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Honey and lemon is a popular old-time remedy for a cough -- but does it work? According to Dr. James Steckelberg writing on, some research shows that kids with colds who were given two teaspoons of honey at bedtime got some relief from their cough. Severe or persistent coughs, however, or coughs from another cause, such as asthma, require medical treatment. And be sure never to give honey to an infant, because of the risk of infant botulism.

Pour the honey into a clean glass container.

Mix in the lemon juice.

Stir slowly and add the warm water until it's thoroughly mixed.

Use one or two teaspoons at bedtime to relieve a simple cough associated with an upper respiratory infection.


If the syrup gets separated or a little too hard to spoon easily, warm it up a little in the microwave.


Keep refrigerated, and discard whenever you would discard regular honey.

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