Believe it or not, coughing is actually good for us as it’s our body’s way of keeping the lungs clean and free of irritants, allergens, and mucus. While that may be fine and dandy most of the time, sometimes you just can’t take it anymore and will do just about anything to get rid of it.
Here are 6 of the most effective ways to get rid of a cough.
First and foremost is hydration. Keeping the soft tissues of your throat well hydrated will help with some of the irritation and tickling sensations you experience with a dry cough. Drink plenty of water, herbal tea, or consume brothy meals to keep yourself hydrated.
Taking raw honey either by the spoonful or mixed in your favorite tea (I love it in homemade ginger tea) is a great way to coat irritated throat tissues and is especially handy for dry coughs.
3. Fresh Lemon Juice
Lemons are naturally expectorant, so these bright little beauties are perfect for when you need an extra boost that helps you expectorate phlegm and mucus.
They’re also high in Vitamin C which is exactly what you need when dealing with a cold or flu!
I like to steep a few fresh slices of lemon in boiling water (covered) and drink it as a tea. Add some raw honey to make it extra soothing.
4. Herbal Cough Syrup
The difference between herbal cough syrups and the OTC variety is that the herbal versions will actually treat the root cause of your cough instead of trying to dangerously suppress symptoms.
You can take the herbal syrup and get not only an immune boost but also get relief from incessant coughing and stubborn mucus.
5. Essential Oils
Of course, we can’t leave out the essential oils! These potent powerhouses are great to use for treating coughs naturally.
For wet coughs, you want to use essential oils that are high in keystones like camphor and thujone and those high in cineol are amazing for breaking up congestion and mucus.
A wet cough, which is one that produces mucus or phlegm, may improve with steam. Take a hot shower or bath and allow the bathroom to fill with steam. Stay in this steam for a few minutes until symptoms subside. Drink a glass of water afterward to cool down and prevent dehydration.
Alternatively, make a steam bowl. To do this, fill a large bowl with hot water. Add herbs or essential oils, such as eucalyptus or rosemary, which may also relieve decongestion. Lean over the bowl and place a towel over the head. This traps the steam. Inhale the vapors for 5 minutes. If the steam feels hot on the skin, discontinue until the skin cools down.
sources: holistichealthherbalist.com, medicalnewstoday.com