While I sick a few weeks ago and rendered basically incommunicado due to constant coughing, I did some research on how I could remedy the problem naturally. I was taking medicine, but that just wasn’t doing the trick. Plus, natural is always better, right? >Wink<
Natural Cough Remedies
Below are some really great natural cough remedies, some I have tried and some I haven’t. There are so many items at home that can be used to suppress your cough, it’s always better to try to curb it naturally before using medicine. I ended up resorting to OTC cough suppressant because this was by far the worst cough I’ve ever had. But I hated the foggy feeling I had from taking the meds.
Here are some things you can try at home:
- Add a drop of Thieves oil (get it here) to a spoonful of honey
- Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle some salt and pepper on the inside. Place and hold the lemon in your mouth until you feel the cough subsiding.
- Massage a few drops of R.C. blend essential oil on your chest.
- Take 1 tbsp. of half lemon juice and half honey every hour or two to sooth the throat and suppress coughing.
- Add 1 tbsp. of honey to a small glass of grape juice and drink it once a day for four or five days.
- Mix one part onion juice with one part honey and allow the remedy to sit for at least four or five hours. Once the remedy has had ample time to set, consume 1 tbsp. daily until the cough stops.
- Almonds are also a natural cough suppressant – soak about 1 lb. of almonds overnight and peel them in the morning. Grind the almonds together with butter and sugar and take about a tablespoon of the mixture every morning for up to five days.
- Try a humidifier to clear the air and make breathing a little easier
- Drink plenty of water to coat the throat and ease the secretion of mucus.
- Cloves dull the pain of a sore throat. The Reader’s Digest Association suggests mixing 5 or 6 whole cloves in 1 cup honey and leaving the mixture in the refrigerator overnight. Remove the cloves from the honey in the morning and discard. For the best results, take 1 tsp. to 1 tbsp. of the clove-infused honey as often as needed to suppress coughing.
- Jude C. Todd, author of “Jude’s Herbal Remedies,” suggests making your own thyme cough syrup at home. Pour 2 cups boiling water over 2 tbsp. dried thyme, and allow the mixture to steep until cooled to room temperature. Strain and add 1 cup of honey. Transfer to a glass jar with lid and shake well to mix before each use. Take 1 tbsp. up to six times a day to relieve sore throat, colds and coughs.
Health Benefits of Peppermint Tea
Peppermint has properties that help prevent and relieve digestive-related pain by easing gas that moves through the stomach and intestines after eating.
Many herbalists recommend tea made from peppermint leaves to prevent and alleviate the nausea and queasy or “jumpy” stomach feeling that some people suffer when traveling in a car, boat or airplane. Peppermint’s antispasmodic qualities help prevent vomiting, and can ease aching stomachs that may be accompanied by nausea. Peppermint tea is believed to release the plant’s analgesic and calming properties to relax intestinal and stomach muscles. This may help relieve diarrhea, stomach cramps and irritable bowel syndrome.
Peppermint’s main ingredient, menthol, is cooling which makes it a great remedy for feverish discomfort. Peppermint is also an antibacterial, which may help the body fight infections that may trigger fevers. As an antispasmodic, herbalists often recommend cool peppermint to relieve sore and scratchy throats, relaxing the muscles that trigger coughing.
Peppermint Tea Recipe
- 2 tbsp dried peppermint leaves
- Boiling water
- Sugar if desired
Boil water and pour into teapot with herb strainer or teaball in a cup. Let steep for 10-20 minutes. Add sugar if desired.
Source for this article include Livestrong.com and eHow.com.
What do you use to suppress your coughs when you are sick?