5 Home Remedies For Alleviating Cough

Cough is a common result of a viral or bacterial infection of the respiratory tract while chronic cough may be a sign of a serious illness such as pneumonia or tuberculosis. But more often it is just a torment for the patient, because it causes chest pain and general fatigue. Body is actually trying to purify the respiratory tract by coughing.
Cough usually occurs when bacteria, viruses, dust, pollen or other irritants start to irritate nerve endings in the airways between the throat and lungs. Other symptoms can include headache, runny nose, fever, sneezing, sore and swollen throat and muscle pain.
The nature is giving us opportunity to find natural cough remedies, all you need is ingredients like honey, lemon, ginger, garlic, onion and chili. When you mix them with some other ingredients you can make yourself outstanding syrups and teas that will help alleviate the cough and sore throat. If you are thinking about how to get rid of a cough, than try one of these these natural recipes and heal cough today.

1. Ginger Tea 
Ginger is very healthy and may help you alleviate the cough because it has antihistamine and decongestant properties and helps expectoration and opening the airways. Ginger can be considered as the best home remedy for cough.

home remedy for cough
Ginger Tea
Ingredients:
  • 12 slices of fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Preparation:
Put the sliced ginger in a pot with six deciliter of water. Place it on a stove on a low heat for about twenty minutes and then remove from the heat (in the making of ginger tea water should not boil). Strain the tea and add a tablespoon of honey and two tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice. If the drink is too spicy, add more water and honey. Drink several cups throughout the day.

2. Spicy syrup to relieve cough 
The active ingredient of ginger, gingerol, is known to have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. While onions contain chemical compounds such as phenols, flavonoids, quercetin, which have anti-inflammatory, antiviral and anti-oxidant properties. This spicy syrup has a powerful effect and you will quickly notice that cough symptoms will disappear.

Ingredients:
  • 4 teaspoons of a high quality honey 
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 3 fresh ginger, grated
Preparation:
Pour honey into a bowl then add chopped onions and grated ginger. Stir and allow the mixture to stand overnight. The honey will absorb all the active ingredients that onion and ginger will release during the night. Then you can remove the ingredients from honey or leave them as desired. Eat a teaspoon of mixture for five or six times a day.

3. Tea made of wild thyme 
The leafs of this plant contain a powerful mixture of compounds that soothe coughs. The tea will relax the muscles and reduce inflammation of the trachea.

Ingredients:
  • crushed leaves of wild thyme
  • honey
  • freshly squeezed lemon juice
Preparation:
In 2 dl of boiling water, add two teaspoons of crushed thyme leaves. If you want to prepare a larger amount of wild thyme tea, than on every 2 dl of water add two teaspoons of crushed thyme leaves. Leave the leaves in the water for ten minutes, then strain. Add honey and lemon because they act antibacterial and will enhance the calming effect on the respiratory tract.

4. A simple syrup made of honey and lemon 
Honey is an old home remedy for cough and other symptoms associated with colds and flu. It is used alone or in a tea. Honey is one of the healthiest natural foods in the world and contains powerful anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredients. The study that was conducted on 139 children with respiratory infections has shown that during the night honey can ease the cough better than the pharmaceutical products. Lemon in the other hand can reduce inflammation and it inserts a dose of vitamin C in the body, which boosts immunity.

home remedy for cough
Syrup made of honey and lemon
Ingredients:
  • 150 ml honey
  • 50 ml of coconut oil or you can use extra virgin olive oil
  • 50 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
Preparation:
Mix the ingredients and heat this mixture close to the boiling point. Pour into a sterilized bottle and store in the refrigerator. You can use this syrup for three weeks refrigerated. Take one tablespoon of syrup three to four times a day until symptoms disappear.

5. The syrup to relieve severe cough 
Hot pepper may help you ease the cough because it enhances blood flow to the inflamed area, in this case the throat, which speeds up healing.

Ingredients:
  • 2 branchlets of thyme
  • 1 Ceylon cinnamon stick
  • 1 small onion, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 hot pepper, sliced
  • 150 ml honey
  • 50 ml of coconut oil or you can use extra virgin olive oil
  • 50 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
Preparation:
Put thyme, cinnamon, onion, garlic and hot pepper in a small pan and pour over oil and honey. Stir the mixture and heat it close to the boiling point. Take it off the heat, cover and allow to cool completely. Strain and use only a mixture of oil and honey. Strained liquid pour into the pan and add fresh lemon juice. Pour the syrup into sterilized bottles and close them well. Store the syrup in the refrigerator, where it will remain edible for at least three weeks. Drink it three to four times a day.
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