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Honey Lemon Cough and Cold Remedy
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This is our favorite cough remedy for the whole family, from kids over a year old* all the way up. It's soothing, sweet, and it does its job at soothing throats and coughs when we're feeling poorly.
Recipe type: Remedy
Serves: 6-12
  • ½ c. Raw (unheated) Honey*
  • Half a lemon
  • 2 fresh or frozen garlic cloves- don't use the pre-minced stuff. It's lost its strong medicinal properties.
  • a chunk of fresh or frozen ginger* (optional)
  1. Fill a small jar halfway with raw honey.
  2. Squeeze the lemon half into the honey and stir.
  3. Crush the garlic cloves and ginger. You don't want to pulverize them, or you'll end up with little bitty chunks floating around in the honey...just crush them one good time, to start the enzyme reactions in the cloves. I like to whack the cloves of garlic with the side of my meat tenderizer mallet, and I do the same thing to the ginger.
  4. Drop them into the honey and stir.
  5. We store this in the fridge, because the cold feels good on hot, scratchy throats.
*I would never use raw honey for babies under a year old, due to a natural bacteria that can make them very sick. If you have a little one under a yaer old and want to try a cough remedy, I recommend using maple syrup instead of honey.
**Raw honey has active enzymes, 'good' bacteria, and tons of other beneficial stuff that normal, pasteurized grocery store honey doesn't have. If it's raw, it will say so on the label. Local honey is also a great choice.

How to take it:
Take a spoonful of honey as needed, avoiding the chunks of garlic and ginger unless you just reeely like the taste of garlic.
Keeping it going:
We keep the mix going as long as we have colds in the house by adding more honey and lemon to taste as we use it up.
I also refresh the cloves of garlic and ginger daily, removing the old ones with a fork, and adding new ones.
Recipe by Gwen's Nest at https://gwens-nest.com/honey-lemon-cough-and-cold-remedy/