Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 3 mins

In Mexico, or Spain for that matter, garlic tea is served up for coughs or colds. People swear by it! The garlic oils inhibit cough and cold microbes, and they are effective decongestants. Lemon juice reduces and thins mucus, which makes it easier to unclog a stuffed up respiratory system. Lemon juice also changes the body's pH, making it less hospitable to viruses and bacteria. Adapted from Prevention magazine.


  1. In a saucepan, bring 3 cups of water and the 3 cloves of garlic to a boil. Turn off the heat when the water boils, and add 1/2 cup of the honey and 1/2 cup of the fresh lemon juice. Strain.
  2. Sip 1/2 cup, warm, three times a day.
  3. Refrigerate extra to use the next day.
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I have been trying to figure out for months how to get more garlic into my diet. Then this morning it just hit me- garlic tea! Of course, I googled it and found this recipe. I made it immediately and was shocked at how quick, easy and tasty this is! I followed the recipe except that I used lime instead of lemon (only because that's what I had available). I plan to keep this handy throughout the winter!

emily0116 November 04, 2014

Have tried garlic tea before but refused to add the lemon & honey because it sounded just too gross. Threw it in there this time but added a teaspoon of beef bouillon to my mug before pouring the tea in to mask the flavor. ;) (usually use chicken but I was out) I expected it to taste truly heinous but it's delicious!!!<br/>I don't know if it's the ingredients that really help or the fact that I'm consuming 3x the liquids a day than I usually do, but it makes me feel better. <br/>I'd suggest that if you drink this on a regular basis you'll reduce the number of colds you get in the first place because people won't want to get near you! :) <br/>In any case, it's good & seems to help.

bvisailor November 20, 2013

In general I found this to be a good home remedy. I used about half the amount of lemon called for (it's for a sore throat; I wanted to keep the acidity down and assumed I could add more later if necessary) and it was still plenty lemony. I think I'll keep the lemon down in the future.
A second alteration I discovered was adding just a pinch of cinnamon to the mix. I like the flavor of it (as well as cinnamon also being good for antiviral and anti-fungal home treatment) plus there's the added benefit of making kids think it's super yummy. Of course cinnamon can make anything worth eating to a kid!

ledissen September 05, 2012