By: Annie Morgan
There’s nothing worse than a cough that just won’t seem to go away.
While traditional doctors are quick to throw over the counter meds and prescription drugs at you – oftentimes natural methods work best.
If you’re looking for some inexpensive ways to help ease your cough – check out our recommendations below.
Warm Herbal Tea With Honey
Make yourself a cup of hot herbal tea and throw in some honey for a soothing cough remedy.
The honey will coat your throat and make it less scratchy, and the tea will hydrate you while helping to reduce soreness in your body.
When selecting your tea, opt for soothing options like peppermint or chamomile, or turmeric tea which can help reduce inflammation in the body.
Of course, when selecting honey, opt for the good stuff like raw manuka honey.
When you’re congested and stuffed up, nothing feels better than a steamy hot shower or bath.
Consider spending a few extra minutes in the shower and letting the steam do its work and break up all the mucus you have inside your body.
A note of caution — if you’re feeling weak or dizzy – this is not a good plan.
Make sure you stay hydrated and have cool water with you to drink.
If you don’t feel up for a long hot shower, consider a “steam mask” instead.
Simply fill a bowl with hot water and place your face near it and cover your head with a towel.
Be careful it’s not too hot so you don’t burn yourself.
Having your face near the steam is another way to help decongest your body.
You can even add in a few drops of peppermint essential oils for an added aromatherapy bonus!
Gargle With Salt Water
Make your own homemade mixture of warm water and sea salt and gargle with it a few times a day.
Health experts report salt water can reduce the phlegm and mucus in the back of the throat, making you cough less.
Just be sure the water isn’t too hot when you gargle – the last thing you want to do is burn your throat!
Consider doing this first thing in the morning, during the middle of the day, and again before bedtime.
As much as it depends on you, do your best to avoid getting sick.
Ensure your diet consists of fresh veggies and leafy greens, along with good sources of meat protein and immune-strengthening foods.
Practice good hygiene habits and wash your hands regularly.
But if you do catch a nasty cough, be sure to check out one of the natural remedies and see if you find relief.
And if you are really sick – remember to stay home from work!
How do you deal with a nasty cold?
Have you found success with any of these natural methods?
Tell us your thoughts in the comments below and be sure to share this article with your friends and family to let them know natural cough remedies that actually work!