Natural cough remedies are easy to find and easy to use. They're also surprisingly effective ...
by Summer Banks, a prolific writer and certified medical assistant who has supervised customer support for multiple supplement companies.
Anyone can use homeopathic cough remedies to treat that
stubborn cough. Children and adults alike tend to be over medicated
with over the counter cough syrups and prescription cough medications.
Nature provides all the ingredients needed to solve the most stubborn cough once and for all.
Natural cough remedies are available for both types of cough -
productive and unproductive.
A productive cough works to remove any congestion that may have settled in the lungs due to allergies or colds. These coughs often sound very loose with sputum sometimes moving into the mouth from the lungs. Unproductive coughs may have a higher pitch with no sputum or phlegm.
One of the most effective natural remedies works for both the
unproductive and productive coughs. Elecampane is an
herb that can be
grown in the home.
Once the plant has grown to full size, the roots can be used to make natural cough remedies. After pulling up the roots of the plant, cut them into small pieces. Rinse the pieces with cool water and place in a jar. Fill the jar with honey and allow to sit for a couple of days in the refrigerator. Turn the jar over twice a day to mix the root with the honey.
When coughing start, eat a teaspoon of the honey. The thick texture will coat the throat and stop the irritation causing the cough. The roots should be chewed for a few moments and spit out. Elecampane roots work as a cough suppressant and expectorant so loose coughs become more productive and unproductive coughs are quieted.
Elecampane root can also be brewed into a tea for additional relief.
Simmering dried root in water for 20 minutes creates a tea for all
types of coughs. The tea can be sweetened with honey or natural sugar
and lemon. Before consuming the tea it is important to strain out all
the leftover root from the water.
If Elecampane root is nowhere to be found,
eucalyptus and mint
leaves can be used to create natural cough remedies. Adding
to boiling water creates a mint steam that will help subside a cough.
Pour the boiling water into a bowl and inhale the steam until the water
cools. This method can be used multiple times a day to relieve the
worst coughs. For added minty relief, eucalyptus oil can be added to
Vaseline. After mixing the two together, place a small dab beneath the
nose and a bit on the chest. The natural mint vapors will ease cough
and promote healing naturally.
When the body is allowed to fight off infection and cold without the
help of prescription or over the counter medications, the immune system
becomes more capable of fighting off future illnesses. Natural cough
remedies provide quick and easy solutions that allow the body to work
its own healing magic.
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