treat SORE THROAT with honey and lemon

Sore throat is a painful, itchy or scratchy feeling in the throat. Throat pain is the initial symptom of sore throat. Sore throat may occur due to viral or bacterial infections. Here is the simple home remedy to treat sore throat.

How to treat sore throat at home?

Take 200 ml warm water, add half lemon juice, one tablespoon of honey.

Mix the ingredients well and drink immediately. Continue the same for 3 days to get relief from pain.

How do lemon and honey work?

Lemon is an effective remedy to treat sore throat. It contains vitamin C (1) which is a natural astringent. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant which supports the immune system and helps to reduce mucus in the throat. Once the immune system becomes stronger, it acts faster and heals sore throat.

How to treat sore throat with herbal remedy – DIY

  • 200 ml Warm water
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  1. To make the drink, use warm water, honey and lemon.
  2. Squeeze lemon juice in to warm water.
  3. Add one tablespoon of honey.
  4. Mix the ingredients well.
  5. Drink is done.


Consume this drink once a day, continuously for 3 days to treat sore throat.

Honey is the an important ingredient for many home remedies. It possesses antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. All these properties help get rid of viral infections and reduces swelling and inflamed glands by calming irritation. It also helps improve healing process. Honey holds an enzyme called glucose-oxidase (2) which acts as a protection against throat infections.

Lemon nutrition facts

Lemon is rich in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin E, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, iron, copper, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, zinc, and protein. It also contains antioxidants and cancer fighting properties.

Lemon health benefits

Lemon is one of the most widely used citrus fruits in the world. Lemon tree is native to Asia, belongs to Rutaceae family. Lemon treat various illnesses including constipation, dental problems, fever, indigestion, obesity, infections, high blood pressure, respiratory disorders and so on.


Controls blood pressure

Lemon juice and lemon water are both beneficial for those who suffer from heart diseases. As it is rich in potassium, it controls blood pressure, nausea and dizziness. Also, it relieves mental stress and depression.

Respiratory disorders

Drink warm water with honey and lemon in the morning to cure all the respiratory diseases. This concoction provides relief from mild bronchial problems to serious issues like asthma (3), everything can be cured. The anti-bacterial properties and vitamin C helps in treating throat infections.

Promotes hydration

Dehydration makes the body to experience stress and fatigue. Staying hydrated is highly essential for the body. Drinking water alone will keep the body hydrated, but adding lemon juice will give additional flavor, prevents infection, regulates stress level and freshens breath.

Treats indigestion

As it is rich in vitamin C, lemon juice is quite effective in treating digestion problem and constipation. It contains digestive juices, which helps in digestion, relieves heartburn, belching, gastric and bloating problem. Lemon and honey with warm water in the morning on an empty stomach, aids in proper digestion and helps lose weight. Regular consumption of lemon drink in the early morning, clears toxins from the kidney and digestive system.

Dental care

Lemon is a good home remedy for all dental problems. Add few drops of lemon juice to the regular paste and brush your teeth. You will get perfect white teeth and it prevents bad breath (4). Massaging lemon juice on the tooth and gums, relieves tooth pain and stops gum bleeding.

Honey health benefits

Honey contains natural vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, amino acids, calcium, iron, phosphorous, potassium, magnesium, manganese, sodium and zinc. Drinking a glass of lukewarm water with honey on an empty stomach helps you feel healthy and glowing.

Regulates bowel movements

Honey has antibacterial, antiseptic, and antiviral properties. Honey with warm water in the morning hydrates your colon, alleviates acidity, and adds water to your stools. Adding lemon juice in honey water helps increase urination, cleanses colon and digestive system totally.

Treat sore throat

The countless medicinal properties of honey help cure sore throat, fights off against infections that are caused by viruses, fungi and bacteria. Consuming honey every day boost immunity in the long run.

Boost memory

Honey improves mental health, boosts memory and concentration. Honey not only increases memory power, it also makes you a healthier person altogether.

Regulates blood sugar

Honey contains sugar, but it is not like white sugar or other artificial sweeteners. Honey has a combination of fructose and glucose which actually helps the body to regulate blood sugar levels. Honey holds high level of fructose, so it is sweeter than table sugar. Consume raw honey every day since it increases insulin and decreases hyperglycemia. Combination of honey and cinnamon is good for diabetic plan.

Acts as a cough syrup

Raw honey is highly effective in treating coughs. A single dose of raw honey can reduce cough and mucus secretion. Study shows that raw honey is as effective as dextromethorphan and diphenhydramine, a common ingredient found in cough medicines.

Kalaivani Selvaraj, MBA, got her Master’s degree in Human Resources. Due to her interest in natural healing, she pursued studies in the field of alternative medicine and is certified in Aromatherapy by Isla Verde Spa Training Academy. Ms. Kalaivani Selvaraj is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.