Sore Throat:  Home Remedy Manuka Honey Drink

As the weather changes from hot to cold, we seem to get sick easily.  Sore throat is one of the common sign when we get sick. Sore throat can be very painful.  You can’t swallow or eat any food.  The best drink to heal sore throat faster is Manuka Honey.

1. Honey.

Benefits of Honey:

  • Anti-Microbial
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Anti-Fungal
  • Anti-Viral
  • Anti-Oxidant

Check out the recipe below of how to make a home-made drink to help soothe sore throat. The better honey you used, the more benefit it has.  The first time I make the drink, I used Billy Bee honey.  After doing some research on raw honey and manuka honey, I found out that there are more benefits to using raw honey or manuka honey.

Manuka Honey For Sore Throat:

The 2nd time I made the drink for my sore throat was at work, I bought Manuka honey made in New Zealand.  It does make a difference.

This is what I made when I was at work and have a sore throat:

  • 1/2 a spoon of Manuka honey
  • a cup of hot water
  • 1/2 a lemon

Mix the above ingredients and tastes it. If it is too citrus, you can always add more water or more honey.  Mix it to your preference.

manuka honey drink - sore throat

manuka honey with lemon in hot water – soothe sore throat







Shop for Manuka Honey.

To be on the healthy side, you can replace sugar with honey.  Use honey in your daily cooking or in your drinks.

Check out our Cold Brew tea recipe that uses honey.  This is a refreshing drink with honey that serves like an energy drink when you are out on a hot day doing sports.

Dr. Axe has a good write up on raw honey and manuka honey.

From Dr. Axe website:

“What is raw honey? It’s a pure, unfiltered and unpasteurized sweetener made by bees from the nectar of flowers.

Most of the honey consumed today is processed honey that has been heated and filtered since it was gathered from the hive.  Hence Raw honey is recommended as Raw honey does not get robbed of its incredible nutritional value and health powers.

Raw honey can help with everything from low energy to sleep problems to seasonal allergies.

Switching to your diets to raw honey may help with weight-loss efforts when compared to diets containing sugar or high fructose corn syrup.”

From Wikipedia:

“Mānuka honey is produced by European honey bees (Apis mellifera) foraging on the mānuka or tea tree (Leptospermum scoparium) which grows uncultivated throughout New Zealand and southeastern Australia.”


2. Gargle with salt warm water.


Mix 1/2 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of warm water. Gargling warm salt water several times a can reduce swelling in the throat and loosen mucus.  It helps flushes out irritants or bacteria.


3. Get lots of rest or sleep in order to build up your immune system.


4. Avoid sugary food like cupcakes or cakes


5. Avoid Dairy.


6. See your doctor if sore throat lasts longer than 3 to 4 days.


7. Adding rum/whiskey to lemon/lime Honey hot water drink or drink straight up to kill germs.


8. Oil pulling with Coconut Oil to kill bacteria.  Check out some of the benefits of Coconut Oil.


See below for recipe of how to make lime honey warm water.


Use Manuka honey for better quality.

I added a bit of Angostura Caribbean rum in the recipe below.

Alcohol tends to kill germs faster when you add to your drink.  This helps when you have a cold or sore throat.  You can either use rum: 1. Angostura Caribbean rum  2.Mount Gay rum  or 3. Appleton rum.  These are the 3 rums that I have used before in my drink when I am sick.  I had tried whiskey in my lemon honey hot water drink made for me by my friend’s cousin.  Only add alcohol if you are at legal age to consume alcoholic beverages.

Which Rum do you prefer in home remedy honey lime/lemon drink?

Sore Throat Home Remedy drink with Manuka Honey, Lime/Lemon and Rum






Check out more information on Angostura Caribbean Rum.  I get this at the airport in Trinidad.  I find this rum is very smooth and easy to drink.

Mount Gay is made in Barbados.  This is also another easy to drink and smooth rum that you can add to the lemon/lime honey drink when you are sick. You can also drink this straight up with nothing added to this to get rid of the germs faster.

Appleton rum is crafted in Jamaica.  It is not as smooth as the above 2 rums that I have tried.  This will also do the job when you are sick.


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Sore Throat - Home Remedy Honey Drink
Honey with lime in hot water with a touch of Angostura Caribbean Rum.
Honey Lime drink with Angostura Caribbean Rum - home remedy for sore throat
Prep Time 5 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Honey Lime drink with Angostura Caribbean Rum - home remedy for sore throat
  1. Boil hot water in a electric kettle.
  2. Pour hot water in a cup, add 1 teaspoon of honey and stir.
  3. Squeeze in 1/2 a lime and add 1 teaspoon of Rum of your choice and stir.
    home remedy honey drink for sore throat
Recipe Notes

Electric Kettle:

If you are looking for an electric kettle, below is a few recommendations:

If you don't want to break the bank and want a decent electric kettle, check this Hamilton Beach electric kettle out:

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