Warm Cough and Flu Remedy

"This is a cough and flu remedy I came up with while fighting bronchitis and resultant asthma. My throat was terribly sore and it was painful to cough. I was tired of drinking tea and while the prescription medication was doing it's job, I still felt terrible. I came up with this concoction of spices, honey, and molasses on my own as a homemade non-medicated alternative to Thera-Flu. I'm no herbalist, but cinnamon and cloves are considered warming spices. Honey is a natural expectorant and will thin mucus, supposedly. Lemon soothes and molasses supposedly helps to relieve muscle spasms, especially constricted airways like asthma. I don't know whether it works or not, but I gave it to my mom, who is a medical doctor and thought I was nuts, but even she agreed that it soothed her symptoms. If it does nothing else, I hope it will warm your soul as it has mine and my mom's when we were feeling awful. Remember no honey for children under two. You can use sugar, maple syrup, or cane syrup if you can get your hands on that."
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Ready In:
3 cups




  • In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the water, lemon juice, ginger, lemon zest, cinnamon and cloves and bring to a boil. Once it is boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, add honey and molasses, stir thoroughly, allow to steep 10 minutes.
  • Strain and serve warm or hot.
  • Strain remainder into a jar and refrigerate, heat to serve. I advise against leaving the the ginger and spices in the liquid as it is quite strong and spicy, but there is no harm in leaving them doing so and straining before consuming. You might want to add some extra honey or dilute it a bit, however, as the spices will have intensified.

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  1. I'm really happy with this mixture, just enough sweetness to make it taste good, with all the benefits of these nutritious and medicinal ingredients. I happened to have half an orange on hand so I added the juice of it in too. I'm drinking this for asthma irritation and to fight off the sore throats and colds going on around me. Thank you for sharing!
  2. I love the taste, spicy gingery but sweet too! I drank this on a sore throat. This is better for you than drugs. A medical doctor may not agree as that is not what they have been taught. I covered the pot at all times. I used date molasses as it was the only molasses I had on hand. It is healthy and tastes good. All the ingredients in this do have good healing properties that I know of. For example cloves are antiseptic. I may make this again. Made for PAC Spring 2010.


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