Annoying cough? Why?
Cough (or tussis) is a rapid expulsion of air from the lungs and our bodies’ way of clearing the throat. Voluntary or not, coughing has multiple causes, can be persistent or can quickly clear up on its own.
Among the most common causes of a cough, we can name infections of the upper respiratory tract (flu, cold, laryngitis) or lower respiratory tract infections (bronchitis, pneumonia).
Smoking, asthma, post nasal drip, TB or lung cancer can cause a chronic cough, so it’s mandatory to see a doctor when it persists more than 3 weeks without any visible improvement.
So, you have the nasty flu, a cold virus or some annoying laryngitis crowned by a disturbing cough? If that’s the case, you probably have a viral infection triggering it. And you need to know that not all coughs should be suppressed. You can leave your own immune system take care of it but you can also meet your body halfway and speed up the healing by using the natural homemade cough remedies described below.
Candy As Natural Cough Remedies
Horehound candy is made of a bittersweet herb that you can find in drugstores. It acts as a vehicle to encourage coughing up the phlegm out of your lungs due to its mucilage content. It’s true that bittersweet is an acquired taste, but if you are searching for efficient natural cough remedies, put your bets on the horehound candy. The video below shows how easy it is to prepare a simple horehound candy recipe. It’s quite easy to prepare and you can fill your one-year stocks with it.
Lemon drops are also a good choice for alleviating wet coughs, helping bring up phlegm and also acting as an expectorant. You can also combine peppermint candy, honey, and lemon juice. Melt the candy in the lemon juice and then add honey. The result is a powerful, all natural homemade cough remedy. Think of it as a dessert with medicinal properties. How awesome is that?
For dry coughs, however, you should use slippery elm lozenges. The slippery elm lozenges are made of the bark of the slippery elm tree. It helps calm the tickle by coating the throat with a gel resembling substance, bringing you a well-deserved relief in no time.
Homemade Cough Syrup
There are several homemade cough remedies that can work in most cases. First, mixing lemon juice, a pinch of cayenne pepper, and honey will calm the irritated throat and will reduce inflammation while encouraging the entire healing process due to the Vitamin C compound.
One of the simplest cough syrups you can make is just mixing lemon juice with honey. You can also try mixing five or six cloves in honey and leaving it in the refrigerator overnight. Then take a tablespoon of the honey when you feel your throat is itchy. Cloves will dull the pain and the honey will coat the throat like a smooth and delicious balm.
Talking about clove, we should also mention the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of the clove essential oil, which acts as an expectorant and helps to cure the cough and various respiratory cold-related problems. Actually, Dr. Axe promotes 9 Health Benefits of clove oil you may want to read about.
The Right Cup of Tea for Coughs and Throats
There are plenty of choices to help you soothe and even cure your cough. Thyme tea involves steeping two tablespoons of thyme in hot water. Let it infuse for a few minutes, then remove it and add honey. Sip it while is hot and benefit from this powerful healing drink with positive health effects due to thymol, the active ingredient.
Another effective anti-cough tea is made by combining some marshmallow leaf in hot water or marshmallow root brewed in cold water (this way it preserves the mucilaginous properties). The tea will thin the mucus in your lungs, which will make it easier to cough up, while the flavonoids will reduce the inflammation.
Another easy-to-make tea recipe for cough includes a beloved spice – cinnamon:
- half tbs cinnamon powder;
- half teaspoon fresh ginger;
- 5-6 cloves.
Rub-On Cough Remedies
Isn’t it great that you can beat off the cough right at your place, just by using some natural ingredients?
For example, the mustard powder is one of the oldest cough remedies that help clear out your lungs, the all-natural alternative to drug store chest rub. Just mix two parts flour to one part mustard powder. Gradually add water until you obtain a silky paste. Spread this wonder mixture on a towel. Fold the towel and then apply it to your chest or to your lungs area. You might add an egg white instead of water to prevent eventual burns if your skin is on the sensitive side. Never apply it directly to your skin!
Why it’s efficient? Because mustard dilates the capillaries so it opens the lungs or the bronchus. This way, it triggers the expectoration of trapped mucus, so it won’t be stuck and eventually induce an infection.
Ginger wraps are also great against a stubborn cough. Ginger relaxes membranes from the airways so it can reduce coughing. Here’s a quite simple to make ginger wrap:
- One tablespoon fresh ginger;
- A few drops of olive oil;
- One tablespoon of honey;
- Adhesive tape.
Mix all ingredients until a paste is formed. Spread it onto a napkin and secure it with some adhesive tape. Place it onto your bare chest and let it sit for 2-3 hours.
As you can see, there are several natural cough remedies that you can prepare in the comfort of your kitchen. Chances are, you already have all the ingredients in your pantry. So why not try testing their efficiency right now? Get well soon!