Keep colors bright in the laundry
Are your favorite bright shirts becoming dull in the wash? Next time, sprinkle a teaspoon of black pepper over your clothing when it’s in the washing machine before you run the load. It will keep your colors bright and also prevent colors from running.
Soothe a wet cough
Fight off a mucus-y cough with a cup of black pepper tea with honey, a remedy rooted in New England folk medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. The pepper stimulates circulation and mucus flow; honey is a natural cough reliever and mild antibiotic. Place 1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper and 2 tablespoons of honey in a cup. Fill with boiling water and steep for 15 minutes. Strain and sip.
Another unusual cough remedy: Sprinkle black pepper on a lemon wedge. Suck on the lemon for as long as you can stand for quick relief.
A 2013 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that when nicotine users inhaled the scent of black pepper oil, their cravings were reduced. Participants reported a slight burning sensation in the throat, which mimicked the sensation they enjoyed when smoking. Researchers suggest smokers smell a drop of the oil on a cotton ball when a craving hits.