Cough is a disorder of the airways that occurs to expel mucus or irritant substances. Here are the best natural remedies to fight productive and non-productive cough.
At least once, everyone has suffered from cough. This airways disorder usually occurs in cold seasons. It can be productive, with phlegm, or non-productive, which instead is characterized by the absence of mucus.
This disorder is not considered an actual disease. However, if it becomes persistent, it can lead to several complications, from insomnia to vomiting.
A good way to treat or prevent cough is using natural remedies. Let’s see them together, but first let’s analyze the causes of this disorder!
The causes of cough
In order to better understand the causes of this disorder, we must first understand the type of cough we have. Productive cough is necessary to eliminate phlegm. When your airways are inflamed, this secretion becomes more abundant. In order to clean your lungs from it, you start coughing.
However, non-productive cough usually occurs because of allergies, colds, bronchus or throat infections. It can occur especially in the cold seasons, maybe because of a sudden temperature change. However, it might also be caused by stress, smoking or inhalation of harmful substances.
In any case, you should not try and stop productive cough, because it is the signal that our body is trying and eliminate catarrh. However, if it is persistent, it is better to see your doctor.
Here are some natural remedies to fight this disorder!
The best natural remedies against cough
A valid alternative to medicines to fight or prevent coughing is to use natural remedies. There are so many and of different type, which can immediately relief the symptoms. Let’s find out what are the best ones and let’s see together how to calm persistent cough!
1. Rest and a hot shower
It may seem stupid, but the first remedy to fight cough is to change some of our small habits, especially regarding our rest time. Yes, becomes cough may make it difficult to sleep, stressing us out, but it can also be caused by stress itself!
For this reason, when you suffer from persistent cough, the first thing to do is to try and sleep as much as you can.
In addition, a hot shower can give immediate relief. Steam, in fact, is one of the main enemies of cough, becuase it that soothes the inflammation of the airways. Just pay attention to the type of disorder you suffering from: steam may worsen asthmatic cough.
2. Drink plenty of water
This metod might also seem banal, but before coug syrups, there was nothing but water, one of the most effective natural remedies against this disorder.
If you do not consume enough liquids, phlegm will never leave your body. Water prevents the air to dry your mucous membrane. Moreover, mucolytics only work if you drink a lot of water during the day.
In case of cough, always remember to drink a lot of water: it is the first way to get back in shape!
Many of you will remember grandmother’s old methods to cure sore throat, colds and other respiratory infections. One of these is honey.
Honey is a true panacea against cough. You can dissolve it in milk, herbal tea or even in a glass of hot water. You can also eat a spoon of it. Moreover, for additional benefits, mix it with lemon juice and coconut oil.
Science stated that honey is good for our throat. This food is rich in enzymes, trace elements and antibiotic substances, which all together are a real panacea for the respiratory tract. Honey can fight viruses and bacteria: it is a natural and delicious remedy!
4. Tea and herbal teas
How to cure cough in a pleasing manner? With a herbal tea! You already know that drinking a lot is essential to fight cough. Our advice is also to drink herbal teas or hot beverages. Many of them can immediately relief our sore throat and decrease the cough, for example thyme tea.
Thyme, thanks to the properties contained in its leaves, helps soothing cough by relaxing the trachea muscles and decreasing the infection.
Just put some thyme leaves in a small pot with boiling water in infusion for about 15 minutes. Once done, filter the water and drink. You can also add lemon, honey or sugar.
Licorice is also a cure-all for the throat. It helps to reduce inflammations of the respiratory tract and therefore to heal from cough. In these cases, use its root prepare a herbal tea. This drink will immediately act on the bronchus, facilitating the expulsion of phlegm in the fastest way.
This natural remedy has no side effects, it is tasty and has immediate effects. Try it to believe it!
Among the most popular remedies against cough there is ginger. This food has many beneficial properties for our body. Moreover, in case of cough (especially the productive one), it can become an important ally.
This root has many secrets and benefits, including helping the dissolution of mucus and the consequent liberation of the bronchus.
You can eat ginger raw, grated or in herbal teas. To prepare them, leave about fifteen slices of this root in a pot full of boiling water. After about 20 minutes, pour the water into a cup and add honey, lemon, cinnamon or sugar.
Its spicy taste will give your inflamed throat immediate benefits.
7. Inhalations against cough
One of the most classic natural remedies to heal the cough is by using inhalations. It is a very ancient practice which consists in breathing steam. In short, you completely cover your head with a towel, then bend on a bowl full of hot water and start breathing deeply. You can also dissolve essential oils or herbs in the water.
You may have already done this, maybe to cleanse your face and to open the pores of your skin. Moreover, aerosol is a true panacea against cough.
It actually helps to thin the mucus and eliminate it from the bronchial tubes, thus speeding up the expulsion of phlegm from the body. Therefore, at first this practice could worsen your cough, which can become more productive. However, at the same time, it can speed up the resolution of the problem.
For a maximum effect action, add two tablespoons of baking soda.
8. Fig syrup
This is an ancient remedy, especially useful in case of non-productive cough. You can easily prepare fig syrup at home: it gives immediate benefits, other than being very tasty!
In order to prepare it, boil the figs in a pot full of water, until it becomes a syrup and store it in a jar.
Take a tablespoon in the morning, one mid day and one at night: in this way, you will fluidify the phlegm and help the body eliminating it.
9. Hot water bottle
If you have already used this method to fight stomach cramps or nausea, you must know that this is an excellent method to calm the cough, especially at night.
Wrap the hot water bottle around a cloth, a towel or a blanket, then place it between your shoulder blades. The heat will act immediately against the mucus and decrease the coughing at night.
You can also use this remedy during the day. The important thing is to lie down on your stomach, so you can place it correctly on your back.
10. Flax seeds
This is an older method, but still effective: flax seed poultices. Crush the dry flax seeds until they become a powder. Boil some water and put the powder inside, abou two tablespoons for every 200 ml of water.
When the mixture is ready, wrap it in a cloth and hold it on your chest, both during the day and during the night. The poultice, of course, must be warm.
Nicoletta Chiara Romano