Ginger cayenne tea - herbal cough remedy
Think of this as sort of a natural theraflu-type concotion (non-drowsy formula). Obviously, the cayenne pepper isn't for everyone but if you can handle it, cayenne increases the power of this remedy. This is particularly good for a productive cough, the kind that might accompany the flu, a cold or bronchitis.
- ¼ cup cayenne pepper
- ¼ cup mint
- ¼ cup fresh ground or finely chopped ginger
- 1 cup honey
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 cups water
- Mix and dilute by the teaspoon in boiling water and drink as a tea as needed. Will keep up to a week if kept refrigerated in an airtight container.
Why it works
Ginger and cayenne and vinegar, along with the hot water, will provide some sinus relief. Have some tissues on hand. The cayenne also, believe it or not, serves as a pain reliever (after the initial shock). Honey soothes the throat and is a quick energy supply. The tea preparation ensures that you keep up your fluid intake.
If you are sensitive to spicy food you might want to reduce or eliminate the cayenne, though it does increase the power of the remedy. A cough could be a sign of serious illness. Do not take cayenne or ginger if you are taking ACE inhibitors, stomach acid reducers such as Zantac®, aspirin or other blood thinning medication or Theophylline. Excessive doses of ginger may cause mild heartburn, diarrhea or mouth irritation. Consult a doctor before taking ginger if you have gallstones. If you are about to undergo surgery or be placed under anesthesia tell your doctor if you are taking ginger.