Have a Cold? Soothe Your Throat with These Remedies


Ah, winter, how I love the dripping noses, hacking cough, scratchy throat, and feverish glow. OK, not really, and we bet you don't either. That's why we rounded up our favorite cough and throat remedies to help ease your cold weather illnesses.

Throat and Cough Drops

Ricola Lemon Mint: Slightly astringent, these drops can be a little harsh for some people. I find them soothing, and the tart lemon makes me swallow less and therefore gives my dry throat a break.

Honees Regular: These Italian candies by Ambrosoli Confectioners aren't necessarily meant to ease your cough, but the liquid honey center (in the red package) coats the throat just right. They also sell a Honees Cough Drop, which is OK and has a eucalyptus center.

Luden's Cherry: It's hard to tell if Luden's really help alleviate a cough, but with their sweet cherry taste and ruby red exterior you can indulge in their candylike flavor and pretend you're doing yourself some good.

Halls Lemon-Honey: A simple classic, Halls are smooth and short on the lemon tang that other drops tend to have.

Teas and Brews

Homemade Ginger Honey Tea: When she isn't feeling well, Tam Ngo makes a special tea by boiling a one- to two-inch knob of ginger for an hour then adding a tablespoon of honey and half a lemon's worth of juice.

Hot Coke: Michele Humes said that hot Coke with ginger and lemon is a a common Chinese cure for a cold. A little digging found a decent and easy recipe from the blog Yevonne's Stuff.

Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat Tea: You don't even need honey because this tea is made with slippery elm, a classic sore-throat soother.

Hot Toddy: This is my favorite way to pass the achy night away. For a simple and effective recipe, check out the blog post I wrote on how to make a hot toddy while in the throes of a cough.