Dubbed the “Spanish cure,” this cough-inhibiting decoction may help ease colds three ways.
Garlic The same oils that give garlic its unmistakable scent are deposited by the bloodstream into the respiratory tract. There, they inhibit cough and cold microbes, and they are effective decongestants.
Honey While there’s little research on the subject, many cultures believe that honey is a respiratory tonic, gently improving breathing. Honey is known to be antimicrobial, and it helps the immune system fight infection.
Lemon According to Schar, “Lemon juice reduces and thins mucus, which makes it easier to unclog a stuffed-up respiratory system.” Lemon juice also alters the body’s pH, potentially making it less hospitable to viruses and bacteria.
Garlic Tea Recipe In a large saucepan, bring 3 cups of water and 3 cloves of garlic (cut in half) to a boil. Turn off the heat when the water boils, and add 1/2 cup of honey and 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice. Strain. Sip 1/2 cup, warm, three times a day. Refrigerate extra to use the next day.