Natural remedies for a cough
A cough is when you expel air from the lungs with a sudden sharp sound. A viral infection is one of the most common reasons for a cough. The cough normally comes with flu-like symptoms like a headache and stuffy, runny nose. Whenever I have a cough, I am very miserable, so I will try just about anything to get some relief. We generally cough because there is mucus in our throat that needs to come out. So here are some natural remedies for a cough you can try.
Honey and Garlic
Research has shown that honey gave better relief, compared to dextromethorphan. Garlic contains allicin, that effectively kills bacteria and viruses. I use this remedy all the time. pour some honey in a bottle and crush a couple cloves of garlic and put it in the bottle with the honey. However the longer you let the honey and garlic stay, the better it is for your cough; it can stay for weeks. I normally take a teaspoon spoon about every 3 hours.
The leaves contain an ingredient called flavonoids that relaxes the throat muscles; helps to get the coughing under control. Make some thyme tea, it is better to use dried thyme, you can use about 2 teaspoons of thyme to a cup of water. Boil the water and then you put the thyme in the and let it steep for about 10 minutes.
It has anti-inflammatory properties that can help relax the membranes in the airways. I normally beat up a piece of ginger and put in some water to boil.
Also, peppermint contains a substance called menthol which may help congestion and help get rid of any mucus. Boil a cup of water and put 2 teaspoons of peppermint in it to steep for 10 minutes.
Pineapples have a property called bromelain, it is found in the stem and fruit. It helps to loosen the mucus in the throat and ease the coughing. Eat some pineapples as often as you can, more so when you have a cough.
Gargle your throat with saltwater and it will help to relieve some of the discomforts, put about 1/2 teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water and use twice a day.
Apply to your chest and it can help to bring up the mucus and relief cough symptoms. Also, you can tip a few drops of oil in some boiling water and put your face over it for steam; put a towel over your head and cover your face to keep in the steam.
Rosemary contains the compound cineole, this may help to break up mucus and reduce inflammation. It can calm the muscles in your trachea, giving you respiratory relief. Inhale the oil.
lemon has properties that reduce inflammation and it is rich in vitamin c that helps to fight infections. Use 2 teaspoon lemon juice to one teaspoon honey, take up to three times daily.
Also just eat some grapes and this will help get rid of the mucus, this will help you to stop coughing.
Mix 1 teaspoon turmeric powder with 1 cup of room temperature water and drink (2 times for the day).
However, honey and onions are very good cough remedies, when put together it is great.2 to 3 tablespoons of honey and a medium-sized onion, cut up the onions and put together in a jar and let it stay overnight. Drink the liquid the next morning(you can eat a piece of the onion if you can manage it).
Drink a lot of fluids to keep you hydrated, such as fruit juice, water, and vegetable soup.
Also, I would suggest if you have a cough for more than 2 weeks go and see a doctor. Now after all these natural remedies for a cough, I must share an article about the benefits of chocolate in regards to coughing, I found it very interesting.
Flu Bomb Recipe
A lot of times we have a cough it is because of the flu, so here is a recipe to fight the flu. I have used a similar recipe before and it worked but I saw this recipe on youtube and thought I would share it. Also, this recipe has been around for a while, but when I do it I do not grate the ginger and I use room temperature water.
- 1 minced clove of garlic
- 1 tsp.grated ginger
- 1 tsp. raw honey
- juice of one lemon
- 1/4 warm water
- 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- mix all the ingredients together and drink.
Whatever remedies I suggest, please remember I am not a doctor.
However, I have been using natural remedies for a cough, for many years now and it almost always works
Chocolate as a cough medicine?
Also, they are always coming up with new ideas on how to get rid of a cough. For example Chocolate as a cough medicine? researchers have now said that having some chocolate can ease your coughing, it is even suggested that it is better than cough medicine. When I saw the headline of this article, I knew I had to read it. I was curious.
Professor Alyn Morice’s head of cardiovascular and respiratory studies at the University of Hull and founding member of the International Society for the Study of cough says”chocolate can calm a cough. Studies of the over counter medicine which contains cocoa is better than a standard linctus (thick liquid medicine).
A study of 163 persons taking chocolate-based medicine, saw significant improvement in 2 days.
Another study found that theobromine an alkaloid in cocoa is better at suppressing the urge to cough than codeine an ingredient often used in cough medicines.
Basically what the chocolate does is form a coating on the throat’s nerve ending, suppressing the urge to cough. Here is a link to the full article.
However natural remedies for a cough is always my first go to.