It is that time of the year when a cough is very common. You can treat coughs due to colds, allergies, and sinus infections medicines. Bacterial infections will require antibiotics. However, for those who prefer to avoid chemicals, experts from Mayom Hospital have listed a few home remedies that can help you to get rid of a cough.
Honey is best-known home remedy for a sore throat. Also, according to research, it can relieve coughs more effectively than the medicines.
Just mix up 2 teaspoons of honey with herbal tea or warm water and lemon. The honey does the soothing, while the lemon juice can help with congestion.
Bromelain is an enzyme which is found only in pineapple which can help suppress coughs. To enjoy the most benefits of pineapple eat a slice of pineapple or drink 3.5 ounces of fresh pineapple juice three times a day.
Peppermint leaves are very much famous in India for their cough healing properties. Menthol in peppermint soothes the throat and acts as a decongestant, helping to break down mucus. You can cure a cough by drinking peppermint tea. You can also make a steam bath and inhale peppermint vapors. To make a steam bath just add 3 or 4 drops of peppermint oil for every 150 milliliters of hot water. Drape a towel over your head, and take deep breaths directly above the water.
The essence which is extracted from thyme leaves mixed with ivy can help relieve coughing. The leaves contain compounds called flavonoids that relax the throat muscles involved in coughing and lessen inflammation.
You can make thyme tea at home using 2 teaspoons of crushed thyme leaves and 1 cup of boiling water. Cover the cup, steep for 10 minutes, and strain.
5. Salt and water gargle
While the remedy may seem relatively simple, a salt and water gargle can help soothe a scratchy throat that causes you to cough. Mixing 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of salt with 8 ounces of warm water can help to relieve irritation.
Note that children under age 6 aren’t especially good at gargling. It’s best to try other remedies for this age group.
If the cough is persisting more than 4 weeks or has greenish /yellowish colour/ blood then you should meet doctor @mayom hospital for speedy diagnosis and Treatment as it may be more sinister.