Ginger Lemon Honey Tonic for Colds & Flu

Ginger Lemon & Honey Tonic for Colds & Flu


This Ginger Lemon Honey Tonic is one of the easiest, tastiest cold and flu remedies around! Raw honey helps fight infection and soothes inflamed tissue; lemons are full of healthful vitamin C and antioxidants (plus, they taste great!); and fresh ginger root helps fight the sore throat, cough, lung congestion, chills and stomach-ache that often accompanies the flu. Everything you need to make this can be purchased at your local grocery store:

  • Honey (raw is best, but use what’s available to you)
  • Fresh Lemons
  • Fresh Ginger Root

 

 Ginger Lemon Honey Tonic for Colds & Flu

Directions to make:

  1. Slice lemon thinly, remove seeds.
  2. Cut a one inch piece of fresh ginger root into several small slices.
  3. Pour a small bit of honey in the bottom of a jar.
  4. Add a lemon slice, then one or two chunks of ginger.
  5. Pour a layer of honey to cover then add more lemon and ginger.
  6. Repeat layers until you near the top of the jar. Finish off with a thick layer of honey.
  7. Cap with a plastic top (or layer of plastic wrap between metal lid and jar) to prevent corrosion.

 

Ginger Lemon Honey Tonic for Colds & Flu

Directions for use:

  1. Take by the spoonful as needed for sore throats, coughs, colds and flu symptoms.
  2. You can also stir into hot tea, water, or lemonade.
  3. Store in your refrigerator for around a month. For longer preservation, stir in 3 to 4 tablespoons vodka or brandy per cup of syrup.
  4. Honey should never be given to children under 1 year old.
  5. If you are on blood thinners, pregnant, nursing or have other concerns – do not use without consulting a doctor first.

 

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49 Responses to Ginger Lemon Honey Tonic for Colds & Flu

  1. Steff says:

    I just read this somewhere else and have been making this the past few days for my cold! I love it. I made an orange and clove one as well, which is just amazing.

  2. Oh I like this recipe too with honey-thanks
    Kathy

  3. Deb says:

    What about adding some cinnamon to the mix, I take a tsp of honey with 1/4 tsp of cinnamon. To help with a cold works great! So though the added cinnamon would work with this too?

  4. Joelle says:

    Perfect timing and I am making this tonight!

  5. Donna Dominguez says:

    I just finished making my elixir with the honey (local), lemon and ginger. Couldn’t help but to stop and dip some ginger slices in the honey and eat it up! One word to describe it, DELICIOUS! Not to forget to mention that my breath smells fresh and my hands too! Thanks for posting this recipe.

  6. Alisha says:

    Love this !
    Thank you for sharing:)

  7. Mattie says:

    Also add a little cayenne pepper. Great stuff.

  8. Lesa says:

    Initially I thought it was a remedy my grandmother taught me as to help kick a cold before it starts.
    Although similar, her remedy & I have been using for past few years is to first make a tea from fresh ginger by slicing or grating a small piece. Add about 16 oz water to ginger in a sauce pan or put the ginger in a tea infuser and add boiling water. After brewing for about 10 minutes strain any ginger sediments, pour into a mug and sweeten with honey and add fresh lemon juice to taste. Drink a couple cups as soon as you feel that achy feeling like a cold coming on and it will nip it before it gets started.

  9. Rhea says:

    .. and I add some cinnamon and cayenne-pepper – it’s delicious and very healthy!

  10. Janie Ramming says:

    I like to grate my ginger instead of slicing it.

  11. Rhonda says:

    This may sound like a dumb question but: do you peel the ginger??

    • Jan says:

      Hi Rhonda, Not a dumb question at all – I wondered the same thing myself before! I’ve seen a few recipes where people use ginger unpeeled, but I like to peel it first. Scraping the outer layer with the side of a spoon works great for this purpose!

  12. Sandy says:

    What a super great idea, Jan.(As I sit here suffering from something.)
    I was once food poisoned by old lemons, thought I was going to die. Are you refrigerating this elixir? How long do you think this is good for?

    I LOVVVVE your website. It’s not too wordy, easy on the eyes, and so very cute!!

    • Jan says:

      Hi Sandy,

      I do refrigerate this and only keep it for up to a month. (You can add a few tablespoons of vodka or brandy to make it last longer.) I’ve actually found some shoved into the back of my fridge before that was at least six or seven months old and it still looked and smelled great. I’ve heard of people keeping it for months at a time, so it’s quite possible it was still good. I’m a little germ phobic sometimes though, so threw it out to be safe.

      Thank you for the kind words about the web site and I hope you are feeling better soon! :)

  13. Sandy says:

    Okay, good. Refrigeration is what I too was thinking, Jan.

    Can you stand another compliment? You replied back within 24 hours! I have posted comments and sometimes questions on people’s blogs, youtubes, and websites that NEVER reply back. You are reliable. I LOVE that about you already.

    • Jan says:

      Aw, well thank you! :) I sometimes take a day or two (or more!), but I do always try to respond to anything that makes it through. (I get lots of spam and sadly, sometimes good comments get lost in the abyss of spam filters.) It’s a pet peeve of mine when someone doesn’t reply to a query or comment- not just on blogs but in real life! It’s a matter of good manners and respect for the other person. Thanks again and I hope you have a terrific New Year!

  14. Sandy says:

    You stated above, “… it is a pet peeve of mine when someone doesn’t reply to a query or comment”. ME TOO!! Which is why I just had to compliment you. It is common courtesy and respectful manners (which is going by the wayside).

    When I was younger and would visit my dad he would have a stack of snail mail from friends from all over the country correlated in a row sitting on his desk.

    He would teach me: that when he had some free time he would sit down and respond back to each and every handwritten letter from his friends. It was an on-going event. I’ve never forgotten that.

  15. Gina Marie says:

    Thank you for these awesome ideas. I got a really good deal on ginger at the supermarket and peeled their skin off, then stuck them in a ziplock to store in the freezer and I just grate a piece as needed. They’ve stayed super fresh and only cost me a DOLLAR for about 4 pieces of ginger. Love that!

  16. Madeline says:

    Great idea I was just making it as a tea but I love the idea of making this and storing it.

  17. Anne H says:

    I never seem to have fresh ginger on hand when I need it so for this recipe I am going to try fresh candied ginger from our local farmers market. I really need a honey & lemon remedy tonight!

  18. Victoria says:

    Hi, this recipe sounds delicious :-) I was wondering do you strain out the ginger and lemon? Do you let it sit out for a certain amount of time before refrigeration? Thanks

    • Jan says:

      Hi Victoria! You could strain the lemon and ginger out after a week or two, or you can keep it in. I assemble it and put it in the refrigerator right afterwards. It will still liquify nicely in the cold. :)

  19. Susan Leu says:

    I tried this, felt better within hours, I left it sit on the counter and kept sipping it throuout the day.

  20. Myriam says:

    This is a great recipe! Thank you. I’m going to make it right now. Have been taking everything I know of to fight off a flu, bronchitis, pneumonia or awful virus for the past 5 days.

  21. Myriam says:

    This is so easy to make and so delicious! I just made it! :)

  22. greta says:

    Jan,

    Can this be frozen, instead of using vodka?

    • Jan says:

      Hi Greta, I’m not sure, but I don’t see why it couldn’t be. I would let it infuse for several days to liquify before straining out the lemon and then freezing. Not knowing the outcome, I’d just freeze a small portion for a week or so, then thaw and test the consistency, taste, and so forth. Maybe use ice cube trays so you can thaw by the dose?? It’s a great idea – I hope it works out for you!

  23. Greta says:

    I like the ice cube idea, thank you. I’ll give it a try and let you know.

  24. Maria says:

    If you take blood thinners what is the concern in consuming this?

    • Jan says:

      Hi Maria, Ginger acts as a natural blood thinner on its own, so if you combine it with a prescription it might make your blood too thin – leading to easier bruising & increased risk of bleeding. Culinary amounts are usually fine, it’s just a precaution though for those with serious medical conditions to ask their doctor first, since it’s always better to be on the safe side when combining herbs with medications.

  25. PAOLA AGUILERA says:

    I would like to know how long you have to let this mixture sit before you start taking it…
    do you have to stir it before taking it…??
    tank you for the info
    hugs

  26. Suzanne says:

    Thank you soooo much. I just made some!

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