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Remedies to Treat a Cough Without Sacrificing Your New Year’s Eve Plans

Being sick is the worst. It’s especially depressing when you’re sick right before the holidays or a much-anticipated event. If you’ve got the flu, stay home and rest–your health and the health of others is more important than say, partying it up on a rooftop in Vegas for one night. But, if you’re experiencing the creeping of a mild cold or slight cough, some home remedies and natural health supplements might be enough to keep those evil forces at bay, in time for you to be out and about with a glass of champagne celebrating the coming of the new year!

First thing’s first: If you are going out to a party, you don’t want to take any medications if you intend to drink, even if it’s only a glass of wine or champagne. To clear a cough without drugs and cold medicines, you can use simple household items like lemon juice, honey, garlic, and natural herbs. Here are 10 ways to deal with a cough without traditional medicines and sacrificing your new year’s eve plans.

1) Cut a lemon into quarter wedges, then sprinkle and cover the inside of the lemon with black pepper powder and salt. Place the lemon wedge in your mouth and suck on it to relieve coughing caused by post-nasal drip.

2) Gargle with warm salt water about four times a day to relieve sore throats. Mix one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of water and gargle the mixture for 60 seconds.

3) Make your own cough syrup by mixing 1/4 tsp. each of ground ginger and cayenne pepper, 1 tbsp. each of honey and apple cider vinegar, and 2 tbsp. of water. Take one teaspoon as needed to calm your cough.

4) Mix a clove of garlic and a pinch of cayenne pepper with honey to form a paste. Consume this mixture to allow the garlic to fight bacteria and loosen phlegm in your throat, and increase blood flow with the cayenne pepper.

5) Drink hot tea with honey, ginger, and lemon to soothe coughs that tickle the back of the throat. Green tea contains antioxidants that help with healing.

6) Gargle with slightly warmed spinach juice to help dry, scratchy coughs.

7) Make a steam bath by boiling hot water with some mint and eucalyptus leaves for 10 minutes, turning off the heat and transferring the water into a large bowl. Cover your head with a towel while you lean over the bowl, and breathe in the steam. This helps relieve sinus pressure and thins and loosens mucus.

8) Suck on hard candy or cough drops and lozenges to help sooth an irritated throat.

9) Take supplemental herbs like marshmallow, sundew, and thyme to relieve cough symptoms.

10) Try an herbal remedy like Pei Pa Koa, an alcohol-free, natural Chinese herbal cough syrup. There are no known side effects, no known drug interactions, and no signs of drowsiness from taking Pei Pa Koa. Generally, people take one tablespoon three times a day. You can find some in Asian grocery stores or Remember, always consult your doctor before you try new supplements and medicinal products.

Try some of these popular remedies at home and prepare to celebrate as planned. For more info on home remedies for a cold/cough, check out

Here’s to a healthy new year!

3 comments on “Remedies to Treat a Cough Without Sacrificing Your New Year’s Eve Plans

  1. Super Sasha
    December 29, 2012

    WOW, I’m blown by the lemon wedge with pepper and salt. And I didn’t know cayenne pepper could have any medicinal use. Love it! Thanks!


  2. Taranu Cosmin Andrei
    January 15, 2013

    There is another way of treating yourself without taking drugs and other medicines which do not only prevent you from enjoying a glass of wine, champagne etc. but also affect your liver or any other important organ. Just put a hole in a black beet and then pour some honey in that hole or, it would be better to put a piece of candied honey in that hole and let it melt. On the next day, drink that honey and you will see your throat will become perfectly healthy. Hope this will help you :).


  3. ed pierce
    February 9, 2013

    Cayenne pepper has been used for centuries to cure common ailments and now it can help with a cold? Even better!


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