Natural Cough Remedies for Persistent & Dry Coughs. ItвЂ™s never a fun situation when you have a persistent cough. You donвЂ™t want to be that person in a quiet room during a lecture that canвЂ™t stop breaking the silence with your hacking, or that person at the restaurant that makes people fling themselves over their plates to protect their food while you cough away. Or that person on the plane that everyone throws disgusted looks at.
Coughs are just terribly uncomfortable all around, both physically and otherwise. There are two primary types of coughs, dry and productive. A productive cough is one in which you are coughing up phlegm or mucous- this is not a cough that should be suppressed, as your body needs to rid itself of the gunk thatвЂ™s in your chest/lungs.
While it shouldnвЂ™t be suppressed, some of these remedies will address a productive cough by including an expectorant, or something that loosens mucous and makes it easier for the body to get rid of. A dry, hacking, cough is another story.
This is one we do want to stop. It can be caused by allergies, dry air, a random tickle at the back of your throat that wonвЂ™t go away, the aftermath of a cold, being in a dusty environment, etc. For these we turn to demulcents, ingredients that soothe irritated mucous membranes and remove the irritant triggering the cough. Studies conducted in 2. Instead of turning to chemical solutions for every minor ailment, try some home remedies instead. They are not only better for you, but they taste a whole lot better than most cough syrup too!
Over time, a dry cough can often become a productive cough as the lungs produce more sputum. You may have a dry, hacking cough after inhaling a mild irritant.
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A Spoonful of Honey. Studies, such as one conducted at Penn State College of Medicine, have found that honey can work more efficiently to calm a cough than over- the- counter drugs.
It is a rich demulcent, with a high viscosity and stickiness that does an incredible job of coating and soothing those irritated mucous membranes. Thanks to an enzyme added by bees when they harvest honey, it also has antibacterial properties as well, which may help shorten how long you have the cough if it is due to bacterial illness.
Note: This is an excellent alternative remedy for both kids and adults, but should never be given to children under the age of 2 years due to the risk of botulism. You will needвЂ¦- 1 tablespoon of organic, raw, honey. Directions. Take 1 tablespoon of honey 1- 3 times daily as needed to control coughing. Take immediately before bed if cough is disrupting your sleep. For children, you can adjust the dosing to 1 teaspoon up to one tablespoon. Licorice Root Tea. Licorice root is both an expectorant and demulcent, simultaneously soothing your airways while loosening and thinning mucous, easing congestion.
It can also ease any inflammation that may be irritating your throat. Its main constituent, glycyrrhizin, is responsible for most of its effects. This enzyme regulates access of glucocorticoid (a steroid hormone) to steroid receptors, ultimately slowing the conversion of cortisol to cortisone. This increases the effect of cortisol and reducing inflammation. If you are on steroids, or have any problems with your kidneys, it is best to steer clear of licorice root. You will needвЂ¦- 2 tablespoons of dried licorice root- 8 ounces of fresh water.
Directions. Bring water to a boil and place the licorice root in a mug. Cover with water and steep for 1. Drink the entire cup up to 2 times daily. Gargle Salt Water. Also a popular remedy for sore throats, salt water can ease the discomfort caused by a cough the same way it helps a sore throat- through osmosis. When the concentration of salt is higher outside of the cells in your mucous membranes, water flows out of the cells to balance everything out.
When water leaves the cells, swelling goes down, and discomfort is decreased. If you have a cough that happens to come along with inflamed tissue, this is a good route to take. It can also help dislodge any phlegm thatвЂ™s hanging out and allow you to expel it easily. You will needвЂ¦- 1 teaspoon of salt- 8 ounces of warm water. Directions Stir salt into water until it is thoroughly dissolved. Gargle for 1. 5 seconds, spit, and repeat with the remaining water. Rinse with plain water afterwards.
Steam, Steam, Steam! I canвЂ™t say how underrated steam is when it comes to anything dealing with a cough, cold, or congestion. Not only does the steam quite literally loosen mucous and phlegm, almost immediately, but you can add numerous essential oils that will impart wonderful healing benefits. These benefits (anti- viral, anti- bacterial, anti- inflammatory etc.) do become airborne, so you inhale them while you breathe in the steam.
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For this particular blend IвЂ™ve included both tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil, which can help soothe and open your airways as well as help fight off bacteria or a virus. You will needвЂ¦- 3 drops of tea tree oil- 1- 2 drops of eucalyptus oil- A bowl of water- A soft, clean, towel. Directions Bring enough water to a boil to halfway fill a medium size- heat proof bowl. Pour the water into it, let it cool slightly for 3. Lean over the bowl and get as close as you can while still being comfortable. Remember that steam can seriously burn!
Use the towel to cover your head like a tent, trapping the steam, and breathe deeply. Ideally, do this for 5- 1.
Tea Thyme Thyme has been used for centuries, and was even used during one of the most devastating pandemics to take place in human history. The Black Death was a plague that peaked in Europe from 1. During that time, and in other incidents of the plague thereafter, townspeople would gather to burn large bundles of thyme to ward off the disease, or carry pockets of thyme on them. Indeed, thyme does have anti- microbial properties, but weвЂ™re not warding off any plague here- just your cough. Thyme relaxes the muscles of the trachea and bronchi, and also opens up airways. The result is less coughing, and increased comfort.
You will needвЂ¦- a handful of fresh thyme sprigs OR 2 tablespoons dried thyme- 8 ounces of fresh water- Honey or lemon (optional)Directions. Lightly bruise the thyme, e. Cover with 8 ounces of boiling water, cover, and let it steep for 1. Add some lemon or honey to taste, and drink the whole thing. Repeat 2- 3 times daily as needed.
ItвЂ™s absolutely delightful just before bedtime (unless you arenвЂ™t a fan of thyme. But drink some anyways.)6. Pepper & Honey.
Black pepper is the worldвЂ™s most traded spice, but most of its use is limited to the culinary world. What people donвЂ™t know is that it can make a great remedy for coughs that are accompanied by a lot of mucous or chest congestion. If youвЂ™ve accidently leaned too close to black pepper while itвЂ™s being grinded, you know it can make you cough or tickle your nose. This may not be fun on a regular basis, but itвЂ™s a plus if you need to expel all the nasty stuff thatвЂ™s gunking up your lungs. The honey adds its antibacterial properties, and it makes it so the pepper isnвЂ™t too irritating. You can make black pepper вЂњsyrupвЂќ with honey, or a tea, as below.
If possible, use freshly ground black pepper, as the pre- ground pepper simply seems to lose some of its punch. You will needвЂ¦- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper- 1 tablespoon of honey- 8 ounces of fresh water. Directions. Place the pepper and honey in a mug and then cover with boiling water. Give it stir to disperse the pepper flakes and melt in the honey. Steep for 1. 0 minutes, stir once more, and drink in its entirety. Repeat 1- 2 times a day as needed to loosen mucous.
Ginger Peppermint Syrup. Here you get the soothing qualities of warming ginger, all wrapped up in a delicious easy to swallow cough syrup. Spicy ginger works as an expectorant, helping loosen and expel mucous from the lungs. It can also stop the painful tickle at the back of throat that can trigger a cough if the first place, if you are experiencing a dry cough. The peppermint will also help relieve the irritating tickle of a cough.
You will needвЂ¦- 3 tablespoons of chopped ginger- 1 tablespoon of dried peppermint- 4 cups of water- 1 cup of honey. Directions. Chop the ginger and add it along with the peppermint to 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat so that the liquid simmer. Simmer until the liquid has been reduced by half, than strain. Let it cool slightly, and then stir in 1 cup of honey until it has been dissolved completely. Bottle and take 1 tablespoon every few hours as needed to ease your cough.
Keep refrigerated for up to 3 weeks. Tips: - I cannot stress the importance of covering your tea while it steeps. Not only does it keep it piping hot, it traps all the steam and any of the volatile oils in the steam (and their benefits) in the cup for you to inhale when you uncover it. You may also like our natural expectorant and decongestant. P. S. Take a look at the Everyday Roots Book.
It's a Book that we created to help you replace the toxic products and medications in your home with healthier, all- natural alternatives. It contains 2. 15+ effective home remedies and covers everything you will need to protect your family and save money every month.
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