Many may not know that cough can help eliminate irritants and infections in the body, but when it persists, a dry cough can develop that can be quite annoying. Some of you are probably trying pharmaceutical cough medicines, while others may be interested in a more natural remedy. If you plan on using natural remedies, it is important to remember that herbs and supplements can affect medications and cause unwanted side effects. If the cough persists for a few weeks, you should consult a doctor.
Here are some natural remedies that you can try to kick that stubborn cough.
Honey and lemon
This combination has been a traditional way to relieve sore throat. If the grandmother ever knew you were sick, she would take out the spoon and give you a dose. Recent research has shown that honey is the main star of the program for this natural remedy, since this simple ingredient is enough to relieve persistent cough. Studies have shown that honey can be as effective as dextromethorphan, a suppressant of common cough, which gives us a natural way to eliminate flu symptoms.
Before there was modern medicine, there were grandmothers, and they bet their last dollar, they had a remedy for everything. Zebapique, commonly used in Trinidad and Tobago, is extremely bitter (and rude) but is said to have a number of health benefits. To help with your cough, it is suggested that you boil a few dry leaves and take slow sips to make sure there are no side effects. Another way to use it is to soak the zebapique in punch for a few days. Trinitarians say that this remedy can make the mucus come out and that the cold comes instantly.
Ginger is an effective remedy for infection and irritation. Conventional cough medicines can make you feel drowsy, lethargic and may be too strong for some people, so ginger tea may be a lighter alternative.
Staying hydrated is a vital part of life and when you have a cough or cold, it can be an essential part of improving. Research indicates that drinking water at room temperature can work wonders for a cough or cold, but if you experience other symptoms, you can also warm it up. Drinking a nice hot cup of tea, a broth or even a hot fruit juice can relieve symptoms almost instantly.
The cough may be related to the accumulation of mucus in the chest. A good way to break the mucus is to steam. Boil a little water at a comfortable temperature and put it in a bowl, place your face about three to four inches above the steaming water and cover your head with a towel. This can help break up the mucus in your chest and get rid of that persistent cough.