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4 proven home remedies for cough

July 2020

A great natural cough remedy is guaco tea or carrot juice because these herbals have bronchodilator properties, which relieve a wet cough and bring relief. Additionally, if you have a dry cough, ginger and lemon tea is another good option because both lemon and ginger have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. 

In addition to these home remedies, you can also take a cup of water (room temperature) with a teaspoon of honey to help hydrate the vocal cords, relieve the whole throat and decrease coughing fits. However, it is important to be able to identify the cause of the cough so that the treatment is relevant and efficient.

1. Dry cough

4 proven home remedies for cough

A great home remedy for a dry cough is ginger and lemon tea, as both ginger and lemon have anti-inflammatory properties, which help to reduce irritation in the throat and lungs, as well as clearing the airways and relieving a dry cough.

This tea can also be used as a natural remedy for children who have a cough, as it has no side effects. 

Ingredients​

  • 140 grams ginger root;
  • Juice of 2 lemons;
  • 1 teaspoon of honey;
  • ½ liter water.

How to prepare

To prepare the tea, let the water and ginger boil on a low heat until the liquid reduces by half and then remove from the heat, strain and add the lemon juice. If you wish, you can add a teaspoon of honey at the end. Honey should not be used in the case of babies under 1 year.

Take 1 tablespoon of this tea every four hours, while the cough persists.

2. Baby's cough

4 proven home remedies for cough

You can treat a baby’s cough with some home remedies, such as lemon tea with honey, but this should only be given to babies over one year old. Younger babies do not have a completely developed immune system and honey has Clostridium botulinum spores, which can put the baby at risk of getting botulism. 

Honey and lemon tea helps to relieve a cough, a sore throat, nasal congestion and it is also good for improving digestion.

Ingredients

  • 500 mL of water;
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice;
  • 1 tablespoon honey.

How to prepare

Boil water in a covered pan for about 10 minutes and then add the lemon juice and honey. When it has cooled down, give it to the baby in small quantities. 

Another tip for relieving your baby’s cough is to put a few drops of a saline solution in your baby’s nose before she breastfeeds and then clean her nose with a baby-safe cotton swab.

3. Wet cough

4 proven home remedies for cough

One home remedy for a wet or productive cough is carrot and guaco juice, as these have bronchodilator and expectorant properties, helping to eliminate the excess of phlegm and allowing you to breathe better. Additionally, if you add mint, the juice also becomes anti-inflammatory, which reduces coughing fits, especially when you have the flu, bronchitis, or asthma. 

Ingredients

  • 5  guaco leaves;
  • 1 carrot;
  • 2 sprigs of mint;
  • 1 teaspoon of honey.

How to prepare

To make the juice, mix the guaco leaves in the blender with the carrot and mint sprigs. Then strain and add a teaspoon of honey. Drink 20 ml of this juice several times a day. 

Another great home remedy for a productive cough is thyme tea as this herb has expectorant properties, which means that it helps in releasing phlegm and strengthening the immune system.

4. Allergy-related cough

4 proven home remedies for cough

To relieve an allergy-related cough, you can use some medicinal plants, such as nettle, Drosera rotundifolia and broadleaf plantain, because they have calming properties, which relieve discomfort in the throat and coughing.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon nettle leaves;
  • 200 ml water.

How to prepare

To make the tea place the nettle leaves in water and let the mixture boil for 5 minutes. Then strain the tea and let it cool down. Drink two cups of this tea a day. If you wish, you can add 1 spoon of honey to make it sweet.

The use of natural cough remedies should not rule out the use of medicine prescribed by a doctor, especially in the case of an allergy-related cough, which is usually treated with anti-histamines.

Bibliography >

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