Lemon Ginger and Honey in a Jar (Cold Buster!)

 

The seasons are changing around here. Although the days are still warm, it is chilly in the morning and at night.

The leaves are starting to change color. Fall is definitely around the corner (but don’t tell my tomatoes that!).

It seems like during these season changes, the kids tend to catch more colds. Nothing major, just a slight sore throat or cough. When I see any signs of an oncoming cold, I give them this lemon-ginger-honey tea. It soothes their throat and the ginger helps them fight any nasty stuff going around.

I like to make this concoction and keep it in my refrigerator. Spoon a bit in some hot water for some soothing tea.  It keeps for months.

Lemon Ginger and Honey in a Jar
makes about 2 cups

  • 2 lemons thoroughly cleaned and sliced
  • 2 piece of ginger about the size of your pointer and middle finger together sliced into coin size pieces
  • Honey (about 1 cup-maybe more)

1. In a clean 12 oz mason jar (2 cup size) distribute lemon slices and ginger.

2. Pour honey over it slowly. This may take a few tries to let the honey sink down and around the lemon and ginger slices. Make sure when the honey has filled in all the voids, there is enough to cover the top of the lemon slices by a smidge.

3. Close jar and keep refrigerated. The mixture will form sort of a loose honey. Add a spoonful with some hot water and drink as a tea.  (I updated recipe to clear up confusion.  If you have juicy lemons the mixture may turn runny but this is OK!).

 
 
 

86 Comments

  1. Collie says:

    I am flagging this for Holly. She drinks only tea now and many many variations. I love this and know she will too. The visuals are phenominal.

  2. Lilli says:

    How long does this last in fridge?

  3. Mary Abrahamson says:

    How long ought it to sit before it’s “ready”? And the corollary, does it need to sit at room temp for any amount of time before refreidgeration?

  4. Jessica says:

    Great recipe to make ahead of being sick! I’m making one for my husband to bring in to work too. Thanks for all the info in the comments about how long it stores/when it’s ready, etc.

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    • Norma Mireles-Smith says:

      Has anyone made these and processed it via a canner like you would preserves (jelly?) If yes, does the lemon remain yellow or will it brown?

  6. Erica W says:

    I just made this last night… mine is still thin, not gel-like at all… did I use too many lemon slices?!

    • Tammy says:

      Hi Erica,

      The lemon juice will thin it out, but as it sets in the frigde, it gets a bit thicker. it is not like jelly, gel and more like a honey consistency.

  7. Erica W says:

    Also, are we supposed to leave the lemons & ginger in the jar the whole time, or are we supposed to remove them at some point??

  8. Sheila says:

    Was doubtful, but love Hot Lemon and Honey…so gave it a try! I love it, and it does soothe the throat and helps the tummy….thank you for sharing. My Son and Husband are enjoying too!

  9. susan says:

    I too am interested in canning this, so that it will be shelf stable and could be mailed for holiday gifts. Anyone try this?
    Also – mine did not turn like gel or jelly, the lemon slices are still solid, did I cut them too thick? thanks everyone. lovely and delicious.

  10. Amber O says:

    I mixed it up a few nights ago because the weather is getting cooler and wanted to get prepared. I decided to check it out with some tea today and it was great!
    I used a jelly jar and cut the recipe in half … 1 lemon thinly sliced, and ginger capsules (4) because I didn’t have any fresh ginger and I layered the lemon, ginger and honey then topped it off with extra honey. My hubby was feeling nauseated today so I made him a cup of “tea” with it and he said that he felt better and hasn’t complained about nausea anymore!

    • Tammy says:

      I just made some as well because I was feeling a little nauseous and it helped right away. I bet because of all the ginger.

  11. Amber O says:

    Also, I read on another blog about adding a little pectin to thicken it up works well but I have tried it yet. Any idea how that would work?

    • Tammy says:

      I am sure you can add some pectin to firm it up a bit. Lemon peel naturally has pectin in it as well.

      • Kate says:

        Don’t worry about making it thick. Everyone seems very concerned about the thickness because the recipe states the honey will turn into a loose jelly. The honey will turn watery and when it does, it’s ready to use.

        • Tammy says:

          Hi Kate,

          thank you so much for commenting! Kate is right, the consistency does not really matter…it is all of the goodness from the lemon, honey and ginger.

          • Kate says:

            Hi Tammy,
            Thank you commenting too. I just made jars 11 & 12 last night and they are in my frig for when I need them. I just recently started adding 2 cloves of garlic to this concoction as well. Garlic is a natural antibiotic. It doesn’t change the flavor too much at all and even if it did, I love garlic. This stuff is amazing!!

  12. Robyn Eisenhut says:

    If you have a already semi used jar of Honey could you slide in the lemon and ginger? or would your honey measurment need to be more precise

  13. Holly says:

    Hi, I don’t have any fresh ginger, so is it alright to use ground ginger instead, and if so how much?

  14. Donna says:

    I made some and put up in jars a couple of months ago for gifts for Christmas…

    I looked in the fridge today, and it seems like the lemons are in water, not thick like honey.

    Has any one else had this problem, or is this what happens???

    I hate that I have messed up good honey.

    • Leisa says:

      that is exactly what mine is doing … anyone know why or what we can do to “fix”

      • Kate says:

        This is not a problem. I’ve been using this mixture since the Fall of 2012 and I’m getting ready to make jar# 9 & 10 to store in the frig. The honey will not turn into a loose jelly like the recipe states. It turns watery like you’ve said. When it does, it’s ready to use. I’ve had nothing but Magical results with this home remedy and my frig is never without a jar or two in it.

  15. Ilene says:

    Thanks so much for this recipe. I had seen it on other site, but they gave no amounts to use of the three ingredients. I asked a lady at a health food store and she had made it, but said she peeled the ginger root and grated it. It looks like yours is just sliced with the skin on, so do you just slice it? Also, when you use it, do you just take the clear jelly, and leave all the lemon and ginger in the jar? So excited to try this!!!

  16. Ilene says:

    BTW….did 2 batches….and added cinnamon sticks to the second one just to try…:0)

  17. Ann says:

    I gave this to a friend- I had made a batch “just in case” – it helped her out a lot. Thanks!

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  19. Erica McGee says:

    Mine will not gel at all. What can I do to make it gel? Can it sit on the counter? How long does it have to sit together before you can see it working?

    • Kate says:

      It can not sit out on the counter. Because of the lemon and the ginger it needs to be in the frig. I’ve been using this since the Fall and the honey does not turn into a loose jelly. It turns watery. When it does, it’s ready to use. It usually takes a day.

  20. Courtney says:

    My aunt gave this to me at christmas. Wow i am ever so thankful, as i am sick. She sd she adds shredded apple to hers, for the pectin. It wasnt jelly like, maybe a little thinner than syrup. I then added cinnamon and cayenne, i like it that way, plus all the healing props of those two…

  21. Kate says:

    I first came upon this recipe from this site back in the fall. Well, I’m getting ready to make jar 9 & 10 to put in my frig. It’s Incredible, amazing and I’m calling it my Magic Potion. At the 1st sign of anything, I drink a big mug of this with several tbps of the elixir. It has chased away a soar throat, runny nose, sneezing and an ear ache. All symptoms were gone with the first cup and those symptoms never returned again within 24 – 48 hours. I’ve shared this recipe with countless people. I’m only sorry that I did not know about this years ago. My husband has a cup of this every morning as a precaution. I can proudly say that I Have Not Been Sick All Season because of this Home Remedy. It has been 100% SATISFACTORY for me. “THANK YOU!!”

  22. Kate says:

    P.S. The honey does not turn into a loose jelly. It turns watery. When it does, it’s ready to use. <3

  23. Nikki says:

    How much do you use when you add it to hot water?

  24. Bettina says:

    I woke up with the sniffles thinking that it was just my morning allergies but it past lunch time and I haven’t stopped sneezing and a runny nose. Thanks to this site, I was able to make myself this concoction. Soothing and sinuses have cleared up. Yay! Be well.

  25. phoebe says:

    how long is it “food safe to keep” seems like everyone had success but before i ‘bust open’ this jar of $$ honey just need to know…thanks

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  27. Christina says:

    I have had mine in a jar for about a week or 2 & just noticed today that there is some white fuzzy looking stuff in the middle of the liquid – is it possible that it is going bad? I wouldn’t think with the honey that it was possible.

    • Sandi says:

      Christina, I just opened a jar I put up 9/3/2012. Everything was still good and it worked like a charm on my sore throat. I would throw away the contents of the fuzzy jar and start over. Be sure your jar is very clean and the lemon is submerged in the honey. That should solve the problem.

  28. Stephanie W says:

    We’re on our 2nd jar since January. My husband’s jobs require lots of talking and this is great for soothing sore/irritated throats and that “I feel a cold coming on” feeling. As we get down into the jar, I started adding the lemon and ginger slices to my cup. My husband isn’t a major lemon fan so sometimes, I add a little extra honey to his cup. :) Like others have said, it doesn’t really gel but works fantastic!! My husband was skeptical at first but now requests it.

  29. Margarita G says:

    Still have some in the fridge since the fall, added buckwheat honey a month or so ago because I was running low and now the mixture is cloudy, thick almost solidified. I’m going to start over but I think I’ll stick with clover or wildflower honeys. Buckwheat tasted too strong for me. Other than that, it was great as a tea, a sweetener for tea and straight from a spoon kind of like a liquid caugh drop without all the strong menthol. Yum…

  30. Sharon says:

    Just made it 3 days back as the hubby was comming down with a cold…. He loved it and the cold also went away within 2 days…. Now I have it :) and its really helped with the heavy congestion… 2nd day and no painful cough… Just a runny nose, but that’s a good sign

  31. Elyn says:

    Hi, I had tried this morning and leave it in refrigerator. I don’t know am I doing the wrong way cause I removed the lemon peel only put in the jar. Is it ok? Is it ok if didn’t remove the lemon peel? Because I worry about the Chemical fertilizers on the lemon peel.

    • Tammy says:

      Hi Elyn, I have only used lemons from our tree. I know there is a little pectin in lemon skin but I do not think it make a significant amount of difference if you peel the lemons. The zest of the lemon does add some more lemon flavor though.

  32. Kate says:

    Me again. I’m glad to see that you updated the recipe as so many people were hung up on the consistency of the honey. Yes, it will not be sort of loose honey but it will be very, very watery because of the lemon juice. This stuff has been nicknamed “The Cure,” by a friend of mine. I still have not sick all season and I just passed the recipe on to another person today who is suffering with a chest cold. 100% satisfaction might as well be guaranteed!!!

    • Tammy says:

      Kate, Thanks so much for popping back in to visit and share the recipe. We love it here. Cold season is over but it has been so helpful with allergies since we use local honey.

  33. Martha Brink says:

    Hi, I read about this before, Apparently an old Chinese recipe, and the Chinese lady said what she does is just pops more ginger lemon and honey in with the existing jar as and when she needs to. I have just made my first jar, a bit late for this horrible cold I have, but ready for the rest of the South African Thanks for the directions. :)

  34. cheryl says:

    can or do you add more honey, lemon and ginger to jar as you use it or do you use it up and then start over???? with clean jar and more lemons, ginger and honey??

    • Tammy says:

      Hi Cheryl,
      I usually add more lemon, honey and ginger one time, then start new with a clean jar….I think a lot depends on how fast you use the mixture.

  35. Jen says:

    We make something very similar to this, just had an addition of whiskey. My mother would give us a spoonful at the first sign of not feeling well, put us to bed…and we would be better. I did the same for my kids. The whiskey is very little…I put in a couple of tablespoons to the full jar. I still make it up during the cold season, but do not put whiskey in the product that is used for my grandchildren…I would probably be arrested :)

    • Judy says:

      My grama told me they use whiskey for her kiddo’s and soak em in their adults tooth aches works great Lol… I love older people remedies , all so natural… Thought I sharethat with ya Jen..

  36. Jodi says:

    I have been taking a weaker version of this daily for years. I have not had any problems with colds or allergies except for one time I ran out of honey and didn’t get any for about a month.
    I use 1/2 lemon (not always organic) washed and sliced, 1″ of grated fresh ginger and fill the jar with raw, local honey. I use 2-3 Tbs per mug everyday.
    I don’t refrigerate my jar, but I use it up pretty fast and and I do get an acidic build up of pressure from the lemons that will push the lid up. I just open the jar and pressure is released. (mostly only in full jars).
    The lemon does break down the honey and makes it watery. That’s what it’s supposed to do and that’s how I use it.
    When my jar is at it’s end, I pour hot water into it and use that for my “tea”.
    I’ll have to remember this stronger version if I ever get sick again.
    Thank you!

  37. Dandelion Jane says:

    Thank-you so much for this post! I can’t wait to try it! And thank-you, too, to all of the other commenters! You have all been very helpful to me.

  38. Becca Martinez says:

    This is my go to cure for all the coughs, flu, cold, etc. In my experiance I have had a jar for over a year (used most of it last winter, but didn’t really need it in the summer)and the honey was low and the lemon and ginger was exposed to air (inside the closed jar that was kept in the refrigerator) and it was still good when I checked it this week. I am drinking a cup now :)

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  40. Gabriel Straitiff says:

    This is amazing! I feel like a superman again! Thank you for sharing! I have always been uneasy with over the counter pills and all that because I don’t like to take chemical without knowing what harm it can do to the body. 100% Organic Lemon, Ginger and Honey really clear up my chest, throat and nose… I did add a little of cinnamon to add a little of spice-up taste. Very Soothing! Thank you! (WOOSH! <>)

  41. Toni says:

    Thanks so much for this! We have lots of kids and one recently caught a cold and of course is now generously sharing.

    • Toni says:

      Because kids aren’t really into tea too much, I’m wondering if it could be added to other things, perhaps like oatmeal? Really want to knock it out before round 2.

  42. Letticia says:

    I just made this tonight! Super excited to see what it does for us as we prepare for winter….hoping to figure out a way to get the kids to take this as i think it would be great for the dry throats we get at night with the heater on! Cannot wait to try it tomorrow!

  43. Addie Fraser says:

    I have a Puerto Rican gardener who just showed me how to make a tonic for colds.
    A quartered lemon, 3 TB. grated ginger,1/3 cup honey, a couple of sticks
    of broken up cinnamon stick boiled together for ten minutes. Cool, strain and refrigerate. drink 1/2 cup when needed for cough, sniffles. 2 day supply.

  44. Pam says:

    What about peeling the ginger? I’ve seen another version that says to peel it?

  45. sandra scott says:

    I am loving this as a hot drink.I also have poured some into a small spray bottle and spray it on my throat,which really helps when I sing in my choir.

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  48. Lynda Enrico says:

    Does the lemon, ginger, honey mixture need to be refrigerated? I made some for a friend but they forgot to put it in fridge…I didn’t know what to tell her…

  49. Helene says:

    can i just do this without lemon!

  50. Helene says:

    can i just do this without the lemons?

  51. Carmen says:

    I am definitely going to try this… I believe in natural remedies. Work better than store bought medicines.
    Glad I ran into this site.
    Thank you all for all your comments.

  52. Betty says:

    I wonder if this could be used with grapefruit as a flavour change? I love the lemon this is amazing stuff, even just to warm you on a cold winter day. I am going to try it with cinnamon sticks too, but really wonder if I should try it with grapefruit as I love that flavour, would it still work?

  53. Kathy says:

    My sister made me a jar and brought it over Thanksgiving she sliced the lemon so thin you could eat the lemon pieces and it was wonderful. It is so good that I just bought me a sharp knife because I will be making 8 jars to give the girls at work and want the lemons nice and thin. This is a must for the cooler months.

  54. Boogie says:

    I’ve made this recipe several times now with the experimental failure of trying to use LIMES, is there a more precise (possibly spoon measurement) way of measuring Ginger? I think i used like like a tablespoon of ginger for a cup of honey but i kinda feel like i should put more?

    • Tammy says:

      The amount of ginger in the recipe is just a suggestion. You can add more or less depending on what you prefer taste-wise. I know for some, ginger can seem very sharp/spicy at first but they get used to the amount and up the ginger on the next batch.

  55. Caroline says:

    I put peeled ginger slices and lemon slices in mine and it turned out a little bitter. I think this is because do the lemon rind possibly. Did this happen to anyone else?

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  57. sher says:

    Can i squeze the lemon juice instead, mix it with honey and ginger and store in a jar?

  58. susie says:

    I have been drinking, hot honey, lemon and fresh ginger for years as a cold and sore throat remedy. My daughter just went off to college and she loves this drink too when she gets a cold or sore throat. I was wondering how to get this to her so she has easy access to this without having to buy lemons and ginger when she is not feeling well enough to go out and buy it. This comfort in a jar is just the thing to send her to use straight from her fridge when she feels bad! I love it. I do have one question that I don’t see answered here. When using a teaspoonful of the HLG,do you remove some of the lemon and ginger with it? I do have it usually steeping with the honey and hot water – just curious how you suggest. I would think yes, remove some of it but just wanted to know if that’s the best thing to do to get the best benefit. Thank you!

 
 

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