The Cold Buster – Anti-Inflammatory Concentrate

Hooray, it’s cold season! I am sneezing, sniffling and my whole body is sore. The sore body isn’t unusual, I have a syndrome called fibromyalgia that means I’m often sore. The sneezing and sniffling, I attribute to the common cold.


No stupid cold is going to keep me from posting to my blog. I decided to turn lemons into lemonade…hot lemonade.

First, I want to mention that this beverage is more medicinal than it is delicious. You can adjust the sweetness by adding more or less honey (or maple syrup if you prefer), but there will always be some bitter notes. Alas, we are not drinking this for pleasure, it’s supposed to be soothing and the turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties.


The recipe makes a concentrate that you can mix with hot water. I find this much more convenient than brewing up a fresh batch every time I need a cup. It’s a bit like a homemade NeoCitran (or homemade Theraflu); without the pharmaceutical ingredients. Of course, I love my precious NeoCitran before bed when I’m sick but that stuff will knock you out.

If you need a non-drowsy, non-pharmaceutical, cold buster; give this a try!


The Cold Buster

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 cups


  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 herbal tea bags
  • 1 inch peeled ginger
  • 1 whole peeled lemon
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  1. Steep the tea bags in the boiled water for 15 minutes.
  2. Remove the tea bags and pour the water in to your high-speed blender.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix on high speed for 2-3 minutes until smooth.
  4. This mixture is a concentrate.
  5. To serve, mix equal parts hot water with concentrate.
  6. Sweeten to taste with additional honey.
  1. Ugh, I hate cold and flu season! My son is sick for the second time in a month, while I am still on antibiotics from the last batch. And I HATE being on antibiotics…I avoid them as much as possible. I need to make this!

  2. Forgive my ignorance, but do you remove the lemon seeds?

    • Jasmine Lukuku

      That is a great question. If you have a vitamix, blendtec or other high powered blender you do not need to remove the seeds. If you have an average blender, you might need to remove them or strain your mixture after blending.

  3. Love it! Very reminiscent of Chinese herbs for cold, with the ginger and turmeric. I hope you feel better!

  4. Jasmine, have you ever thought of making turmeric tea? It’s really simple to make from home, and really doesn’t taste bad. I made my own as a health aid for inflammation reduction. I’ll eventually post a recipe.

  5. I was just wondering how long the concentrate might last in the fridge. You have a really nice website. I am new to your site and happy I came upon it.

    • Jasmine Lukuku

      Hi Tania! I’m also glad you found me! I would keep the concentrate from 3-5 days. Hopefully you are feeling better before that!

  6. Barbara Nerini

    well needed info how to get the lemon tea I live in a rural Missouri Can I use lemon zinger I have found that here or ther. Thanks for all the great help I had found the tea on Pinterest . Have a nice day

  7. My boyfriend is sick with the flu right now so I’ve been making him lemon, honey ginger tea but I didn’t think to add the turmeric, nice addition!

  8. I didn’t know there was a Meyer Lemon tea… I’ma have to find that!! lol

  9. What kind of herbal teas would you recommend? I mean, there are jasmine, blueberry, chamomile…
    Also, is it possible to reduce the amount of turmeric, as we all know, it tastes awful with sweet things.

    My little brother is down with the flu, and I want to know how I can make this enjoyable to him, he’s 3.

    • Jasmine Lukuku

      To be honest, a 3 year old might have a hard time with this as it is pretty pungent. Lemon and chamomile tea is a good choice and you can use as much turmeric as you would like. It’s never going to cure, but it will soothe. You might want to up the sweetness a bit for him. I hope he feels better!

  10. Christianne

    Great recipe, I added a bit of ground black pepper to it. I was taught that turmeric works better when black pepper is added. Doesn’t make it taste better but does help warm you up.

  11. I’m all out of honey, can I use corn syrup to sweeten it? I know honey is much more beneficial but I ran out last month when my daughter had a sore throat. She is sick again and can’t sleep at all because her nose is soooooo stuffy and her chest hurts 🙁

    • Jasmine Lukuku

      Yes, you definitely can…you can use the sweetener of your choice. I hope she feels better!

  12. Hannah Jarman

    WHat about adding ACV to the concentrate?

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