What is cough?
Cough is common problem to everyone. There are two primary types of coughs, dry and productive. A productive cough is one in which you are coughing up phlegm or mucous-this is not a cough that should be suppressed, as your body needs to rid itself of the gunk that’s in your chest/lungs. While it shouldn’t be suppressed, some of these remedies will address a productive cough by including an expectorant.
Natural Remedies for Cough:
Honey for Cough:
Honey is a rich demulcent, with a high viscosity and stickiness that does an incredible job of coating and soothing those irritated mucous membranes. Thanks to an enzyme added by bees when they harvest honey, it also has anti-bacterial properties as well which may help shorten how long you have the cough if it is due to bacterial illness. This is an excellent alternative remedy for both kids and adults, but should never be given to children under the age of 2 years due to the risk of botulism. Take 1 tablespoon of honey 1-3 times daily as needed to control coughing.
Licorice Root Tea for Cough:
Licorice root is both an expectorant and demulcent, simultaneously soothing your airways while loosening and thinning mucous, easing congestion. It can also ease any inflammation that may be irritating your throat. Its main constituent, glycyrrhizin, is responsible for most of its effects. 30-50 times sweeter than sucrose, it inhibits an enzyme 11beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase. This enzyme regulates access of glucocorticoid (a steroid hormone) to steroid receptors, ultimately slowing the conversion of cortisol to cortisone. This increases the effect of cortisol and reducing inflammation. If you are on steroids, or have any problems with your kidneys, it is best to steer clear of licorice root. Take 2 tablespoons of dried licorice root 8 ounces of fresh water.
Gargle Salt Water for Cough:
Salt also a popular remedy for sore throats, salt water can ease the discomfort caused by a cough the same way it helps a sore throat-through osmosis. When the concentration of salt is higher outside of the cells in your mucous membranes, water flows out of the cells to balance everything out. When water leaves the cells, swelling goes down, and discomfort is decreased. If you have a cough that happens to come along with inflamed tissue, this is a good route to take. It can also help dislodge any phlegm that’s hanging out and allow you to expel it easily.
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