Lemon, Honey and Apple Cider Vinegar Cold & Flu Remedy

Cough. Hack. Splutter.
My darling daughter has passed on her darling germs, and I have woken up with a sore throat, dripping nose and uncontrollable sneezes today. No wonder she has been so cuddly and sookie lately, I am very ready to crawl back into bed. Alas, my baby will not wait whilst I feel sorry for myself.
Time to break my no sugar (that includes no honey) rule, and start dosing up with my trusty Lemon, Honey and Apple Cider Vinegar drink.

You will need:
1 Lemon
1-2 teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar (with the mother)
1-2 teaspoons of honey (raw is best!)
Boiling water

Method: Using a citrus reamer or squeezer, squeeze the juice of one lemon into a glass, including the pulp. Then by hand squeeze each lemon half tightly to break the skin, allowing the lemon oils to surface from the rind, then pop the halves into the glass. Add honey & apple cider vinegar to taste. Fill the glass with boiling water and stir. Serves 1.

Lemon: Among other things is alkalising, fights infections, high in vitamin C.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV): May improve immunity, may soothe the throat, may help sinus drainage.
Lemon Rind Oil: May improve respiratory function, is anti-bacterial, may stimulate the immune system.
Raw Honey: May reduce the longevity of a cold, anti-bacterial, anti-viral.

Variations: I sometimes also add either, or a combination of the following; crushed cloves of Garlic (anti-viral), or grated Ginger (cough suppressor & anti-nausea), or a pinch of Cayenne Pepper or chilli (for sinus relief), or a pinch of Cinnamon (for immunity).

My cure all for cold & flu aliments. Mighty powerful and mighty tasty!
I'd love to hear your tried and trusted cold & flu remedies - feel free to share them below.
Elena x
Looking after my snuffly bubby...


  1. Greetings and thank you for your post.
    How often do you drink this concoction (in a day)? I'm trying it for the first time.
    Thanks in advance for responding.

  2. I drink this any time I feel a tickle in my throat, or feel thirsty, or feel like I need a pick-me-up. During a cold I would drink this at least 3 times a day - and probably 8 times a day if I am feeling particularly awful. I would also supplement this with plain water and green tea. You can’t really overdose on this, and it is so important to keep your fluids up as much as possible during a period of illness. Look after yourself xx

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  4. Have you ever given this to a child to drink for their cough and congestion?

    1. Absolutely, Meredith, this is the first remedy i reach for when my 2 old and 5 year old get colds. All the best x E

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