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Natural Cough Control Tea Recipe

Sizing up 25 studies on over-the-counter cough medicine, a recent research review published in "The Cochrane Library" determined that there's no good evidence for or against the effectiveness of formulas such as Robitussin and Mucinex.

For natural, reliable cough relief, try a tea recipe recommended by Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., director of education at the University of Arizona's Program in Integrative Medicine. It features thyme, which alleviates chest congestion and supports respiratory function, along with throat-soothing honey, sage, and vitamin-C-rich lemon.

Cough-Control Tea
1. Pour hot water over 2 teaspoons organic lemon rinds, 1 teaspoon sage, and 1/2 teaspoon thyme. (Dried or fresh herbs can be used.)

2. Cover and steep for 15 minutes.

3. Strain tea, then add juice of 1/2 lemon and 1 tablespoon honey.

4. Drink two to three cups daily for cough relief. 

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Comments (7)

  • 8 Jan, 2012

    best remedy ever! Just looked it up again because it works so well.

  • 16 Sep, 2010

    I've been making this tea to soothe a bronchits cough and it is very soothing. I've also added some minced fresh ginger.

  • 16 Feb, 2009

    I made this tea for my daughter. It really does taste good! Will see if it helps her cough, as she cannot take the usual cough "medicines."

  • 16 Feb, 2009

    As far as how much water, usually 8 oz.

  • 23 Jan, 2009

    I made this for my boyfriend when he had a lingering after-cold cough. Worked immediately! He couldn't believe it. Tastes pretty good too. I brewed the mixture in about 1 to 1 1/4 cups of water.

  • 1 Nov, 2008

    How much hot water should be used?

  • 27 Oct, 2008

    I can't wait to try this, I cc'd my daughter in WA state, she has 3 teen age children that always have something to cough about

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