Break Up Mucus & Soothe A Cough with Cayenne, Lemon & Honey
How It Works
Hot water with lemon and honey is a pretty standard recommendation for soothing a sore throat. If you have a cough and/or a lot of mucus, add about 4 shakes of powdered cayenne pepper to your drink (a little more if you can handle it, a little less if it's too much!). So, the full recipe would be: juice from 1 lemon, 1/2 tsp honey (or more, to taste), 14 oz. hot water, 4 shakes of cayenne pepper powder.
Cayenne pepper contains capscaicin which helps thin mucus. I've also read that it can decrease mucus production as it increases circulation.
What You’ll Need
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I've been doing this for so many years that I don't even remember where the recommendation came from. My parents or one of my childhood doctors, I assume.