Coughing is not only annoying, it can also be quite painful. Coughing, due to colds, flu, smoking, viral infections and other ailments is one of the most common health problems.
A cough is your body’s way of trying to clear a blockage or irritant in the throat or the upper air passages. Symptoms of a cough include an itchy throat, congestion and even chest pain. There are a number of over-the-counter remedies that can help take care of a cough, but there are also a number of natural, home remedies that will soothe that cough.
Here are some common, kitchen-based remedies:
1. Turmeric: Your spice rack is probably home to this herb. It has a therapeutic effect on coughs, especially a dry one.
- To use turmeric to soothe a cough or a sore throat, turn it into a tea. Add one teaspoon of turmeric powder per cup of boiling water. You can add honey to sweeten. Or, you can simply add a teaspoon of turmeric to your favorite tea blend.
2. Ginger: Ginger is a cure-all. It is great for nearly anything that ails you, including a cough.
- Crush some fresh ginger and add to boiling water. Allow to cool and drink. Drink three or four times a day until you feel relief. If you do not have fresh ginger, you can add powdered ginger instead.
- Chewing raw ginger when you have a cough can reduce your symptoms, too.
3. Lemon: Lemon has a number of properties that will help fight your cough. It has a healthy dose of vitamin C that is great for getting rid of a cold or flu. It also works to reduce the inflammation of the throat.
- Add a couple tablespoons of lemon juice to one tablespoon of honey to make a cough syrup. Heat in the microwave until warm. Take a dose of this syrup several times a day.
- Additionally, add lemon juice to your tea to soothe a sore throat and cough.
4. Garlic: Garlic is great for fighting a cold or flu. It has both antibacterial and antimicrobial components that help to get rid of a cough.
- When cooking, add garlic to nearly everything you are cooking, from sauces to vegetables to meats. This added bit of garlic will really work to ward off, and fight, a cough.
- Or, boil two cloves of garlic in a cup of water and add a teaspoon of oregano oil. Allow to cool and then add honey. Drink. It will help you breathe easier and will alleviate other cough symptoms.
5. Hot Milk and (6)Honey: Hot milk and honey is another drink that will alleviate a dry cough and reduce any chest pain you may feel from coughing.
- It is best to drink this before going to bed.
- You can also swallow a teaspoon of plain honey to clear the mucus in your throat.
7. Grapes: Most people do not know that grapes can act as an expectorant. They help to release the mucus in your respiratory system. When you get rid of the mucus, your coughing will end.
- Simply eat some grapes or make some fresh grape juice.
8. Almonds: Eating almonds can play a proactive role in healing cough symptoms.
- Simply soak six in water for about eight hours. Make a paste of these and then add a teaspoon of butter. Eat this several times a day to get rid of a cough.
Note: While these home remedies can give you relief from your cough, it is important to note that if a cough continues for two weeks or more, you should see a doctor.