3. Black pepper tea
Black pepper tea is a remedy for coughing used in Chinese medicine as well as New Englanders. It’s simply a tea that it made by brewing ground black pepper and honey in water. It’s brewed and covered for 15 minutes, strained, and then used as a regular tea. The honey makes the tea sweeter and works with the black pepper to soothe irritated mucous membranes and reduce inflammation.
4. Raw lemon
It’s probably not the most appealing medicinal alternative, but sucking on a raw lemon can provide quick and effective relief from all kinds of coughs. Simply cut a lemon into quarters and add a dash of black pepper. Sucking on the lemon reduces inflammation and eases the muscles in the throat reducing the amount of contractions that occur which cause coughing.
5. Warm milk
This is a tradition that doesn’t seem as common these days. Warm milk was often the remedy of choice a generation or two ago, but it’s just as effective as ever. Drink a hot cup of milk and it will have a similar effect as honey in that it is thick and creamy allowing it to coat the lining of your throat and relaxing mucous membranes.
You can also add a little honey to the hot milk making it sweeter and a more delicious alternative to cough medicines and syrups.