Grapefruit Tea – Home Cough Remedy

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on

This grapefruit tea is a wonderful home cough remedy that is a warm, soothing way to help get rid of your cough!  A little bitter, it’s sweetened with honey and flavored with grapefruit, cinnamon and fresh ginger which are amazingly healthy foods to help get rid of a cough! It’s also paleo-friendly.


Grapefruit Tea - Home Cough Remedy


So I’m doing something just a little different today, a home remedy.  In the fall we had a pretty average cold that ended with a cough that lasted forever.  It wasn’t worth seeing a doctor over it was just annoying more than anything.  So of course, I googled home cough remedies.  I came across this post with a few different cough remedies and decided to try my own. 

All the ingredients in this grapefruit tea are helpful in getting rid of a cough.  In particular, fresh ginger is one of my absolute favorite ingredients when I’m feeling sick.  It’s naturally anti-inflammatory , and let me tell you, I can tell a difference when I use it. 

Don’t skip this ingredient unless you really have to, and use as much of it as you can stand.  It does add a spiciness to the tea if you add enough or too much depending on how you feel about it.



Grapefruit Tea - Home Cough Remedy

Speaking of how this grapefruit tea tastes, yes it is bitter.  My 3 year old loves it, and asks for it even when she isn’t sick.  My 8 year old however, does not like it and can’t stand the bitterness so I have to substantially change the recipe for him. 

So you’ll have to see what works for you.  You can always sub a lemon or one and a half lemons for one of the grapefruits as lemon is also very good for a cough and that will hopefully reduce the bitterness just a little bit. 

I’ve also heard that fresh pineapple juice is great for a cough, although I haven’t tried it, you could try using fresh pineapple juice in the mix and that would reduce the bitterness as well.  You can also water this down much more than I recommend and add more honey if need be.  When you’re sick, drinking more water is never a bad idea so feel free to add as much or as little of this concentrate to your cup as you like and drink up!

Grapefruit Tea - Home Cough Remedy

Now, of course I need to leave a disclaimer.  If you are very sick, please see a doctor.  Especially if your cough is accompanied by a fever. 

Home remedies are great, but sometimes you do need antibiotics or other medications.  Please also be careful that these foods don’t interfere with any medications you’re already taking.

That being said, I really hope you’ll give this a try next time you have a stubborn, nagging cough that won’t go away though.  Now that I’ve tried this and have experienced first hand how immune-boosting these ingredients are, I will be making this every time we get sick! 

I only drank one batch of this grapefruit tea over two days and a cough that had been bothering me for a month was completely gone.  I hope this tea can help you too! 

If you’re interested, I also have a recipe for Feel Better Green Juice here on the blog which I have to say, helps immensely when you’re feeling sick and need a pick me up 🙂  Please tell me in the comments below if you have any home remedies that you swear by 🙂


Grapefruit Tea - Home Cough Remedy
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
12 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Heidi @ Food Doodles
  • 2 large grapefruits
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 large knob of ginger. thinly sliced
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  1. Slice grapefruits in half and squeeze out as much juice as you can into a medium sized pot. Throw the grapefruits into the pot as well. Add the cinnamon, sliced ginger and water.
  2. Bring to a boil then turn down the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and strain to remove the grapefruit peels and ginger. Stir in the honey.
  4. Store this concentrate in the fridge and add about a 1/4 of the recipe to a large mug and top with hot water. Add more honey as needed and feel better soon! 🙂
Recipe Notes

if sensitive to the bitter taste sub 1 or 1 and a half large lemon(s) for one of the grapefruits

Grapefruit Tea - Home Cough Remedy


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1 Kari - Get Inspired Everyday! December 16, 2019 at

Perfect time of year for this, plus I love anything grapefruit too!


2 Jennifer Fisher December 15, 2019 at

Sounds like an amazing and tasty way to get rid of a cough! I HATE those “tickle” coughs this time of year (especially at bedtime) that just won’t go away!


3 Zuzana December 15, 2019 at

i love fruits omg this is so good


4 Stacey Crawford December 14, 2019 at

I like this idea! My daughter has a grapefruit tree and I can never think of many ideas on what to do with the grapefruits she brings over.


5 ChihYu December 13, 2019 at

So soothing and delicious! Perfect for the winter months to comfort a scratchy throat!


6 Raia Todd December 10, 2019 at

This actually looks really delicious for a remedy! I’m sure I’ll be able to get my kids to drink it the next time they have a cough. Thanks!


7 Jean Choi December 9, 2019 at

So healthy and soothing! Love the dose of vitamin C you get with this tea.


8 Irena Macri December 9, 2019 at

I’ve never made this kind of tea before but it sounds delicious. I have all the ingredients, including grapefruit so I’m going to try it.


9 Mayuri January 10, 2019 at

I usually prefer honey lemon tea with ginger when i get cough but this grapefruit tea sounds helpful too. I will definitely try it. Thank you for sharing!


10 Caitlin February 8, 2018 at

Excellent use of the peels. We drink this during our cough season, I liked that you added ginger and cinnamon. Thank you for sharing your recipe.


11 Justinas January 10, 2018 at

Heh what an effective way to loose all thoose nutrients and minerals…by cooking it… just make a ginger tea with cinamon mix it with heated(not more than 70celsius) grapefruit juice and you have it… more taste and all needed vitamins and minerals preserved too… 🙂


12 Heidi @ Food Doodles January 13, 2018 at

Thanks for your input 🙂


13 March 6, 2017 at

I loved the smell of this tea but the flavor was underwhelming. It didn’t have as much of a grapefruit flavor as the smell led me to believe.


14 Charlotte Moore February 5, 2016 at

Pineapple is also anti inflammatory. I am sure that would be good. I am not much for a bitter taste but how nice it works so well.


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