Tea is soothing when you’re congested, especially a brew with natural expectorants like anise seeds. Health.com recommends the American Pharmaceutical Association’s recipe: one cup of crushed anise seeds to one cup of hot water, flavoured with sugar, garlic, cinnamon, or honey. Sip tea up to three times a day. If you don’t like licorice flavour, try peppermint. University of Maryland Medical Center reported that peppermint tea acts as an expectorant, loosening mucus and breaking up coughs.