Jemsip – The drug free cold remedy


A must have remedy for colds during your pregnancy, or if you don't like taking medication.

A must have remedy for colds during your pregnancy, or if you don’t like taking medication.

A few years ago I bought a juicer – I was determined to make 2014 the year and to give us all a boost health wise, and to be fair I did use it quite a lot. Ish. Well, ok, I did a couple of home-made juice cleanses and then made one or two healthy drinks and eventually resigned it to the top of the cupboard where, quite frankly, I can’t reach it even if I want to.

You may have read my posts about my juice detox and the fantastic Superfood Juices by Julie Morris in my What we read series. Along with my new juicer came a fab book by juicing guru Jason Vale called The funky fresh Juice book, which I have to say I poured over and totally loved, but really didn’t use that often until I was pregnant and had a stinking cold. I came across the JEM sip in the juice book I had to try it out and it is still something that I think is legendary for getting rid of the cold symptoms I have without pumping myself full of drugs – something I would love to do but can’t because of Miss I-love-boobie-and-will-never-relinquish-it!

Here’s the recipe:

  • 1 apple – golden delicious if you can
  • 3cm chunk of fresh ginger
  • 1/2 a lemon – leave the waxy skin on
  • 1 tsp of manuka honey
  • 1/2 cup of hot water

I put all the ingredients, apart from the honey and water in the juicer, juiced them and then filled up half a cup, topped it up with hot water and added the honey. Simple as that!

I think this is the perfect drug free cold remedy, either for those who don’t like ‘drugs’ or who can’t take them for medical reasons like pregnancy! What’s even better? If you can get your little one to take it, it is suitable to give to them (minus the honey under age 2) – it makes life a lot easier for them to sweat out that rotten cold. That being said I was raised in a generation where a good slug of brandy was a genuine remedy…

You can thank me later!

Harriet x


  1. Avatar April 14, 2016 / 12:10 pm

    I have a glass of honey, lemon and ginger water every morning and I haven’t had a cold in about 4 years.

  2. Avatar April 12, 2016 / 6:21 pm

    This looks awful but sounds really yummy. I might try it next time.

    • Harriet April 13, 2016 / 10:52 am

      It is much nicer than lemsip or other cold relief drinks!

  3. Avatar April 11, 2016 / 10:39 pm

    I make somthing similar but without the apple when we are sick, it’s great.

  4. Avatar April 11, 2016 / 10:38 pm

    This is great, i shall keep this in mind for next time

  5. Avatar April 11, 2016 / 10:31 pm

    I have the cold/flu so this might help me especially since it is drug free. Thanks hun xxx

  6. Avatar April 11, 2016 / 2:03 pm

    My nana always made hot lemon juice, ginger and honey for a cold and it would always help! I don’t eat honey now but the lemon and ginger still works. I will try with the apple juice next time x

  7. Avatar April 10, 2016 / 10:54 am

    My mother-in-law swears by Manuka honey and so did my husband’s gran and she lived to 101!

    • Harriet April 10, 2016 / 7:35 pm

      Oh wow – what an age!

  8. Avatar April 8, 2016 / 8:08 pm

    I can see this working! Love a bit of ginger and honey too. Will give it a go one day! x

    • Harriet April 8, 2016 / 8:19 pm

      Yes do Steph – it’s easy to make and so helpful! H x

  9. Avatar April 8, 2016 / 9:11 am

    This sounds interesting – and a bit different to the usual honey and lemon 🙂

    • Harriet April 8, 2016 / 7:43 pm

      It is and so much more effective! H x

  10. Avatar April 8, 2016 / 9:09 am

    Oh jemsip sounds really intruing, I’ve never thought to make something like this! x

    • Harriet April 8, 2016 / 7:44 pm

      Give it a go if you get a cold Rhian, it really works!

  11. Avatar April 8, 2016 / 8:17 am

    I did exactly the same with my juicer I’m afraid to say 😳 I have always loved hot honey and lemon drinks for when I have a cold so I love the sound of this! Might even dig my juicer out if I can reach 😉 x

    • Harriet April 8, 2016 / 7:49 pm

      Haha pull over a stool and get on it Fi! H x

  12. Avatar April 8, 2016 / 5:07 am

    love this! I try to be as natural as possible in terms of medication. Finally got my son to take honey in his drinks too – finally!

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    allison sullivan
    April 8, 2016 / 12:20 am

    i just love the sound of this i have saved this and i will try it next time.i just use lemonand hot water with farmed honey on my hubbys round ,but i will so try this xx

  14. Avatar April 7, 2016 / 11:01 pm

    This is so useful, as I can’t have any medicines being pregnant! Luckily I haven’t had a cold, but if I do get one, I hope this works! X

  15. Avatar April 7, 2016 / 10:12 pm

    Thanks for this, will totally be making it when I next have a cold!

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    Sarah Bailey
    April 7, 2016 / 9:55 pm

    I love natural remedies, so this is perfect! Beat a cold without putting all the extra in your body.

  17. Avatar April 7, 2016 / 8:04 pm

    This is brilliant! Thanks for sharing, I don’t using medication all the time so I will be trying this.

  18. Avatar April 7, 2016 / 3:32 pm

    I had a juicer in the UK, one the many electrical applicances that I had to let go when we moved to the US! Haven’t replaced it yet… maybe I should 🙂

  19. Avatar April 7, 2016 / 3:23 pm

    love this, i have my little go to tonic too and I do believe it works. hope you’re feeling better soon xxxxx

  20. Avatar April 7, 2016 / 2:39 pm

    This is such a perfect remedy! Ginger definitely works and I am a big fan myself.

  21. Avatar April 7, 2016 / 1:30 pm

    Oooh yes this sounds like the perfect ‘natural’ remedy for a cold I would never have thought of using my juicer for this. Thanks for sarong such a great recipe Harriet. X

  22. Avatar April 7, 2016 / 12:06 pm

    Sounds delicious! Have you noticed a difference since you have been juicing? X

  23. Avatar April 7, 2016 / 7:59 am

    I’m the same with my juicer, started with good intentions. This sounds delicious

    • Harriet April 7, 2016 / 9:20 am

      It is really good and so much better than suffering with no help!

  24. Avatar April 7, 2016 / 6:27 am

    MMm this sounds rather lovely! I have a slow juicer I don’t use often enough.

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