The Basic Honey Lemon Tea Recipe
Do you have a sore throat, cough or stuffy nose? Or maybe you’re just feeling a little under the weather. This lemon tea variation is perfect for soothing your throat and boosting your immune system. Simply add 4 tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to 1 cup of hot water, stir, and enjoy. If you’re not quite happy with the taste, simply mix in more honey or lemon juice to your liking.
The lemon provides vitamin C, while the honey adds antibacterial properties. Both will help you fight off that pesky cold. But if you still don’t feel as relieved as you’d like, try adding a small slice of ginger to the mix. Keep reading for more information.
Twist #1: Lemon Tea With Ginger
Looking for something with a little kick? This ginger lemon tea is just what you need. Simply add 1–2 slivers of fresh ginger to the honey lemon tea recipe above, or boil slices of lemon and ginger together to infuse the water with their flavors. You can also add a small amount of honey or simple syrup for added sweetness.
The spicy bite of ginger adds additional immune-boosting properties and can even help with digestion. Some people swear by ginger as pain relief for menstrual cramps or headaches as well. So, give this lemon tea variation a try for its flavor and health benefits.
Twist #2: Iced Lemon Tea
If you’re here for a refreshing summer drink, try this iced lemon tea variation. Follow the instructions below, and watch magic happen!
- Boil 4 cups of water, then pour it into a large pitcher.
- Add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and 1 cup of sugar.
- Mix well to dissolve the sugar and baking soda.
- Add 10 black tea bags and let them steep for 10 minutes.
- Discard the tea bags.
- Squeeze the juice of 6 fresh lemons into the pitcher, and stir well.
- Fill the rest of the pitcher with cold water.
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving over ice.
You can also try adding lemon slices or mint leaves for extra flavor and freshness. Yum!
Twist #3: Lemon Herbal Tea
Not a fan of black tea? No problem! This lemon herbal tea variation is perfect for those who prefer a caffeine-free option. Simply choose your favorite herbal tea, such as chamomile or peppermint. Boil 1 cup of water, then add 1 lemon slice and 1 teaspoon of honey. Steep in a mug for 5 minutes, then enjoy hot or pour over ice for a refreshing lemon iced tea.
Twist #4: Lemon Green Tea
This lemon green tea variation is sure to give you a boost of energy and some added health benefits. Simply steep 1 lemon slice and 1 teaspoon of honey with 1 green tea bag in 1 cup of hot water for 3-5 minutes. The lemon helps to enhance the flavor and adds vitamin C, while the green tea provides antioxidants and a boost of energy.
Twist #5: Orange and Lemon Tea
This lemon tea variation adds a touch of sweetness and nutrients with the addition of orange. It’s also perfect for a flavorful option without added sweetener. Simply steep 1 lemon slice, 1 orange slice, and 1 green or black tea bag in 1 cup of hot water for 3-5 minutes.
You can also make it by squeezing the juice of 1 lemon and 1 orange into a cup of hot water and adding 1 teaspoon of honey, if desired. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different citrus fruits and tea combinations for a unique twist on lemon tea.
Does Lemon Tea Help With Constipation?
You may have heard that honey and lemon tea can help with digestion and constipation. The citric acid in lemon juice might work as a natural laxative, but there is not enough research to confirm its effectiveness. It works for some people but not others, so it doesn’t hurt to try. Just make sure to not consume lemon juice in excess, as it could damage your tooth enamel.
Which lemon tea variation will you be trying first? Share with us in the comments! Happy sipping!
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