Recently I caught an annoying cough. The thing is- I only cough at the most inopportune times (i.e. discussions with supervisors, trying to fall asleep, middle of the night, trying to hide the cough, etc). Mom #2 got hold of me and enforced the magic of Ginger Lemon Tea. I'm a first generation American, so we tend to do things the old school way.
1 inch of fresh ginger
Half a lemon
Half a lemon
Slice the ginger (you do not have to peel it, just make sure it's clean). Put some water to boil with the ginger. Once water reaches boil, pour into mug. Add as much as or as little honey as you want (honey is an overall awesome healing food). Then, squeeze in the entire half of the lemon. Drink up up in your favorite mug. Mine is a brown one with hearts on it : )
Another great remedy she recommended is on behalf of Dad#2. He's allergic to a lot of medications so they are generally avoided. It's an oldie but goodie: Brown Sugar & Carrots.
1-2 Carrots, chopped
1/2 a cup of brown sugar
Layer the bottom of some Tupperware with carrots. Sprinkle half the brown sugar on top. Make another layer of carrots and sprinkle the rest of the brown sugar. Place in the fridge for 2-4 hours. You'll find that the carrots of shrunk and brown sugar has pulled out the juices. Poor the formed liquid into a cup and drink. Don't question the physics- just listening to wisdom.