We all know how irritating cough is. It just blows your body out and causes lot of pain in the throat followed by headache and burning sensation. Additionally, all the people around us get disturbed and constantly think when will this guy stop coughing. 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 that's in your chest/lungs. While it shouldn'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 cough is the one we do want to stop. It can be caused by allergies, dry air, a random tickle at the back of your throat that won'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.
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 syrups.
1 - HONEY COUGH SYRUP:
This is by far the best home made syrup available and we recommend all of you to try this. Honey is the best ingredient for cough which can be either taken directly or mixed with milk. Alternatively, you can make a whole honey cough syrup as given below:
- 11/2 tablespoons Zest of 2 lemons
- 1/4 cup peeled, sliced ginger or 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup honey
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
In a small saucepan, combine lemon zest, sliced ginger and 1 cup of water. Bring mixture to a boil, simmer for 5 minutes, then strain through. Pour in 1 cup of honey in a saucepan and warm the honey on low heat, but do not allow it to boil. Add the strained lemon ginger water and the lemon juice. Stir the mixture until it combines to form a thick syrup. Pour into a clean jar with a lid. Note: This can be refrigerated for up to 2 months.
2 - HONEY COUGH SYRUP WITH OLIVE OIL:
- 3/4 cup raw organic honey
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 lemons - juiced
Add all ingredients to a small pot over medium heat until steaming. Remove from the heat & let it cool.
3 - 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 that's hanging out and allow you to expel it easily.
-1 teaspoon of salt
-8 ounces of warm water
Stir salt into water until it is thoroughly dissolved. Gargle for 15 seconds, spit, and repeat with the remaining water. Rinse with plain water afterwards.
4 - ONION COUGH SYRUP:
This ancient remedy is still one of the most effective and speedy cough treatments and is completely safe for children. Use a spoonful as needed to control your cough.
- 1 cup freshly chopped onion
- About 1/2 cup raw honey
Slice the onions and place them in the saucepan over low heat, then add honey just to cover the onions. Give it a quick stir every few minutes and leave it on over very low heat for 20 mins. Bottle the syrup and keep refrigerated.
5 - TEA THYME
Thyme has been used for centuries to cure cough. Thyme relaxes the muscles of the trachea and bronchi, and also opens up airways. The result is less coughing, and increased comfort.
-a handful of fresh thyme sprigs OR 2 tablespoons dried thyme
-8 ounces of fresh water
-Honey or lemon (optional)
Lightly bruise the thyme, e.g. with a mortar and pestle, and then place in a mug. Cover with 8 ounces of boiling water, cover, and let it steep for 10-15 minutes. Add some lemon or honey to taste, and drink the whole thing. Repeat 2-3 times daily as needed. It's absolutely delightful just before bedtime (unless you aren't a fan of thyme. But drink some anyways.)