A cough is nature’s way of loosening and getting rid of mucus and other irritants that shouldn’t be in the respiratory system. But sometimes you need a break! Here are a few ways to ease a cough caused by the common cold…

Soothe the noise for a good night’s sleep: Combine in a small saucepan the juice of half a lemon, one-half cup of raw honey and one-quarter cup of olive oil (any kind is fine), and cook for five minutes over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Let the mixture cool slightly, and then take one teaspoon every two hours, especially leading up to bedtime.

Go strong and spicy: Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, a proven painkiller, while vinegar serves as an anti-inflammatory. Add one-half cup of apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon of cayenne pepper to one-half cup of water. Add honey if desired. Take one tablespoon when your cough acts up and another tablespoon before bed.

Pucker up for fast relief: Quarter a fresh lemon, sprinkle it with lots of black pepper and salt, and suck on it for quick relief. Black pepper stimulates circulation and mucus flow…salt and lemon are natural germ fighters.

Watch what you eat: Avoid dairy products, meat and sugar when you have a lingering cough—these foods promote inflammation and slow healing. Instead, have vegetable soup, broth, whole grains and steamed vegetables.

Note: According to recent studies (and our personal physician), a viral cough can last up to 18 days! So be patient. But please listen to your body. If your cough causes serious discomfort or if it is accompanied by fever or shortness of breath, see your doctor immediately.

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