A Natural Remedy to Zap a Cold

Remodelista editor Sarah recently learned of this tasty and helpful cold cure from the husband of her friend Heidi. Chock full of fresh ingredients, as well as honey to taste, this spicy mix can also double as a good cocktail when you’re feeling well.

Here’s how to make it at home:

Above image credits from top left clockwise: ginger via Dream State Inspiration, honey via Roost, cayenne pepper via Silk Road Spice, lemongrass via Fine Cooking.

Bring a quart of water to boil in a large saucepan; add the following ingredients and turn down the heat to a slow simmer:

Fresh ginger root, peeled and sliced thin. (The more the better, about 1/4 cup or a good sized chunk before slicing.)

2 lemongrass stalks, stem and tip cut off and outside first layer removed, sliced in half lengthwise and then cut in 3-inch long pieces.
1 small red chili pepper, sliced very thin.
1 small green serrano chili pepper, sliced very thin.
1 good shake of crushed red pepper flakes.
Honey to taste and to balance the heat from the chili.
2 tea bags of lemongrass tea (or any black tea will do).

You can keep this on a low simmer for a long time; just add a bit more water as needed. Drink as desired throughout the day (you may find yourself becoming addicted to this hot spicy/sweet tonic).

For another simple and healthy recipe, see Remodelista‘s post An Irresistible Farro Recipe.


Loo Samantha
Loo sam4 years ago


Mary L.
Mary L5 years ago

I'm sweating reading the ingredients!

Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Julie W.
Julie W5 years ago

Garlic would be a good addition to this recipe. The more the better!

Bethany M.
Past Member 5 years ago


Nimue Pendragon

I drink ginger and lemon tea all the time, haven't had a cold in years. Thanks :)

mary r.
Mary R5 years ago

Interesting, Thanks.

Marie W.
Marie W5 years ago

Nice soothing recipe.

China Holley
China H5 years ago

Very Good & Thank You! :)

Dale O.

I don't have a cold but it looks delicious. Love to make ginger root tea daily and even make some for the refrigerator. Nice and spicy is your recipe!