It's that time of year again. Many of my music students are at home nursing a cold and my sister's children came to Thanksgiving with coughs. Recently, both of my children and myself succumbed to it as well. There are a lot of natural remedies and supplements that you can take when sick, and many of them really do seem to help. What I like about the following recipe is that it uses ingredients I generally have on hand, so if I can't get to the store, I can still give my immune system a boost.

The honey is really soothing when you have a sore throat, the lemon juice adds flavor and vitamin C, and the garlic is a great immune booster. (I also consume garlic in its raw state when fighting off something. You can read some ideas here on how to get it down.) I recommend that you use local, raw honey — if you can find it. Most of the honey sold at typical grocery stores is inferior and possibly tainted with heavy metals.


  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • Honey, to taste


  1. Place the crushed garlic in the bottom of a coffee cup.
  2. Add the hot water and let steep for 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the garlic and stir in the lemon juice and honey to taste.
  4. Sip numerous cups throughout the day for best results.

Variations: Instead of the garlic, add fresh ginger or cayenne pepper (both good for sore throats).

Try this garlic honey lemon tea recipe when you're sick
The simple ingredients will give your immune system a boost.