The best cough remedies!
Coughing is irritating and uncomfortable. For some people, a cough is a reason enough to avoid you. Plus, it can become so uncomfortable that you can’t perform your daily tasks effectively. The point is, you need to get rid of a cough as soon as possible. And one way to get rid of it is by using natural cough remedies.
Most natural cough remedies are effective because they boost your immune system. Unlike over-the counter-drugs, home remedies help the body address the cause of the cough. That said, if your cough remains persistent for weeks, you should see a doctor. It might be an undiagnosed condition as severe as asthma.
The following are the best natural cough remedies:
Honey for cough
Honey is one of the oldest home remedies for coughs, sore throat, and colds. It is particularly effective in suppressing coughs caused by infections in the upper respiratory tract. In fact, honey is as effective in treating coughs as popular cough medications such as dextromethorphan.
You can create a honey-based cough remedy by mixing two teaspoons of honey with warm water. Alternatively, you can create honey tea by mixing honey with herbal tea. Or, you can make the remedy more effective by using lemon juice. The honey will handle the cough, and the lemon will address congestion.
Salt-water gargle for a wet cough
This simple remedy is particularly effective for wet coughs. Some people also use this remedy to reduce the inflammation of tonsils.
The salty water depletes the mucus and phlegm at the back of your throat. Remember, coughing clears irritants from the throat. So, by removing the mucus and phlegm in your throat, salty water lessens the need for coughing.
To make a salty water remedy, put half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and stir until it dissolves. Sip the mixture and allow it to settle at the back of your throat for a while before spitting. Perform the salt-water gargle a few times a day until the cough subsides.
Thyme is a Mediterranean herb with culinary and medicinal applications. Its medicinal applications include treating respiratory and digestive issues.
The essence of thyme leaves has an effect on the cough reflex. The plant has flavonoids, which relax the muscles around the throat involved in coughing. The relaxation of these muscles reduces the inflammation, which lessens the cough.
Aside from acting as a cough suppressant, a mixture of thyme and ivy can treat short term bronchitis.
For a cough remedy, you need to make thyme tea. The first step is mixing two teaspoons of dried thyme with a cup of water. Then cover the cup and steep for 10 minutes. Strain the mixture before drinking.
Drink water or other hot beverages
When you are under the weather, it’s always advisable to hydrate. Why? Water supports the body’s ability to fight pathogens, including bacteria.
As a cough remedy, water helps thin out mucus. Additionally, water soothes the irritation of a scratchy or dry throat. Remember, one of the causes of coughing is an irritated throat.
Coldwater might irritate the throat, causing more coughing. So, you should take warm water. Moreover, water will soothe other symptoms that accompany coughing, such as sore throat and chills.
Aside from water, you can benefit from other beverages such as:
- Herbal teas
- Clear soups
- Decaf tea
- Warm organic fruit juices
Ginger for a dry cough
Purified ginger in a nebulizer is effective against dry coughs related to asthma. Additionally, it can relieve pain and nausea, which are symptoms that tend to accompany coughs.
Scientific studies show that ginger has anti-inflammatory compounds. These compounds relax the membranes in your airway. As a result, coughing reduces.
Eating ginger, and other pungent spices like anise and cinnamon strengthen your respiratory system. In other words, these spices protect you against respiratory problems such as coughs, flu, and common colds.
The best way to create a cough remedy is to make ginger tea. To do that, put about 30 grams of fresh ginger in a cup of hot water. Then, allow the mixture to steep for a few minutes. You can add lemon or honey for a taste before drinking.
Most people know marshmallows as sweet confectionery. But, for coughs, you need the root or leaves of the marshmallow plant.
Marshmallow leaves and root extracts suppress coughs and even treat sore throats. The herb contains a mucus-like substance called mucilage. So, this mucilage coats the throats soothing the irritation causing your cough.
Traditionally, people consume the marshmallow root as a tea. However, you can get it in capsule form.
The tea is particularly soothing to coughs and the resulting sore throat. Preparation of the tea involves adding the dried herb (or bagged tea) to hot water. For maximum mucilage, allow the mixture to steep for hours. Then, strain the mixture and drink it throughout the day until the cough recedes.
Probiotics are not among the instant cough remedies. They play the role of balancing bacteria in the gut. An optimal balance between god and bad bacteria boosts the immune system. Therefore, probiotics help fight the pathogens that cause coughing.
Fermented foods are rich in probiotics. These foods include:
- Natural yogurt
A probiotic called Lactobacillus helps prevent the common cold. So, by extension, this probiotic can prevent coughs. You can find Lactobacillus supplements in your local pharmacy.
As soon as you notice you are about to get a cough, go for oregano oil. All you need to do is apply the oil on either side of your tongue. Then, allow the oil to flow to your throat.
Oregano oil is bitter with a burning sensation. So, use only a little – two drops at a time.
Initially, the oil will make you cough. But, after some time, it will suppress the cough.
Moreover, oregano oil has antimicrobial properties – it helps kill pathogens that cause coughs.
For ages, native Americans have used the bark of slippery elm to treat coughing. Like marshmallow root, slippery elm has mucilage. As mentioned earlier, mucilage soothes irritation in the throat.
As is the case with most herbs, people consume slippery elm as a tea. However, it is also available in a health store in capsule and powder form.
To make slippery elm tea, mix a teaspoon of the dried herb with hot water. Again, like marshmallow root, allow slippery elm to steep before straining.
Many cultures around the globe use chicken soup as a remedy for colds. For starters, chicken soup combines other home remedies for coughs. It contains warm water (fluids), herbs, salt, and steam.
Also, chicken soup on its own has cough-fighting properties. Scientific research found out that chicken soup can significantly improve symptoms of flu and colds such as coughing.
So what you are waiting for? Try any of the above remedies, and share it with us.
Here are some natural home remedies for sore throat.
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