Home Remedies for Cough

What causes a cough?

 

A cough is a symptom that can be rather unpleasant and which you can always do without it.  Some of the causes of a cough include:

  • A tickle in the throat

  • A brief encounter with a mild cold

  • An affinity for cigarettes

  • A problem with allergies

However there are times when you do not even know what is causing the coughing problem thus you many not even know how to get rid of it.  Certain clues to help you identify the cause of the cough is by taking note of the time it occurs.

  • Morning cough - coughing in the morning may be due to asthma

  • Night cough - if coughing occurs during the night while you are lying on your back then the problem could be due to postnasal drip.  Sinus infection can cause coughing which becomes worse at night especially in children.

When to see the doctor

 

Although many coughs are quite harmless, some may indicate an underlying condition.  In some cases, a cough may be a sign of bronchitis, pneumonia, a bacterial infection or asthma.  In some rare cases, a cough may even indicate a tumour.  Hence it is advisable to see the doctor to seek medical aid when you encounter the following symptoms:

  • fever along with a cough

  • the cough does not go away after one week

  • signs of blood in the phlegm which you cough up

  • developing a hacking cough when already having another illness

  • short of breath yet continuing to cough frequently

  • thick phlegm which cannot come up easily when you cough

  • continuous wheezing and hacking

Home remedies for cough
 

If you are just encountering a now-and-then case of coughing, never try to buy over-the-counter cough suppressants as some of these non-prescription cough syrups may actually thin the secretions that cause the cough which is not really beneficial at all as during the process of thinning, the cough syrups also seem to increase the amount of mucus.  Instead try out these safe and natural home remedies first.

 

Garlic

 

The antiviral and antibacterial garlic is well-known as an immune system strengthener and a fighter of flu, colds and coughs.  Take advantage of its healing properties by consuming fresh garlic tea.

  1. Lightly crushed two to three cloves of peeled fresh garlic.

  2. Place them into a small saucepan or kettle, add 2 cups of water then bring to boil.

  3. Reduce heat then let it simmer for about 15 minutes.

  4. Next strain out the garlic tea and allow to cool.

  5. Sweeten with some raw honey, squeeze a little bit of lemon juice and add a very small pinch of cayenne pepper.

  6. You can drink this garlic tea daily as much as you wish.

Ginger

 

Ginger, being a natural analgesic, can effectively help in soothing the scratchy irritation and pain of sore throat.  This tickle of inflammation is the culprit that stimulates coughing hence if you drink ginger tea or juice or just simply chewing on fresh ginger, it may be beneficial in providing temporary treatment for this irritation ultimately suppressing the cough.

  1. Preparing a ginger infusion

    1. Place 2 tablespoons fresh and grated ginger root together with 6 cups of water into a saucepan, bring to boil and then simmer for about 10 minutes.

    2. Alternatively you can just mix about 1/2 teaspoon of dried ginger powder into a cup of hot water.

    3. Add lemon or honey to sweeten it if preferred.

    4. Drink this ginger infusion a few times daily or until the cough symptom is resolve.
       

  2. Preparing ginger bath

    1. Macerate about 5 inches of a fresh ginger root then store inside a small muslin bag.  Close the bag by tying the top.

    2. Fill the bath with hot water, place the muslin bag into the water and let it steep for 5 - 10 minutes.

    3. Take the ginger bath, making sure to deeply inhale the water vapors which will help in soothing inflammation, removing mucus and relieving coughing.

Onions

 

Onions are very effective in encouraging the airways to clear themselves of phlegm and quieting a cough.  They also contain high amounts of vitamin C which is beneficial for cases of irritation of breathing passages and persistent cough.  They are at their most effective when cooked.  Alternatively you can also make your very own tasty and soothing cough syrup from red onion and brown cane sugar or raw honey which can provide a range of minerals, vitamins and nutrients to help in fighting infection, soothing sore throats and quieting a cough.

  1. Peel one entire red onion, wash it clean and cut into horizontal slices.

  2. Starting with the base layer of the red onion, place the onion slices in a bowl while alternating them with the layers of raw honey or brown cane sugar until you have reconstructed the entire onion in the bowl.

  3. Place a cover on the bowl and set aside to about 15 hours or leave it overnight.

  4. Come next morning, the bowl should contain about one cup or more of sweetened onion cough syrup.

  5. Whenever needed, just take one spoonful of this natural onion cough syrup.

Salt water

 

This extremely simple home remedy of gargling salt water has been proven over and over to be really effective when it comes to treating a cough problem especially caused by an irritated throat.  Just simply add a little salt into warm or bearable hot water (the saltier the better) and gargle as many times throughout the day as you possibly can.

 

Water

 

Just simply consuming plenty of water may help to keep your body hydrated and subsequently helping to thin the mucus.

 

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