Are you looking for a reliable home remedy for cough?
While a persistent, severe cough needs to be investigated by a doctor, if you are suffering from a cold, a viral or bacterial infection, hay fever or mold allergy, a good remedy for cough might be all that you need and you wouldn’t need to go to the pharmacy and rely on conventional treatment methods. There are several different home remedies for cough and when these remedies are used in the right concentration and in the correct way, they are proven to be helpful and effective.
As part of your natural, holistic treatment strategy, it is recommended to avoid dairy products and refined starches as these types of foods tend to exacerbate your condition. On the other hand, the following recipes mentioned in this article are proven to be effective in the treatment of cough:
Aromatherapy Home Remedy for Cough
The following mix of essential oil concentrates, which is also suitable for children can be used for steam inhalation or in an aromatic hot bath in order to clear the airways and to break up congestion.
- 10 drops cypress essential oil
- 10 drops frankincense essential oil
- 10 drops sweet marjoram essential oil
- 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
Put the essential oils into a small, dark bottle, shake well and dispense the mixture using a pipette, which is available in most pharmacies.
Gargle for Treating Cough
- 1 tbs apple cider vinegar
- 2 drops sweet marjoram essential oil
- 1 cup of lukewarm water
- 1 tsp manuka honey
Put the apple cider vinegar into a teacup; add the essential oil and manuka honey, mix the ingredients then top up with warm water. Stir the ingredients and use the gargle once in every 4 hours. When you prepare this home remedy for cough, be sure not to use hot water as the anti-inflammatory and antibiotic benefits of manuka or any honey tend to diminish when used in a hot liquid.
Hot Spicy Lemon and Ginger
When taken at the first sign of flu or cold symptoms, such as a cough or sore throat, this delicious hot brew may even stop the virus from developing any further. This spicy beverage is an excellent home remedy for cough, also suitable for children, provided that the cayenne pepper is left out and the brew is watered down to half of its strength.
- 1 tsp whole cloves
- 1pc star anise
- 1 small cinnamon stick broken up into small pieces
- 1 to 2 tsp grated ginger root
- Freshly squeezed lemon juice
- honey for taste (optional)
- scant sprinkling of ground cayenne pepper (optional)
- 600 ml water
Pour the water into a saucepan, add the ginger, cloves and cinnamon, cover the pan and simmer for 15 minutes. Add 3 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice to a cup and top it up with the spicy mixture, then add some honey to your taste. Finally if you dare, add the cayenne pepper.