Introduction: Home Cold & Flu Remedy

Don't let cold and flu season knock you for a loop.  Stock up on this home cold & flu remedy before the cold weather sets in.  It's even delicious when you're feeling great! 

For a long time, honey, ginger, and lemon have been recognized for their homeopathic properties.  When combined, they make a knock-out remedy against a myriad of ailments.  This elixer will relieve many of the symptoms that accompany flu, cold, infection and inflammation.  Just check out some of the natural properties of these ingredients:

Honey: antibacterial, antioxidant, antitumor, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral

Ginger: antiviral, anti-inflammatory, aids digestion,  effective against human respiratory syncytial virus

Lemon: antiseptic, aids digestion, great source of calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids

So you can see how combining these elements will create a tasty treat that will relieve your aches, pains, indigestion, and even help you breathe a little better.

  • Fresh lemon
  • Fresh ginger
  • Raw honey*

  • Slice lemon into quarters and pack into jar
  • Grate ginger, and add to lemon (the amount is up to you - the more the better, I say!)
  • While stirring, fill jar with honey

To Use:
  • Add 1 tablespoon (or more to taste) to hot water and stir

This also makes a great holiday or house warming gift!  Just add a label with directions and the use-by date.  Jar can be stored in the frige for up to 3 months.

And for a portable version, make your own cough drops

* Please note: honey is not intended for use by children under 12 months of age.


AbrarA29 made it!(author)2016-11-17

The best way to avoid contracting influenza or cold is to
keep yourself warm and drink plenty of fluids. Liquids like tea can also reduce
mucus thickness. You can also use a humidifier at home as warm moist air causes
the bronchial tubes to relax and it loosens up mucus, however, care should be
taken to clean out the humidifier regularly to avoid bacteria or fungi
propagating in it. If managing a humidifier is problematic, breathing in steam
from boiling water can soften mucus while adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil
has enhance the effect of steam therapy as the oil contains antibacterial
properties which can heal burning sensation in the throat. Still, there are
some other natural foods for bronchitis treatment like: honey has antiviral as
well as antibacterial properties and eating a tablespoon daily be useful to
treat bronchitis as it helps soothes the throat and build an strong immune
system. Oregano oil and salt water tends to lessen throat soreness and a few
drops of oregano oil or gargling salt water are enough to cure severe or uneasy
breathing. Garlic and turmeric has antiviral and antibiotic properties while
turmeric have anti-inflammatory properties. Add one teaspoon of turmeric powder
or some freshly chopped garlic cloves in a glass of milk, boil it for some time
and drink. Orange and lemon juice are rich in vitamin C and have antioxidant
properties. Drink lots of orange juice to build immune properties in the body.
Or boil a cup of water and add a few drops of lemon juice in it and drink to
relieve throat soreness. Ginger has immune building and anti-inflammatory
properties. Add half a teaspoon of ground ginger and cinnamon to hot water and
drink the mixture. In addition drink plenty of water as it is necessary to keep
your body hydrated during cold and influenza bouts to avoid your throat from
getting dry, which can make coughing painful.


satoko68 made it!(author)2015-03-22

I got very sick this winter & was totally miserable as it lasted over a month. Sleep was nearly impossible. I ended up making really strong hot lemon & ginger and adding a shot of vodka to it. Best bedtime drink ever, I swear. I slept like a dead body LOL

cjmylin made it!(author)2015-03-05

I'm "snowed in"...I have a cold...the only ginger I have is powdered...will that work?? what about Braggs vinegar?

satoko68 made it!(author)2015-03-22

I'm not the OP, but you can definitely make your own cough syrup with the powdered ginger, lemon & honey, and yes you can use Braggs apple cider vinegar. Just soak your powdered ginger in your lemon juice for a couple of hours first, then mix everything else in. Take it by the spoonful or use it to make hot drinks. Chili pepper is also a great addition to this. Get well :-)

WhitneyB1 made it!(author)2015-02-12

How many cups of it can you drink a day?

doctorpurple.rock made it!(author)2014-12-31

vagarza7 made it!(author)2014-12-12

And when we take it, how much are we doing at a time. Is it like a drink or more like spoonful?

StephanieK1 made it!(author)2014-12-28

Just one spoonful is all you need.

SphereX made it!(author)2014-12-12

Good stuff! Over the years with bird/swine flu outbreaks. Ebola. Thought you might

find this interesting:

cheryl.ryder.71 made it!(author)2014-11-28

This stuff is amazing! If taken at the first signs of a cold, I've managed not to get a full blown cold! I've also added some thyme, cloves and cinnamon into the mix for some extra kick and healing properties. My daughter takes it like a cough syrup right off the spoon and loves it too! Amazing, really amazing!

20kdk made it!(author)2014-06-08

Could you give me an estimate on the ginger

GloBug1971 made it!(author)2014-11-09

For a half pint jar, I use a piece about 2 inches long and about as thick as 2 of my fingers put together.

michelle.n.sellers made it!(author)2014-09-26

Can I can this by using a hot water bath method and then when opened refrigerate?

GloBug1971 made it!(author)2014-11-09

You don't need to can this. Honey is a natural preservative and this will keep for months in your fridge.

SamiaM1 made it!(author)2014-11-08

do you think i could add some grated turmeric or should i avoid?

natosha.morris made it!(author)2014-10-21

Just drank this for the first time today.. I'm hooked! I won't be buying the instant Honey Ginger Drink anymore. This is way way better..

charlieanderin made it!(author)2014-09-07

I hope this works

Aventurine23 made it!(author)2013-11-26

When you take a tablespoon, do you also take the lemon pieces or just the honey?

786Ayesha made it!(author)2012-11-21

what do you mean by raw honey? Can I use bees honey

lyonpridej made it!(author)2013-03-19

Raw honey is honey that has not been pasteurized or processed. When they pasteurize it, they heat it, which destroys all of the good properties in it. You need to read the labels in the store to be sure it says raw (or unprocessed) honey, & that it doesn't have any other ingredient because sometimes they water it down - as in 'honey product'. It's best to get raw honey somewhere like a local farmer's market, because eating the honey from the area where you live will help against allergies.

HollyMann made it!(author)2013-01-26

I wish I had all these things at home right now..just need the lemons and ginger. Too late for now son is really sick already! :(

scoochmaroo made it!(author)2013-01-26

Oof. This is great for relief when you're already feeling bad, so I hope it can be helpful anyway!

razorwinged made it!(author)2012-12-10

great idea!

three more ingredients: dark rum, a cinnamon stick and a dash of cayenne pepper, and you are set with a "night-time" version! : )

Pat_Maroney made it!(author)2012-12-05

I just got over a cold and my lady made this for me when I was sick. It is a lifesaver!

nplant made it!(author)2012-12-04

Not sure if this actually shortens the length of a cold or flu, but it certainly eases the symptoms!


WriterChick made it!(author)2012-11-29

Just made a batch! Added a cinnamon stick to one of the two quart jars -- it has quite a few anti-inflammatory properties, and should contribute positively to the taste. Now I feel prepared for winter.

lfernandez10 made it!(author)2012-11-25

Just made this. I made WAY too much. Instructions could use some more precise #s. Wife is liking it though. Should have thought of the burbon drop. Next cup!

dgags made it!(author)2012-11-24

This is a really nice recipe. I'm thinking of making these in 1/2 quart ball jars and giving them away as Christmas gifts.


madenairy made it!(author)2012-11-17

if u ad whisky (scotch - if yore in america), then this makes wat we refer to in scotland as a 'hot toddy'- and yes, thare superb for keeping colds away!

geokaren made it!(author)2012-11-16

heh, I will add a dollop of bourbon for the "sleep properties" and be all set!

tinpie made it!(author)2012-11-14

This is great... I have been using these ingredients for years, and they really work but gave them to me in a concentrated version...

wazzup105 made it!(author)2012-11-13

It's not homeopathic... unless you dissolve your drink infinitely and it works better and better.... Because that's what true homeopathy is "about".

And don't forget chicken soup !

kenzo77 made it!(author)2012-11-12

Noted "more the better" on the ginger but how much do YOU use?

scoochmaroo made it!(author)2012-11-12

I used a piece that was about 1.5" square. It's not too spicy for me, but there are some that might find it so. I will double it next time. I like to be pushed to the edge of what I can take!

T0mmyT made it!(author)2012-11-12

Not to be an engineer, but what size jar is that? I'm assuming 1 lemon, but how much ginger do you recommend one starts with?

scoochmaroo made it!(author)2012-11-12

It was a small canning jar, maybe 8oz? Yes, one lemon, 1.5" square nob of ginger, and the rest honey.

sokamiwohali made it!(author)2012-11-11

due to the honey's anti-biotic properties, and being known for never spoiling, you can actually keep this longer. the reason is because even though you have added ingredients to it, the anti-bacterial properties of the honey will kill, and prevent more bacteria from forming. and if it "sits too long" the concoction will simply turn into a big solid block of honey sugar, lemon and ginger.

scoochmaroo made it!(author)2012-11-12

Ha, fantastic! I was wondering about that, but don't have a great background in canning, preserving, and food safety.

sokamiwohali made it!(author)2012-11-12

well, if you want to be for certain, all you have to do is let the ginger and lemon dry out before adding it to the honey, and you will definately be fine...all of the healing properties will still be intact, the lemon and ginger will only be dried out...the only thing missing is the water from them. and from there, the honey is is impossible to make honey unsafe for consumption unless your TRYING to spoil keep it away from poultry, pork, beef, and fish. you should be fine.

but yeah, honey is known for NOT spoiling. it just turns to "sugar". when this happens, you just nuke it, and it turns back into a liquid. A fantastically interesting substance honey!!! lol

belsey made it!(author)2012-11-12

I love how this is a concentrate you can prepare in advance then use in your darkest hours -- there's nothing new about the combination of ginger, lemons and honey, but preparing it this way adds the much needed touch of genius (the last thing you feel like doing when you're feeling rotten is to squeeze lemons and grate ginger). I'll definitely be making this....

Wei_TO made it!(author)2012-11-12

Just in time! I will make some for my daughter tonight. Thanks.

Kazz09 made it!(author)2012-11-12

How'd you know Scooch? I'm sitting here at 3am unable to fall asleep because I feel absolutely terrible. I'm gonna get someone to make this for me.

MMoyce made it!(author)2012-11-11

Fantastic 'ible', It really works :-)

slim451 made it!(author)2012-11-11

Looks like a great concoction. Do you think limes work as an alternative to the lemons? We ended up with a bunch given to us and are trying to figure out the best use for them.

forthegoodknight made it!(author)2012-11-11

Awesome, I've been making something very similar only with the addition of a little bit of cinnamon- antibacterial, an expectorant, anti-inflammatory, and yummy. Making it as a gift is a fantastic idea! (Oh, and I thought that the piece of ginger in the 2nd picture was someone's meaty hand...haha)

mikolynn made it!(author)2012-11-11

Wow! Amazing! I do a remedy like this one! I call it PLUNGER! The only difference is: I add black pepper, and the lemon as juice, without honey. When all is mixed, I put all in a bucket to make ice cubes. And when I need one, I take one Ice cube, and on the microwave owen I defrost it and add honey and propolis.

Dr.+P made it!(author)2012-11-11

I feel better just reading about it. This is a great idea!

nfk11 made it!(author)2012-11-10

cool drink. i should try to make that one day.

PitStoP made it!(author)2012-11-10

Great remedy. I always used lemon and honey for a cold/cough but never with ginger. I think I will try this next time. Hopefully I wont need it. =) Thanks

SIRJAMES09 made it!(author)2012-11-10

COOL! I never knew that this was possible...ty for sharing! : )

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