Generally, cough is considered to be perfectly normal. Cough has been found to be helpful in the clearing of the throat from phlegm and other irritants. But, when it becomes stubborn, cough can be problematic and can be a symptom of many conditions, such as allergies, viral infections or bacterial infections.
Cough can be treated because of some conditions such as colds, allergies and sinus infections by making use of numerous prescription medications. Antibiotics can be used to treat bacterial infections. However, for those who like to avoid chemicals, below are some home remedies which have been found to be effective in the treatment of cough.
Honey is an ancient remedy which can be used to treat cough at home. As revealed in a study, it was discovered that honey relieve cough more effectively than prescriptive drugs which contain dextromethorphan (DM), a cough suppressant.
At home, you can prepare your own remedy. What you need to do is just to mix up to 2 teaspoons of honey together with herbal tea or warm water and lemon. The content of this mixture performs different duties the former do the soothing while the later has been found to assist with congestion. Another way of getting the best out of honey is by eating the honey by the spoonful or just spreading the honey on the bread for a snack.
The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger make it be helpful in relieving either a dry or an asthma cough. It can also be used to relieve nausea and pain. What you need to do is to prepare a soothing ginger tea by adding 20 to 40 grams (g) of fresh slices of ginger in a cup of hot water. Leave to settle for a few minutes before drinking. Honey or lemon juice can also be added in order to improve the taste and soften the cough.
- Steam inhalation
Another simple and effective way to treat both dry coughs due to allergies and wet cough that are associated with bronchitis and other respiratory infections is by making use of steam inhalation. When you inhale the warm vapors, it moisturizes the dry, irritated respiratory tract and helps relieve inflammation. It also helps to get rid of the phlegm which is accumulated in the respiratory tract which makes it easier to cough up. When you inhale steam before bed, it helps clear up nasal and chest congestion which facilitate a better night sleep without a cough that affects your sleep and everyone else.
- Black pepper and honey tea
Black pepper and honey tea can be used at home to treat wet cough, this is due to the fact that pepper stimulates circulation and mucus flow and honey as mentioned above is a natural cough reliever. In order to prepare this solution, all you need to do is to get one teaspoon of freshly ground pepper and two tablespoons of honey in a cup and fill with boiling water. Cover and let it settle for 15 minutes, drain and sip.
People do not think of pineapple to be used as a natural cough remedy, however this may be because they have never heard of bromelain. There is evidence that bromelain – an enzyme found only in stalk and fruit of pineapples can be used to suppress cough and release the mucus in the throat. In order to enjoy the most benefit of pineapple and bromelain, eat some slices of pineapple or drink 3.5 oz of fresh pineapple juice three times a day.
Peppermint leaves are popular for their healing properties. The menthol which is found in peppermint calms the throat and acts as a decongestant, helping to break down the mucus. You can enjoy it by drinking tea made from peppermint or by inhaling peppermint vapors from a steam bath. To make a steam bath, add 3 or 4 drops of peppermint oil for each 150 ml of hot water. Wear a towel over your head and breathe deeply with water.
Some individuals use thyme to treat respiratory illness. According to a study, it was suggested that the essence extracted from thyme leaves mixed with ivy can help relieve cough, as well as short-term bronchitis. The leaves of thyme contain compounds known as flavonoids which help to relax the throat muscles involved in coughing and reduce inflammation. Thyme tea can be prepared at home using 2 teaspoons of crushed thyme leaves and 1 cup of boiling water. Cover the glass, let it fill for 10 minutes and filter.
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