Winter has had a real grip on much of the nation the last couple of weeks. Bitter cold temperatures and snow have even hit some areas that normally experience milder winters.
And all that cold weather has brought along an unwanted friend, a hacking persistent cough that has many folks dreaming of warmer weather.
If your home has been hit with this unwelcome visitor you’re not alone. The barking cough has been spreading like wildfire.
Commercial cough syrups can help. But they can also replace your cough with sickening side effects including dizziness, vomiting and drowsiness.
And to make matters worse those chemical concoctions are laced with unhealthy ingredients including artificial colors, sweeteners and high fructose corn syrup.
Home cough remedies that REALLY work
If you don’t want to down bottles of cough syrup, but you’re tired of the cross looks you get every time you find you can’t stay silent through a movie or shopping trip, we’ve got a solution.
In fact, we have six of them.
Quite your cough, and finally get a good night’s sleep, with one of these six proven home cough remedies.
1. Chicken soup:
It turns out all those old wives are onto something. Chicken soup really IS good for what ails you. Especially when what ails you is a cough that won’t quit.
The key is to make homemade bone broth, instead of buying shelf-stable stock or bouillon cubes at the store. The store-bought stuff has been heavily processed, but the homemade version is packed with all-natural healing compounds that can help alleviate your cough and boost overall immunity.
As the bones, marrow, ligaments and tendons cook down, they release potent nutrients that your body needs to calm the cough, break down mucus and help you get and stay healthy through the long winter ahead.
If a cough is keeping you awake all-natural honey is a sweet solution that could send that bark packing. In fact, according to a study out of Penn State University honey is more effective at calming a nighttime cough than over-the-counter cough suppressants.
To give this one a try, stir two teaspoons of local, organic honey into hot tea or warm water, and sip. The honey will gently coat your throat to relieve your hacking. Meanwhile the warm liquid will comfort and soothe inflamed and raw throat tissues.
On the road with no access to hot liquids? No problem. The same two teaspoons of honey straight from the spoon can put the brakes on a persistent cough too.
When it comes to home cough remedies marshmallow sounds as bizarre as they come. Well that is until you realize it’s not the campfire confection we’re talking about here, but the herb that was once used to make them instead.
Althaea officinalis, or marshmallow plant, is a flowering herb. The sap from the herb’s roots has been used to calm coughs for hundreds of years. The extract coats the throat easing irritation and the urge to cough.
You can harness the cough calming power of Althaea officinalis by brewing up some marshmallow root tea and sipping on it. The tea can be found in health food stores and online.
Peppermint contains menthol, the same compound commonly used in cough drops. Menthol naturally…
- calms coughing
- loosens mucus
- eases sore throats
If your cough is accompanied by backed up sinuses it will help open those up too. Plus, fresh peppermint is a real bargain because it’s actually two cough remedies in one.
Sipping a warm cup of peppermint tea can cut off a coughing fit fast and soothe your throat at the same time. To brew some tear up the fresh peppermint leaves and drop them into a French press or large mug. Pour some boiling water over top and allow the tea to steep for at least five minutes. Strain out the leaves and sip.
Or try a peppermint steam instead. Put some peppermint leave into a large bowl and carefully pour boiling water over top. Cover your head with a towel, lean over the bowl and breathe in the steam. The menthol infused steam will ease your cough and congestion in no time.
5. Pineapple juice “cocktail”:
Pure, 100 percent pineapple juice contains a compound called bromelain. Bromelain is a natural anti-inflammatory, so it can help calm inflamed throat tissues while opening up your airways at the same time. Plus, bromelain is a mild expectorant, which means it can help break up mucus too.
A 2010 study found that when folks sipped on a combination of pineapple juice, honey, black pepper and salt the combo reduced coughing five times faster than a traditional cough syrup. Try whipping up your own pineapple “cocktail” at home.
It turns out thyme is more than just a delicious spice. It also has earned a spot on our list of cough remedies that really work.
The flavonoids found in thyme help relax the muscles that contribute to coughing spells. And since it’s also a natural anti-inflammatory, thyme can help open breathing passages.
Mix two teaspoons of thyme with one cup of boiling water. Let steep for ten minutes, strain and drink.
Don’t lose your winter to a hacking cough. Lose the cough instead, with these home cough remedies to quiet the most stubborn coughs.
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