Natural Home Remedies for Coughing

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Natural Remedies for Coughing

It’s never fun to be the person with a persistent cough. People avoid you in public situations, either annoyed by the sound or worried that they’ll catch whatever you have. You feel like you’re always interrupting whatever situation you find yourself in. Your throat and sinuses hurt, and you feel constantly short of breath.

Whether you’re coughing because of an infection, season allergies, or a chronic condition like asthma, a cough is irritating, uncomfortable, and annoying. Luckily, there are several home remedies that will help suppress your cough and soothe your irritated body.

Pineapple

Pineapple is a surprisingly effective remedy for coughing because it contains high levels of an enzyme known as Bromelain. Bromelain loosens the mucus build up caused by illness or allergies, reduces inflammation and swelling in the nasal passages, and soothes throat irritation, all of which can cause coughing. [3] There is also some evidence to indicate that it can help relieve sinusitis and other allergen-induced sinus problems. If you don’t have raw pineapple or pineapple juice available, look for Bromelain supplements in your local health food store.

Steam

Congestion in your nasal passages, throat, and lungs can cause persistent, nagging cough. Breathing in steam, either from a steamy shower or a humidifier, can help loosen this congestion and reduce your cough. Steam can also help if your cough is caused by dry air irritating your throat and nose.

Peppermint & Spearmint

The menthol in spearmint and peppermint can help temporarily numb the back of your throat, reducing the urge to cough and giving your respiratory system a rest. Peppermint can also help to break down mucus buildup in the throat, which will ease your need to cough. Try these minty flavors either in lozenges or tea.

Thyme

Thyme has been shown to have some antimicrobial properties, which may help fight off the bacteria causing the illness that makes you cough. [1] Even more importantly when it comes to coughing, thyme help relax the muscles in your throat and lungs. Whether you’re suffering from allergies, asthma, or an infection, thyme will help air to move more freely through your respiratory, reducing both shortness of breath and coughing.

Honey & Lemon

The smooth, gentle feel of honey can help soothe an irritated throat, coating your swollen mucous membranes and suppressing the need to cough. Both lemon and honey also have mild antibacterial properties, which will help fight the root cause of a cough due by illness. [2] Try combining a squeeze of lemon and a teaspoon of honey in hot water to make a sweet, soothing drink.

Licorice Root

Licorice root is a demulcent, which means it can ease irritated membranes in the back of your throat by coating them with a thin, protective layer. It is also an expectorant, which will help you bring up the congestion that is making you cough in the first place. Many herbal teas designed for cough have licorice root in them, or you can make your own by steeping licorice root in boiling water for 2-3 minutes.

Sources:

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3346404/
[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3609166/
[3] http://saspublisher.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/SASP11-24-29.pdf

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