Natural Expectorant Tea

1 teaspoon (5 ml) anise seed

1 cup (240 ml) water

1 teaspoon (5ml) honey, optional

 

Expectorants are compounds that help thin mucous, allowing the body to cough more productively. Expectorants are found in many over-the-counter cold relievers, but if you'd like to try a natural alternative, experts advise turning to anise seed. Put the anise seeds in a shallow bowl and crush slightly by firmly pressing down on the seeds with the back of a spoon. Bring water to a gentle boil. Transfer seeds to a cup and steep the seeds in the water for 10 minutes. If you find the licorice flavor to be bitter, sweeten with a bit of honey.

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