Homemade Cold Remedy Tea Recipe for Natural Relief of Colds and Flu

1 cup tea
5 min

Support your immune system with this homemade cold remedy tea recipe. Ginger, honey, lemon and optional whiskey combine for a natural cold remedy drink recipe that will help you feel better quickly and shorten the duration of a cold or the flu.

Life doesn’t stop when you wake up with a sore throat or a stuffy nose. I still have to get up, take my dog Jasper on a walk and keep on working. When I don’t feel good, I prefer to use natural home remedies as my first line of defense.

While I’m a huge believe in  fire cider vinegar, sometimes my throat isn’t always up for the task of drinking a garlic, horseradish and pepper infused apple cider vinegar tonic. This homemade cold remedy tea recipe is easy on my throat for the days I want something warm and soothing to drink.

At the first sign of a cold, I make this homemade cold remedy tea to give my immune system natural support. It only has three ingredients plus whiskey if you want to add it, so it’s easy to make, even if you don’t feel good. For really bad colds – or even the flu – I alternate taking this natural cold remedy drink with fire cider vinegar – assuming I don’t have a sore throat.

Alternately, you can also add a tablespoon of fire cider to my homemade cold remedy tea. Or try it with my immune boosting elderberry tincture with herbs. (You can make it with whiskey or bourbon so it's another great substitute. Grab my elderberry tincture recipe here.)

As always, however, it is important to seek medical advice or assistance if your cold gets worse or doesn’t improve within seven days.

Homemade Cold Remedy Tea Recipe for Natural Relief of Colds and Flu
Recipe details
  • 1  cup tea
  • Prep time: 2 Minutes Cook time: 3 Minutes Total time: 5 min
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  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 inch fresh ginger root
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ounce whiskey (optional)

Grate the ginger or slice into thin slices and then mince. (For best results, you want the ginger to be in very small pieces.)
Place the ginger inside a teapot or medium sized bowl.
Pour boiling water over the grated or minced ginger. Let this steep for three minutes.
While the ginger is steeping, place the lemon juice and raw honey in a mug.
Strain the ginger out of the water and pour over the lemon juice and honey. Then stir well until the honey is dissolved. Adjust to taste.
Add whiskey if you’re using it.
  • You can drink this homemade cold and flu tea three or four times a day to relieve your cold symptoms naturally. If your stomach gets upset from the ginger, just use ginger tea once a day and drink warm water, honey, and lemon the rest of the day.
Rebecca D. Dillon
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  • All I can say is awesome! Love natural / organic home remedies like this. My great grandmother on my maternal side (from Europe), had tons of recipes like this to cure just about everything along with all types of poultice recipes as well. My SIL is from South America and she has many remedies too and shares them freely. Your fire cider vinegar looks amazing, will have to give it a try. Oddly enough I use Apple cider vinegar on my hair as a rinse, drink some every day, eat fresh horseradish, and pepperoncini. Make a turmeric chicken soup to sooth the throat and steam out nasal passages. And living in southern California, have my own citrus trees. Can't wait to see what else you have up your sleeve! 🌞

    • Rebecca D. Dillon Rebecca D. Dillon on Dec 14, 2020

      So glad you like it! I'm all about herbal remedies whenever possible. Thanks for your feedback.

  • Dl.5660408 Dl.5660408 on Feb 19, 2022

    Love this! It’s a similar recipe to a cough medicine my mom used to make from a recipe her Scottish mother used to make. It really helped