Natural Honey Lemon Cold Remedy

Did you wake up with a scratchy throat? This Natural Honey Lemon Cold Remedy is just what the holistic doctor ordered. This may soothe your cough and help clear that runny nose. Wrap up in a blanket and sip this comforting homemade concoction.

Natural Honey Lemon Cold Remedy in a jar with a mug of hot water in the background

It’s that time of year my friends!

Cold and flu season is upon us and I have an amazing natural cold remedy for you to try instead of reaching for the sugar and chemical-laden remedies like NeoCitran.

I’ve taken to calling it “Natural Citron” instead. 🙂 It couldn’t be easier to prepare and can be stored in your fridge for when those icky feelings start creeping up on you.

This can also be enjoyed as a nice, warming drink to have on a cold night.

That’s the benefit of natural remedies as opposed to the traditional kinds. They aren’t harmful to be taken at any time.

Take this past weekend in Burlington for example. It was a winter wonderland outside.

a snowy street with Christmas lights on trees

I was snuggled up with Louis and enjoyed a hot mug full of this delicious lemon-honey concoction.

Our boy has had some health issues lately and I am so happy to see him back to his happy, sweet self.

It truly felt like Peace on Earth. 🙂

Sharon Rhodes from the Honour System and her cat Louis

So back to this natural remedy which is actually an old southern recipe.


What you will need:

  • a small glass jar with a tight fitting lid
  • honey ( I recommned LOCAL )
  • lemons (because the peel goes in too, I recommend organic lemons if possible)

How to make this recipe:

Basically, it is easy as one, two, three.

Thinly slice half a lemon and place the slices in a small jar. I bought mine at the dollar store.

That’s step one.

local honey in jar with another glass jar filled with sliced lemons

Cover your lemon slices with honey. 

That’s two.

honey being poured into a glass jar over sliced lemons

Place in your fridge.


I told you it was easy!

a hand holding a jar of Natural Honey Lemon Cold Remedy

Leave it overnight and then it’s there when you need some warming goodness. Simply scoop a tablespoon into a mug and top with boiling water.

Try it at the first signs of a sore throat, a cold or simply when you want a soothing, hot drink.


Honey is a strong antioxidant, full of energizing B vitamins, vitamin C AND is antibacterial.  It is also effective cough suppressant.

As for lemons, they is also fortified with vitamin C and a host of B vitamins. This is a winner combo for your immune system.


a mug of hot water

Enjoy the healing goodness of lemon and honey without the drowsiness and other side effects of the packaged remedies. Ayurvedic medicine has been using honey as a vital medicine for centuries.  Since you are putting the whole lemon in, peels and all, I do recommend using organic lemons as you don’t want any pesticides or chemicals floating around.

Honey is a food that does not go bad so this Natural Honey Lemon Cold Remedy keeps in the fridge indefinitely!

Cheers to your health!

Natural Honey Lemon Cold Remedy in a jar with a mug of hot water in the background


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Natural Cough and Cold Remedy

Sharon Rhodes
Did you wake up with a scratchy throat? This Natural Honey Lemon Cold Remedy is just what the holistic doctor ordered. This may soothe your cough and help clear that runny nose. Wrap up in a blanket and sip this comforting homemade concoction.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Chill 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 49 kcal


  • ½ lemon thinly sliced
  • ¾ cup honey


  • Place sliced lemons in a small jar with a lid.
  • Pour honey over sliced lemons, cover with the lid and place in the fridge overnight.
  • To make the drink, add a tablespoon of the syrup to a mug and pour 1 cup of boiling water over it. Stir until the syrup melts. Enjoy warm.
  • Store the syrup in the fridge for up to 6 months.


Calories: 49kcalCarbohydrates: 13gPotassium: 12mgSugar: 13gVitamin C: 1.9mgCalcium: 2mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword honey lemon cold remedy, Natural Cold Remedy
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  1. I make something similar.
    1 cup of raw local honey
    2 organic lemons, juiced and zested
    1 LARGE piece of organic ginger, peeled and grated or chopped finely
    Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) organic unfiltered

    1) Place the honey in a quart jar.
    2) Measure the lemon juice and add ACV to measure 1 cup. Add to the honey in the jar.
    3) Add the lemon zest and grated ginger.
    4) Cap with a non-metal leak proof jar lid. If no non-metal jar lid is available, cover jar opening with plastic wrap then cap.
    5) Shake vigorously.
    6) For 1 week, store in a dark, cool place (cupboard?) and shake daily or several times each day.
    7) At the end of the week, strain the liquid into a pourable container. Squeeze the lemon zest and ginger to get all the juice out. Jar in a container with a non-metal lid. Label with Lemon/Ginger Oxymel and the date. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
    Dosage: at the onset of a sore throat or cold, take 1 tablespoon 2-3 times a day. For children under 12, may want to take 1-2 teaspoons 2-3 times a day. If the cold is in full strength, I take 2-3 tablespoons 3-4 times a day.
    NOTE: this is my take on an Oxymel which typically is just honey, ACV and herbs or spices. But, with the lemon juice included (which is citric acid) the vitamin C is much higher than just the ACV (which is acetic acid). Both have significant health benefits. I have found, however, that just honey and ACV is pretty harsh on my throat as well as my taste buds but with the lemon juice it is not as harsh.

    This can be added to tonic water or club soda for a refreshing drink.

  2. Wonderful syrup! Except, heating honey at any stage or method destroys its healing properties and becomes nothing more than a sweetner.

    1. It sounds lovely! I haven’t tried it myself so I can’t answer with good authority. I’m pretty sure it would be fine but I’m not sure how long it would last.

      1. Does the lemon stay fresh for 6 months? I would have thought the lemon may grow mold or something. I really want to try this! Have two kiddos with a cough right now and would love to make and store this is my fridge.

        1. Yes, the honey will preserve the lemons. Be sure to use a clean spoon each time. If you do see any mold growing discard it immediately but it should last in the fridge.

  3. 5 stars
    What a great idea! It actually sounds like a delicious wintertime drink!
    And can I just say – that photo looking down at the snowy street is amazing! The scene looks so cozy. I hope you frame that or something 🙂

    1. Hey Haley! I’m so glad I took a snap of that freshly falling snow as it’s now an icy mess! 😉 I loved this drink all December and I wasn’t once sick! It’s so warming.

  4. I love the snow you put over the pictures! So pretty.
    Yes, it is that time of year. I don’t really get sick but I was definitely feeling a little run down recently. I love your natural remedy- I think it’s a much better option than over the counter garbage.

    Also, I’m happy to hear Louis is feeling better. He looks very happy to have his mama cuddling with him! 🙂

    1. Thanks Sarah! Lou is happy, too 🙂 It’s so stressful when you have a sick pet, especially when that pet is your baby. He’s close to 100% again and we couldn’t be more relieved.

  5. 5 stars
    I love this. I’m always looking for natural remedies and such. I know that both lemon and honey are great for colds and fighting off bugs, but I never thought to make lemon-honey. This is great, thanks for the idea!

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