31 January 2018

Honey and Lemon Drink Natural Remedy for Colds and Coughs

When I get sick, I don't automatically run to the medicine cabinet.  Most cold medications make me very drowsy, even if they are non-drowsy formulas.  While I welcome the sleep, I do still need to get work done and teach the kids each day.  

Luckily, there are several ways to feel better naturally without taking medication.  One natural cold remedy I like is a honey and lemon drink for colds and coughs.  I feel better quickly and the effect lasts for several hours.

This is even safe for kids, but never give a child under one honey.  If you do give this to a child, heat the water to help the honey dissolve, then let it cool before you give it to them.  My kids aren't fans of honey, but they will drink this because they know they will feel better.

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At the first sign of a cough or cold, I start my "I do not have time for a cold!" routine.  Since I prefer natural remedies for colds, that means turning on a humidifier, trying to take it easy, drinking more water, and drinking this honey and lemon drink for colds. 

This drink isn't a cure for the cold.  Unfortunately, there is no cure for the common cold.  However, this drink can help you feel better and reduce symptoms.  

Honey and Coughs

According to a 2016 study, honey was better for a cough than diphenhydramine.  It both reduces coughing frequency and can improve the quality of sleep in both children and adults.

Honey is also soothing, so it can help a throat that's been irritated from coughing or from post nasal drip.  

Lemon and Health

There are conflicting results whether lemon juice or vitamin C really help when you have a cold.  The acid in lemon juice may help loosen mucus, so it may help in that regard.  The vitamin C you get from the lemon juice is lower than taking a supplement, but it won't hurt you to try it in this drink.


This recipe can be used on its own or with tea.  When I'm sick, I find that a warm cup of tea can help me feel better.  Whether is really helps me feel better or just gets me out of bed and makes me happy because I like drinking tea, I don't know.  Either way, it helps me.  '

If you do use lemon and honey in tea, don't add any milk because the lemon juice can make it curdle.  Yuck!


  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice



Juice a lemon.  You need to get at least 2 tablespoons out of it, but you might get more.  You can store that in the fridge for a day to make another glass.


Heat water until warm but not too hot to drink.


Add raw honey and lemon juice.  Stir well to dissolve the honey.

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.