Natural remedy for common cold with honey lemon

This safe, natural cold remedy can soothe a sore throat and bring comfort to you and your children when medication isn’t an option.

a cup of honey-lemon tea with lemon slices and a squeeze of honey

Is There a Natural Way to Cure a Cold?

Bad news folks – there is actually no way to cure a cold (yet). But there are natural cold remedies that can give your kids relief and help with symptoms. Here are a few helpful tips:

  • Did you know that blowing your kids’ noses actually helps? Removing excess mucus helps your body instead of sniffing it back in, and it can relieve a lot of sinus pressure. Have tissues ready and make sure your children wash their hands after blowing their noses.
  • Drink hot liquids like this Honey Lemon Drink. Warm liquids can help relieve nasal congestion and help your child stay hydrated.
  • Apply hot or cold packs around your sinuses. Microwave a damp washcloth for 20 seconds and apply. Make sure you test the heat before using it on your child. For a cold, a small bag of frozen veggies works great!
  • Have your child sleep with an extra pillow under their head to help drain the nasal passages.
A blue mug and silver spoon with honey-lemon refrigerant next to a cutting board with lemon slices

Why is honey good for cold and cough?

If you read about honey and colds, there is a lot of information! I read a research article where they gave 105 children with colds either honey, honey-flavored cough medicine, or no treatment at all. All of the children improved, but honey consistently performed best in parents’ ratings of their children’s cough symptoms. Researchers said honey may work by enveloping and soothing an irritated throat, and is thought to have antioxidant and antibacterial effects. Dark-colored honey, like the buckwheat honey used in the study, is particularly high in antioxidants.

If you give honey to a child, just make sure that it is older than one year. *Honey should not be given to babies under 12 months of age. *

Ingredients for honey lemon cold remedy

How to make our honey lemon cold remedy:

All you need to make this easy drink is honey, lemon, and water!

  1. Juice your lemon (you will need about 2 teaspoons of lemon juice).
  2. Heat the water on the stovetop, in a kettle, or in a microwave-safe mug.
  3. Add the honey and lemon juice to the water and stir until the honey has dissolved.
  4. Test to make sure it’s not too hot. You can also add more honey or lemon if you like.
A mug of honey lemon drink in a blue mug with a slice of lemon floating on top

How to help your child through the 5 stages of a cold

Stage 1: Beginning

After about 1-3 days when your child is first exposed, you will show mild symptoms such as a runny or stuffy nose, mild fatigue and a sore throat. If your child is at this stage, don’t ignore the symptoms — help them rest and stay hydrated.

Stage 2: progress

This is when the cold has really started to settle in. Your child may have moderate constipation and a cough. This is the time to get your natural cold remedies, honey-lemon drink (see recipe below), chicken soup, soft tissue, and steam rub out of the way. Zinc is also part of a healthy immune system, so make sure your child is eating zinc-rich foods like eggs, chickpeas, pumpkin seeds, and whole grains.

Stage 3: Climax

Your child’s cold is in full swing. They may have a low-grade fever, body aches, severe constipation, and a full-blown cough. Double the liquids, water, broth, and juice to ensure they stay hydrated. To relieve congestion and sinus pressure, use humidifiers, hot steam from a shower, and possibly a saline nasal spray or nasal rinse.

Stage 4: remission

When the severe symptoms hit the classroom, you’ll know your child has turned the corner. This is a good time to stop the germinating machine. Disinfect surfaces, wash sheets, clothes, towels and even disinfect personal items like toothbrushes and phones.

Stage 5: Recovery

At this moment, your child feels almost 100%. It’s a good time to incorporate truly healthy, immune-boosting foods into your system and get back to a regular sleeping and eating pattern.

a cup of honey lemon tea with kitchen linen and lemon slices
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 2 teaspoon Honey
  • 1 Middle lemon
  • Squeeze lemon. You will need 2 teaspoons of juice.

  • Heat water on the stovetop or in a microwave-safe mug.

  • Add honey and lemon juice to the heated water and mix until the honey has dissolved.

  • Test with a spoon before drinking to make sure it’s not too hot.

Calories: 74kcal | Carbohydrates: 22G | Protein: 1G | Fat: 0.3G | Saturated Fatty Acids: 0.04G | Polyunsaturated fat: 0.1G | Monounsaturated fatty acids: 0.01G | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 156mg | Fiber: 3G | Sugar: 14G | Vitamin A: 24ie | Vitamin C: 57mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg

Natalie Monson

I am a Registered Nutritionist, mother of 4, an avid food lover and a strong promoter of healthy habits. Here you’ll find lots of delicious fruit and veg-packed recipes, tips on how to get your kids to eat better and become intuitive eaters, and plenty of resources to feed your family.

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