Coughs are a natural process that your body does to clear irritants and phlegm from your throat and it is a normal thing that happens occasionally, but if you start coughing persistently, then you either have a bacterial or viral infection, or allergy. If fever accompanies your coughs, then you have to see a doctor because it can be an infection that needs antibiotics.
Fortunately, mild coughs can be treated at home easy using natural ingredients that you use on a daily basis if you don’t want to take any sort of medicine. So without further ado, here are 6 home remedies to get rid of coughs naturally.
Honey is one of my favorite things to eat with bread, the taste is just unbelievable, but honey has more to offer than just a good taste because it can treat coughs better than medications with dextromethorphan. There are 3 ways to consume honey, either eat a spoonful of it, add it to a herbal tea, or mix it with a cup of hot water.
2) Licorice tea.
Licorice root is rich in glycyrrhizin, a compound that loosens, thins mucus, terminates irritants, and soothes your throat. That is why drinking a cup full of hot licorice tea can help you relief your coughs.
Peppermint contains menthol that can break down mucus and soothes the throat. You can either add some peppermint oil into a steal bath to inhale the generated steam or add some mint leaves to hot water in order to create peppermint tea).
Ginger is a natural and powerful anti-inflammatory agent that can soothe your throat’s inflammation. Start by mincing ginger before adding it to honey to create a homemade cough syrup, or steep a freshly sliced ginger in hot water and let it sit for a moment to cool down a little bit before drinking it.
5) Fresh pineapple.
Bromelain is an enzyme that can loosen the mucus in the throat and suppress coughs. Luckily, pineapples have enough bromelain quantities. You can either make pineapple juice or eat it fresh. Furthermore, fresh pineapple can relieve sinusitis and different allergy-based sinuses that are linked directly to coughs.
6) Gargle salt-water.
This home remedy is old school, but very effective. To make salt-water, start by dissolving a teaspoon of salt in a cup of hot water, then start gargling for 15 seconds straight. Everyday Roots had something to say on the way salt-water functions: “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.“