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5 Homemade Cough-Taming Teas

Cough remedies don’t have to taste terrible in order to be effective! A cup of hot tea, for instance, can soothe your throat and tame your cough-if you brew it with the following ingredients.

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Horehound Leaf Tea

To make the tea:

Steep 2 teaspoons horehound leaves or flowers in 1 cup boiling water, strain, and drink.

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Thyme Tea

Thyme is an expectorant and also contains substances that relax the respiratory tract.

To make the tea:

1. Place 2 tablespoons fresh thyme (1 tablespoon dried) in a cup of hot water.

2. Allow it to steep, then drain out the herb

3. Add honey if you like, and drink.

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Marshmallow Tea

Sip a cup of marshmallow tea. When combined with water, marshmallow yields a gooey mucilage that coats the throat and also thins mucus in the lungs, making it easier to cough up.

To make the tea:

1. Steep 2 teaspoons of the dried herb in one cup hot water.

Have a total of three cups a day.

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Licorice Tea

Licorice loosens phlegm and relaxes bronchial spasms. A caution: Don’t take licorice for more than a few weeks, as it can raise blood pressure.

To make the tea: 

Add 45 drops of licorice tincture to a cup of hot water and sip.


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Spice Tea

Practitioners of Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India, recommend a spice tea that you can drink several times a day.

To make the tea:

1. Add a half-teaspoon powdered ginger and a pinch each of clove and cinnamon powder to a cupful of just-boiled water and drink.