Flu season. Ug. My little one is sick, I’m sick, and my husband is trying hard not to show his eagerness to get out the door every morning – away from all this contagion. There’s not much to do except wait it out, but – silver lining – it’s a great excuse to stir up a batch of momma’s classic lemon tea cold remedy.
Mom’s have been pushing mugs of this fantastic brew on their sick kiddos for centuries. And for good reason. The fresh lemon gives a kick of vitamin C, which has been known to shorten the duration of colds, and the honey soothes sore throats. The cinnamon just makes it extra delicious.
And it couldn’t be easier, which is important when us moms are felling low too. I don’t know about you, but as soon as I see that first sniffle, I know it’s only a matter of time. I put lemons on the shopping list and make sure my sweatpants are clean.
When you find yourself in the thick of it, just juice one lemon per patient and add to boiling water. Toss in the cinnamon and let it all simmer in the pot for a while.
I like to pour the tea through a strainer straight into the mugs, but if you don’t have one, you can always ladle from the pot. It’s pretty easy to avoid the lemon seeds and cinnamon sticks.
Sweeten with honey to taste and serve your lemon tea cold remedy with a side of tissues. Then settle in next to your loved ones and know that this, too, shall pass.
Feel better soon!
Photos by: Maria Hedrick Photography
What a cutie! We have so many germs rolling around our house right now, we need all the help we can get. Such a simple drink and I’ll bet it brings so much comfort!
Thanks so much. The flu took me out this year, and I am finally getting back in the kitchen baking again. Can’t wait to try some of your healthy recipes as I am training for a triathlon and I need energy-food.
I don’t get sick too often but when I do.. game on!
Oh lucky girl! My poor little guys are always catching colds from school, and this is a little pick me up. I can honestly say, I will be happy if you don’t actually use this recipe!
I can already feel the soothing relief. This recipe will go hand in hand with chicken soup. By the way, looks like the tea comforted the little guy!
I think for my son, this drink is comforting both mentally and physically. Have to admit, my son Liam is the the best sick kid ever. Cheers!
As a teacher, I am exposed to a lot of germs and catch a few colds. This recipe will be helpful, thanks.
You teachers are studs! The germ repellent masters. Hopefully, you won’t ever need this recipe.
Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear you guys are sick! I’m just kicking whatever the heck I had, so this post is coming at a great time! I obviously need a pitcher of this magically delicious remedy! Love the lemon, cinnamon and honey combo! Cheers, girlfriend and feel better soon!!
P.S. Your son is such a lil cutie!
Thanks Cheyanne! Being sick is the worst, but the silver lining was binge watching with my kids “Expedition Unknown.” Glad you are feeling better. Cheers!
This is such a great recipe. I’ve been making something like it for years (just like my momma did), but I never thought to add the cinnamon. Delicious!
It is a quick and easy recipe that works for all of us. Awww, your momma knows best!
Ethan is feeling under the weather, I will try to make this delicious warm drink and still get the benefits of vitamin C! Thanks Cindy for this helpful remedy!
Hopefully your son will feel better soon. We went through our rounds too. It is a simple drink, but it works!