Natural Cough Remedies You Should Try!
Coughs and colds… we all get them! Even if our immune system is top-notch and we take every precaution we can, they still seem to affect the majority of us at some point in the year.
Coughing occurs when a virus, bacteria, dust, pollen or other irritants affect the nerve endings in our airways. Coughing is the body’s natural reaction to clearing the blockage, but too much of it can cause an extremely sore throat, as well as pulled muscles in our ribs and stomachs.
There are hundreds of over-the-counter medicines to reduce coughing and the side-effects of a cold, but do you really know what is in the elixirs and bottles we drink?
Here are some natural, home-made alternatives that will soothe your throat and reduce coughing – without the use of medication! Try them out before you reach for the medicine cabinet….
Homemade Honey Cough Syrup
There is scientific evidence that honey can be an effective treatment for coughs and sore throats, due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. You can take it straight, or mix it with some lemon juice for an extra immune-boost! You can even try Granny’s old faithful standby: a shot of bourbon mixed with a teaspoon of honey... if you're feeling daring!
In some European countries, Thyme Tea is an officially approved treatment for coughs, respiratory infections, bronchitis and whooping cough. The tea packs a potent punch of cough-calming chemicals that relax the muscles in the trachea, reducing inflammation. Make Thyme Tea by steeping two teaspoons of dried Thyme leaves in boiling water for 10 minutes, adding honey and lemon to taste before straining and drinking.
Black Pepper and Honey Tea
Pepper is said to stimulate circulation and mucus flow, and honey is a natural cough soother – combined and they are the perfect natural antidote for a wet cough. Use a teaspoon of freshly ground pepper and two tablespoons of honey, mix with hot water, steep for 15 minutes, drain, then sip!
If you think that Licorice has a medicinal taste, you’d be right! Licorice root can help soothe inflamed and irritated throats and help ease coughing. Slice one ounce of candy (that contains real Licorice) and steep it in boiling water for 24 hours; sip as needed!
Ginger has a lot of secret powers and has been used for its medicinal properties for centuries! It’s great for treating coughs and colds thanks to its antihistamine and decongestant capabilities. Slice a generous amount of fresh ginger into a mug with boiling water, lemon and honey for the perfect cold-busting blend.
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