Voluntary or reflexively, cough expels air from the lungs (up to 600mph!), in response to some irritation. Then something undesirable is expelled. Cough in itself is not a disease but a symptom.
There are 2 main categories: wet cough and dry cough. The first is called “productive” because it clears mucus from the lungs. The second however is called “non-productive” in the sense that it doesn’t remove anything (often something of a viral origin) and in general is a sign of a cold (as a result of an exposure of some irritant such to smoking or allergy).
Here are some recipes for the best remedies against cough
First there are some simple tips to remember:
Take a rest; think about adding a pillow before you go to sleep in order to raise the head, drink hot drinks, soups, broths and herbal teas.
Ventilate the room so you can breathe clean fresh air. Avoid cold air. Take warm baths.
The best-known proven remedies against cough are inhalations, herbal teas, syrups and homemade juice.
To prepare the herbal tea, boil 3 to 4 sprigs of thyme in 1 cup of water. Then remove the branches and drink it throughout the day.
Eat honey or add some honey to the herbal tea. Consumed in the evening, it is very good to calm the coughing at night. Give children ½ teaspoon of honey before bedtime, if they are between 2 and 5 years old. You can increase the quantity to 1 teaspoon between 6 and 11 years old. Finally, 2 teaspoons of honey is recommended dosage for adults.
Drink a glass of grape juice because it tones the lungs and acts as an expectorant.
Onion calms the irritation and clears the throat. Here is the onion juice recipe against cough:
Cut the onion and mash it to get out the juice. Mix one tablespoon of the onion juice with a spoonful of honey and let it stand for 5-6 hours. Consume this mixture two times a day for 3 days.
Drink lemon juice mixed with warm water and honey. Consume this drink in the morning and in the afternoon.
Some more natural remedies against cough
Inhalation is very effective especially to help expectorate. Add 5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil (or niaouli, ravensara, tea tree) in a bowl filled with hot water, stand above and breathe the steam for 10 minutes.
You can put a few drops of essential oils of these plants on your wrists and then rub some on the chest and back. These are essences, therefore it is very important to pay attention to the eyes and mucous membranes!
Don’t overlook the sometimes lesser known plants which are also excellent in herbal teas or capsules. Thus, pine buds, white horehound and mullein are very effective.
Effective are also liquorice root, marshmallow root and fennel.
We will add borage, thyme, goldenrod, marjoram, hyssop, veronica, horsetail and coltsfoot flowers.
It is very simple to make herbal tea: take 3 tablespoons of the plants you have chosen and 2 cups of cold water. Boil the water, remove the water from the heat, add the plants and let steep for 10 minutes covered and then filter before drinking.
With all these natural remedies against coughing, you should find something that suits you best.