Colds or a sore throat can be a drag, but this lemon ginger tea recipe is super hydrating for the whole family. Lemon ginger tea with a touch of honey is herbal, soothing and super easy to make from items you can pick up right from the grocery store.
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This tea is super refreshing and so helpful in helping you feel better and stay hydrated for both children and adults too. Don’t forget to get plenty of rest with your fluids too. You can also try my super fast Chicken Noodle Soup to help your family get back on their feet faster!
Lemon Ginger Tea Recipe For Colds
*Please note- I am not a doctor or a medical professional. Please consult with your doctor for any medical specific questions or advice. This recipe is simply intended to help your family feel fresher and hydrate. Also note according to the American Academy of Pediatrics babies under the age of twelve months should not consume honey.
I’ve been recently reaching more and more to my own kitchen for safe ways to ease a sore throat, cold, cough or stomach ache. We seem to keep picking up little bugs this year. I’ve since learned that the refreshing combo of lemon and ginger helps us to stay hydrated and feel a little better while we recover.
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This past winter my child picked up a stomach bug that had us at the emergency room in the middle of the night from dehydration. She was ok thankfully.
I was a little surprised that sports drinks were recommended to stay hydrated from the hospital. When I asked for other suggestions, the only thing we could come up with together is Pedialyte without dye which was pretty hard to find at 2am.
I am super thankful they were able to help my child when she was sick. After that visit I started looking into what options to hydrate my family and myself when we are sick for the next time. I’m not a huge fan of sports drinks and knew there had to be some other options.
Both my friend Carolina over at Mama Instincts and my friend Gillian of Lalalunchbox suggested a similar ginger lemon tea that is herbal the next time we were sick in our house, and I’ve since put my own spin on it.
Ginger and lemon especially have so many positive benefits to helping everyone recover and recoup. This lemon ginger tea recipe is refreshing to drink hot but can also be consumed cold as well- especially in the summer. Use this lemon ginger tea to help your family feel better when they are sick in no time, though don’t forget to get some rest too!
Why Is Ginger Good For You When You Are Sick?
Ginger is very effective in helping give relief for nausea. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties which can help to ease a sore throat or a cough.
Is A Ginger Drink Good For Kids?
A ginger drink is good for kids both for colds, a cough, a sore throat or to ease an upset stomach. Ginger ale is a commonly known as a cold remedy but ginger ale has little to no real ginger. Fresh ginger again has anti-inflammatory properties that can help kids when they are not feeling well.
Do Lemons Help You When You Are Sick
Lemons do help you when you are sick by giving your immune system a boost, and by helping to loosen mucus. Lemon can also help restore your electrolytes, which helps you to stay hydrated when you are sick.
What Else Can I Add To My Lemon Ginger Tea?
Is honey good for a cold?– I frequently add honey to my mixture, especially when giving this to my child. Honey has antibacterial properties and can help to loosen mucus. The sweet taste also cuts the tart in the citrus which helps some kids to drink it.
Is cayenne pepper good when you’re sick?- A dash of cayenne pepper gives this drink a spicy kick, but spice can also help bust through congestion from a cold or flu thanks to the capsaicin in the pepper. I use this for myself, but not as much for my child as she simply won’t accept the spice- though if she did I would!
Can I use other citrus fruits in this tonic?– Lemons, limes, oranges and pretty much all fresh citrus will give you a boost of vitamin c. I always make sure to include lemon because of the antibacterial properties but add other citrus too.
Is turmeric good at fighting a cold?– Tumeric has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It won’t necessarily knock out a cold on its own, but it can give your tonic a boost.
I personally use turmeric carefully as I had an allergic skin reaction years ago- but I’ve met very few people who have had reactions to turmeric. I do not have any other known food allergies, but I’ve always been super cautious personally since.
Lemon Ginger Tea For Colds
- 1 large lemon
- 1 large orange
- 1 ginger knob roughly 1-2 teaspoons when chopped, more if desired
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 24 ounces hot water
- Slice your lemon and orange into slices. Give them a good squeeze over your jar, then place inside a large glass jar.
- Slice and dice ginger into small chunks, add to your glass jar.
- Add a tablespoon of honey to your jar.
- Heat up your water to boiling, then add to your jar. Using a long-handled spoon, give your mixture a good stir to help the honey dissolve.
- Allow to steep for five to ten minutes before drinking.
Do you have any tips that help keep your family and kids hydrated when they are sick? Did you try my lemon ginger tea recipe, or a variation of it? Tell us about it in the comments!