This Lemon, Honey, and Ginger soother is an old-fashioned homemade remedy for colds and sore throats. Use it alone or in a cup of warm tea.
I've used this little sore throat soother and cough remedy for years. I think my Mama even gave us something similar when we were children.
You can keep a jar of this in your pantry or refrigerator and use it any time you start to feel that little tickle in your throat. You know that little tickle? The one that says "Get ready. I'm a nasty cold and here I come?" Yuck.
I know people who swear that taking a spoonful of this Lemon, Honey, and Ginger Soother for Colds and Sore Throats every day will keep colds away. I don't know about that, but some of them are pretty adamant about it.
You can keep this mixture indefinitely. Honey and lemon are both natural preservatives after all. If you want to know exactly how long you can keep this, well, they've found intact jars of honey in the pyramids after thousands of years.
Guess what else? If you completely forget that this is in your pantry, after a while it turns into the most delicious marmalade! Yep.
Now, I am NOT giving anyone medical advice here. I'm just sharing a little something that might make you feel better if you're under the weather. And, by the way...don't give this to infants. Honey is not safe for them.
How to Make Lemon Honey and Ginger Soother
All you do is take a clean pint jar and cut up a couple of lemons and pack them into the jar. I take out the seeds, but whatever.
About halfway through filling the jar with lemons, grate in about a 1-inch piece of fresh ginger. Finish filling with the lemons.
Now, slowly pour the honey in giving it a little time to settle between all the lemon pieces. Put the cap on and let it sit for about 24 hours before you start using it.
If you can get some local honey all the better.
Most people stir a spoonful of the mixture into a cup of boiling water, let it steep a few minutes, then strain it and sip it. I actually prefer it in hot tea.
And, if you're really feeling under the weather, adding a little spoonful of whiskey won't hurt a thing.
Enjoy and feel better!
More Recipes for When You Have a Cold on Never Enough Thyme:
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- Leek and Potato Soup
- Mushroom Soup
- Vegetable Soup
Other Posts that Praise the Lemon-Ginger-Honey Remedy:
- Cold and Flu Home Remedies from Dr. Oz
- Honey and Lemon Tea from Simply Recipes
- Lemon Ginger and Honey in a Jar (Cold Buster!) from Marin Homestead
- Sweet Zinger for Sore Throat and Cold from Zensible Mama
- Cold Remedies: what works, what doesn't, and what can't hurt from Mayo Clinic
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Lemon, Honey, and Ginger Soother for Colds and Sore Throats
- 3 lemons
- 1 1-inch piece fresh ginger root
- 1 cup honey (more or less as needed)
- Wash the lemon and cut into slices or wedges. Pack the wedges in a clean, dry jar.
- Grate the ginger root into the jar with the lemon wedges.
- Fill the jar with honey.
- Close the jar and let stand for at least 24 hours before using.
- Store in refrigerator or dark, cool pantry.
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Lana Stuart is the cook and occasional traveler here at Never Enough Thyme. Lana has been cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove and started this blog in 2009 to share her delicious home cooking recipes. You'll find about 700 recipes here so there's sure to be something your family will like!
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