There is nothing more annoying than a tickley throat that causes you to cough! The cough is one infection that virtually everyone will get at some point in their life. In fact, you may experience a cough or a cold once or twice every year, especially as the seasons change.
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There are two main types of cough, infectious and non infectious
- Infectious coughs are the result of an infection in our respiratory tract. This includes the common cold but also covers bronchitis, whopping cough and a whole range of sinus infections.
- Noninfectious coughs are when an existing condition, such as emphysema or asthma flares up and irritates the lining of your respiratory tract. These can also be caused by environmental toxins.
Put simply, a cough occurs any time your respiratory system is irritated. You can cough voluntarily or involuntarily but the good news is that these remedies will sooth your throat and provide instant relief for the irritation.
Of course, you can purchase a range of over the counter medicines which will promise to soothe the symptoms and help you to overcome your cough.
But, you can achieve the same results with natural remedies. These have no potentially harmful chemicals in them; they are made from natural products and can cost virtually nothing.
You will hear people refer to different types of cough. These include:
- Dry coughs – these are the ones which sound like you’re hacking your lungs up and will quickly make the back of your throat feel sore.
It usually refers to the upper respiratory tract but it can be a sign that your lower tract has become infected.
This is the most common cough associated with a cold although it can also be caused by asthma and exposure to cigarette smoke.
- Wet cough – when fluid collects in the lower respiratory tract you need to cough in order to get rid of the fluid. If you don’t you will risk a more serious infection and even potential breathing issues.
These are commonly the result of an infection or asthma and you will generally cough up fluids; although not blood.
- Croup – this is a version of the dry cough but you’ll sound like a seal barking. You may also notice a high pitched noise when breathing.
This cough sounds much worse than it is and generally only affects children. But you do need to treat it as early as possible.
- Whopping Cough – if you have this you’re likely to have a dry cough but it will be hard to shift. It will generally be worse at night and result in a coughing fit. After the fit you’ll need to breathe deeply and there may be a whopping sound accompanying it.
It is worth noting that lying down will encourage fluids to collect in your lungs. You need to cough in order to get rid of this fluid. Fortunately, we have some natural remedies that will help to relieve the symptoms and leave you feeling much better in no time at all. Read on to discover everything you need to know regarding relieving coughs!
Homemade Cough Syrups
Syrup can be extremely effective at soothing an irritated throat and stopping a cough. This is because it will slide down your throat and provide a protective layer over the fine hairs which are being irritated.
The following 5 syrups will all help to relieve the symptoms of your cold and prevent you coughing:
1. Ginger Syrup
- 1tsp of ground ginger.
- A pinch of cayenne pepper.
- 3 tablespoons Honey, preferably runny honey.
- 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar.
- 1 lemon juiced.
- 1 cup of water.
Making this remedy is simple! All you need to do is place all the ingredients inside a bottle or container which can be sealed shut.
A sealed container allows you to keep the mixture for a while but it will also allow you to shake it vigorously. You should give it a further shake before you take the medicine.
It is advisable to only take 1 teaspoon of the syrup remedy at a time. This is a potent remedy, too much at one go might leave you feeling your throat is on fire!
The good news is that you can use this all natural syrup remedy as many times as you want throughout the day.
While this is safe for children as well as adults, it should never be given to a child under 1 year old. At this age honey can be dangerous to children and this mixture has a fairly large amount of honey!
The mixture should be kept in a sealed container but it does not need to be kept in the refrigerator.
2. Herbal Syrup
Stick with the natural approach but add a few potent herbs. This will help to relieve the cough and heal the infection.
You might not realize it but herbs contain powerful medicines and many of the modern prescription drugs are derived from herbs!
- ½ cup Ginger – preferably freshly grated root.
- ½ cup marshmallow root – again preferably freshly grated.
- ½ cup flowers from a Chamomile plant.
- 3 tablespoons of dried cinnamon.
- 1 Freshly squeezed lemon.
- 2 Cups honey; preferably liquid honey.
- 8 cups of water
Start by putting the water into a saucepan with the chamomile, marshmallow, cinnamon and ginger. Bring it to the boil and allow to simmer.
You’ll need to keep it simmering until the mixture has reduced by half.
You can then run the mixture through a strainer to ensure you have just the liquid and not the flowers or other parts of the herb plants.
Next, allow it to cool for five minutes so that it is warm but not boiling. Add the honey and the lemon, stirring as you go to ensure it is thoroughly mixed.
You can then transfer it to a sealed container and store in your refrigerator. It should be used within 2 months of being made.
Administer 1 tablespoon for adults or a teaspoon for children when needed. There is no limit to how much you can consume each day.
3. Ginger & Pepper
Keep it simple with this easy and effective syrup recipe:
You will need:
- 1 cup of warm water.
- 2 tablespoons Dried ginger.
- 2 tablespoons dried Thyme.
- 2 tablespoons dried black pepper.
- 12 tablespoons of honey.
Start by mixing the honey and the warm water together. This can be warm from the tap or heated gently in the microwave or on the stove.
Next slowly add in the ginger, thyme and pepper. Stir it well as you do so. The mixture will become syrup. You lay prefer to whisk your mixture to ensue it is blended thoroughly.
You can then store it in a sealed container. If you keep it in a cool place away from direct sunlight it should last for three or four weeks.
Take one teaspoon as and when you need it; there is no limit regarding how many times a day you can take this syrup.
4. Chocolate Syrup
Not only is this effective at relieving coughs, it also tastes delicious. You’ll have no problem getting your children to take it.
Of course, it must be noted that this recipe involves honey that should never be given to a child under one year old.
You will need:
- 4 Tablespoons honey.
- 1 Tablespoon Apple cider vinegar.
- 3 tablespoons water.
- 4 tablespoons melted chocolate; preferably dark chocolate.
- ¼ teaspoon grated ginger; preferably fresh ginger.
- ½ teaspoon grated garlic; preferably fresh.
- Pinch of cayenne pepper.
5. Olive Cough Syrup
Every kitchen should already have the ingredients needed for this cough syrup which makes it the perfect addition to your arsenal against coughs!
You will need:
- 1 Cup liquid honey.
- ½ cup olive oil.
- 1 freshly squeezed lemon.
Mixing them is easy; you simply need a suitable sized container and then place all the ingredients into it. Shake vigorously until they are fully blended and then store the syrup in the refrigerator.
It will last up to 6 weeks in the refrigerator or just 2 weeks if you keep it on the side.
To use, simply take 1 teaspoon as and when you need it. It is best to give half a dose to children and none to any child under one year old.
It is also worth noting that the honey in all these recipes can be replaced with maple syrup, if you prefer.