DIY: Home Remedy for Cough and Cold


So I’ve been MIA on my blog these past few days because I’m sick and have cough and cold. It’s really hard to concentrate and write with a headache, a runny nose and an itchy throat. I’m still checking my emails, my social media accounts, and managing comments here on my blog but no post–not even a Crafthursday or The Monday Grace–though I’ve been crafting and being grateful everyday since my last post. I use whatever energy I have left for doing work stuff for our online shop.

My sickness started with a cold. I’ve been taking meds but they don’t seem to work fast. I tried avoiding sweets and cold drinks (failed on the first three days though) and decided to go on water and pineapple juice therapy. But days passed, I got worse, and I realized that I also got cough too; dry cough, the worst! Anyway, I remembered one of Genzel’s blog post about a sore throat home remedy and remembered that I know a sort of an elixir (yes, thanks to HIMYM) for cough and cold! It’s pretty much the same except that I added grated ginger. If you’re following me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen this familiar cup of tea I posted a few nights ago. I’ve been drinking this for days now and I find it really effective so might as well share it to everyone, right? ^_^

Enough of my babbling, sorry I’ve missed this! So here’s the recipe for those curious folks. ^_~

What you’ll need


  1. Lemon
  2. Ginger
  3. Kitchen knife
  4. Two teabags of Green Tea (without additional flavors, i.e. mint)
  5. Grater
  6. Cutting board
  7. Teacup
  8. Coffee press (because I don’t have a teapot with built-in strainer)
  9. Honey (natural, pure, and unprocessed; NOT honey-flavored syrup)
  10. Hot water (not in the pic ‘coz I was still boiling it when I took this)

How to prepare

Honestly, I did not measure any of the ingredients I used. I just eyeballed it just like what I usually do when I cook. But I’ll give you the approximate measurements. Heee

  1. Grate about half a teaspoon of ginger. Put the grated ginger in the coffee press.
  2. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice of half a lemon into the coffee press.
  3. Pour about a tablespoon of honey into the mix.
  4. Remove the tag/label of the teabags (especially if they have staples). Put them in the coffee press.
  5. Pour hot water into the coffee press. I used 3-4 cups of water. Stir to mix everything, especially the honey.
  6. Steep for about 2 minutes; 5mins, tops. Serve. Drink.

Serving Size: 3


  • Adjust the portions of the ingredients accordingly if you’re making less or more serving.
  • You may also adjust the measurements of the ingredients to your preferred taste.
  • You could also use–instead of a coffee press–a teapot with a built-in strainer if you have one; or you could probably use a coffee filter. If you don’t have any, maybe you could just dump ’em all in a regular teapot or teacup and just strain (using a strainer or cheese cloth or clean kitchen towel) everything before drinking the tea.
  • Put the other half of the lemon in a sealed container and put it back on the refrigerator for your next batch of tea.
  • Use hot, NOT boiling, water.
  • Don’t steep for too long if you don’t want a stronger/spicier taste of ginger.
  • Recommended serving size is 2 teacups.
  • Drink while hot and inhale the steam from the tea.

Health Benefits

Lemon, ginger, honey, and green tea have lots of health benefits. Here, I listed down the ones that are related to sickness, cold, and cough.

  • “Ginger’s antihistamine property is known to inhibit airway contraction and help stimulate the secretion of mucus. It helps get rid of congestion in the throat and nose.” – The Health Site
  • “The phytonutrients in raw honey have antibacterial and antiviral properties that may help boost your immune system and fight sickness.” – The Dr. Oz Show
  • “Honey’s thick consistency coats your throat and the sweet taste is thought to trigger certain nerves that make your throat less sensitive to the cough impulse.” – The Dr. Oz Show
  • “Lemons are rich in vitamin C and flavonoids that work against infections like the flu and colds.” – Care2 Healthy Living
  • “Green tea is the best food source of a group called catechins. In test tubes, catechins are more powerful than vitamins C and E in halting oxidative damage to cells and appear to have other disease-fighting properties.” – Harvard Health Publications

Is it really effective?

Based on my experience, YES! It provides instant relief for my itchy throat and runny nose. I first tried this one night and after drinking two or more cups, I didn’t cough anymore and I can breathe better. The effect subsides when I woke up the next morning so I decided to make and drink this tea again.

Now, I drink this tea every morning and every night, and just after two days, I feel way better! I haven’t fully recovered yet but I feel so much stronger, my coughing has decreased, and I think my cold is gone. With these results, I am considering drinking this concoction at least once a day, everyday, even if I’m not sick!

So if you’re feeling under the weather, I highly suggest that you try this home remedy for cough and cold! ^_^


I’m curious…
What do you when you’re sick with cough and/or cold? Do you rely on meds alone?

Let me hear your thoughts and leave a reply down below. ;)
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  1. Genzel says:

    Yay! thanks for the link up Jean! Glad you’re feeling well now 🙂 I’ll try adding ginger too next time ^_^ By the way I like your tray! We have the same here at Robinsons that I’m thinking of getting 😀
    Genzel recently posted…Frozen Inspired Dresses

    • Jean Quiambao says:

      You’re welcome and thank you, too! 🙂 It was actually a gift for my sister (but she’s not really using it, so, hehe) and I just saw them at Robinsons last night! I was so tempted to buy another with in a different design! Haha. Get yours na, bagay pang-props sa blog photos! Nahahawa na ako sa mga paandar na props mo! Hehe 😀

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