Gemma’s Marvellous Medicine #1 – Honey & Lemon Drink

23 Feb


I’ve been away for a little while as like many of my friends in London town, I have been suffering with nothing less than ‘man flu’.  This is obviously a serious illness which requires constant moaning about and should be accompanied by a miserable face… I really did go for it and lapped up the sympathy votes. 

I hope you are all feeling a little better, but if not, I thought it would be an ideal time to share ‘Gemma’s Marvellous Medicine’.  Admittedly, this is something I have stolen from my mother’s little box of tricks, but it really does work.


  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 100ml boiling water


This really is extremely easy to make but it works a treat.  The lemon is first, so get yourself a glass and into it squeeze your lemon.  Roll the lemon on the work-surface for a little while using the palm of your hand – this will release the juices.  Then, cut the lemon in half and squeeze into the glass.  You could use your hand as a sieve to prevent all the pips from going into the glass or if you are feeling really rotten and want to be lazy, just throw the pips in to!  (Don’t do this if you are giving it to children!)

Next pop in a teaspoon of sugar, then a teaspoon of honey and then the hot water.  Now, I like this drink nice and strong and lemony.  If you want the same add less water, if you want a long drink add some more.


So, why is this drink so good?  Well, the lemon is our vitamin C, so this gives our immune system a real boost and allows our body to start fighting all the germs.  We only absorb a certain amount of vitamin C in any one day, so using half a lemon will give you all the vitamins you need.  Don’t try eating several lemons – vitamin C can only do so much!

The honey is great, its one of natures natural antibacterial remedies, as it contains phenolic acid and flavonoids.  It compliments the lemon excellently and seems to allow the antioxidants in the lemon to be absorbed much more readily.  Honey is present in a large number of cough medicines, and it seems to coat the throat, so if you have a dry cold or a chesty cough this remedy is excellent.

The sugar – this is a necessity for me.  I have a sweet tooth, but the sugar seems to cut through the bitterness of the lemon in a way the honey cannot.  Sugar is also the provider of energy, therefore if we are feeling low and lethargic the sugar just seems to give you a boost and give you the energy spurt you may just need to get to work.

Hot water – I use the boiling water to dissolve all the honey and sugar and to bring the drink together, but there is a bit of theory behind it to.  Have you been ill and your mum gives you cooled, boiled water to drink rather than water from the tap?  Yes, me to!  This is because the boiling of the water removes any little germs/bacteria thay may be in our water, which our bodies could normally fight off.  It therefore follows that using hot water here has the same effect (no extra germs added), but it has the benefit of warming us up on a cold wintery day too… perfect!

I give this drink to my friends and housemates when they are feeling under the weather and they all say ‘wow it tastes incredible’ and that they do feel a little better after it.  I would suggest you have it in the mornings before work or in the evenings before bed.  It really is just like a ‘hug-in-a-mug’! 

HAPPY DRINKING PEOPLE & I really do hope you are all feeling better soon!  I am off to drink my honey and lemon drink right now… ATCHOOO!


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