Cold-Fighting Citrus Tea

Cold fighting tea

Last week I came down with a horrible cold, despite it being the middle of summer here in Australia. I don’t like taking medicine unless I have to, so dosed myself up with plenty of cold-fighting foods like bone broth, lacto-fermented garlic and lemons.

Since I was sick for the whole week, I had plenty of time to experiment with remedies, and also came up with a new cold-fighting “tea” recipe, that was soothing and immune-boosting. I based it on a lemongrass iced tea that a friend and I had recently.

This tea works either hot or cold. I originally meant to drink it as an iced tea because the weather is warm, but it was very soothing to drink warm.

Ingredients (makes roughly 1L/1qt)

1 lemon, sliced
1 Tbsp lemongrass, sliced finely
3cm (1in) piece of ginger, sliced finely
3 kaffir lime leaves
1 Tbsp honey

Place all ingredients except honey into a large glass or glass jar (around 750mL). Fill the glass with boiling water and leave to steep for at least ten minutes. Stir in enough honey to taste.

You can drink the tea immediately, or you can leave it to cool down and then put it in the fridge to make iced tea. The ingredients will make more than one batch, just top up with more boiling water and honey.

Get Free Email Updates!
If you liked this post, subscribe to get new posts delivered straight to your inbox:


  1. Liz, I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been sick. Summer colds make me feel the worst. Your citrusy tea sounds like it helped you feel better. Glad you’re on the mend :)

  2. Lemon and honey always feel good on a sore throat. Hope you’re getting better.

  3. I don’t think I’d even need to be sick to enjoy that! I hope you’re on the mend now though!

  4. I’m sorry that you’ve had a bad cold. Hope all of your home remedies have helped.

  5. I would like that any time, too!

  6. I surfed in to see the tea recipe, but you’ve reminded me that I meant to make some broth this afternoon, thanks! My daughter has come down with a cold – first week back at school. She did the same thing this time last year and we had someone off sick (for at least part of) almost every week for the rest of the term! really hoping to avoid that this time!

    Hope your tea and so on is helping your own cold.

  7. Sorry that you’ve been sick, Liz. That recipe sounds really refreshing and lovely though. I love collecting “home remedies” – they often work just as well or better than the expensive pharmacy ones.

  8. Delicious, all my favourite ingredients! Do you think it helped?


  1. […] week I was back to normal after being sick, and was finally able to take advantage of my new kitchen. I’m really enjoying having a […]

  2. […] As mentioned, I’ve been battling a flu for the past three weeks or so. When I’m sick all I want to do is sleep or curl up on the couch and watch old TV shows. I don’t even have the energy to turn on the computer let alone browse the web. Too bad though, because I surely would have came across one of my fav bloggers home made cold bashing beverage, which might have been the “cure” I was in need of. If you’re starting to feel a cold coming on, simply click on over to Liz’s Economies of Kale blog and giver her Cold-Fighting Citrus Tea a chance to get you back on your feet. You can check out the recipe at […]

  3. […] tea is more your speed, Economies of Kale has the details on making a simple Cold Fighting Citrus Tea and Recipes to Nourish has the low down on Hot Garlic Ginger Lemonade and Cinnamon Thyme Tea, all […]

I love hearing your comments, please leave one below :)