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Korean Home Remedy for Coughs and Sore Throat

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Korean Cough Remedy

Steamed Pears and Honey

Naomi Imatome

Asian pears with honey are a simple and effective home remedy for coughs and sore throat. My Korean grandmother used to do this for us when we were little, and it's something that I now do for my own kids. Unlike many over-the-counter cough medicines, it actually helps to heal the symptoms and not just suppress them. Enjoy this delicious and medicinal snack 2-3 times a day while you're fighting the cold virus.

You can coat the pear in honey and steam it any way you wish, but the two easiest methods that I use are:

1. Halve and core the Asian pear. Fill the seed hole and coat the cut sides generously with honey and fill the seed hole. Steam for about 15 minutes in a steamer or in a couple inches of water. After it has cooled, eat with a spoon.

2. Cut the pear into pieces and drizzle generously with honey. Steam in a poaching cup for about ten minutes and then eat.

Please note: Infants under 12 months of age should not be given honey under any circumstances.

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