Best Home Remedies for Cough and Cold

10.12.2020

I’m sharing some tried and true, all natural home remedies for cough. These can be made in advance, so they’re ready for cold and flu season.

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It’s never fun getting sick, especially this year! Today, I’m sharing my tried and true, all-natural home remedies for cough. I recommend making these remedies in advance, so that they’re ready for cold and flu season. This ginger lemon honey tea actually works, and not just as a home remedy for a sore throat. Designed to soothe + heal, these ingredients will actually shorten the life of your cold.

Ginger lemon honey tea for cough home remedy

I’m also including my Natural Remedies Guide below. Click the image to get all my home remedies in one easy to read PDF. Keep it on your phone, print + post to your fridge, and take control of your family’s health this year. These are home remedies for cough that I use for myself and my family, as well as share with all my family and friends.

Natural Remedies for Cough and colds Recipe book

Why I believe in natural remedies for cough

As the weather gets windier and colder, flu and cold season kicks into gear. I get a little obsessive; wiping down the shopping cart like crazy, washing my hands numerous times a day, as well as gulping down my immune boosting green smoothies.

Yet no matter what I do, I get one cold every year. That’s why I’ve come to rely on my home remedies for cough. I’ve used them for years, so I know that they work for me. Many store bought treatments contain harmful food dyes, processed sugar, along with other chemicals. If I’m not willing to eat those on the regular, then why would I turn to them when my immune system is down?! The whole food, plant based ingredients used in these home remedies for sore throat and cough are often cheaper, and are definitely healthier than over the counter meds. They also have natural healing properties.

large mason jar of one of the home remedies for cough

Home remedies for sore throat that beat the pharmacy

In winters past, I hit the drugstore to load up on medicine and cough drops when my annual cold hit… yet I never felt better using them. They tasted gross and I woke up feeling even worse. That’s when I decided there had to be a better way—something that was natural and made to heal the body.

Seven years ago, I went on my own wellness warrior journey to discover the best home remedies for cough. Since I learned about so many incredible remedies, I created a whole medicine cabinet of plant based cures. Read on for a few of my tried and true favs:

  • Elderberry syrup: can be taken daily, and taken multiple times a day when experiencing cold or flue symptoms. And when you can make a medicinal syrup into popsicles, I’m 100% here for it.
  • Rawkstar fire cider: while this tonic is not for the faint of heart, it does wonders in limiting the life of a cold or the flu, and helps to strengthen the immune system along the way. This is one home remedy that’ll scare the cough right out of ya!
  • Homemade vapor rub: this is a perfect natural remedy for cough + decongestant. Use it on the chest as well as the feet to soothe.
  • Ginger lemon honey tea– The recipe below has a whole host of benefits, just like the others on this list. I love this recipe for allergies, when I feel any kind of sickness coming on, or if I’m in the middle of a full blown cold.

Practical uses for these home remedies

Typically, when I start to feel a tickle in my throat, a stuffy nose, or the body aches, I grab a shot of fire cider. My kids and I take elderberry syrup on the daily throughout the winter. I use the vapor rub if congestion is keeping me from sleeping, and my son Jackson also uses it to help with seasonal allergies. This ginger lemon honey tea recipe can be sipped throughout the day as a home remedy for cough, sore throat, or the flu.

overhead shot of the ingredients for ginger lemon honey tea, one of the home remedies for cough that I love.

Ginger lemon honey tea recipe

I made this concoction of fresh lemon, ginger, and raw local honey (best purchased seasonally) to prepare for when the germs start spreading. Now, I keep it in the fridge. At the first sign of a cold or flu, I just scoop out a few tablespoons, add hot water, and enjoy this delicious home remedy for cough.

This is hands down the best way I’ve ever found to treat a cold, cough or flu naturally. No joke. It tastes amazing, makes me feel great instantly and I quickly recover. Why is that?

this homemade tea is part of my natural home remedies for cough line up

Lemon

Lemons are high in vitamin C (especially the pith, aka the white part we all usually avoid!). Vitamin C helps boost the immune system and neutralize the free radicals in the body. This reduces the inflammation and swelling in the body when fighting off a common cold. Lemon also has natural acidity that helps break down mucous as well as alleviate congestion.

Ginger

Ginger contains a bioactive compound called gingerol, which is known to be the strong medicinal part of ginger. Helps you sweat out the toxins in your body, which is helpful when you have a cold or flu. Ginger is also a helpful home remedy for cough, settling upset stomachs, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and cold sweats. First found in Southeast Asia, this powerful root not only helps fight the common cold, but also free radicals and inflammation, according to research by the US National Library of Medicine.

Honey

Honey is a natural cough suppressant (Which explains why the most effective cough drops use honey). It also 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 + ginger, giving this ginger lemon honey tea its soothing flavor. Raw honey is used to treat a whole host of ailments, including cancer.

pouring raw honey into this home remedy for cough

Tried and True Storage

Have you noticed I use an awful lot of mason jars? There’s a reason why Mr. John Mason’s jars have been a popular storage favorite for over a century! I love them not just for serving green smoothies, but for storing this healthful home remedy for cough recipe. These days you can find them anywhere from antique shops to grocery stores. I often buy mine at a local feed supply store.

Please let me know in the comments below if you’ve tried this recipe for ginger lemon honey tea, or any of the other home remedies for sore throats (and a whole host of other ailments!) I’ve created. I’d love to know how they work for your family.

a beautiful jar ready for cold + flu season, as a home remedy for sore throat
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Ginger Lemon Honey Tea

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: chopping
  • Cuisine: home remedy

Description

This home remedy for cough and cold is my go-to! 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 or until we use it all up.


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Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. Slice lemons and ginger.
  2. Place the lemon and ginger slices in the mason jar, alternating layers of each.
  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—be sure to scoop whole pieces of ginger and lemon. Allow to steep for 3-4 minutes and sip away.

Keywords: cold remedy, cough remedy, diy cold medicine, natural healing


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  1. Daryll says:

    Would it be best if u add grated garlic and chop onions? Instead of hot water, mix it with warm water only ( 40 Centigrade ) as hot water kills enzymes of raw honey. Cinnamon and Turmeric can be added as well. Make sure they’re all organic 😉

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Daryll,

      Garlic, onions, turmeric and cinnamon are all great additions for boosting your immunity and fighting off the flu or a cold. Thank you so much for sharing!

      Cheers to a healthy + happy cold and flu season!

    • Miranda says:

      Is there some risk with adding raw garlic to something and keeping it in the refrigerator? Something to do with botulism? I’d check this out before trying the raw garlic, maybe add that as you make the tea cup by cup.

      • SGS Rawkstar says:

        Hi Miranda,

        You’re right. For food safety, we suggest adding garlic to this recipe when you’re ready to enjoy, instead of storing overtime.

  2. Gisele says:

    I made this a few weeks ago when I first saw this post and I have the beginnings of a cold so I made some “tea” this morning. Delicious! BOY! Does it make you sweat! I will drink it just because it is do delicious and soothing! Thank you!
    BTW – it had not all congealed but I got some of the good stuff off of the bottom before I stirred it all around.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Gisele,

      Hope our Lemon, Ginger, and Honey: All Natural Remedy was able to keep your cold at bay! It takes some time for this recipe to congeal – at first you may find it thick on the bottom + more liquidity on top due to the juice from the fresh lemons.

      Cheers 🙂

  3. Tanya says:

    Hi Ladies!

    I generally dislike ginger to the enth degree. Does the taste and smell soften while jellying up in the fridge? If not, then I guess (sadly) this awesome cold/flu remedy isn’t for me. Any other cold/flu butt kicking recipes I could try in lieu of this one?

    Thanks!
    Tanya 🙂

  4. Tana says:

    It looks like you don’t need to peel the ginger for this…is that correct? Thank you!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Tana,

      No need to peel, as you’ll be steeping the ginger instead of consuming.

      Cheers 🙂

  5. Melanie says:

    Hi all, Thanks for this! What a great idea! I’ve been putting about a thumb size of fresh ginger in about a litre of water and bringing it to the boil and simmering for around 10 mins and then adding honey and lemon juice but never thought of doing it this way! Really looking forward to trying this. 🙂

  6. Shelley says:

    Can I make the anti cold mixture / store bought honey? I don’t have a clue where I could get the raw honey.
    I’ve never written to you before, but I read all your mail and love the smoothies!! You two have opened my eyes!! Thank you, and a healthy winter to it’s all!!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Shelley,

      Of course! I’m lucky to have honey hives just down the street from my house!

      Just so you have an idea of the difference -honey in its natural state has enzymes and nutrients in it that are destroyed by the heat (especially the high heat from pasteurization), while raw honey retains all of those nutrients to give the maximum health benefits. While you can sometimes find raw honey in your grocery aisle, pasteurized or raw you’ll still be reaping major health benefits!!

      Cheers 🙂

  7. GABY says:

    DOSE GINGER WORK COLD?? IF I DRINK IT COLD

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Gaby,

      I’ve always found the flavor infuses best when added to warm water, but it’s worth a try! Looking for a great immunity boost, try adding ginger to your favorite green smoothie in the morning! I add about 1 inch of fresh ginger to most recipes, I love the added spice!

      Cheers 🙂

  8. rachek says:

    i made the flu remedy a few days ago. the honey is now a much thinner consistency, but the lemon and ginger seem too firm to scoop out a piece. will they get softer and jelly like? or should they just be cut into small bits that are easy to scoop out with a spoonful?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Rachek,

      Thanks for reaching out! The lemon + ginger will soften over time, but if you’re finding the remedy hard to scoop slicing the lemon + ginger into smaller pieces may help!

      Cheers to health, happiness, + leafy greens!

  9. Carol says:

    Hi, I made this yesterday and was curious if you continue to keep the ginger and lemons in the jar while storing it in the refrigerator? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Carol,

      Yes! Keep everything in a sealed container in your refrigerator! Over time the ingredients will turn into a jelly, perfect for scooping up a small amount + adding to your warm water!

      Here’s to keeping healthy during cold + flu season!

  10. Nubian Queen says:

    How long does the 12once is good for once in the refrigerator

  11. Tone Grønvold says:

    Hey, for how long to you leav it until you can use it?

  12. Cheryl says:

    Thanks for this recipe. Seem something like it years ago but never thought of making it like this for multiple uses. Y’all are simply wonderful. Love your website and Facebook page. I hope to soon sign on for your 21 day challenge. Have tried a few of your green smoothies and love them.

    Thanks for all y’all do. Oh yeah from Georgia lol

  13. Missy C says:

    I am not a fan of fresh ginger but this is wonderful! It will definitely be something I keep on hand at all times. I just had one cup so far but I loved it. It is very soothing and refreshing. Thanks for the recipe!

  14. Lisa says:

    Do you use the resulting liquid to make the tea or put a scoop of the lemon/ginger/honey mixture into your tea cup. Also if you do use the liquid could you just keep adding honey when the liquid is gone or would it be better to start over from scratch?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hi Lisa.

      What I do is take one scoop of honey, lemon and ginger and place it in my cup with warm water. I would suggest not adding more honey, but to start from scratch when it done. It you cut your lemon into small enough slices, it should end all at the same time.

  15. Isabel says:

    I’ve been making something similar which can help with arthritis. In a large mug put 1 heaped teaspoon each of cinnamon and organic turmeric, a piece of fresh ginger (thumb size), which I grate with a micro grater to get about 2 teaspoons of pulp and juice, juice of a lemon or lime, honey to taste. Top up with boiling water, stir well and drink.
    It forms a jelly like consistency when cool. Flavour wise it packs a punch, so you could get 2 mugfuls out of it. All good stuff! (Careful with turmeric, it stains everything!)

  16. Paula says:

    I purchased raw unfiltered honey and it looks like paste is this right??

  17. JoAnn says:

    can you make this in an old pickle jar?

  18. Dorothy says:

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

  19. Bartlett says:

    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.

  20. Lana says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

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

  21. Patricia says:

    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 says:

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

  22. Donna says:

    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 says:

      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

  23. Jerré says:

    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 says:

      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 🙂

  24. Shannon says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Shauna says:

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

  25. Robin says:

    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 says:

      Hi Robin,

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

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    Fabulous, what a weblog it is! This blog presents useful
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  27. Tina says:

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

  28. Diesel says:

    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.

  29. Sharon says:

    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.

  30. Lydia says:

    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 says:

      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.

  31. kellie says:

    Thanks for sharing this!

  32. Dawn says:

    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

  33. Janis says:

    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. 🙂

  34. Vickie says:

    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!

  35. jlo says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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!

  36. Sonni says:

    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!!

  37. L says:

    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 says:

      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. says:

        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.

  38. Pamela says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      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.

  39. Sophie says:

    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!

  40. susan says:

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

  41. Tricia says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      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.

  42. Deanna says:

    How long will this keep in the fridge?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      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.

  43. Yvette says:

    If your allergic to citrus what can you use as a substitute for the lemon?

    Thanks, Y

  44. Lorie says:

    Great Post!

    I’d like to suggest also making a red onion syrup where the onions are covered in honey until the “juice” from the onion is pulled out. Red onions are important because of the quercetin contained in the red/purple color. Secondly, the liquid onion syrup is good for coughs (it can also be made with any kind of sugar layered with onions, but the honey is better. The concoction must be soaked and shaken every day for about 2 weeks to reach highest potency before taking.

    Second suggestion is a “tea” concoction with hot water, lemon slice, dash of cayenne and touch of honey. I’m guessing you may have heard of this recipe..

  45. Carmen Carlton says:

    Does “2 piece of fresh ginger (about the size of your pointer and middle finger)” mean a 2-inch piece of ginger which has a root with a thickness of my pointer and middle finger held together?

  46. Jennifer says:

    This is exactly what I needed, Amazing! Thank you!

  47. Linda says:

    Seems nice! I do it in another way though; when I was in hospital and just got my first child and had a terrible cough a midwife gave me this tip and I’ve been making it ever since (5 years): I peel a piece of ginger, I shred it in a jug, pour boiling water over it and let it stay so til I think it’s spicy enough, 15-30 min. Pour it in a mug, like half of the mug, then more hot water over and some lemon and a spoon honey, makes a great tea! Keep the rest of the ginger-tea in the fridge and make a cup of tea at least one time a day during the cold or just to keep the flu away!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Thanks for sharing, Linda. I am glad these ingredients have helped you in the past. Cheers + Happy Holidays.

  48. Michael says:

    Hi!
    Made this last night and it smells amazing!
    Question though…how long should it take to start to turn to jelly?!

    Thanks x

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      We usually have used it up before it is a solid jelly, but it would take a few weeks. 🙂

  49. Joellen says:

    I am pretty sure the vitamin C will lose its potency long before 2 months. Why not keep the honey & ginger in the fridge and add fresh lemon when you are ready to drink it?

  50. Amy says:

    Do you scoop out just the honey in warm water? OR do you put some lemon and ginger in the water too?

  51. Sheila says:

    One of the Hockey Mom’s (Coaches Wife) made this for her husband says he really liked it and it helped a lot. I would like to try it. But what is raw honey? Can you use the BillyBee Honey?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Sheila.

      Thanks for the comment! 🙂 Raw honey would mean that is uncooked to make sure all the nutrients and enzymes are still in there. If you can’t find a honey at your store with the label ‘raw’ then go ahead and use BillyBee. 🙂 Hope you enjoy it.

  52. Angie says:

    We have had ours in the fridge for several weeks and it still has not jellied, other than about a half inch on the bottom. The rest is still liquid. Is it okay to use this way? Any ideas as to what might cause it to be this way (so we can try something different next time)?

  53. ChiquitA says:

    Greetings! Ty for this awesome recipe! I’m just curious, what makes you say it’s shelf life is 2 months? 😀

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey ChiquitA.

      Thanks for reaching out to us and for the question. The shelf-life in the fridge, if stored in a glass jar with a tightly fitting lid, is 2+ months. Some people say honey can last years. But honestly our doesn’t stick around very long once we make it, couple weeks, tops. 🙂 If you don’t feel like it is edible, then just throw it out, better safe than sorry. Hope that helps.

  54. Laura says:

    Can I Ninja blend all the ingredients together then refrigerate? Thank you so much for the great information!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Laura.

      Great question. We haven’t tried that method, but if that is something you would like to try, go for it! 🙂

    • Diana says:

      I tried that and it wasn’t as good. It turns mushy and I couldn’t take it. But I have been chopping ginger and lemon in small pieces and taking 2-3 spoonful of it every morning with the water. Never tried with hot water as tea – but will now!

  55. Leigh says:

    I love these ingredients, especially to bust up your cold symptoms. The Vitamin C in the lemons is fantastic and the ginger not only has health benefits, but the spice helps cut through nasty post-nasal drip. My boyfriend is not a huge fan of ginger, so I put mine in a squeezable honey bear so he can squeeze out the flavored honey, and I can open the top and scoop out the lemons and ginger.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Great thinking, Leigh! 🙂 You are so right, the ingredients are great immunity boosters.

  56. Janene says:

    Do you peel the ginger?

  57. Julie says:

    How much raw honey to use for your recipe? (Lemon, Honey, Ginger for
    Cold and Flu Remedy).

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Julie.

      Once the lemon and ginger are inside, fill the rest of your 12oz. cup up with Raw Honey. 🙂 (Possible 6-8 ounces, depending on the size of your lemons and ginger) Hope that helps.

  58. Kathleen says:

    Can I take this if not sick? Then if I get sick it won’t work? Is it a preventative mix? Thanks

  59. Marcia says:

    The photograph shows clear honey, but the raw honey is not clear and does not pour. Should I warm the raw honey so that it pours?

  60. beckythegeek says:

    Thanks for this idea. It worked a treat for me while pregnant as being so limited to medication etc. Im making it for my family as little gifts too! X

  61. Theresa Rode says:

    Does this need to be in a glass jar? I don’t have a mason jar and want to start it asap!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Good question. We have only made this in glass, maybe someone from our community can answer this question. I would suggest a sealed container, if you don’t have a mason jar. 🙂

      • kat says:

        I have bought individual mason jars at Dollar Tree so you don’t have to spend a fortune on a ton of them. If you don’t have a Dollar Tree, other dollar stores should have some sort of glass containers with lids. 🙂

  62. Elaine says:

    After you add all 3 ingredients to the water do you use a sieve to remove the ginger and Lemon or do they soften up enough to eat?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Elaine. Great question. You can keep them in there and it will turn into more of a jelly form. 🙂

  63. Lee Lee says:

    Can you give this a waterbath and can for a longer shelf life?

  64. Jeanne says:

    How long will this keep in the fridge?

  65. Megan says:

    How long does it take to turn into a jelly?
    Thank you.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Good morning Megan.

      You don’t have to wait for it to turn into jelly to use it, you can use it immediately and can store for up to two months. Hope this helps. 🙂

      • kat says:

        Thank you!!! I was wondering the same thing as my 5 year old woke up with a NASTY cold.

  66. Atly says:

    Can I Crush the Ginger & Lemon in Mixer grinder & then use paste with honey.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Atly.

      Thanks for your comment. The Ginger and Lemon mixed with the honey make paste. Hope that helps. You can always try it by blending first and see if it works. 🙂

  67. shajman says:

    I wana know wak al r d benifits of havin dis syrup plz sae n how to use as per

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Shajman.

      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.

  68. Marlene says:

    Can you take the lemon peel off or should you keep it on?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Marlene!

      We leave the peel on, but if you prefer the peel off, go for it. (The peel does have health enzymes in it.)

    • Jen Hansard says:

      I have been getting organic Meyer lemons and leave the peel on it. Once the tea is gone, I chew on the lemon (and peel). It tastes delicious!

  69. Alelie says:

    Would it be ok to use turmeric instead of ginger? Or aside from the ginger can i add turmeric to the recipe?

  70. Celestine says:

    Are lemon and honey important for sore throat ? If it really useful for sore throat i’m happy to follow this ideas in this post. Thanks for your advice!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hello Celestine!

      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.

      Hope that helps. 🙂

  71. Alice says:

    Can I take a slice of lemon and ginger and a tbsp of the liquid to make a hot drink? I read somewhere that leaving the lemon inside the jar will have a bitter taste. is it true? do I have to use raw honey? or jus normal honey from the supermarket?

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan says:

      Hi Alice,
      You make take a slice of lemon and ginger if you’d like. We prefer raw honey because it is unprocessed. Many honeys that aren’t classified as “raw” are usually processed.

  72. Fiona says:

    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!

  73. Filomena says:

    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?

  74. Gregory Bodie says:

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

  75. Cheryl says:

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

  76. Natalie says:

    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 says:

      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!

  77. Bree says:

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

  78. Katie says:

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

    • Jadah and Jen says:

      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 🙂

  79. Thomas says:

    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 🙂

  80. Jessica I. says:

    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 says:

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

  81. Rina says:

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

  82. Wendy says:

    Thanks a lot, I will try that.

  83. Wendy says:

    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 says:

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

  84. Rachel says:

    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.

  85. maddie says:

    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 says:

      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. 🙂

  86. natural remedies says:

    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!

  87. lorrie says:

    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 says:

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

  88. Di says:

    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 says:

      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 🙂

  89. Faith says:

    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.

    Thanks!

  90. Candice says:

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

    • Jen H says:

      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!

  91. norah says:

    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 says:

      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.

  92. Charlie says:

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

  93. Chelsea says:

    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?
    Thanks

    • Jen H says:

      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.

  94. Ryan says:

    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.

  95. Sonja says:

    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.

  96. mary says:

    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.

  97. cassie says:

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

  98. Monica says:

    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 says:

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

  99. Ashley says:

    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 says:

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

  100. Jen H says:

    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.

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