Best Home Remedies for Cough and Cold


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.

All natural ginger honey lemon tea cough remedy

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

Home remedy ingredients

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 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.

Interested in adding more ginger power to your diet? Check out all of our recipes featuring this amazing and powerful root in our member’s only meal planner. We have 50+ recipes in Rawk the Year that contain ginger – everything from smoothies to soups to cookies and more!

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 natural remedies for cough 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


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.


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


  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.
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: chopping
  • Cuisine: home remedy

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

#1 Green Smoothie Of all Time— no joke!
About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Jessica says:

    This stuff is the real deal! I’ve been making batches of it every winter for years now. Thanks Jen for such an awesome and effective recipe!

  2. Betty Thompson says:

    How long can I keep the recipe in the refrigerator??

  3. Ashley says:

    With the flu season coming and corona, I am always looking for home remedies to try and prevent it while boosting my immune system. I much rather prefer to do home remedies than medications.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Ashley, we always prefer homemade, natural remedies over store-bought and over-the-counter options if we can help it! 🙂

  4. Sandra says:

    I’ve been trying for the last week to remember where I saw this recipe and I just remembered today. I’m going to make this this weekend for flu season.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      So glad you found it, Sandra! It’s great to have on hand during cold and flu season.

  5. Amanda says:

    This is in my fridge every year!

  6. Kat B. says:

    Over the counter cough syrups that are ‘safe for kids’ never work for my kiddos. Can’t wait to try these remedies with them!

  7. Kim says:

    Cold season is coming, so I need to prep this & have it on hand.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      This is a great remedy to prep and have ready when cold and flu season arrives.

  8. Erin says:

    I have a jar of this ready to go for the winter; a tried and true staple in our home.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Awesome, Erin! It’s a great one to always have ready.

  9. G says:

    This sounds like a great recipe. However that large amount of raw honey would be expensive. Does it work as well to just make an individual cup of sliced lemon, ginger, honey and hot water when needed?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      You can definitely do that if it will be a better budget-friendly option. 🙂

  10. Glen says:

    It is great!! My girlfriend is sick so this will help her heaps!! Thank you!!

  11. Blessing says:

    Can you drink the honey like that without put it in hot water

    • Blessing says:

      Can i use organic honey for this homemade

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Yes, we recommend local raw organic honey.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      I don’t advise it. That would make it very (too) strong tasting and adding hot water to the mixture makes it nice and warm, which will be soothing to your throat and warm you from the inside.

  12. Crystal says:

    Thank you for your help I this troubled time! I am into lemons and herbs but needed support since I have not been ankle to research remedies as much as I’d like. I have Mullien ready for teas but wanted more for confidence. My husband told some since he’s older he’ll stay at home and I’ll need to treat him since there may be no respirator for him. My greatest strength is knowing Good is in control and friends like you to help for such a time as this!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      You’re welcome, Crystal! Safe + healthy vibes to you and your family. 🙂

  13. Abby says:

    I don’t have ginger root, and thanks to the quarantine I can’t make a trip just for that, but I have a bottle of minced ginger in the fridge! Could that work?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Abby, I think in a pinch that could work. If the minced ginger is in any sugar or vinegar solution, rinse it off before adding it to your jar with the lemon.

  14. Rhona says:

    Would it work without honey?? I don’t have honey available

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      You can make a morning tonic using lemon and ginger. It will help you feel better but it won’t work exactly the same without honey. It’s still great, though. I drink it almost every morning to help alkalize my body. Here’s a link to the recipe: Morning Tonic

  15. alexa baker says:

    Can you put this in the freezer by any chance?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Alexa, I don’t think this is something that should be put in the freezer.

  16. Juliet L'Esperance says:

    How long can this stay in the refrigerator?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Juliet, we usually keep the mixture for about two months or until we use it all up. 🙂

  17. Belema Anene says:

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. It tastes great.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      So glad you like this, Belema! I love it because it works wonders *and* tastes good! (Not to mention it’s made with real, all-natural ingredients. 🙂 )

  18. Ronetta John says:

    Is this okay to take while pregnant?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Ronetta, some sources say pregnant women shouldn’t eat raw honey while others say it’s fine so you will definitely want to speak with your own healthcare provider to be sure you do what’s best for you, your body, and the little life growing inside you.

  19. Susan says:

    Please what if I don’t have lemon can I use lime instead

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Susan, it will change the taste and some of the benefits but in a pinch, you could use limes if you are out of lemons.

  20. Winifred says:

    Thank you for the information. I’ve successfully prepared this home remedy and I like it already. This preparation is not only good for cough but it’s also very effective in asthma. Thanks for the post.

  21. Eva says:

    COLD season sucks sniffing sneezing and all that love the recipe thank you so so much what book of your have recipes and Homemade remedies in it if you can let me know so I can get the Book

    Thank you again

  22. Darshana says:

    Can the honey be substituted? I am wondering if say, maple syrup counts?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Darshana, I think using maple syrup, as long as it’s pure maple syrup, would be fine. You won’t get the exact benefits honey provides but maple syrup has its own great benefits.

  23. Ralph says:

    I’ve tried this already, 3 times a day and in less than 1 week. It removes my 4month old could. Very effective.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Ralph, this is such a great remedy, isn’t it?! I make it to keep on hand every winter and it works like a charm. So glad to hear it helped you get rid of a cold you had for so long!

  24. Erin Nelson says:

    Taste great and does an even better job of zapping the symptoms of my cold and or potential flu right away! Jen keep conjuring;)

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Erin, so true on all counts! I keep a jar of this in the fridge all winter long and it’s a lifesaver some days!

  25. Naomi says:

    To reduce the tickle in your throat, use a thick, viscous gargle made with honey or honey and apple cider vinegar.

  26. Dee Glick says:

    Can this be used right away?

  27. Nykenji Jarrett says:

    Does this drink help get rid of a cold ?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Nykenji, it’s a great home remedy for a sore throat and the ingredients will help to shorten the life of your cold.

  28. Grace says:

    hello, Thanks for the recipe. How long can you store this home remedy in the refrigerator?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Grace,

      We have kept this in the fridge for up to a month. During cold season it doesn’t last long but for the off season I would suggest just checking it and making sure the coloring stays the same because it does last a really long time.

      Hope that helps!

  29. Maggie says:

    Can you also
    Take this like a syrup? Instead of steeping in water, just give a teaspoon to a child?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Maggie,

      Our suggest was to take a teaspoon and add it to hot water and make into a tea.

      Although if you did want to take a teaspoon of it directly I don’t see any issues with that since it’s just honey, lemon, and ginger.

      Hope that helps!

  30. Andrea Johnson says:

    I love this, but my mixture has never congealed or gotten thick. I’m using a variety of raw honeys. From purchased at the source to supermarket raws. The lemon seems to thin it out. Suggestions???

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Andrea,
      Hhmm it doesn’t have to thicken up and if you have all the ingredients that should be good. Maybe try to add in less lemon and see if hat makes a difference.

      Hope that helps!

  31. Bridget Pomery says:

    i see with skin on ginger would be most effective only being the best part its where most vitimins are in the fruit of the plants or in the leaves

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Bridget,

      You can totally leave the skin on your ginger if you prefer it that way. We are always a fan of not wasting anything!

  32. Susan says:

    Do you peel the ginger first or leave the skin on? This looks amazing and can’t wait try 🙂

  33. Sophie says:

    The best thing in the world!!!! I drink this like a normal person would juice everyday. My favourite drink!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Sophie,

      That is so awesome! Thank you for sharing how much you love this recipe!

  34. Krishna preethi says:

    This will be helpful

  35. Amy says:

    Due to diet restrictions, I can’t have ginger. Do you have any recommendations for a substitute? (Cinnamon, basil, and rosemary are also out.)

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Amy,

      There really isn’t a substitute for ginger that would give the same benefits. However you can always add in some nutmeg or more cinnamon to this recipe.

      Hope that helps!

  36. Kathleen Murphy says:

    I will definitely make this. Glad I found this recipe. I had a bad cold a few weeks ago. Like Ada I’ve been adding a teaspoon of ground ginger along wirh fresh lime juice to my regular tea. It worked fantastically.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Kathleen,

      So happy you found this recipe too! Those are two amazing ingredients to add to this recipe. Enjoy!!

  37. Phebe DelRosario says:

    I don’t have a Mason jar. Can I use Pyrex bowl with a lid instead?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Phebe,

      Yes you can use whatever you have on hand that works best for you.

  38. Rashida Fogel says:

    I grew up on foods such as this for healing purposes. Back in Kenya, we hardly ever went to the doctors.I try ti get my husband (he is Caucasian Canadian) to use homemade remedies but he just won’t. Home made remedies also taste good and you don’t get any chemicals into your body.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Rashida,

      We truly believe that natural is the best for your body but sometimes it’s hard to get others interested. We just have to keep trying 🙂

  39. melanie hammond says:

    How long does it take to congeal?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Melanie,

      Letting it sit over night it should be nice and thick the next day.

  40. Rach says:

    This remedy has never let me down.

  41. Sandra says:

    First time l have tried this and I love it..such a nice comforting drink.
    Thank you so much.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Sandra,

      Yay!!! So happy that you love this recipe.

  42. Paula says:

    This a good remedy for the cold and flu. Thanks…

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Paula,

      Thanks for letting us know you enjoyed this recipe!

  43. judy bovill says:

    the recipe sounds great. I found this for an 80 year old. he wants to know how much honey

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Judy,
      Great question! You fill up the jar with as much honey as you want. We normally fill the jar all the way up.

      Hope that helps!

  44. Natalia says:

    how long does it last in the fridge??

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Natalie,

      It can last a few months in the fridge. We usually use it up by then but as long as it looks and smells good you should be fine keeping it.

  45. Jennifer Maldonado says:

    THis is the first cold/flu season I have used this recipe and I am in love! I caught a nasty cold and cough but had to keep “momming” I drank tea with this in it and I do believe it helped me, and it tastes so good and soothing. THank you!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Jennifer,

      I am so happy that this recipe helped you to keep up with the hardest job out there. Being mommy!!

  46. Ada says:

    I’ve had a cough for 3 was., so I took some tea and put a teaspoon of powdered ginger ., mixed it up and drank it all at once., next morning couldn’t believe no coughing constantly..old remedy.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Ada,

      Wow that is so amazing! Thank you for sharing that with us.

  47. Jeanette says:

    Can I use raw acasia honey for this? I am just wondering because my other honey always forms a thick crystal at the bottom and I end up not being able to use that part. Thank you very much for your reply.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Jeanette,

      You can definitely use hat honey! Let us know how it turns out for you 🙂

    • Jeanette says:

      Thank you very much for your reply Carissa! I am going to try it now! Just got back from the holidays, so now kicking the winter away with this yummy concoction!!!

  48. Trina says:

    Mine became watery and never seemed to gel. Don’t know what I did wrong.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Trina,

      I am sorry your recipe didn’t turn to gel. Maybe double check your container and make sure that it is air tight and that you had it sealed correctly. It could take a while to thicken up so make sure to give it enough time.

  49. Janelle Ferrell says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I plan to run out today for the honey to get me started. Do you think at the end of the shelf life (2 months), I could use the ginger, lemon, and honey to boil into a tea or are the ingredients pretty much fried by then? Thanks again, love this idea

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Janell,

      I am always using the end ingredients for my recipes so I think they would be just fine! Plus that way you wont have to waste anything either.

      Enjoy! 🙂

  50. Misha says:

    Cut my daughters cough at least in half within an hour or so

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Misha,

      That is so awesome!!

      I am so glad that this recipe was able to help you daughter.

  51. Michelle says:

    Ginger and carrot make a nice refreshing healthy drink and the ginger is also good for immune system

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Michelle,

      SO happy you enjoyed this recipe. It is truly refreshing with the amazing benefits as well.

  52. Argel Gonzalez says:

    Looks great

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Argel,

      Thanks!!! Hope you enjoy this recipe.


  53. Argel Gonzalez says:


  54. Sarah Rurka says:

    How long will this last in the fridge?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Sarah,

      This can last about 3 months in your fridge. Make sure to keep it in an air tight container.

  55. meenal deshpande says:

    I’ve read the amazing benefits of ginger and no one has mentioned ginger beer. My wife wanted to try making a moscow mules (vodka & ginger beer with lime juice). I started drinking the ginger beer as a refreshment instead of pop. I can feel the benefit after a week, not sure how much ginger is brewed into this drink and you do get extra sugar but it taste great . I will try to make some ginger tea. Cheers to our good health all you ginger users.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Meenal,

      Yes ginger beer is amazing!

      I am so happy that you are seeing the benefits of drinking it.


  56. Empress says:

    Mine turne watery after leaving in the fridge for a few days

  57. Connie says:

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. It looks yummy and I will definitely try this. I’m wondering if I could add turmeric to the mix. Any thoughts?

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hey Connie,

      It really is super yummy! You could definitely add some turmeric if you want to. That would just add to the benefits of this already amazing cold remedy!

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hey Connie,

      This recipe really is delicious! You could totally add some turmeric to this mix. That would just add to the amazing cold remedies it already has 🙂

  58. A-vee says:

    The best! Works for me all the time! Just make sure you do this right away soon as you start feeling you are about to get colds or soon as you feel your throat started hurting, the sooner you take this tea the sooner the cough and cold goes away!

  59. Tina says:

    Yes I do. And it’s very refreshing in the summertime.

  60. Tina says:

    hi my name is Tina and a wonderful lady told me about this recipe and it works wonderful you can take it by this teaspoon or you can make lemonade out of it your little ones will love it. I’m a babysitter and I have some special needs children and they have a lot of health issues so I give them lemonade everyday I love it… You can make it as sweet as you want or as weak as you want and I make it by the gallon…

  61. Mary says:

    Do you drink this year round?

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Mary,

      You can drink our All-Natural Cold + Flu Remedy all year round, or when you feel a cold or flu coming on. I usually keep this at the ready all winter long + reach for it occasionally during a summer cold. Hope this helps!

  62. Roni says:

    I’ve made this following your instructions about 2 weeks ago, using organic honey. Now the honey has went to the bottom of the jar whilst water from the fruit sits above, is this normal? How long is it meant to take to turn into loose jelly?

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Roni,

      It can take a few weeks, giving your jar a quick shake occasionally can help. But you will find that different honeys, do give your remedy a different consistency. Jelly or not – you’re still fueling your body, warding off disease, and helping with seasonal allergies too!

  63. john nemes says:

    …gave me diarrhea

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi John,

      Oh no! I am so sorry to hear that. Ginger is suppose to help your tummy + digestion, not upset it. Have you ever had a similar result when consuming ginger?

    • Mandy says:

      It could be a reaction to the honey as well…some are sensitive to honey and can get diarrhea from it…

    • hare krishna money says:

      H1! Honey is good for diabetes type 2? Cold caught up suddenly while walking evening time for one h ours Pl guide me thanks

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Hare,

      Worried about the natural sugars in honey with diabetes. Tea with lemon and ginger can still be beneficial when fighting a cold or flu!

    • thelma says:

      Is there a way to preserve lemons during the process, since mine went from yellow to dark after just 3 days. Thanks

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Thelma, the lemons will change color a bit during the process of preserving them with the ginger and honey, so that’s normal (check out the video below the recipe to see how ours look).

  64. Isabela says:

    Hi! I like the recipe, but the advice to add the mixture to hot water is actually a bad one. Honey loses all of it’s healthy attributes in temperature over 40 Celsius degrees. By adding it to hot water you kinda turn it into white sugar. I love raw honey, I learnt a lot about it from local honey festival where I always talk to beekeepers, so that’s where I got this information from.
    (Excuse my English, it’s not my motherlanguage. Sorry!)

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Isabella,

      Worried about nutrient loss, it’s totally ok to add this mixture to warm water below 40 celsius!

  65. Vaishali says:

    Hi Ashley,

    My raw honey is not runny like yours. Would Manuka Honey work instead?

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Vaishali,

      Mine isn’t either. Honey’s consistency can change a lot based on how it’s harvested and where it’s from. But we definitely suggest reaching for local, raw honey. While I haven’t tried Manuka Honey in this recipe, it’s health benefits could be a great addition!

  66. Laimis says:

    I like this. I just put all ingredients in mixer. Put in a jar and use it anytime you want.

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      HI Laimis,

      Nice idea! Cheers to health, happiness + leafy greens!

  67. Patti says:

    I don’t have a mason jar. Would a plastic (I know probably the worst kind of storage) container work for storage?

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Patti,

      Don’t have a mason jar? What about any other glass jar? One of my favorite go-tos is using old tomato sauce jars. I just clean them out, remove the table – instant mason jar!

  68. SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

    That’s awesome! Thank you so much for sharing!

  69. Bailey Cameron says:

    Hi, I have raw cream honey (never heated, never filtered, never hard). Will that be ok to use? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Bailey,

      Hmmmm…I’ve never tried raw cream honey. But it’s worth a try! 🙂

  70. Heidi Rohr says:

    Do you peel the ginger before slicing?

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Heidi,

      No need to peel! Simply slice your ginger + add it in! 🙂

  71. Susan Chhay says:

    How long do you let it sit for before first use and how long can you store it in the refrigerator before making a new batch?

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Susan,

      No need to wait! You can use your All-Natural Remedy right away! Also, I usually keep mine in the fridge for up to two months. If I have any left over, I usually don’t, I then make a new batch! 🙂

  72. Kimberly says:

    Made this for the first time today, for my family, my brothers family and my Dad…it’s definitely a winner. So easy and tastes yummy! Thank you so much for the recipe…love Simple Green Smoothies! You guys are all Rawkstars!

  73. Cam says:

    This is very similar to a product found in many East Asian markets. I spent a winter month once in South Korea, and most of us caught colds while we were there. Following promoting from our hosts, we drank tea made with a store-bought sweet citrus syrup. I’m not sure if it contained ginger, but the slices of citrus were visible in it, much like in this. I’ve seen it in Asian markets in the US, and have bought it on occasion, though I tend to prefer onion syrup and gargled salt water (both old remedies in my family, and likely in others) as well as a simple lime tea when I find myself with a cough or sniffles.

    (After a bit of googling, I’ve determined that it’s called yuja cha in Korean. It’s probably cheaper to make it yourself, but if you’re near an Asian market, I’d recommend trying it at least once!)

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Cam,

      So cool. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience in East Asia + love that you found something similar on the other side of the world. And I’m definitely going to look more into your personal family remedies too!

  74. Ashley says:

    Hi! I am unable to get to the store until this weakened but wanted to make this. I have a ginger paste, do you think I could substitute?

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Ashley,

      I just checked with our entire team, including our recipe developer. And the verdict is that ginger paste wouldn’t be the best choice for this recipe. If you can’t find fresh ginger, dried ginger can be a good swap!

  75. Rose says:

    How long can you store the lemons this way?

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Rose,

      I usually keep my mixture for about two months, and then make a new batch!

  76. Jacque P Heckman says:

    My Mother, God rest her soul used to make this any time I would get a but when I was young but she would add a bit of 7 7 to it. Used to knock me out and the net day I would feel great. I give the same thing to my Honey now and have for years. Myself. I do not get sick very often, thank God
    Anyway thanks for sharing this. It does help. Have a great day and Happy Holidays

    • Jacque P Heckman says:

      Now if I could learn to spell that would be great. Sorry everyone I usually do better.

  77. Melissa says:

    Thanks for the recipe – we have been enjoying it for the past few days. Wondering if you just add to the current jar or if you start a new one. With three of us, it is already getting low – should I add more honey/lemons/ginger to what is already there?

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      HI Melissa,

      I usually keep my mixture for about two months, and then make a new batch. Just to make sure everything is fresh, I usually clean out the jar + start again!

  78. Hunter says:

    The taste is amazing, and it truly does help. I’ve never had a tea I enjoyed, until now!

  79. Ada Green says:

    I’m going to make this cold remedy and put in in my refrigerator

  80. Darlene says:

    Can you just take a spoonful or two a day instead of making it into a tea? I am looking for something I can give the kids (and myself) daily that may also act as a preventive. It’s hard to get them to take a tea.

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Darlene,

      You want the ginger, lemon, and honey to infuse in the tea to really get their healthy benefits. So it’s best to steep the contents rather than consume a spoonful.

  81. Jen says:

    Does the hot water destroy the anti bacterial properties of the raw honey and the Vit C in the lemons?

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Jen,

      Several studies have shown that while hot water can degrade some nutrients, it can enhance the availability of others. Considered about the temperature, you can always wait until the water cools slightly.

  82. helen says:

    how much honey do you add to a 12 ounce mason jar it does not say on recipe

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Helen,

      It really depends on how tightly packed the lemon + honey is. I’ve found that I use about 1 cup. Hope this helps!

  83. Ab says:

    When you say 2 piece of ginger, does that mean literally 2 slices or 2 ginger roots of the finger sizes you mentioned sliced? Love the flavor, just new to using ginger.

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi AB,

      Sorry for any confusion! You’ll be slicing two (2-3inch piece) which will give you about 1/2-1 cup to add to your mason jar! Hope this helps!

  84. Jen Hansard says:

    I have been recommending this to so many friends right now! When colds start flying around, we should all have this tonic in our fridges to naturally heal our bodies!

  85. Jessica Velez says:

    How long will it last in the frig?

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Jessica,

      I usually keep my mixture for about two months, and then make a new batch.

  86. Norma says:

    For the cold/flu remedy do you peel the ginger or leave the skin on?

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Norma,

      No need! Skip the peeling, just slice and you’re good to go!

  87. Emmah says:

    my son and i have been in and out of colds during this cold season . i hope this will help. a must try.

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Sending plenty of healing vibes your way, Emmah! Hope this is just what you + your son needed!

  88. Lisa says:

    I love this idea but am wondering how you clean your lemons….

  89. julie moss says:

    Hello there ok for one week I have been doing juicing because I want to get well . but if you can help me I would be so grateful .
    I have m.e and want to find a juice or smoothie that will kick this illness please can you advice me . many thanks .

  90. Patrick says:

    Hi, I workout a lot. I would like something natural that would boost my energy and faster muscle growth. I wanna bulk up naturally than using supplements. kindly advice

  91. kelly says:

    Do you have any recipes for better sleep? I was taking a combo of coconut oil, honey and sea salt, but lately, it has been making me sick to my stomach. I don’t have a problem going to sleep, just staying that way. I’m not sure why it worked, but when I did wake up in the middle of the night, it was much easier to go back to sleep. In the morning, I didn’t feel as tired. Any suggestions on a substitute? Thanks! 🙂

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Kelly,

      We do!! Beet greens! Try adding them to your next green . They include a wide variety of nutrients, but make their claim to fame with tryptophan which helps with better sleep cycles.

      Here’s one of our favorite recipes…

    • Ab says:

      I too am interested in a recipe for better sleep cycles, as I loved your ginger, honey, lemon water….however, when I click on the link you provided in the reply to other inquiry, there is no recipe that comes up. Thanks in advance for your help.

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi AB,

      Here’s the link for our Citrus Beet Cleanser recipe. If you’re having trouble accessing it through the link, you can also use our search feature in the upper right hand corner + simply enter the recipe name.

      Hope this helps!

  92. Liz says:

    I’m taking medication for diabetes, can i still use honey?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Liz,

      Concerned about the honey in this recipe? We always suggest reaching out to your physician to determine if our All-Natural Remedy is the right choice for you + your body.

  93. Hazel Smith says:

    Hi there. After a 3rd terrible bout of bronchitis, I have started drinking and infusion of lemongrass, ginger, fresh lime juice and honey. I could not eat for 2 weeks and was too ill to move. I find this drink very soothing and was looking around for alternatives and found your recipe as it seems a good idea to keep some ready to use. I wonder if adding lemongrass to your version would work.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Hazel,

      I think lemongrass is a great idea. But so the flavor doesn’t become overwhelming, I’d suggest adding the lemon grass when you’re ready to add the hot water…instead of letting it sit in the lemon, ginger, honey mixture.

      Hope this helps!

  94. Dana says:

    Do you think that it is safe to can?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Dana,

      I love to can! During the fall my house is packed with apples, tomatoes, pumpkin…you name it! But because of the risks, I’d suggest making this recipe + keeping it in your refrigerator for up to two months instead of canning.

  95. Barbara says:


    This drink seems super delicious and the photos are nice.

    The actual health benefit is questionable though, because 2 out of 3 ingredients lose their immune system benefits when dissolved in hot water.

    Another thing is that ascorbic acid (vitamin C) in lemon is fairly unstable, and keeping it in a fridge destroys it too.

    Please consider preparing fresh mixture and dissolving it in cold water for an actual helth effect.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Barbara,

      We love hearing from our community. And while we love our recipes it’s always good to hear others opinions + insight.

  96. Mytwocents says:

    Over how much time in the fridge before it’s ready to use?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Mytwocents,

      No need to wait. Once you’ve assembled your ingredients, feel free to enjoy right away!

  97. Ana says:

    I made and it’s amazing. I’m loving it.

    It’s delicious and help me to treat my through.


    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Ana,

      YAY! We’re so happy to hear you’re loving our All-Natural Remedy. We love it too! Cheers to keeping cold + flu season at bay!

  98. Roslyn Rachel says:

    This looks awesome – ginger is one of my favourite flavours! Definitely need this at the moment in snowy London to boost my immune system!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Roslyn,

      We love this recipe + it’s immunity benefits. Hope it’s just what you need to avoid cold + flu season!

  99. ChihYu says:

    Love your website and your recipes! I just signed up your 7-day cleanse challenge and am so excited about the program ! Thank you. :))

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