Simple Remedy for Coughs and Sore Throats

Here is a simple yet effective recipe to soothe a cough or sore throat.


1 lemon

1 decent chunk of ginger

1 spoonful of honey


  1. Use a mortar and pestle to crush the ginger with a few tablespoons of water.
  2. Squeeze the crushed ginger into a small bowl with your hand using a strainer so you don’t let any pieces through. If you have a juicer or other similar equipment, you could use that to do steps 1 and 2.
  3. Cut the lemon and squeeze the juice into the same bowl using the strainer.
  4. Add honey and stir well.

Simple as that! Have a spoonful at a time and just let it run down your throat – it’s very soothing. Don’t add anything extra (like alcohol, water, etc) or drink like a shot whatever you do.

This is an ancient Sri Lankan remedy for coughs and sore throats that has been passed down for generations. For our family, it has also proven to be more effective than cough lollies or syrup.

Please note that this simple remedy does not constitute a magical cure for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) symptoms which include a dry cough and sore throat. If you are experiencing these symptoms please seek medical advice straight away.

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