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Lemon, ginger and honey : All-natural remedy

lemon, ginger and honey

As the weather get 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 be prepared 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 tablespoon, add hot water and enjoy some delicious and soothing tea.

Lemon: High in vitamin C, which is an antioxidant vital to a strong immune system and neutralize the activity of free radicals in the body, reducing the inflammation and swelling caused by free radicals in the body.

Ginger: Promotes a healthy sweating that aids in the detoxification of the body, which is often helpful when you have a cold or flu. Ginger is also helpful for settling upset stomachs, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and cold sweating.

Honey: Soothes a sore throats, making it an effective and natural cough suppressant. Honey may also boost the body’s immune system by aiding in the production of white blood cells. 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.


  • 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, alternativing 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 refridgerator. Over time, the mixture will start yo 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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60 Responses to “Lemon, ginger and honey : All-natural remedy”

  1. Fiona 3.23.2014 at 7:38 pm #

    I just made the recipe, except I used the regular honey we had around the house: it’s all natural but it’s not labelled raw. Will it still work?
    Thanks for the recipe, can’t wait to try it!

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 3.24.2014 at 9:43 am #

      Seems like it should work fine, Fiona!

  2. Filomena 3.4.2014 at 5:28 am #

    Good morning, I purchased raw honey from the Vitamin Shop. My question is its solid and almost creamy white not the golden liquid that is pictured on your site..Is there something I should do to get it to that form?

    • Jadah and Jen 3.4.2014 at 4:51 pm #

      That’s totally how it’s supposed to be, Filomena! :)

  3. Gregory Bodie 12.20.2013 at 5:06 am #

    I need more remedies for my roomI need more remedies for my flu?

    • Gregory Bodie 12.20.2013 at 5:08 am #

      I need more feeling properties

  4. Cheryl 11.20.2013 at 12:25 pm #

    Is it necessary to store this in a glass container or would another container be ok?

  5. Natalie 11.13.2013 at 12:27 pm #

    Hello! This looks wonderful and I just made a batch! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

    I have a few questions:

    Is it okay to use a larger jar and only fill up halfway? Not sure if there is a reason why it should be filled up all the way.

    Also, do you think using this as a “tea” on a regular basis is okay and will help prevent colds?

    And finally, is there an ideal amount of time this should sit before using?

    Thanks again!

    • Jadah and Jen 11.15.2013 at 1:00 pm #

      I would at least let it sit overnight, Natalie :-) You don’t need to fill it to the top, and you can drink on a regular basis if you’d like!

  6. Bree 11.11.2013 at 2:06 pm #

    I’m wondering if you need to scrub the ginger? It’s not peeled, right?

    • Jadah and Jen 11.13.2013 at 7:23 am #

      You should scrub it like you would a potato when the skin is still on :-)

  7. Katie 11.10.2013 at 1:25 pm #

    As this starts to deplete, can I just add more honey? Or should I make another batch?

    • Jadah and Jen 11.11.2013 at 8:51 am #

      Add more honey if the batch is relatively fresh. If you’ve had it in your fridge for a couple of months, then you may just want to make a whole new jar :-)

  8. Thomas 11.10.2013 at 2:23 am #

    I’m vegan. What could I use instead of honey with the same benefits and plantbased? Would Agave syrup be a good alternative? Thanks for your great posts, recipes and website ;-) Namaste :-)

    • Jadah and Jen 11.11.2013 at 8:52 am #

      It could be, Thomas… We don’t have an answer for this at the moment, though :-(

  9. Jessica I. 11.6.2013 at 9:20 pm #

    Just made a batch of this and it tastes great! I didn’t have any fresh ginger handy though; I hope it’s okay that I subbed ground ginger because I could really use the relief.

    • Jadah and Jen 11.7.2013 at 2:03 pm #

      Yay, Jessica! Try fresh ginger next time because the healing properties are incredibly more when fresh. :)

  10. Rina 10.11.2013 at 10:24 pm #

    Great post. I definitely will try. Can you please post sources for your information on the properties of lemon, ginger and honey? Thanks!

  11. Wendy 10.10.2013 at 11:30 pm #

    Thanks a lot, I will try that.

  12. Wendy 10.10.2013 at 5:41 am #

    I am grateful for the recipe because I have been looking for something more natural for my family as I am tired of using all those chemicals found in pharmaceutical drugs. Is it fine if I give a teaspoon (w/o hot water) to my daughter every morning? Is it safe to drink without adding hot water as my daughter doesn’t like hot drinks, or should I rather add hot water, let it cool off, then let her drink it?

    • Jadah and Jen 10.10.2013 at 2:04 pm #

      Hi Wendy, I would warm it with the hot water and let it cool off a bit until she can drink it. :)

  13. Rachel 10.5.2013 at 9:49 pm #

    I was just wondering, when you take some from the jar, do you just take the liquid or do you take pieces of ginger and lemon to steep in the hot water? It looks good and thinking my borderline sick hubby will be my guinea pig. Thank you for sharing.

  14. maddie 9.21.2013 at 5:59 am #

    My sister gave me this idea but she says to take 1tab spoon a day and it will work I’ve been taking it is this correct?? Confused

    • Jadah and Jen 9.21.2013 at 1:29 pm #

      Hi Maddie — Sure, you can do 1 tablespoon up to 2-3 tablespoons. See what works for you and be sure to listen to your body. :)

  15. natural remedies 7.20.2013 at 2:13 pm #

    This is a good tip especially to those new to the blogosphere.
    Brief but very precise info… Many thanks for sharing this one.
    A must read article!

  16. lorrie 6.10.2013 at 10:17 am #

    I read about this remedy awhile ago. I tried it last week and it really helped. I
    made it for a friend today I am hoping it helps her too. Question is how often should you drink it before feeling better?

    • Jadah and Jen 6.10.2013 at 11:34 am #

      It all depends on what is wrong :-) Minor colds will take a shorter time than those nasty, winter sicknesses!

  17. Di 5.14.2013 at 4:39 pm #

    I read on a website/post somewhere a few days ago when I first heard of this that you can just keep adding to the jar. Do you do this or just make a new jar? I can’t find where I saw it and have already gone through about half my jar! The first couple of drinks I took a couple of slices of lemon out but not sure if I should or not??? It makes it so much easier than squeezing a lemon every time when you’re not feeling well. :(

    • Jadah and Jen 5.15.2013 at 8:48 am #

      Hi Di! We personally do not refill the jar, or squeeze a lemon every time we use this mixture. Once we run out of liquid in the jar, we just make a new one :-)

  18. Faith 3.28.2013 at 10:22 am #

    I made this in January and it has been in the fridge ever since. Will it still be okay? I never felt like I was coming down with a cold … but I want to use it before it goes bad.


    • Jen H 3.28.2013 at 8:24 pm #

      I would still use it. :)

  19. Candice 3.13.2013 at 12:52 am #

    Question?? How long can you keep this in the fridge? How long does it last?

    • Jen H 3.15.2013 at 9:55 am #

      You can store it for a few months— yet I have a feeling you will use it up before that. It’s some good stuff!

  20. norah 2.25.2013 at 7:44 am #

    Hi there, can’t wait to try this, have a cold at the moment and the kids are all clogged up so may try this on them too. If I don’t have a glass jar to make this in, is it possible to make this in a plastic container and will it still hold for the same time? thanks

    • Jen H 2.25.2013 at 11:51 am #

      Hi Norah— sorry to hear you are all sick. You can definitely use a plastic jar to store this. By prepping and combining all ingredients at once it saves you time each day from making the tea from scratch. All you do is heat up some water and drop a big scoop of this into it and you have some soothing tea. Get well soon.

  21. Charlie 1.24.2013 at 4:58 am #

    Hey i just made it, but how long should i let it be in the fridge before i can use it?

  22. Chelsea 1.19.2013 at 9:05 am #

    Hi, my mom is currently sick with the flu. I wanted to make this for her but was wondering how long I have to let it sit before she can use it?

    • Jen H 1.19.2013 at 6:11 pm #

      Your poor mom! You actually don’t need to let it sit— just scoop out a few tablespoons and add boiling water to it. Give it a few minutes to cool down and then have her sip. Hope she feels better soon Chelsea.

  23. Ryan 1.15.2013 at 6:53 pm #

    I get sick every time winter rears its ugly head. I am sick now so I couldn’t wait to try this. So far, I am loving it. Hoping it can help me with this terrible cough.

    • Jen H 1.15.2013 at 8:54 pm #

      Hope it helps Ryan!

  24. Sonja 1.15.2013 at 3:11 pm #

    I just made a jar of this because my daughter is sick and I want to give her this fantastic tea to help her feel better. I will drink it as well to help me not to get it. Love this site. Thank you for your ideas.

    • Jen H 1.15.2013 at 8:52 pm #

      Hope you all feel better! There seems to be a lot going around lately.

  25. mary 1.10.2013 at 4:10 am #

    thank you! My son is sick and we’ve been drinking this all week. Even my healthy kids are asking for it. I’ve been adding more honey and/or lemon/ginger as they deplete the bottle. This has such a refreshing taste with a perfect amount of sweetness.

  26. cassie 1.9.2013 at 10:07 am #

    LOVE this! i can’t wait to make it!!! i might throw in some cayenne to up the heat / expectorant factor!

  27. Monica 1.2.2013 at 11:39 am #

    This is such a great idea! I discovered your amazing website after following you on instagram for some time. You ladies and your incredible recipes and creative ideas continue to inspire my family and I. Thank you!!
    P.S- love the simple format of this website, you guys are great.

    • Jen H 1.2.2013 at 1:25 pm #

      Awww, thanks Monica! I appreciate the kind words and glad you like the website. I spent a lot of time on that baby. :)

  28. Ashley 12.16.2012 at 6:51 pm #

    Thanks for the great recipe! I made a batch and added Cinnamon sticks, a teaspoon of ground Tumeric, tsp crushed garlic and a tsp of ground cayenne pepper (all for health benifits), I also added about a tsp of ground cinnamon. It came out great! I layer mine which it came out perfect! Thanks for sharing!

    • Jen H 12.18.2012 at 2:49 pm #

      Cinnamon sticks would be soooo yummy! Glad you enjoyed and hope it helps you when you need something soothing!

  29. Joy 11.20.2012 at 6:32 am #

    This sounds like such a nice thing to make and give to those who are not feeling good. Also sounds good enough to make, just to have when you need a little boaster shot (not the needle kind).

  30. Nicole 11.20.2012 at 5:41 am #

    How long does it stay good for?

    • Jen H 11.20.2012 at 11:45 am #

      Hi Nicole. I’ve had it in the fridge for 2 months and it was fine. Honey is a natural preservative, which is awesome. I’ve heard of people storing it in the fridge for 4 months, but mine is gone before then.

  31. arianna 11.20.2012 at 5:39 am #

    Just made a similar concoction w/the lemon. Will try this! Thanks.

    • Jen H 11.20.2012 at 11:47 am #

      Love it Arianna! This is just so convenient by having it pre-made in the fridge. Last thing I want I do is head to the store when I’m sick. I’ve tried getting my kids to drink it, but they have never been warm drink fans sadly.

    • Arianna 11.24.2012 at 3:43 am #

      meant to say, I had similar concoction w/o the lemon.

      made a batch of yours today, though.

      if you have the time, try : ginger and brown sugar.
      1. slice the ginger in very thin slices.
      2. add one part ginger to one part brown sugar.
      3. store and seal in mason jar. (make sure the mason jar is thorough clean using hot water.
      4. leave in cool/dry place for 2 months. (yes, that’s a long time)

      a little more planning required, but it’s great.

      • Jen H 11.26.2012 at 6:01 am #

        Thanks for sharing Arianna.


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