural remedy

lemon, ginger and honey

As the weather gets windier and colder, flu and cold season kicks into gear. I get a little obsessive (wipe down the shopping cart like crazy, wash my hands numerous times a day and gulp down my immune boosting green smoothies). Yet no matter what I do, I’m bound to get one cold a year.

I recently made this all-natural cold and flu remedy to prepare for when the germs start spreading. I keep it in the fridge and the first sign of a cold or flu, I just scoop out a few tablespoons, add hot water and enjoy this delicious and soothing tea.

Lemon: High in vitamin C, which keeps the immune system strong and neutralizes the free radicals in your body. This reduced the inflammation and swelling.

Ginger: Helps you sweat out the toxins in your body, which is helpful when you have a cold or flu. Ginger is also helpful for settling upset stomachs, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and cold sweats.

Honey: Soothes a sore throat, making it an effective and natural cough suppressant. This improves the body’s ability to fight infection and decreases the risk of fevers. The natural sweetness of honey also balances the tartness of the lemon and the ginger’s spice, giving honey, lemon and ginger tea its soothing flavor.

Lemon, Ginger and Honey in a Jar

You can make this immunity boosting, body soothing concoction ahead of time and store in the fridge. Keeps for months when refrigerated.

Ingredients


  • 2 lemons (thoroughly cleaned)
  • 2 piece of fresh ginger  (about the size of your pointer and middle finger)
  • Raw honey
  • 12 oz mason jar

Directions


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1. Slice lemons and ginger.

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2. Place the lemon and ginger slices in the mason jar, alternating layers of each.

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3. Slowly, pour honey over the lemon and ginger. Allow the honey to sink down and around the lemon and ginger slices. Fill jar to the top with honey and seal tightly.

4. Store in the refrigerator. Over time, the mixture will start to turn into a loose jelly.

5. When you are in need of some soothing tea, scoop 2-3 tablespoons into a mug full of hot water. Allow to seep for 3-4 minutes and sip away.


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179 Responses to “Lemon, ginger and honey : All-natural remedy”

  1. JoAnn 1.30.2015 at 11:25 am #

    can you make this in an old pickle jar?

  2. Dorothy 1.27.2015 at 6:07 pm #

    hello! I just made this about an hour again. I want to know how long it takes to turn to jelly?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.28.2015 at 7:10 am #

      Hey Dorothy.

      With in a week if should start to slowly turn. :)

  3. Bartlett 1.25.2015 at 6:50 pm #

    Does anyone know how many carbs would be in this per serving? My 6 yr old daughter is diabetic so I have to be careful what I give her And count her carbs.. she would really enjoy this. She has bad asthma so winters are really hard on her. She always seems to get bronchitis in the winter months.

  4. Lana 1.21.2015 at 11:54 am #

    Hi there! So looking at this all I see as far as measurents is how much ginger to use. I could probably figure it out but the mason jar size isn’t listed either. It is just based on filling whatever size you are using? Feeling clueless lol! Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.21.2015 at 6:33 pm #

      Hi Lana.

      Thanks for reaching out. Does this help?

      2 lemons (thoroughly cleaned)
      2 piece of fresh ginger (about the size of your pointer and middle finger)
      Raw honey
      12 oz mason jar

    • Lana 1.23.2015 at 7:43 am #

      Turns out it was my browser not showing amounts. Was able to see it on my iPad

  5. Patricia 1.20.2015 at 8:31 am #

    This may sound weird but I don’t have any lemons, can I use a grapefruit. Would that work as a substitute? Thank you

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.21.2015 at 6:32 am #

      Hey Patricia. I haven’t used grapefruit before, but it is always worth a try. Do you have limes?

  6. Donna 1.19.2015 at 11:30 pm #

    Joined your site 20-January 2015 was unable to find the recipe for this smoothie with lemom giner and honey. Please send it to me. I have had bronchitis for two months had three different antibiotics, a shot, and cough syrup. Began with a sinus infection, bronchitis, bronichal puemonia. Please helpp me. Open to any suggestions.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.20.2015 at 7:31 am #

      Hey Donna.

      Thanks for reaching out + hope you feel better soon. Have you tried the above recipe in warm water. That is the only recipe I can think of on our site with lemon, ginger, and honey. Here is a green smoothie recipe we call the flu fighter:

      2 cups fresh kale
      1 1⁄2 cups water
      1 banana
      2 oranges, peeled
      1 cup strawberries

      Here is another recipe you might enjoy:
      2 cups fresh spinach
      2 cups almond milk,unsweetened
      1 banana
      2 apples, any variety,
      core removed
      1⁄2-inch fresh ginger, peeled

  7. Jerré 1.18.2015 at 4:03 am #

    How long will this stay fresh in the fridge?

    My great grandma made something similar but included cinnamon sticks. And added a shot of Whisky to the hot water.

    • SGS Rawkstar Shauna 1.19.2015 at 9:22 pm #

      We haven’t had it in our fridge long enough to know how long the actually keep time is. The longest I’ve had it in my fridge is a month, give or take. Once we make it, we use it up pretty quickly.

      But, I’d check it once a month if you still have it and be sure it hasn’t spoiled or turned.

      My mom used to give us a sort of hot toddy when we were sick as kids?! Lol :)

  8. Shannon 1.17.2015 at 9:45 pm #

    I’m feeling under the weather and made this remedy. I’m hoping for a quick recovery looks amazing.

    • SGS Rawkstar Shauna 1.19.2015 at 9:20 pm #

      Hope it helps out, Shannon! We use this a lot in my house when we start feeling icky. :)

  9. Robin 1.15.2015 at 7:52 pm #

    I cannot find 12-ounce mason jars online. I can only find 8-ounce and 16-ounce and the the quilted jelly ones in the 12-ounce. Am I missing something? Can you provide a link to the jars you used? Thanks so much…look forward to trying this.

    • SGS Rawkstar Shauna 1.17.2015 at 11:13 am #

      Hi Robin,

      Have you checked out our essentials page? Here it is :: simplegreensmoothies.com/essentials :) Hope that helps!!

  10. Neighborlynomin21.blog.com 1.14.2015 at 1:39 pm #

    Fabulous, what a weblog it is! This blog presents useful
    facts to us, eep it up.

    • SGS Rawkstar Shauna 1.17.2015 at 11:12 am #

      Thanks so much!! :)

  11. Tina 1.8.2015 at 5:14 pm #

    I made this a few days ago & it’s pretty liquidy, did I do something wrong? Or will it gel up soon? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.8.2015 at 5:15 pm #

      Hey Tina.

      What kind of honey did you use?

  12. Diesel 12.30.2014 at 9:12 pm #

    My wife mad some about 2 months ago. I drive big rig. So if I come home feeling crappy. The first thing I do is make some tea and use 2 table spoons. It’s cheaper than a doctor visit. We still have some left. And it’s still good to go.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.31.2014 at 8:05 am #

      Thanks for sharing! :)

  13. Sharon 12.29.2014 at 9:49 am #

    I’m not sure what you take with 3-4 tblsp of the liquid or the lemons & ginger? Do you throw them out after drinking a cup ? Please clarify.

  14. Lydia 12.27.2014 at 6:36 pm #

    I came down with something and made some yesterday. It was good yesterday, but even better today. I made some for my oldest daughter to take home with her. One question–do you just use the liquid, or do you scoop some of the lemon and ginger out with it too?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.29.2014 at 9:55 am #

      Hi Lydia.

      Thanks for the comment. Yes, please scoop part honey, lemon, and ginger into each cup of warm water that you use. Hope that helps.

  15. kellie 12.27.2014 at 3:21 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this!

  16. Dawn 12.27.2014 at 6:10 am #

    Hi,

    I only have a 32oz mason Jar can I fill it 1/2 way or does the jar need to be full.? Thank you

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.27.2014 at 7:49 am #

      Hi Dawn. Whatever works best for you. You can do 32 or 12 oz. :)

  17. Janis 12.23.2014 at 8:01 am #

    I make something similar, but I grate ginger, slice lemon and add raw honey to a cup of hot water. I used to slice it, but it is way more intense when you grate the ginger. In a pinch one can use dried ginger too. Great idea to make a large jar and store it. Luckily we haven’t needed it yet this year. :)

  18. Vickie 12.22.2014 at 6:56 pm #

    I love honey and lemon for colds and upper respiratory infections but I never thought to pre-make it. Thanks for the idea. I have a batch in the frig already!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.23.2014 at 7:56 am #

      YAY! Glad you are enjoying it!

  19. jlo 12.22.2014 at 10:19 am #

    Sounds good and I plan to try it.

    Raw Honey? Where can I buy that?

    Also, how long before it is ready to use?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.22.2014 at 2:43 pm #

      Hi Jlo.

      Raw honey can be found at most health food stores, such as Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s.

      You can use it right away. :)

      • jlo 12.24.2014 at 5:17 am #

        So I bought some raw honey, but it has crystallized already so it is SOLID. What is the best way to ‘warm it up’ so I can pour it over the ginger and lemon?

        Merry Christmas and takes for all the recipes, I am a green smoothie convert for about 3 months now. Love it!

  20. Sonni 12.21.2014 at 4:22 pm #

    I made this last night and made a hot cup of tea with 2T of this today and it was very good,slightly sweet, but I think it soothed my throat. It does gel up and the favors meld together quite nicely. I plan to use it some green tea tomorrow-yumm!!

    • Sonni 12.21.2014 at 4:24 pm #

      PS. I only used hot water like your recipe stated,but will try in tea tomorrow

    • Sonni 12.21.2014 at 4:24 pm #

      PS. I only used hot water like your recipe stated,but will try in tea tomorrow

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.22.2014 at 8:02 am #

      Glad you are enjoying this recipe, Sonni. Cheers!

  21. L 12.21.2014 at 10:43 am #

    This is a great recipe What I usually do is make a pot or cup of green tea (great antioxidants), squeeze in lemon to taste, add 1/4 tsp of ground ginger (if making a pot add 1/2 tsp.) and 1 tsp of honey per cup.

    I think the next time I’m out I’ll buy the ingredients for your recipe and give it a try..but I would like to know it’s “best used by” time.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.22.2014 at 8:02 am #

      Hi L.

      Thanks for joining us! :) Sounds like a great idea with the green tea.

      We haven’t had it in our fridge long enough to know how long the actually keep time is. The longest I’ve had it in my fridge is a month, give or take. Once we make it, we use it up pretty quickly.

      • Sue Z. 1.11.2015 at 5:46 pm #

        This actually keeps for a very long time. (well over 6 months) You can keep it in the fridge or in your pantry. The longer it sits, it becomes like a marmalade. Given the citrus acid and “sugar” of the honey, it’s going to take quite alot for this stuff to spoil!
        Both the lemon & honey are great preservatives, given to us by nature. My husband loves this stuff when he has a head or chest cold.

  22. Pamela 12.20.2014 at 3:38 pm #

    Is this the tea or do you add tea? How long does it sit in the refrigerator?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.22.2014 at 8:01 am #

      Hi Pamela.

      No need to add extra tea, you could if you want, but we usually scoop some out and put it in hot water. Great question. We haven’t had it in our fridge long enough to know how long the actually keep time is. The longest I’ve had it in my fridge is a month, give or take. Once we make it, we use it up pretty quickly.

  23. Sophie 12.20.2014 at 2:33 pm #

    As soon as I was saying I thought I was getting a cold, I got the email with this recipe. I’m making it now and I was wondering, what is the minimum time I can leave it in the fridge? Thank you!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.22.2014 at 7:48 am #

      Hope you feel better soon, Sophie. :)

  24. susan 12.20.2014 at 11:45 am #

    How long do I need to let it sit before using it?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.22.2014 at 7:46 am #

      You can use it right away, Susan.

      • jlo 12.22.2014 at 10:21 am #

        But it wont be a jelly yet?

        Can you just make it with the 3 ingredients anytime?

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.22.2014 at 2:45 pm #

        It won’t be jelly right away, and yes you can make it 3 ingredients anytime. :)

  25. Tricia 12.20.2014 at 10:38 am #

    I was wondering the same….how long does it keep in the fridge?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.22.2014 at 8:00 am #

      Hi Tricia.

      Great question. We haven’t had it in our fridge long enough to know how long the actually keep time is. The longest I’ve had it in my fridge is a month, give or take. Once we make it, we use it up pretty quickly.

  26. Deanna 12.20.2014 at 9:06 am #

    How long will this keep in the fridge?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.22.2014 at 8:00 am #

      Hey Deanna.

      Great question. We haven’t had it in our fridge long enough to know how long the actually keep time is. The longest I’ve had it in my fridge is a month, give or take. Once we make it, we use it up pretty quickly.

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