Cough Balm

Cough Balm {The Reluctant Hippie}

Between allergies and cold/flu season, it seems like someone at our house always has a little bit of a cough. A spoonful of this “tea” stirred into a cup of hot water calms the cough and helps loosen congestion.

I’ve seen this recipe floating around the internet and wanted to give it a try. The day after I made it, Little Hippie had a sore throat and cough. We tried this, and it worked pretty well – it was soothing to the throat and kept the cough at bay for a couple of hours. Full disclosure: a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with hot water and honey worked better for clearing sinus congestion and coughing, but the kids hated it so much that this honey-lemon-ginger mix is a better option at our house.

This couldn’t be easier to make: scrub the lemons and ginger, slice them, stick them in a jar, then cover with honey. This mix will save in the refrigerator for a couple of months.


  • 2 lemons
  • Fresh ginger root, 1-2 inch piece
  • Raw honey, about 1 cup


  1. Wash the lemons and ginger. Thinly slice both (I cut the lemon slices in half so that it’s easier to scoop them out of the jar later)
  2. Layer the lemon and ginger slices in a clean jar
  3. Pour honey over the lemons and ginger until the slices are covered. Cap the jar and store it in the refrigerator.

To use:
The lemon juice and honey will probably separate into layers – give the contents of the jar a stir before using. Scoop out a spoonful of the honey mix and stir into a cup of hot water.


2 thoughts on “Cough Balm

  1. Yum! I’m a life-long lover of apple cider vinegar & honey & hot water, but this recipe sounds delicious. I’m going to go make some right now!

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