There is something so annoying about a scratchy, little cough. Although, we must take our hat off to the old cough, it helps clear out any infection and irritants, so nasty, harmful stuff won’t have the opportunity to harm our beautiful bodies.
On top of the not so joyous cough we can tend to experience by a cold, fever, and sometimes headaches. There are amazing treatments for natural headaches, check out this previous blog post to learn more – Natural treatments for headaches.
Our go to natural remedies for a cough
Salt water decreases the amount of phlegm and mucus found in the back of the esophagus. This helps to reduce the irritation, which then leads to lesser need to cough.
Just mix half a teaspoon of himalayan rock salt into a cup of warm water until it completely dissolves. Give the water time to cool down a bit before gargling it. Once it’s cooled, gargle for 30 – 60 seconds. Do this a couple of times each day uto help reduce inflammation.
Based on a research done by JAMA Pediatrics, honey could possibly reduce the unpleasant feeling of coughing. The study was conducted to find a treatment for nighttime coughing in kids. They compared the effects of Dextromethorphan (a cough-suppressing medication), having no treatment, and drinking beverages with raw honey. They discovered that out of the three groups, honey provided the best alleviation from coughing, thank you Mother Nature!
Mix 2 teaspoons of raw local honey with warm water, or in herbal tea. Honey has soothing and antimicrobial properties.
*Avoid giving this remedy to children under one.
For dry and irritating coughs, try one teaspoon of slippery elm powder in a small amount of warm water. Stir until the consistency is similar to custard and sip. This will immediately soothe the throat and have a long lasting effect on relieving inflammation. Slippery elm is flavourless, so if you feel the need to flavour, especially for kiddies, try adding ½ teaspoon of honey.
You can find so many more great remedies in Melinda’s book ‘The Natural Path – A Naturopath’s Guide to Home Remedies’.
You can also join Melinda in one of her most popular and workshops ‘Home Remedies’ in May. Want to know more about the workshop? Click here