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Easy Herbal Cold Remedy Tea

Easy Herbal Cold Remedy Tea is the perfect recipe to have on hand for cold and flu season.  I love this natural remedy recipe so much that I drink it all the time for preventative care.

For more tea recipes to make at home, Herbal Bedtime Tea Recipe and Detoxing Lemon Ginger Tea will help you on your tea-making journey.

Cold Remedy Tea Recipe in a clear teapot with slices of oranges and lemons

This home remedy tea for flu and cold symptoms packs a powerful nutrition punch.  

Ginger, raw honey, turmeric, lemons, and oranges are a nutritional combination your body will love – especially when you have the common cold.

I always look for natural ways to help cure any ailments and boost my immunities, and this honey tea is one of my favorite formulas.  

Cold and flu herbal  tea remedies is one of the simplest and delicious ways you can achieve better health.

Close up of White Mug on Rustic Background with Cold Remedy Tea in it

“You know, all that really matters is that the people you love are happy and healthy. Everything else is just sprinkles on the sundae.”

Paul Walker

The last thing we need with our busy schedules is to feel under the weather.

The minute I start feeling like a cold is coming on; I whip up a batch of Cold Remedy Tea to help me on the road to recovery during cold season.

Since a batch of Cold Remedy Tea can last a month in your refrigerator, why not make some for friends and family to have on hand?

Sliced fresh ginger on Wooden cutting board for Cold Remedy Tea

Cold Remedy Tea Ingredient: Ginger – Health Benefits 

Ginger is a powerhouse of health of its own.  It contains gingerol, which has many medicinal properties.

It reduces inflammation and pain in the body. We all could do with a little less inflammation, right?

Another great health benefit is that it stimulates circulation.

Ginger root tea – cold remedy can also help treat many forms of nausea and vomiting.

Here are some fun facts about ginger you probably didn’t know: 

1) The ginger plant is an herb.  This is something I didn’t know!

2) Ginger is not a root; it’s a rhizome.  Rhizomes are underground stems.  (Imagine how smart people will think you are if you bring up this little nugget at the dinner table.)

3) Ginger can grow up to 4 feet tall.  It’s typically grown in the tropics and other warm regions.

4) The plant is native to southeast Asia.

5) Slices of ginger are eaten in Japan in between food courses to clear the palate.

How to preserve fresh ginger once you’ve cut into the root (or rhizome, now that we know better!) 

Wrap the ginger in a paper towel and place it in a plastic bag.  It will last up to two weeks.

Raw honey comb on a wooden background

Cold Remedy Tea Ingredient: Raw Honey – Health Benefits 

Most of the honey you find in grocery stores is pasteurized.  Look for raw honey to reap the best benefits.

Raw honey can kill unwanted fungus and bacteria, according to research.

It’s also a phytonutrient powerhouse.  That’s one of the reasons why raw honey has immune-boosting properties.

Raw honey will also help with a sore throat and act as a cough suppressant.

If you have a problem finding raw honey at your grocery store, you can find some here on Amazon.  

Fresh and powdered turmeric on a wood cutting board for Cold Remedy Tea

What is Turmeric?

Turmeric is an aromatic spice from India that is a gorgeous orange color.  For thousands of years, turmeric has been a staple in kitchens throughout the Middle East, India, and Southeast Asia.

Cold Remedy Tea Ingredient: Turmeric – Health Benefits 

According to, turmeric may be one of the most effective nutritional boosts that exist.  Studies show it has major benefits for your brain and body.

The most important compound in turmeric is called curcumin.  It is a strong antioxidant and a powerful anti-inflammatory.

Curcumin also helps block free radical damage and stimulates your antioxidant defenses at the same time.  Now you know how important turmeric tea cold remedy can have on your cold or flu improved health.

Lemon on a cutting board being sliced by a knife

Cold Remedy Tea Ingredient: Lemons – Health Benefits 

Lemons contain a high amount of Vitamin C, which helps support your body’s natural defenses.

It is reported that lemons help reduce phlegm.  Lemon juice also helps decrease the strength of the flu or cold.  That’s good news!

Fun Facts About Lemons:

I like to add a bit of trivia to my recipes because it adds a little fun to dinner table conversations.  I’ve gone through my life, not knowing if lemons are native to America.  Now I know.

1) According to, lemons were brought to the Americas by Christopher Columbus in 1493.

2) Lemons are grown primarily in California and Arizona.  (My guess would have been Florida – but they weren’t even close to the number of acres the other two states have dedicated to lemons.)  They produce 95% of the lemons consumed in the United States.

3) On average, the US consumes three pounds of lemons per person.

4) The top two countries we export our lemons to are Japan and Canada.

5) Each lemon holds on average three tablespoons of juice.

6) Lemon trees can produce lemons all year round.

7) You can get 500-600 pounds of lemons from a single tree every year.

8) Miners in the gold-rush of 1849 paid a premium price for lemons because they helped prevent scurvy.  California is one of the top producing states of lemons because of this demand.

Slices of Oranges layered on top of each other

Cold Remedy Tea Ingredient – Oranges – Health Benefits  

Oranges are also high in Vitamin C, and when you want to shorten the time you feel sick, this vitamin is one of your best bets.

They are also a powerful antioxidant that helps protect your cells that defends your body against illness.

How to pick out the best citrus fruits:

You want to pick lemons and oranges that seem heavy for their size.  Thinner skin usually means more juice.

The lighter the color of lemons’ skin means they are usually more tart than a darker yellow.

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Mixture of lemon slices and orange slices with honey, turmeric, and ground fresh ginger in a white bowl

Here’s how to make Cold Remedy Tea recipe: 

Ingredients for Cold Remedy Tea

2-inch piece of peeled fresh ginger

1 cup raw honey 

1 tablespoon ground turmeric 

2 lemons, halved, sliced thinly, and seeded

1 orange, halved, sliced thinly, and seeded

hot water

Directions for making Cold Remedy Tea

Fresh Ginger Ground in Mortar and Pestle

1) Grind the fresh ginger into a paste with mortar and pestle.

2) In a large bowl, mix together the honey, ginger, and turmeric.  Then stir in the lemons and orange and mix well.

3) For each serving, place 2 heaping tablespoons of the mixture (including orange and lemon slices) in a mug.  Fill a mug with boiling water and stir to blend.

4) Transfer remaining mixture to an airtight container and refrigerate up to one month.

Here’s the printable version of the Cold Remedy Tea recipe: 

Yield: 8-10 servings

Easy Herbal Cold Remedy Tea Recipe

Clear teapot with cold remedy tea with orange and lemon slices. Sliced orange and lemon on the side of the teapot.

Cold remedy tea is the perfect recipe to have on hand for cold and flu season. It's the perfect recipe for preventative care.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 2-inch piece peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 cup raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • 1 orange, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced and seeded
  • 2 lemons, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced and seeded
  • hot water


  1. Grind the fresh ginger into a paste with mortar and pestle.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the honey, fresh ginger, and turmeric. Stir in the lemon and orange slices and mix well.
  3. For each serving, place two heaping tablespoons of the mixture (including the lemon and orange slices) in a mug. Fill the mug with hot water and stir to blend.
  4. Transfer remaining mixture to an airtight container and refrigerate up to one month.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 119Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 3mgCarbohydrates 32gFiber 1gSugar 30gProtein 1g

Tips for making Cold Remedy Tea recipe:

1) Grinding black pepper in your cold remedy lemon tea or adding a few peppercorns will help your body absorb the turmeric.

2) Add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper for an extra zing to you hot tea. 

If you’re looking for another tea recipe to help boost your immune system, here’s how to make elderberry tea.

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Clear Teapot with Cold Remedy Tea with slices of oranges and lemons - and two halves of a lemon and an orange

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Kara Ranieri

Thursday 12th of November 2020

I really want to like ginger and have tried it over and over and it just disagrees with my palate. Do I loose a ton of the health benefits of this tea if I omit it?


Friday 13th of November 2020

You definitely lose benefits, but if you don't like ginger you can look for a superfood you like the taste of that has similar benefits.

Susanna Heiskanen

Tuesday 20th of October 2020

I have used a similar recipe for ages. The lemon and honey combo is best when you have a cold or a sore throat. I did not know about ginger been wrapped on paper and been on a plastic bag in the fridge. Need to try that one out to keep my ginger lasting longer.

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