The Best Potent Natural Cough Remedies
What's Cough; a sickness or a treat?
My people have a saying that cough could be a sickness or a treat, depending on what the person does with it (meaning the phlegm or sputum). It’s a saying that is used to drive home the fact that; our reflections on things are dependent on our perceptions about it.
However, the cough or coughing, that is, if we have or do not have it, is not a result of what we think or believe. I have said so much about this just to state that: in a general expression of fact, most coughs are perfectly normal.
A cough can help to keep your throat clear from phlegm and some other irritants. Nevertheless, sustained coughing can also be symptoms of some other disease conditions, such as an allergy, a viral infection, or a bacterial infection etc. Sometimes a cough isn’t due to anything related to your lungs.
You can treat simple coughs arising from cold, allergies, and sinus infections with a number of natural things. But cough resulting from bacterial infections will require specific herbs with antibiotic properties.
We have listed some natural remedies considered as the best natural cough remedies that available and potent.
Potent Natural Cough Remedies
Honey is an age-long remedy for a sore throat; it also relives most none-infectious coughs. It was reported that honey alone is more effective than some cough medicines that contain dextromethorphan (DM), which is a cough suppressant.
To create your own potent cough remedy at home, use pure honey straight of mix up to 2 teaspoons of honey with fresh mashed garlic (3 cloves)and take 2- 3 times daily depending on the severity.
Or mix two teaspoons of horny in a glass of warm lemon water and drink. Drink once or twice a day. Be careful not to give honey to children under 1 year of age.
- Fresh Pineapple jounce
Pineapple is not usually listed as a cough remedy, but studies and observations have shown that it does and its because of the bromelain it contains — Bromelain: an enzyme found in the stem and fruit of pineapples —help suppress coughs as well as loosen the congestion.
Drink 3.5 ounces of fresh pineapple juice or eat a slice of pineapple three times a day.
Because of the bromelain content, pineapples are effective in treating inflammation and swelling. Be very careful with Bromelain supplements.
Thyme is used for respiratory illnesses
You can make thyme tea at home, very simple. Use 2 teaspoons of crushed thyme leaves added to1 cup of boiling water. Cover the cup, and steep for 10 minutes, and strain.
Ginger has been shown to ease a dry or asthmatic cough; it has anti-inflammatory properties which offer it the potency to also relieve nausea and pain.
Brew up a soothing ginger tea by adding 20–40 grams (g) of fresh ginger slices to a cup of hot water. Allow to steep for a few minutes before drinking.
You may wish to add honey or lemon juice to improve the taste and further soothe a cough.
Be aware that, in some cases, ginger tea can cause stomach upset
- Clean water and Fluids
Staying hydrated is vital for those with a cough or cold. Studies and Researches indicate that drinking lots of liquids, especially water, at room temperature can alleviate a cough, runny nose, and sneezing.
However, patients with additional symptoms of a cold or flu may benefit from warming up their liquids. The use of hot or warm water or liquids, gives immediate relief.
Hot liquids and beverages that may be comforting for a cough include:
- warm water
- clear broths
- herbal teas
- warm fruit juices
Make a steam bowl. To do this, fill a large bowl with hot water. Add essential oils, such as eucalyptus or rosemary or herbs, which may also relieve decongestion. Lean over the bowl and place a towel over the head. This traps the steam. Inhale the vapors for 5 minutes. If the steam feels hot on the skin, discontinue until the skin cools down.
- Salt-water gargle
This simple remedy is one of the most effective for treating wet cough and sore throat. Salt water reduces phlegm and mucus in the back of the throat which can lessen the need to cough.
Stir half a teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm water until it dissolves. Allow the solution to cool slightly before using it to gargle. Let the mixture sit at the back of the throat for a few moments before spitting it out. Gargle with salt water several times each day until the cough improves.
Caution: Avoid giving salt water to younger children as they may not be able to gargle properly, and swallowing salt water can be dangerous.
How to prevent coughing
You might want to learn how to prevent cough in the first place; prevention, they say, is better than cure- and so it should be. To protect against flu, make sure you keep your immunity healthy and normal. Other steps you can take include:
- Avoid coming in contact with others who are sick. If you know you are sick, avoid going to work or school so you will not infect others.
- Cover your nose and mouth whenever your cough or sneeze.
- Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
- Clean the common areas of your home, work, or school frequently. This is especially true for countertops, toys, or mobile phones.
- Wash your hands frequently, especially after coughing, eating, going to the bathroom, or caring for someone who is sick.
Identify items that trigger allergic conditions that affect you and avoiding exposure to them. For some it’s usually exposure to dust, pollen, furs (animal), mold, and some insects
Foods that can trigger acid reflux should also be avoided. This measure is one of the best ways to manage this condition and reduce the cough that accompanies it.
Every individual may have different reflux triggers that they need to avoid. People who are unsure of what causes their reflux can begin by eliminating the most common triggers from their diet and monitoring their symptoms.
The foods and beverages that most commonly trigger acid reflux include:
- citrus foods
- fried and fatty foods
- garlic and onions
- spices and spicy foods
- tomatoes and tomato-based products