Hot Lemonade: Antiviral Tea for Colds

This is my new favorite tea to make when we’re feeling under the weather, so consider it my latest addition to my list of herbal teas for colds! It’s sweet and tart and, best of all, anti-viral. It is perfect for a sore throat or a phlegmy cough.

What You’ll Need

  • Lemon Balm: This is a gentle and delicious herb that has the added benefit of being anti-viral. (Learn more about lemon balm in this post.)
  • Lemons: Not only do they give a little vitamin C boost, they are also good for thinning down excess mucus.
  • Raw Honey: Anti-viral, antibacterial and just plain yummy!

What To Do

  1. Bring water to a boil and pour it over the lemon balm. If you’re using tea bags, use one bag per person. If you’re using loose-leaf tea, use one heaping tablespoon per person.
  2. Let the tea steep, covered, for at least 5 minutes.
  3. In each person’s cup, squeeze the juice of half of a lemon and add one to two tablespoons raw honey.
  4. Pour the tea into each cup, stir and serve.

Even our four-year-old loves this tea, so it’s a good way to fight a cold in little ones!

15 thoughts on “Hot Lemonade: Antiviral Tea for Colds

  1. *saving* I’ll have to share this on my blog! It’s something you can easily get at the store, even with food stamps, so it’s perfect! I love it when home remedies are more available, since not everyone can order herbs or other products. Thanks for posting!

    • That’s one of the things I love about it, too. It’s very easy to find and afford the ingredients, but it’s still very effective. I also like to put a slice of fresh ginger root in the cup, when I’m able to find it. My local store doesn’t always have it.

      • I can find it easily at the local specialty market, but I haven’t gotten it because I wouldn’t know what to do with it. If you have a Mexican mart near you, try that. The one I shop at is just a Mexican grocery store, and often more affordable than Walmart or Safeway.

        • That’s a great tip!! I’ll have to explore and see what we have in town.

          We like to either slice or grate the ginger and then pour boiling water over it. We strain it after about 5 minutes and add honey. It’s kind of spicy, but delicious!

          • You really should! 😉 Often times not only are they more affordable, but you are also more likely to find healthy (i.e., REAL) food there, too. The one I have here has a decent-sized produce section with produce I wouldn’t find anywhere else, including fresh sugar cane. It also has bulk items- it’s the only place I can buy dry beans and white rice in bulk. Good luck! 🙂

  2. I love Lemon Balm! This tea is so tasty, I pinned to share with others. 🙂 Ps.. did you know that Lemon Balm has some properties that can help lower a fever? Good stuff. Great post!

    • Thanks so much for pinning, Gretchen! Yes, Lemon Balm will be in my post about natural ways to lower fevers. 😉 We’ll be growing some in a pot, this year.

    • Thanks for pinning! This is such a wonderful drink to chase away an oncoming cold or to sooth somebody who is already feeling yucky. 🙂

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