A persistent cough is never welcome. Unfortunately it is all too common to experience the discomfort and annoyance of a cough that just won’t go away, and when over-the-counter medications just don’t work it’s time to try some effective natural remedies for cough relief.
If you have made certain that your cough is not the symptom of an underlying health condition, most pharmacy medications will not work to get rid of it. You’ve got to be creative, and you’ve got to try natural alternatives to drugs that could leave you with side effects. Natural solutions for a dry, persistent cough include soothing syrups and teas, herbal supplements, antioxidants, and fresh foods. Try these remedies and see if you can soothe your annoying cough without chemicals.
Effective Natural Remedies for Cough
1) Simply Honey
One of the best and most simple remedies you have in your arsenal against the common cough is honey. Studies show that honey can calm your cough more effectively than over-the-counter medications – and it is certainly cheaper. The sticky honey coats your mucous membranes and reduces the irritation that causes cough. Honey also has powerful antibacterial qualities that really make a difference to your overall health. Be wary of honey for children, however, and do not give it to kids under the age of 2.
2) Pure Probiotics
Probiotics are “good” bacteria that are effective at helping a cough not because they act on your throat or your mucous membranes directly, but because they help your gut. And when your gut is healthy, you have a better immune system and you are better able to shift the bugs that cause the cough. A probiotic supplement is a good idea as in some cases dairy can make phlegm more of a problem.
3) Ground Almonds
Add freshly ground almonds to orange juice or water and sip this remedy to resolve a cough. Almonds have been an ancient remedy for bronchial troubles and may be helpful in getting rid of a cough.
4) Simple Salt and Water
Don’t swallow this – just gargle. Mix a small amount of salt, around ½ teaspoon, into a cup of warm water until it dissolves. Use this water solution to gargle with. The salt can help to relieve the irritation in the throat that produces a dry cough.
5) Tasty Thyme
The herb thyme has antimicrobial qualities that can really help to get rid of a cough. Thyme can also assist in opening up your airways and relaxing the muscles in the throat in order to lessen the pain of coughing. Add boiling water to fresh thyme leaves or dried thyme and leave to steep for around 10 minutes. Drink it before you go to bed to prevent nighttime cough problems.
6) Gorgeous Ginger and Mint Syrup
Ginger is perfect for helping to get rid of a cough as it makes it easier to expel the mucous from your throat. Combined with mint it makes a powerful anti-cough solution. Add dried peppermint and chopped ginger to warm water. Bring it to a boil and simmer it until half the liquid has disappeared. Strain it and then stir in some honey. Put it in a bottle and take one spoonful before bed and every couple of hours during the day when you need it.
7) Best Bromelain
Bromelain is an enzyme that is present in high levels in pineapples. It is said to help loosen mucous and also suppress dry coughs. Drink fresh pineapple juice or try eating sliced pineapple during the day.
8) Brewed Black Pepper Tea
Black pepper is said to help a cough by stimulating the flow of mucous as well as circulation, to suppress coughs and act as an antibiotic. Put one teaspoon of freshly ground pepper into a mug. Add two tablespoons of honey and fill the mug with boiling water. Steep the tea for 15 minutes and then sip it slowly. You can strain it first to get rid of any pepper particles. Be aware that this is a remedy for a wet cough, where mucous is present, and won’t be much good on a dry cough.
9) Lovely Licorice Tea
Licorice is anti-inflammatory and a good remedy for loosening mucous in the throat and easing congestion in the airways. It helps the body deal with cortisol, which means it is a good way of helping deal with stress and the effect this has on your general health. Brew licorice root in boiling water, strain, and then drink.
10) Simply Steam!
And the final, often most effective, way of getting rid of a cough is simple steam. When you inhale steam it works to loosen the mucous in the airways and you can add essential oils that bring added benefits to your health. Try tea tree oil or eucalyptus oil to help kill the bacteria that could be causing your respiratory problems. It’s certainly one of the easiest natural remedies for cough that you can try.