Coughing - Natural Relief for a Cough
Why We Cough
Whatever the reason for the cough, it is a signal that your body is trying to remove blockages such as mucus or impurities from your lungs. This could be a response to allergies to thinks link dust, pet dander, cold, flu, asthma, bronchitis, pollen or toxic cleaning chemicals. The first thing is to determine the cause, and then address the methods that will help of lessen or heal you.
Coughing also makes the throat sore not to mention, spreading germs at a rate of up to 500 miles per hour. If it is persistent, and have not had success in finding relieve. I suggest you try some of the remedies in this article. There are many natural remedies that have passed down through the ages, that can successfully help you. So, needless to say what ever the reason, I know you want it to stop, or at least get some relief . Let's look at the methods.
Types of Coughs
Productive coughs, are useful in that they expel phlegm. It can be symptoms associated with TB, pneumonia, bronchitis, COPD and sinus problems. Someone with a viral infection or a smoker will also experience a chronic, productive cough. These should not be prevented and when choosing a cough syrup, you should use an expectorant. A Non-productive cough is a dry hacking cough that produces no phlegm. This can be caused by dust, allergies, smoke or chemical irritants inhaled.
Lemon and peppermint: When I was a child and had a cold or a sore throat my mother would give us a half of lemon with a peppermint as a straw. As you suck on the peppermint, it mixes with the lemon to both sooth the throat and help break up congestion.
Natural cough syrup: Mix equal parts of chopped onion, ginger and dehydrated cane sugar in a jar. Cover and let sit for four hours. The moisture in the onion and ginger begins to dissolve the cane sugar and the sugar draws out the properties in the onion and ginger and you will have a natural cough syrup.
Hot steam: Using a humidifier can be very helpful in administering moist air the the nasal passages and throat relieving the need to cough.
Raw Manuka Honey: For thousands of years people have known of the benefits and the healing power of honey. Honey was used centuries ago because of its antibacterial properties to prevent a wound from becoming infected. Take a teaspoon of manuka honey every few hours, to help stop a cough.
Ginger Tea: Ginger works well to suppress a cough. Cut a few slices of fresh ginger in 8 ounces of water, bring to a boil and let sit for three minutes.
More Natural Remedies
Thyme Tea: Thyme works well to stop a cough. Use the seasoning or fresh thyme to brew a cup of tea to help stop a cough. A half teaspoon in 8 ounces of water, bring to a boil and let sit, then strain and drink.
Honey and ginger: To stop a cough, grade a wedge of ginger root and extract a half teaspoon to a tablespoon of ginger juice. Mix with a tablespoon on honey and mix. Take a little of the money and ginger mixture as needed.
Ayunrveda cough remedy: Mash one ripe banana, add a teaspoon of honey with a pinch of black pepper. Eat twice a day to stop a cough with no side effects.
Bee Propolis: Propolis seeps from buds of some trees. It is collected by bees and carried to there hive where they break it down. It has been discovered that propolis has anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and boosts the immune system. Propolis is good for colds, flu, coughs and soar throats caused by virus. Add 10 drops of propolis to a teaspoon on honey three times a day.
Water: Believe it or not, water is an excellent lubricant for the lungs and will help loosen up mucous that is hindering breathing. Alkaline water is particularly excellent in hydrating the body.
Other Methods to Stop a Cough
Benadryl, is an over-the-counter antihistamine that helps address allergies, colds and even motions sickness. If your cough is due to an allergy, this medication can be of some help to the user.
Robotussen, is a syrup, that can also help with symptoms caused by post nasal drip; which can cause coughing.
Cough Drops, can be used to heap sooth and irritated throat and help lessen the tickle response, and give relief.