Lemon, Ginger and Honey : All-Natural Remedy

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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.

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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 Ginger and Honey All Natural Remedy

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.

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Lemon, Ginger, and Honey in a Jar

You can make this immunity boosting, body soothing concoction ahead of time and store in the fridge. I usually keep my mixture for about two months, and then make a new batch.


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


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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.

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

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5. When you are in need of some soothing tea, scoop 2-3 tablespoons into a mug full of hot water—be sure to scoop whole pieces of ginger and lemon. Allow to steep for 3-4 minutes and sip away.

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415 Responses to “Lemon, Ginger and Honey : All-Natural Remedy”

  1. Michelle 10.20.2016 at 7:18 am #

    I am from the West Indies, I grew up with that exact recipe! The taste is awesome. Especially for people and children who do not like to taste medicines. Thank you for reminding me of my grandmother.

    • SGS Rawkstar 10.20.2016 at 12:05 pm #

      Hi Michelle,

      Too cool! We wish we grew up with this recipe. But we’re making up for it now!

  2. Vanessa 10.10.2016 at 7:55 pm #

    I made the lemon, ginger and honey cold/flu remedy. It was great, even the 16 year old enjoyed. My only concern was when I was obtaining the 2 tablespoons to make the tea do I use the lemon and ginger pieces in the cup to make the tea

    • SGS Rawkstar 10.11.2016 at 8:36 am #

      Hi Vanessa,

      When brewing scoop 2-3 tablespoons into a mug full of hot water—be sure to scoop whole pieces of ginger and lemon. Allow to steep for 3-4 minutes and sip away.

  3. Pamela Dancy 10.10.2016 at 4:24 pm #

    I can’t wait to make this for my family! I thought that I might also make an extra jar to keep at work. Thanks you ladies!

    • SGS Rawkstar 10.11.2016 at 8:36 am #

      Great idea, Pamela! And cheers to sharing health + wellness with your family! 🙂

  4. Sophie 10.10.2016 at 1:31 am #

    Hi dear smoothie team,

    I just wanted to suggest adding turmeric to the mixture 😉 it’s a great indian anti-inflammatory & helps to beat a cold.


    • SGS Rawkstar 10.11.2016 at 8:35 am #

      Thanks for sharing, Sophie!

  5. Marcella Chetcuti 10.8.2016 at 6:22 am #

    Is this drink good for diabetics?

    • SGS Rawkstar 10.11.2016 at 8:35 am #

      Hi Marcella,

      Thank for reaching out to us. Since we are not doctors or nutritionists, we suggest that any member of community with health concerns to speak to their healthcare provider to confirm that our recipes and the natural sugars in them are okay for their eating plan.

  6. Amy 10.6.2016 at 6:34 pm #

    I always have used lemon and honey, can’t wait to add the ginger. I going to make a jar to keep in the fridge in the teacher room at school. Also for sore throats equal parts honey and crushed garlic works wonders!

    • SGS Rawkstar 10.7.2016 at 6:25 am #

      Hi Amy,

      What a great idea!! We need healthy teachers! 🙂

    • Christine 10.8.2016 at 9:42 am #

      Amy, please elaborate on the sore throat remedy. My family gets sore throats frequently. Do you just put it in hot water and drain out the garlic?

    • Pamela Dancy 10.10.2016 at 4:12 pm #

      Hi Amy,
      I’ve used equal parts of honey and apple cider vinegar for sore throats, sometimes adding cayenne pepper sometimes. I’ll have to try the honey and garlic. Thanks for the post

  7. Tammy Woolman 10.6.2016 at 5:50 pm #

    I can’t wait to make cold and flu remedy

    • SGS Rawkstar 10.7.2016 at 6:24 am #

      Hi Tammy,

      Hope it keeps any cold or flu away for you with winter not too far away!

  8. Sanjiv 10.2.2016 at 9:49 pm #

    A good and well illustrated article. My only wish is that when you write on natural supplements that include herbs such ginger, maybe you could include norms of safety in use during pregnancy.
    This article by the American Pregnancy Association is an eye opener.
    link: http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/herbs-and-pregnancy/

    • SGS Rawkstar 10.3.2016 at 6:42 am #

      Hi Sanjiv,

      Great reminder! We definitely suggest that anyone with medical concerns or that is currently pregnant to reach out to their physician to ensure our recipes are the right choice for them + their body.

  9. kyle 9.25.2016 at 11:19 pm #

    First question , How many cups of this lemon ginger honey tea can be consumed in a day. Second question , can this recipe be also consumed 30 minutes after diner for digestion purposes.

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.26.2016 at 9:28 am #

      Hi Kyle,

      We suggest having this tea 1-2 times a day when trying to keep a cold at bay, or just went you’re craving a delicious lemon, ginger, honey tea. Enjoying this tea after dinner is a great idea, as the ginger will help aid digestion.


  10. Simone 9.14.2016 at 9:53 am #

    How much honey do you use for a jar?

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.14.2016 at 12:20 pm #

      Hi Simone,

      The amount of honey largely depends on the size of your jar. We suggest covering all of the lemon and ginger. If you’re using a 12 oz mason jar, that should be about 6-8 oz of honey.

      Hope that helps!

  11. Kenny 9.14.2016 at 4:15 am #

    do you need to peel the ginger or just wash it good<

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.14.2016 at 6:38 am #

      Hi Kenny,

      No need to peel the ginger in this recipe. Simply give it a good scrub prior to slicing.


  12. Caroline 9.5.2016 at 12:51 pm #

    I just made this! How long does “after a while” really mean? How long does it have to stay in the fridge until we can finally enjoy some of it and hopefully cure our cough?
    Thank you very much!!!

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.6.2016 at 1:31 pm #

      Hi Caroline,

      You’ll reap the health benefits of this tea right away, no need to wait (I usually can’t, I love this tea!!).

      Cheers to health + happiness!

      • Dana 10.20.2016 at 7:52 am #

        Phew! This was my question too, since I had a cough and wanted to make some tonight to drink!

  13. bhooshan shakya 9.4.2016 at 6:09 am #

    can we add ginger paste instead of ginger pieces.

    • C 10.1.2016 at 4:26 pm #

      I wondered the same thing. I have jar ginger only at the moment.

  14. Sandy 8.31.2016 at 11:35 am #

    How long does it stay good for?

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.31.2016 at 5:25 pm #

      Hi Sandy,

      This recipe will keep in your refrigerator for up to two months.


  15. Jess 8.27.2016 at 6:48 pm #

    Hello.. May I asked if I should use old ginger or young ones? And do I need to pound the ginger slices lightly before layering it into jugs?

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.29.2016 at 11:59 am #

      Hi Jess,

      Great question! While the concentrations may vary, old and new ginger are both packed with immunity boosting nutrients to help keep any cold or flu at bay…so use what you have on hand.

      Unless you prefer, there’s no need to pound the ginger prior to layering it.

      Hope this helps!

  16. shatabdi 7.24.2016 at 9:33 am #

    thank you so much. I tried having lemon and ginger.tastes cool

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.25.2016 at 7:31 am #

      Rawesome! You’re so welcome, Shatabdi!

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