My mom gave me a recipe that was passed along to her by an aunt of mine. It's a mixture of hot water with fresh lemon, honey and cinnamon. It's supposed to help boost your immune system and combat colds (**do remember that if you are sick, you should go and visit your doctor and seek his/her advice**). Because I was so miserable, I thought I'd give it a whirl and I think it's what gave me my voice back.
I played around with the ingredient proportions until I found something I liked. You can change the proportions very easily if you want a stronger or milder flavour.
Hot Lemon Water with Cinnamon and Honey
1 cup boiling hot water
1/2 or 1 slice of fresh lemon
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp honey
Boil water as you would for tea. Put the lemon, cinnamon and honey in a heat-proof cup. Pour hot water into the cup and give it a stir. Snuggle up in bead with a good book and drink away!
A note: If I make a second cup for myself, I use the same lemon slice and just add the cinnamon and honey.