Cough is although not a life threatening problem but it frequently disrupts our normal life for a few days, and even a few weeks in some cases. If it happens with your child, it creates a great trouble for them as they would leave eating and drinking due to sore throat. As we know it is not going to make big issue for you we can actually wait for a few days before jumping to the allopathic treatment.
I am not suggesting just sitting idle and waiting for things to get worse, but advising you to stay away from side effects of strong and artificial treatment as long as you can. Rather than taking strong medicines to suppress the symptoms instantly we can use simple home remedies to get rid of the problem gradually and entirely. These home remedies not only cost you less- almost negligible, but are also very effective, side effect free and easily available at home. With so many features who would go for medications which costs us many dollars and leave side effects in our body? If you are really concerned about your health, and want it to preserve it for years make sure you avoid allopathic medicines as much as you can, especially for small problems like cough. Let us have a look at top 20 very simple yet effective cough remedies that every one of us can practice at home and get rid of the severe cough problem.
Remedy 1: Apple cider vinegar
You can use this kitchen product to get relief in acute cough, and also common cold. Take a glass of lukewarm water and add a teaspoon of honey and apple cider vinegar to it. Especially for kids, it is a great source of relief, and equally effective for adults as well.
Remedy 2: Turmeric
Cough is another name for pain while breathing and discomfort, and turmeric is something that can help you get rid of this problem. The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric pull out the excess mucus, which ultimately provides relief. You can take it after mixing one tablespoon of turmeric in a glass of hot milk to get relief in all the symptoms of cough and cold. It also has a role to play in boosting the immunity thereby preventing further infections.
Remedy 3: Humidifier
In case of children it becomes particularly very difficult to tackle with this commonly occurring problem. To bring maximum ease, make sure you run a cool-mist humidifier for a night in your child’s room so that the airways are moist as well as clean throughout the night.
Remedy 4: Mustard paste
There are several spices which help cure cough and common cold, mustard is one of them. With mustard you can give kind of a therapy by applying mustard paste on your chest. For making the paste, take 1 cup of mustard and 4 cups of flour. Make a thin paste by mixing the two ingredients in water. After applying some olive oil on chest, spread this paste evenly on a cloth and put that cloth on your chest. Let it stay there till the mixture cools down.
Remedy 5: Ginger tea
Ginger is famous for its immunity enhancing action and anti- inflammatory properties. It is very commonly used to treat mild cough, the same way it can also be taken by common cold patients. Ginger can heal up the inflamed bronchial tubes due to severe cough accumulation very fast due to its anti- inflammatory action. You can eat the paste of ginger after mixing with honey, or can also drink a cup of tasty tea after boiling crushed ginger in it.
Remedy 6: Warm water
Try to drink warm water as much as you can. In fact whenever you feel thirsty, or feel your throat is blocked, just take a glass of warm water and drink it after adding a pinch of salt to it. Take small sips and sooth your throat with this effective remedy.
Remedy 7: Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus leaf is valued for its properties that are active against bacteria, fungi, pain, inflammation, and asthma. Many naturopaths and herbalists recommend people to use fresh eucalyptus leaves as a tea or mouthwash solution in order to treat sore throat, congestion of the chest and nose, coughs, and bronchitis. All these problems can be addressed by the leaf of this medicinal plant very effectively and without any side effects. You can use eucalyptus oil if you cannot get eucalyptus leaf. The only thing to note here is that you should use eucalyptus oil only after diluting. A few drops of this oil will be more than enough for a cup of lukewarm water. You can take steam of this water treated with drops of eucalyptus oil.
Remedy 8: Lemon
Lemon is a very famous citrus fruit, known for raising immunity and strengthening our disease fighting capability. To treat sore throat due to cough, add a tablespoon of lemon juice in hot water and drink it daily. You can take the mixture twice in a day if you are not getting relief.
Remedy 9: Homemade herbal syrup for a cough
Add ginger root, a tablespoon of cinnamon, and about one fourth up of chamomile flowers to about a liter of clean and filtered water. Boil this mixture till the quantity reduces to half of the original content. Save this half liter in a clean bottle for future use. Whenever you feel any problem related to cough or cold, just drink a tablespoon of this syrup.
Reedy 10: Taking steam
Salt or eucalyptus oil can be added to the water you use for taking steam. It makes the mucus soft and makes the way for it to come out. It can also effectively relieve you from common symptoms like cough, burning sensation and inflamed throat. All you need to do is just add a few drops of this oil in boiling water. Then breathe in the steam of water with eucalyptus oil’s aroma mixed in it. To enhance the effect, cover your head with a towel.
Remedy 11: Slippery elm
Slippery elm is good for sore throats and sore bellies. It was commonly used in colonial America. Because it is hydrophilic and absorbs a lot of water, it gets a slippery, somewhat gelatinous texture when heated with liquid.
Remedy 12: Anise
This sweet-tasting herb is one of the oldest medicinal herbs currently being used today. Anise is normally safe when taken by mouth. It’s safe to use by both children and elderly people. You should avoid using this remedy for cough only when you have some problem related to hormonal imbalance; otherwise it is suitable for every age and sex. You can take a few seeds of anise and crush them. Add these crushed seeds to boiling cup of water for about 7 minutes and then drink this mixture.
Remedy 13: Soup
Drinking hot soup of any vegetable you like helps in cough. It also gives a few more health benefits. Especially in winters you should have a cup of soup daily. Drinking it will help in clearing up your respiratory track, which will make it easier for you to breathe.
Remedy 14: Epsom salt
Apart form having steam of essence of eucalyptus oil, Epsom salt bath is the next thing that can be helpful. Taking this bath is good for muscle relaxation, bone spur, and even respiratory problems resulting from cough. For coughing problem you need to add more amount of salt to bathing water. Tae approximately half kg of Epsom salt in warm bath water, and soak yourself in that water fro about half an hour.
Remedy 15: Licorice root tea
Licorice root is both an expectorant and demulcent, simultaneously soothing your airways while loosening and thinning mucous, easing congestion due to cough accumulation. It can also ease any inflammation that may be irritating your throat. Its main constituent, glycyrrhizin, is responsible for most of its disease fighting properties. It is hence considered as the best remedy for getting rid of the cough that is accumulated inside and bothering us every now and then.
Remedy 16: Oregano oil
If in common cold you are suffering from soreness and acute coughing, you can use oregano oil. No need to mix anything or bake something simply put a few drops of oregano oil under you tongue and all your symptoms will be gone. As simple as that, do it once daily.
Remedy 17: Honey
Honey has a lot of medicinal properties. It contains antiviral as well as antibacterial properties that help the common cold and cough patients by soothing the throat, and building a stronger immunity. Honey is something you can take anyway you like. You can have it mixed in a cup of tea, or the glass of milk you have before going to bed. You can even eat it raw, as it really tastes good. But be sure you have good quality honey.
Remedy 18: Garlic
Garlic is one of the best natural home remedies to treat acute cases of cough as well as common cold where even breathing becomes painful. The small garlic clove has loads of antiviral and antibiotic properties in it, which makes it suitable cure for common cold. You can eat 3- 4 garlic cloves daily in the morning, or can have it after making a mixture of honey and crushed garlic. Eating raw garlic may not be a pleasant task; you can hence add honey to sweeten it a bit. You can also add garlic in your daily diet as it raises your immunity and keeps your body away from many commonly occurring diseases.
Remedy 19: Gargling
Even for minor cough problem we use salt water. It is equally beneficial for acute cough cases as well. Water treated with salt can cut through the mucous which is causing irritation in the sensitive bronchial membranes. It also gives soothing effect to the throat which must be burning due to frequent coughing. Add a tablespoon of salt to 2 glasses of water and then use this water for gargling.
Remedy 20: Chicken soup
If you are non vegetarian, chicken soup has many essential nutrients and vitamins that help treat cold symptoms like cough. The high antioxidant properties in chicken soup speed up the healing process. In addition to this, it will boost immunity and restore strength in your weary body. For best results, make homemade chicken soup using organic vegetables and chicken.
It would not be that difficult to deal with cough anymore with these highly effective remedies. You would find it common to deal with cough with the help of these natural remedies, as common as cough is. Next time your throat is not fine, just use the above remedies instead of grabbing a bundle of drugs.