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Lemon, Honey, and Ginger Throat Soother

This Lemon, Honey, and Ginger Throat Soother is a homemade remedy for colds, coughs, and sore throats. Use it alone or in a cup of warm tea.
4.6 from 21 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Lemon, honey, and ginger tea.

This Lemon, Honey, and Ginger Throat Soother is an old-fashioned homemade natural remedy for colds, coughs, and sore throats. It can help boost your immune system and soothe sore, scratchy throats. Use it alone or in a cup of warm tea.

If you’re like me, when allergy, cold, or flu season rolls around you’ll do almost anything to avoid getting a cough or sore throat. But when that does inevitably happen, one of my favorite natural remedies is this delicious lemon, honey, and ginger throat soother.

Lemon, honey, and ginger tea.

This syrup is an easy to make, natural treatment that may even give you a little immune boost.

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 honey-lemon-ginger mixture every day will keep colds away and prevent seasonal allergies. I don’t know about that, but some of them are pretty adamant about it.

You can keep this mix 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! Ask me how I know 😉.


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 children under 12 months of age. Honey is not safe for them.

🍋 What Immune-Boosting Benefits do Lemon, Honey, and Ginger Have?

I am glad you asked! Each of the ingredients in this syrup has its own unique set of benefits for your immune system.

  • Lemon is a rich source of vitamin C, which is an antioxidant that helps strengthen the immune system. It also contains other nutrients like potassium and B vitamins. Lemon juice has also been shown to have antibacterial properties against certain strains of bacteria.
  • Honey has been used as a natural remedy for centuries and is also an antioxidant. When buying honey, try to find honey from your local area. Local honey may contain pollen from plants and flowers native to your area, which helps build immunity against seasonal allergies!
  • Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce swelling in your throat so you can breathe easier while also soothing pain caused by a cough or congestion. The spicy flavor helps clear up mucus and phlegm as well.
  • When combined together, these ingredients make a natural remedy that can give relief for colds and sore throats.
A mixture of lemon, honey, and ginger in a mason jar.

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💗 Why You’ll Love This “Recipe”

  • It tastes great! Kids and adults both love it. (Remember – don’t give honey to children under 12 months of age!)
  • It’s cost-effective and easy to make at home with just three ingredients.
  • You can use as much as you want, whenever you want, without any worries.
  • It helps stop that persistent tickle in your throat.

🥘 Ingredients and Equipment You’ll Need

One of the best things about this homemade throat soother recipe is that it doesn’t require many ingredients nor do you have to dirty any pots and pans!

The ingredients needed for making the recipe.

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You’ll find detailed measurements for all ingredients in the printable version of the recipe at the bottom of this post.

🍯 How to Make Homemade Throat Soother

  1. Start by washing and slicing the lemons. I take out the seeds, but it doesn’t matter. Pack about half the lemon slices into a clean pint jar.
  2. When you’re halfway through filling the jar with lemons, grate in about a 1-inch piece of fresh ginger root. Finish filling with the lemon slices.
  3. Now, slowly pour in the honey, giving it time to settle between all the lemon slices. Put the cap on and let it sit for about 24 hours before you start using it.
A mixture of lemon, honey, and ginger in a mason jar.

Most people stir a spoonful of the mixture into a cup of boiling water, let it steep for a few minutes, then strain it and sip it. I actually prefer it as a hot lemon ginger tea.

And, if you’re really feeling under the weather, adding a little spoonful of whiskey won’t hurt a thing.

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🍚 Storage Information

Store this homemade cough syrup mixture in a cool dark place like a pantry or kitchen cabinet. It doesn’t require refrigeration unless you just want to!

Lemon, honey, and ginger tea.

❓ Questions About Honey and Lemon for Sore Throat

Can I use lime instead of lemon?

Yes, I suppose you could use lime or even orange or grapefruit in place of lemon. I prefer lemon because its taste pairs best with the honey and ginger.

Can I substitute dried or ground ginger for fresh?

I don’t recommend dried or ground ginger for this recipe. While it would still taste delicious, it will cloud the mixture and you won’t get all the benefits that come from using fresh ginger root.

What kind of honey is best for making this homemade cough remedy?

I recommend using raw, organic honey. Honey that has not been heat treated or processed in any way will contain the most benefits. It’s also great to use locally-sourced honey if you can because it typically contains pollen from native plants and flowers which helps build immunity against seasonal allergies!

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Lemon, honey, and ginger tea.

Lemon, Honey, and Ginger Soother for Colds and Sore Throats

This Lemon, Honey, and Ginger Throat Soother is a homemade remedy for colds, coughs, and sore throats. Use it alone or in a cup of warm tea.
4.58 from 21 votes
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Course: Condiments and Extras
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 94kcal
Author: Lana Stuart


  • 3 lemons
  • 1 one-inch piece fresh ginger root
  • 1 cup honey (more or less as needed)


  • Wash the lemon and cut into slices. Pack the slices 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.


To use: Dissolve a tablespoon of the honey from the mixture in a cup of hot tea or plain hot water. 
Important Note: honey is not safe for infants. Do not give this mixture to children under 12 months of age.
This is a home remedy. Nothing in this post is to be construed in any way as medical advice.

Nutrition Information

Serving 1 | Calories 94kcal | Carbohydrates 26g | Protein 1g | Fat 1g | Saturated Fat 1g | Sodium 2mg | Potassium 52mg | Fiber 1g | Sugar 24g | Vitamin A 6IU | Vitamin C 14mg | Calcium 9mg | Iron 1mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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— This post was originally published on January 31, 2013. It has been updated with new photos and additional information.

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  1. 4 stars
    Hi Lana,

    I always known you know ginger lemon and honey but the exact amounts my question is the Lemon you leave the peel the ginger do you cut the peel and just use the inside which would be the root I guees or is it the entire 11 inch piece of Ginger and then the cup of honey you know could be half you know a whole cup according to whatever we need let me know thank you God bless you I appreciate this

    1. Hi Sal – I’m not really sure I understand what you’re asking. You’ll use three lemons, a one-inch piece of fresh ginger grated, and one cup of honey as specified in the recipe card at the bottom of the post. You can peel the ginger or not, it doesn’t matter.

  2. 5 stars
    Love this! It is easy and delicious. Can’t wait to make some jars as gifts! Thank you for this recipe, Ms. Lana.

  3. 5 stars
    This is a delicious add-in to hot tea. I woke up with a sore/tickly throat. Upon realizing I ran out of my Gin – Gins ginger chews, I went right in to find a ginger recipe that would help. I had on hand fresh ginger, lemons, and a couple of jars of local honey in pint-size. One was nearly empty, so I cut the lemons and grated ginger right in the jar and refilled it with more honey. It worked out great! The best hot tea sweetener and put a stop to throat irritation. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Many mornings I will have hot water with lemon and manuka honey.
    My husband found a tea for me from the Puuka tea company that is lemon, ginger and manuka honey all in the tea bag.

  5. As a person who gets a lot of sore throats all year round, I tried this mixture and it works so well. I just have a couple of teaspoons at a time, and it soothes my throat straight away, it also tastes amazing. I wouldn’t be without it. Thank you so much for posting this.

  6. can i change the lemon into lime? i know is different kind of citrus and the formula–idk what it called–is kinnda different. but can i? or i should change the recipe to match the citrus i use? thankyou

      1. The ginger is really good for upset stomach. I added my mixture to some club soda and it was fantastic!

      2. Ginger is also very good for digestion and upset stomach….it has many uses…it is spicy if eaten so people should be aware of that if they try to eat it raw.

  7. Made this the on Tuesday, and I used ginger in it. I was wondering how long do you leave the lemon in it or do you strain it and keep it like that?

    1. If you don’t have fresh ginger, I’d just leave it out. I often make it with just lemons and honey. The ginger is just for a different taste.

  8. I could leave the ginger out but want to add it later. Do you think adding it to the honey/lemon mixture in weeks time would be alright?