Coughs are a result of irritants, cold& flu, allergies, acid reflux and infections. The best treatment for a cough will depend on its underlying cause. Rather than dousing yourself with medicines it’s important to give your body natural remedies to help to fight back and build its own immunity.
It’s very important while using natural remedies to use reputed sources and certified brands. Please to also be cautious as to which natural remedies may have adverse on your other medical conditions.
If a cough is severe or persists for more than a few weeks, it is essential to seek medical advice.
Some wonderful Natural home remedies for a cough:
Indulge in Honey: Honey is a time honoured remedy for sore throats that according to multiple surveys is possibly as effective as over the counter medications.
Simply take a tsp of honey or mix 2 tsp organic honey in a cup of hot water or mix in herbal teas.
Happy Soul Cough Potion:
Note: it is not advisable to give honey to children under 1 year of age.
Drink Some Ginger:
Is known to be fantastic for dry coughs as it has anti-inflammatory properties which relax membranes in the airways.
Happy Soul ginger brew:
Allow ginger to boil in water till 2 cups reduces to 1 cup. You can add 1 tsp organic honey and ¼ tsp lemon juice for taste as well as to additionally soothe your cough.
Note: In some cases, ginger tea can cause heartburn or an upset stomach.
Do Steam Inhalations with Eeesetial Oils:
Steams are wonderful for a wet cough, which is one that produces mucus or phlegm.
Fill facial steamer as per instructions with water and add pure organic essential oils, such as eucalyptus (reduces inflammation, muscle tension, pain) Rosemary, (reduces mucus), Peppermint (decongestant, relaxes wind pipe muscles), Thyme (fights viruses & bacteria) or Geranium (effective cough reliever) and inhale for up to 5 minutes to relieve congestion. Alternatively, you can fill a bowl with steaming hot water, lean over it while placing a towel over your head. This traps the steam and you should inhale the vapors for up to 5 minutes.
Note: Please stop if it causes your skin or respiratory tracts any discomfort.
Use a few drops of essential oils only, and yes! You may mix a couple as well.
Never use essential oils directly on skin.
Marshmallow Root Tea:
Marshmallow root is a herb that is well known to ease irritation resulting from coughing because of its high mucilage (thick, gluey substance that coats the throat)content.
Add hot water and drink it. The longer you let the marshmallow root steeps in the water, the more mucilage will be present in the drink.
Note : Side effects can include stomach upset.
Salt Water Gargles:
Its so easy and super effective for treating a sore throat and wet cough.
Salt water reduces phlegm and mucus and hence lessens the need to cough, so the relief is practically instant.
Dissolve half a teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt into a cup of warm water. Allow the mixture sit at the back of the throat for as long as possible before spitting it out. Gargling can be done multiple times a day, on an as you need basis.
Note: Children under age 6 aren’t especially good at gargling and that swallowing salt water for them can be dangerous.
Drink Pineapple Juice:
Bromelain, an enzyme that is found in pineapples has anti-inflammatory and mucolytic (ability to break down and remove mucus) properties.
Its great to drink pineapple juice daily to reduce mucus in the throat and suppress your cough.
Note: People who take blood thinners or specific antibiotics should not drink this as it may affect them adversely.
Other ways to prevent coughs:
Identify Allergies: you can reduce coughs caused by allergies by identifying the allergens that affect you. Allergy identification and removal with alternative healing methods by allergy elimination practitioners yield wonderful results. Identification helps in reducing exposure to allergens, most common of which include trees, pollen, dust mites, animal fur, mould, and insects.
Avoid Acid Reflux: coughs can be caused by acid reflux so it’s best to stay away from the following food and drinks responsible for aggravating it: