Whether the cough you have right now is dry or filled with phlegm, cough keeps kids and adults up all night. It can be embarrassing to be coughing incessantly while in a lecture or in an important meeting. People look at you when you can’t stop coughing inside a plane – afraid they might catch something each time you do. Coughs really are irritating and terribly uncomfortable, and most people, including me, get them often – as often as we go out of the house and roam the city for work and play. I personally wish there was some way I could get rid of my almost regular coughs the natural way, because I hate taking medications all the time.
So I gathered some helpful information about the natural ways to cure cough. Some are simple, and some are, well, unorthodox, and are yet to be tried – by you and me. Read along and try them yourselves. There might be one or two that may help you get rid of your cough for good.
- Water with lemon and honey. This is one common remedy that can be used by adults and kids alike – even pediatricians recommend this. Drinking warm water mixed with honey and lemon has shown positive results in alleviating cough at night. It also soothes the throat and the sinuses and relieves chest pain from cough. This is specifically because of the anti-bacterial and soothing effects of honey.
- Peppermint leaves. For adults, peppermint tea is a relaxing way to remedy a disturbing cough. It has natural decongestant properties that help calm the mucous membranes. Because it has a menthol flavor, it also cools the throat. However, it is not recommended for children, as there have been no studies proving that it is safe enough to be taken internally. Both adults and kids, though, may benefit from its relaxing and decongestant properties by putting a few drops of peppermint oil into hot water and inhaling it, as in steam inhalations.
- Water and salt gargle. This may be one of the oldest and most effective natural methods used to alleviate cough. A majority of individuals report that it actually softens a dry and nagging cough and essentially relieves irritation. This is also one of the cheapest natural cough remedies.
- Aloe Vera juice. Along with its rejuvenating effects on the skin, aloe vera also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that cannot only help relieve simple coughs but possibly chronic bronchitis. It is taken by boiling the insides of the plant – the white gel – for a few minutes and drinking it while it is still warm but not very hot. It is also an effective cold remedy.
- Turmeric is known for curing many ailments, but the surprise is how it can cure cough by mixing it with milk! Most of us know of the anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of this popular spice, but new discoveries by the West have suggested that turmeric with milk – not with tea – is an even powerful remedy for fever, cough and other conditions. It is believed that turmeric is better absorbed when combined with fat (which can be found in milk).
These are only a few of the many natural remedies that can successfully relieve cough. In the end, it all depends on the type of cough that you have, the remedy that you can most tolerate, and the frequency of taking these remedies. Just take a pick, or you can try them all. Nothing beats curing cough the natural way, at least that’s what I think.