{cold remedy: lemon ginger syrup}

With less than three weeks until spring officially starts, we’ve almost made it through winter and hopefully we can wave the cold weather goodbye soon.
Surprisingly, I haven’t gotten a bad cold all winter long. I’ve had, however, a few days where I was feeling a cold coming. On these days, I made sure to eat and drink lots of vitamins and keep myself warm.
One of the home remedies I use against upcoming colds is lemon ginger tea.
It’s full of natural goodies. The ginger is pain relieving, antiseptic and also helps relieving congestion. The lemons are full of vitamin C to boost your immune system.




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{lemon ginger syrup}

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  • Yield: approx. 1 12 cups
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  • 12 cups water
  • 2 large lemons
  • 1 cup grated ginger
  • 14 cups sugar


  1. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Add the sugar, ginger and grated lemon zest.
  3. Cook for 15 minutes and stir occasionally.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in the juice of 2 lemons.
  5. Strain through a fine sieve, pressing hard on the solids to extract all the liquid.
  6. Let cool and fill into little bottles or jars.
  7. Keep chilled in the fridge.
  8. NOTES: The syrup keeps for about 1–2 weeks when stored in a fridge. Make a hot or cold drink with one part syrup to 4–5 parts water.

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    Friday March 2nd, 2012 at 09:50 PM

    Love these natural, homemade remedies! So cute too!

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      Riaz Ahmed Shahid
      Tuesday September 11th, 2012 at 11:43 AM

      excelent remedy for stomach liver and kidney

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    Friday March 2nd, 2012 at 09:52 PM

    Vanessa, your title on your recipe says chai concentrate… which by the way is delicious! I’m also making up your ginger ale syrup today as well. with a couple of sickies (cold and congestion) I figure now is a good time to keep them filled up with good stuff!

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    Friday March 2nd, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Totally great idea! Loved it- pinned it! Thanks!

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    Friday March 2nd, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    I love making ginger lemonade. I am going to have to try this. I had to pin it so I can remember where I found it.

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    Nana Diana
    Saturday March 3rd, 2012 at 04:30 AM

    Love those down-home remedies. You will laugh at this..I had a good male friend and he SWORE by ginger brandy. When he got the a cold the first thing he did was buy a PINT of ginger brandy and drink it. He would sleep all day/night and sweat it out and I do believe his “cure” worked for him. As for me…I would have been sick for a week from the brandy!;>) xo Diana

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    Saturday March 3rd, 2012 at 04:44 AM

    Awesome elixir! How did you make the cute label on the bottle. Chalk paint?

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    Seaweed & Raine
    Saturday March 3rd, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Sounds delicious! I might have to give it a go — wonder how it goes when the symptoms have already started setting in. (I’d better get to the shops and get some ginger asap).

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    jacky @ small home love
    Saturday March 3rd, 2012 at 02:56 PM

    Actually, that looks good wether or not you have a cold!
    Yummy!Pinned it for future reference :)

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    Saturday March 3rd, 2012 at 04:04 PM

    this sounds like a delicious recipe, whether for a cold or as a sweet drink! thanks for sharing… plus, I’ve never heard of ginger brandy… that sound delish as well:)

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    Saturday March 3rd, 2012 at 04:25 PM

    Wow. This is great! I’m always looking for natural ways to cure ailments! Thanks. Linda

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    Saturday March 3rd, 2012 at 08:19 PM

    this is so great!! i would love for you to add this to my new link party… spreading the love. please go check it out if you are interested! there’s a great scarf giveaway going on there as well!
    {love} lauryn @ love notes by lauryn

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    Noemi Molnar
    Saturday March 3rd, 2012 at 09:33 PM

    Oh, this is great!I’d like to make this!Thank you for the recipe! :)

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    Saturday March 3rd, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    I could use some of this right now! Thanks for sharing!

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    Faith @ Artistic31Mama
    Sunday March 4th, 2012 at 06:57 AM

    This is wonderful; a must try. We’ve had colds off and on all winter and can’t seem to get rid of them! Thank you!

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    Sunday March 4th, 2012 at 08:47 AM

    I usually drink hot water with lemon, grated ginger, and organic raw honey. I am excited to make your syrup. It sounds great, and I agree that these ingredients are the key to knocking out what ails you! Hope you are having a great weekend! Beautifully photographed post as usual, by the way!

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    Sunday March 4th, 2012 at 07:14 PM

    This is a great idea! Next time I’m sick I’ll have to try it. Maybe I won’t have to? And great pics btw. I wonder if this wouldn’t be delicious in iced tea this summer. hmm…

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    design fluff "Lucy"
    Sunday March 4th, 2012 at 09:43 PM

    This looks yummy! I pinned it for future reference!

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    Stevie (@Garden_Therapy)
    Monday March 5th, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    I makes this too and it freezes wonderfully. Just throw some in a mason jar and freeze until you want to use. Yum!

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      Sunday March 11th, 2012 at 06:03 PM

      Do you freeze it in surup form or mix with water and then freeze? Thank you.

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    Monday March 5th, 2012 at 02:21 AM

    Love this recipe! Both lemon and ginger are so good for you (plus I love the smell of those two!)

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    Monday March 5th, 2012 at 07:27 PM

    This is wonderful! I’d love for you to share this at Mix it up Monday:

    I hope to see you soon :)

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      Thursday March 8th, 2012 at 03:24 AM

      Thank you so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday…I hope you’ll stop back next week too!

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    Paula @
    Monday March 5th, 2012 at 07:48 PM

    This looks tasty even if you don’t have a cold! Thanks for the recipe.

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    Monday March 5th, 2012 at 09:46 PM

    Sounds ideal for perking up a cold sufferer, I’ll be saving this to make for when my nephews come down with something… they will be impressed that Auntie Rae can make ‘medicine’!

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    northern cottage
    Monday March 5th, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    pretty pretty packaging — you drew me right in! kinda makes me want to get a cold! cough cough! xo

    fresh new linky party opening later today if ya wanna come over & play!

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    Tuesday March 6th, 2012 at 02:38 PM

    This sounds wonderful!

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    Kimberly @ The Brown Eyes Have It
    Tuesday March 6th, 2012 at 04:32 PM

    Very interesting! I never think about ginger as a cold remedy. I’ll have to try this.

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    Kathryn Pepper
    Thursday March 8th, 2012 at 02:06 AM

    Wow, I’ve never heard of this! Sounds like a tasty way to get rid of a cold. Thanks for sharing at Cutesy Monday!


    P.S. Have you entered the uVinyl onesie giveaway yet? I’d love for you to enter!!

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    Thursday March 8th, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    What a tasty looking remedy! We always have honey and lemon — I never thought to add ginger! I’ll do that next time!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

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    Charla @ Healthy Home Blog
    Friday March 9th, 2012 at 01:07 AM

    This sounds awesome!

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    Kelly@ Here Comes the Sun
    Friday March 9th, 2012 at 02:59 AM

    I’m featuring this tomorrow. Thanks for sharing at Fabulous Friday!

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    Friday March 9th, 2012 at 04:13 PM

    I featured your cold remedy on DIY Home Sweet Home today!! Stop by and check it out. Have a wonderful weekend.

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    Amie @ Pinkapotamus
    Monday March 12th, 2012 at 02:09 AM

    This looks sooo yummy and of course I just love the home remedy and healthy goodness it provides! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo party.. can’t wait to see what you share next!

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    Monday March 12th, 2012 at 01:42 PM

    Lovely, and so much healthier then store bought medicine.
    Dear Vanessa, i gave you an award, come over to my blog to check it out.

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    Wednesday March 14th, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    I have so shared this with everyone! What a great idea. Definitely bookmark and Delicious-worthy. Thank you for sharing :)

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    Ami w/AliLilly
    Wednesday March 14th, 2012 at 09:43 PM

    OH! Thank you for posting this! My baby girl (3) has her first REAL cold. And before she was 2 is she got a sniffle I just breastfed her and it went away without turning into anything nasty! This time.…the boobs are empty, she’s coughing up a store and I’m in tears cuz I just don’t know what to do!!!

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    Wednesday May 30th, 2012 at 08:40 PM

    This sounds great. I might also throw in some cayenne pepper. My hubby was in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and several members shared with him their ‘secret’ recipe to keep their voices strong when they had a cold.- pint of warm water, juice of one lemon, 1 TBS honey and 14 tsp cayenne. Sip on it as needed. Really helps!

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    Tuesday November 20th, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    found you via Tip Junkies, feature today. Now if I find a cute little container, this would be something to make asap for our long upcoming Canadian Winter. Die deutsche Aufschrift hat die Neugier noch mehr angereizt ;o).
    GLG aus New Brunswick,

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Saturday November 24th, 2012 at 10:01 AM

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Sue!
      Ich habe gerade gelesen, dass Du Deutsche in Kanada bist. ;) Kommst Du noch regelmäßig nach Deutschland zu Besuch, oder hat es Dich komplett dorthin verschlagen?
      Liebe Grüße,

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        Saturday November 24th, 2012 at 12:53 PM

        you’re welcome! Regelmaessig nicht gerade, ich war in 5 Jahren einmal wieder in Deutschland. um meine Eltern zu besuchen. Meine Schwiegereltern waren schon 3 mal hier. Plant Ihr, irgendwann mal in die USA zu ziehen?
        LG und ein schoenes Wochenende,

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    Tuesday May 14th, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Mmm… it sounds delicious. Usually I drink hot tea with ginger and honey to get rid of cold. Will definitely give your remedy a try! Thanks for sharing.

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    Monday November 18th, 2013 at 08:11 PM

    Hi! I was just wondering how you feel ground, powdered ginger would do in this recipe? I need to get some fresh ginger, but the powder is all I have for now. Do you think I should change the amount added? I think I would need to, but I was wondering if you could maybe suggest an amount?

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Tuesday November 19th, 2013 at 09:06 PM

      Hey Samantha!
      Unfortunately I won’t be of much help with this — I have never used ground, powdered ginger before.. :(
      Did you try it already? How did it turn out?
      I hope you’re having a great week!
      xo’s from Germany,

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