Has anyone ever told you that coughing is perfectly normal? According to the ENT specialist in Islamabad, coughing is a reflex action that helps you to clear your throat. But if coughing is such a normal phenomenon why there is so much buzz regarding it?
This is mainly due to the fact that persistent and untreated coughs can disrupt your everyday life and can cause you major distress.
Natural Remedies For Cough Treatment
Most of the time people tend to avoid the use of medications for such happenings. So let’s use today we will be discussing the natural ways with which you can treat your cough.
1. The Golden Miracle That Is Honey
You are living under a rock if you haven’t heard about the use of honey for the treatment of cough. It is easily the most used remedy for cough. Medical studies have also stated that the use of honey is far more effective for the treatment of sore throat than any other medication.
The most common intake of honey for the treatment of sore throat is that you should mix two teaspoons of honey with lukewarm water. This will instantly recover your sore throat.
Furthermore, honey has a healing effect on your throat. Honey’s intake in any way is sure to bring a calm and soothing effect on your throat.
2. Turmeric the Hidden Gem In Your Kitchen
Turmeric is a vital part of your kitchen. For centuries it has been used as a spice. But did you know that turmeric was an important part of soldier’s meals in the past? This is because of the fact that turmeric holds anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial properties.
Never underestimate the warm and healing power of turmeric mixed in warm milk. It is one of the most popular nighttime drinks in South East Asia. Drinking a glass of warm turmeric milk before sleep can work wonders for your distressed body.
3. The Power That Salt And Water Holds Together
One of the simplest and ancient methods to cure cough is the use of salt and water. Add a pinch of salt to a lukewarm cup of water and feel the magic!
When I visited an ENT specialist in Islamabad, he suggested that I use this method for the treatment of sore throat. You can either drink this water or another popular method is that you can gargle with it. Whatever the method of your choice is, salt and water are sure to bring comfort back to your throat.
You have to be careful with children in case of this remedy. They are unable to gargle properly and ingestion of high amounts of salts can be quite dangerous.
4. Thyme …A Wondrous Spice
We all are familiar with thyme from our spice cabinet right? But what if I told you that thyme has been used in Europe for the treatment of bronchitis for quite some time.
Nowadays thyme is not just a culinary staple but it is also gaining popularity for its medicinal properties. Apart from its use in the cure of sore throat, thyme can also lend its antibacterial properties for acne and blood pressure.
It also works as a combination cough remedy. The use of thyme with ivy leaves can help to alleviate coughing and associated bronchitis.
So be sure to drink thyme tea, next time you are suffering from dry or wet coughs.
5. Do You Ever Wonder About Pineapple
Pineapple is so much more than just your average cake topping. Pineapples are the reservoirs for Bromelain.
Bromelain is an enzyme that is only found in the stem and fruits of pineapple. There is some evidence that bromelain can help to suppress coughs and will also aid in losing the mucus in your throat.
The best way to consume pineapple is either you should eat a slice or two or drink 3.5 ounces of fresh pineapple juice in a day.
It is also an effective remedy for the treatment of sinus and sinusitis. But there is a need for the proper regulation of Bromelain for adults and children especially those who take blood thinners. Make sure you consult your doctor in such cases.
6. Steam and Its Importance
Steam is an extremely magical remedy especially when you are suffering from wet cough. Wet cough is a condition in which you suffer from the production of phlegm and mucus.
The easiest and simplest way is that you should take hot baths. Allow the stream to settle in the bathroom and stay in the steam for some time. But make sure to drink water afterward so that you can stay hydrated.
Another technique is to make a steam bowl. To open up your congested airways make sure to add herbs to the bowl. Some of the most common herbs that are known to work wonders are eucalyptus and rosemary.
Lean over the bowl and trap the steamed air with a towel above your head. Make sure to inhale the steam for 5 minutes. But do remember to discontinue when the air feels hot against your skin.
Coughing is an important reflex action that is important for your throat and its normal functioning. But it is its frequency that should be an alarming sign for you.
Episodic and prolonged coughing should not be avoided. Make sure to contact your health care provider in such situations.