Common cough is usually regarded as being harmless, but some serious illnesses have persistent coughs as part of their symptoms. It is possible to treat cough with simple natural remedies without using any prescribed medication.
Natural cough remedies help cure the cough and reduce the discomfort associated with persistent coughs. However, before you start using the remedies, it is imperative that you identify the type of cough you are suffering from. Determining the type of cough will help you get the right remedies for your cough and in turn get the best results.
Coughs are generally classified into two main classes: productive and non-productive cough.
Productive cough is where irritants and mucus originating from the lungs are present.
Non-productive cough has no formation of mucus during the cough.
This type of cough is either spasmodic or sporadic. Once you figure out the type of cough you have, you can consider using the natural cough treatment.
Some of the most effective natural cough remedies for productive and non-productive coughs include the following:
Natural Cough Remedies:
Onions have a strong vapor that is effective in stopping coughs. You can use onions to make your own cough syrup, use either honey and comfrey tea or baked onion juice. It is effective if taken on a daily basis.
To make an onion cough syrup: Mix lemon juice, honey, grated onion and boil in a pan over a pot of boiling water. Cover and let simmer for 2 hours. Strain the juice and consume 1 tbsp every alternate hour.
Ginger is known to have antiviral properties. You can crush fresh ginger or chop it into small pieces, add a pinch of clove, cinnamon powder and put them in a cup of hot water, this ends up forming a herbal solution. This herbal solution reduces congestion, sore throat and non-stop coughing. It is good practice to drink the herbal solution about 4 times daily. Ginger can also be chewed to subsidize any cough symptoms.
Garlic has been known to have both antimicrobial and antibacterial components that are efficient in treating coughs.
To prepare a garlic solution, take at least two cloves, boil in water, add one spoonful of oregano. When the solution is at room temperature, add a small quantity of honey. You can now drink it.
The solution aids in alleviating cough symptoms and improves breathing. Another way of consuming garlic is by crushing one clove of garlic and mixing it with one or two drops of honey and clove oil. You can then eat it to relief any throat complications you may experiencing. For those who love garlic, you can also add it as part of your food ingredients when cooking.
Turmeric is one of those herbs is mostly used by a lot of people. It is essential in getting rid of dry coughs as it has therapeutic effect. One of the easy and simple ways of using turmeric to treat coughs is to mix carom seeds and turmeric.
Take a single teaspoon of each and add in one cup of water. Boil the mixture until the water level reduces to half. Add several teaspoons of honey to the solution and take it at least two times daily.
You can also make turmeric powder by roasting turmeric root then grinding it. It forms a smooth powder that can be taken twice daily after adding honey and water to the powder.
Mix cloves with honey and store in the refrigerator overnight. Remove the cloves in the morning and consume 1 tbsp of the honey. This soothes the throat pain and reduces inflammation.
6. Mustard Plaster:
Mix mustard powder (1 part), flour (2 parts) with water or egg and spread the paste on a dish towel, fold the towel and press it against the skin. This is a natural chest rub that loosens up the chest congestion.
7. Gargling with hot Water & Salt
Gargle saltwater to ease your cough. Take some luke warm water, add a pinch of salt. The best way to get results from this is by doing this a number of repeated times during the day. Saltwater eases inflamed and irritated throat complications and helps in loosening mucus.
During winter use a humidifier to moisten the air in your room to prevent nocturnal coughing.
Peppermint and thyme are effective in clearing congestion in air passages. They also have antispasmodic and antimicrobial properties. Licorice and mullein help in soothing irritated membranes and lessen any possible inflammation. It is possible for you to make your own herbal syrup that contains peppermint, licorice, thyme and mullein.
Simply take two teaspoons of each and add in one cup of boiling water. Steep and cover for about 30 minutes. Afterwards strain and mix with honey, about half a cup. In case the honey does not dissolve, heat the syrup gently while stirring. Refrigerate the syrup for a maximum of 3 months. Take a teaspoon of the syrup when needed.
Persistent coughing can result to painful chest pains; cayenne is effective in reducing this pain. Cayenne pepper increases blood circulation to the area which hastens the healing process. It is also stimulating and warming which is a pleasant remedy when one is suffering from cough and cold.
To make a healthy cayenne syrup, mix together cayenne pepper- ¼ teaspoon, honey-a single tablespoon, water-2 tablespoon, apple cider vinegar- a single tablespoon, ground ginger- ¼ teaspoon. You can take the syrup at least 2 times daily.
Lemons are high in Vitamin C which helps in fighting infections. It also helps in curing coughs by reducing throat inflammations.
You can boil lemons with honey to make simple syrup to treat coughs. The syrup can be taken daily at intervals depending on the severity of the cough.
Another effective way of using lemons as cough treatment is to make lemon juice mixed with cayenne pepper and honey.
Mix honey, lemon juice and cayenne pepper and consume orally. The honey has antiseptic properties and also acts as a gel and coats the throat, soothing the irritated tissues.
Almonds have nutritional properties that help in the treatment of coughs. You can make an almond paste by soaking at least 5 almonds for a minimum of 8 hours. A smooth almond paste is formed. Add one teaspoon of butter to the paste. You can eat it about three times daily to relief some of the cough symptoms
13. Carrot juice
Carrot is rich with nutrients and vitamins that are efficient in alleviating cough symptoms. You can make fresh carrot juice by using at least four carrots, dilute the fresh juice with water. To get fast relief from your cough, drink this carrot juice about four times daily. For those who are not allergic to honey, you mix the juice with one teaspoon of honey.
14. Poached Pears with Cinnamon:
Wash pears, cut them length wise and make them into 2 halves, sprinkle cinnamon powder, put a pyrex glass baking dish with the fleshy part, add ½ water to the pan and bake till the pears are soft and peels easily come out. Store it in the fridge for 4 days and consume. This is good for curing tickly, constant dry coughs.
Licorice is good for cough as it loosens phlegm and relaxes bronchial spasms. Add licorice tincture (50 drops) to a cup of hot water and sip.
16. Saffron and Betel Leaf:
Make a paste out of the saffron strands and betel leaves. Apply on the soles of the feet and forehead. This is the best cough relieving home remedy for infants.
17. Herbal Tea:
Boil herbs like mullein, wild cherry bark, licorice root, sage leaves and slippery elm in water for 20 minutes and make an herbal tea. Mix 1 tbsp of honey to it and drink as often as possible to get rid of cough naturally.
18. Horehound leaves tea:
Boil horehound leaves or flowers in 1 cup of water and boil for 15 minutes, strain and drink thrice daily.
19. Marshmallow tea:
Steep the dried herb in a cup of hot water and consume thrice daily. When combined with water, it yields a mucilage that coats the throat and thinks the mucus in the lungs making it easier to expel out.
20. Milk with honey
Honey added in hot milk aids in reducing dry cough. The combination of honey and milk reduces chest pains that are experienced during prolonged coughing. Hot milk offers better results. You can take the combination every night before retiring to bed. Honey has analgesic properties that help in soothing your throat and clearing mucus in the throat.
A lot of cough medications have a certain percentage content of alcohol. The reason is because alcohol is highly effective in killing bacteria and is a counter-irritant as it creates a burning sensation in the throat. One liquor shot is enough to calm your cough. Whiskey can also be taken as an option.
22. Suck a Candy:
Suck a horehound candy or a bittersweet herb. This acts as an expectorant and helps in bringing up phlegm. This is good for wet cough.
23. Essential Oil Chest Rub:
Instead of using petrochemical chest rubs like Vick’s vapor rub; you can rub a mixture of essential oils such as sage oil, eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil and organic olive oil on your chest and neck to clear up nasal and chest congestion.
24. Essential Oil Steam Bath:
A warm steamy bath with a few drops of eucalyptus oil or sage oil can soothe a nighttime cough and open up the chest. While taking the shower close the bathroom door so that the vapor does not escape away and the room gets steamy.
To conclude, all of the above natural remedies are effective in giving you cough relief and alleviating cough symptoms without purchasing any cough syrup or pills. However, as much as the natural cough remedies are effective and have great health benefits, you should seek medical attention if you have persistent coughing for about two weeks or more.