Coughing can be an inconvenient, disruptive part of everyday life, so having natural remedies available that are easy and quick relief are invaluable. From herbal teas to honey-based syrups, there are numerous home-based solutions you can try that are safe, inexpensive, and effective ways to soothe throat pain and relieve coughing symptoms. With just a few simple ingredients at your fingertips you can craft natural treatments for coughs to alleviate their symptoms quickly.
1) Honey-Based Syrups
Honey is an excellent natural remedy for coughs due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Making honey syrups is easy, effective and suitable for all ages (even infants!). They can treat dry cough, wet cough and allergies-related coughing episodes alike. Instructions: To create your syrup simply combine 1/2 cup of honey with 1 cup of warm water in equal parts – for the easiest results use an immersion blender!
Honey-Based Syrups Once mixed, allow it to cool to room temperature before giving to your baby. Adults should take one or two tablespoons three or four times per day as part of a daily regiment of medication or supplements containing honey. Please be aware that honey allergies and diabetes should prevent using these syrups.
2) Herbal Teas
Herbal teas can be an effective home remedy for coughs. Easy to make and safe for all members of the family – including children – they’re inexpensive too – you can even use herbs from your own garden! Common herbs used to make herbal teas to treat coughs include ginger, lavender, thyme, licorice root and peppermint for optimal results; please follow instructions as indicated here for best results.
Herbal Teas Steep one teaspoon of any desired herb for 5-10 minutes in 1 cup of hot water before straining and adding honey or lemon as desired for flavoring. Drink this tea three to four times per day as part of your regular regiment. It is wise to consult your physician if any of the listed herbs pose a potential allergy threat before making this tea for consumption.
3) Steam Inhalation
Steam Inhalation A popular and effective home remedy for coughs is steam inhalation. The steam opens the airways, easing congestion and loosening mucus build-up while providing heat and moisture to soothe sore throats and coughs. Instructions: Place one or two teaspoons of herbs into a bowl with one cup of water. Finally place this bowl into a steamer or pot of hot water.
Bring the pot to a boil, and then reduce its heat. Cover it, and allow your herbs to infuse for 10-15 minutes in the steam before covering your head with a towel and placing your face over it to inhale it for 5-10 minutes.
4) Spicy Remedies
Spicy remedies can be extremely effective and easy to make at home, making them great for treating coughs, colds, flu and allergies. A few ingredients that you could use include black pepper, cayenne pepper cinnamon cardamom and honey; additional honey could increase its effectiveness as well. Instructions: add 1/2 teaspoon of any of the above listed spices into 1 cup of water.
Boil the mixture for 10 minutes before simmering it to room temperature, adding 1 teaspoon of honey as soon as you see that the tea has cooled to room temperature. Drink this tea 2-3 times a day to soothe throat discomfort and cough symptoms. Note that this remedy should not be taken by those with high blood pressure.
Gargling with warm salt water is an effective natural home remedy for coughs. It also works well against sore throats. Gargling kills off bacteria and fungus that may be contributing to these conditions, so simply add 1/2 cup of salt per cup of warm water, mix, then gargle for three or four minutes until all bacteria and fungi have been killed off. For best results add 1/2 cup to 1 cup and stir well; gargle for three or four minutes after mixing together.
You may also drink this water. Please be aware, though, if you are an expectant mother or have diabetes/thyroid condition. Gargling with warm salt water is a widely recommended home remedy, yet many have no idea how it works. According to Mayo Clinic research on sore throat discomfort relief using warm liquids; Penn Medicine details how salt water helps kill bacteria while soothing pain relief by loosening mucus build-up; making this remedy especially helpful at relieving symptoms.
Maintaining both our physical health and home environments are equally essential. Natural remedies for treating coughs are simple to make and provide quick relief, not only are they cost-effective and safe but can be easily stored. All the remedies listed can help you kick your cough faster and feel better faster – such remedies can even be used by children and pregnant women!