Coughing is a way for the body to clear the airways of mucus and other irritants. But persistent coughing can be very disturbing and annoying. It may disturb your work, sleep, cause your chest to ache and even make you tired.
Many times cough can be treated with some natural home remedies. If your cough persists for more than a couple of weeks you should seek medical help from a qualified professional. If you experience shortness of breath or coughing up blood seek medical attention immediately. Coughing may sometimes be due to underlying issues like cold, allergies, or acid reflux. Note: Always cough into your arm, instead of your hand to reduce the spread of germs.
Here are few trusted and proven home remedies for cough that you should try out. I hope one of them works for you.
HONEY AND CINNAMON
In a 2007 study comparing honey, dextromethorphan and no treatment, parents rated honey most favorably for symptomatic relief of their children’s nocturnal cough and sleep difficulty due to upper respiratory infection. Add cinnamon to the honey to get an extra dose of antibacterial and anti-viral herbal richness. Honey is one of the best and easiest natural home remedies for cough and cold. Honey helps to relieve cough and make you sleep better. The CDC recommends that raw honey should not be given to children less than 2 years of age.
LEMMON, CINNAMON AND HONEY
Lemon+Cinnamon+Honey syrup is one of the richest dose of natural herbal goodness to consume. Add a few drops of lemon with a pinch of cinnamon to a half tablespoon of honey. Take this twice every day. This syrup is an effective natural cure for cough and cold.
Ginger is known for its medical properties. It is popularly used by eastern medicine practitioners as a natural home remedy for cold and flu because of its antihistamine and decongestant capabilities. To make ginger tea – Add small slices of fresh ginger to boiling water and allow to simmer. If it is too spicy add more water to dilute. You could also add honey and squeeze of lemon to add tastes and natural richness. Drink this mixture three to four times daily.
This is a natural home remedy for cough you might not be expecting to find in this list. The core of the pineapple is very rich in bromelain. According to an article on medicalnewstoday.com: Bromelain has anti-inflammatory properties and may also have mucolytic properties which means it can break down mucus and remove it from the body. However, it’s possible to be allergic bromelain and the herb can cause side effects and interact with medications.
Peppermint contains menthol which soothes the throat and acts as a decongestant to help break down mucus. Drink peppermint tea or inhale peppermint vapors from a steam bath to naturally cure cough.
Thyme leaves contain flavonoids, a compound that relaxes the muscles involved in coughing and reduces inflammation. A 2006 study found that a cough syrup containing thyme and Ivy leaves can relieve cough faster and more effectively than placebo syrup in people with bronchitis. Make thyme tea by adding two tablespoons of dried thyme leaves to a cup of hot water. Steep for ten minutes and then strain and drink.
SALT AND WATER GARGLE
Salt and water gargle is a very simple natural remedy for cough which can help soothe the throat and reduce cough. Add a teaspoon of salt into a cup of water and stir until it dissolves then gargle with it. Allow the fluid to sit at the back of your throat before spitting out. Repeat this as many times as possible each day until the cough improves. Note: It is better to try other alternatives for children less than five years of age as they are not usually good with gargling.
Water generally is good for the body, keeps you hydrated and improves your overall health. Warm water can help reduce inflammation in the throat and help to replenish fluids and flush out infection out of your body.