Make it Green: Soothe Colds with Hot Honey and Lemon


Whenever I started to feel sick as a kid or just needed the comfort of a hot beverage, my mom would make me “hot honey with lemon,” as she called it.

This simple drink, just a mug filled with hot water, a squeeze of tangy lemon and a tablespoon or two of sweet honey, would soothe my sore throat or achy chest.

Tea with honey and lemon 
Combine hot water, lemon juice and honey for a soothing drink that relieves sore throats, cough and nasal decongestion. Photo By boo lee/Courtesy Flickr. 

While this beverage feels incredibly calming, it brings more than comfort. The two simple ingredients, honey and lemon, help relieve the worst cold symptoms. Honey soothes sore throats and lemon juice fights off bacteria. The antioxidants in honey boost the immune system, as does the vitamin C in the lemon juice. Wafts of steam from the drink can also help relieve nasal decongestion.

Serve this drink to kids who don’t like the bitter taste of tea.  Or drink it yourself in place of tea before bed to prevent the extra caffeine from keeping you awake.

Do you have any natural remedies for colds? Feel free to share them in the comments section.

Allyssa Acosta
1/18/2013 3:59:57 AM

A Good tea that my dad woulid make me is that he would get an orange and lemon and squeese out the juice and add a cup of water to it and boil it together in a small pot. then he would add a little of the oranges and lemon peal and add 3 table spoons of honey, and when he served it hot he gave me the option to add milk and when he served it he took out the peals and said bon appatete haha hope this helps

Ness Zaragoza
12/20/2012 7:00:05 AM

Hope it works.. Dont want to be sick in xmas

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