There's little that is more annoying than a cough. If you want to avoid the medicine aisle, this recipe will help, along with a few others. Thyme is tasty in cooking, but it might help you kick that cough as well. The herb helps to relax the muscles in the throat and reduce inflammation. Just steep 2 teaspoons of crushed thyme in boiling water for 10 minutes, strain and drink. If the taste is too much, add lemon and honey to boost the effect and temper the taste. Black pepper can also be used to sooth a tired throat. Pepper is supposed to stimulate circulation and mucus flow. Put 1 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper in a mug, add 2 tablespoons of honey and fill with boiling water. Let it steep for 15 minutes, strain and sip.