Whether it is a chesty or a dry cough, this common ailment can often be healed by self-medication. Natural remedies exist to get rid of this minor but uncomfortable illness. Here are a few recommendations for soothing a cough, without having to go to the doctor.
Honey is the first miracle cure for fighting against a cough. Delicious and easily available in the supermarkets (even if ideally it is better to buy organic products), honey has numerous antiseptic and antibiotic virtues that make it highly effective for fighting against multiple pathologies.
A study carried out by American researchers (from the University of Pennsylvania) showed that honey was the most effective cough remedy in children and adolescents.
So how do you use it? Give small children a teaspoon of honey, while adolescents can take two teaspoons. It is possible to eat it as it is, or to mix it into a herbal tea or some hot milk. You can also add cinnamon, which can boost the effects of the honey.
2. Onion syrup
Onions can easily be used to replace cough syrups. They contain anti-inflammatory and anti-infectious properties, which helps thin out the mucous. Onions also contain vitamin C which gives the body a boost of energy.
How is it used? You need to prepare an onion syrup. In order to do so, peel and crush 6 onions. Put them into a bowl and add 4 tablespoons of honey. Heat it over a bain-marie and allow it to slowly cook for 2 hours. Finally, strain it, so that you keep only the syrup.
Among the multiple benefits mustard has to offer, it can also relieve a cough. You simply need to make a mustard based paste which is applied to the chest, either directly to the skin, or through a damp cloth.
How to use it? Make the paste by mixing black mustard powder, water and wheat flour. Apply it and leave it to work for around a quarter of an hour, but no more, as it could cause irritation. In the case of irritation, remove it immediately.
4. Raw garlic
Be aware that garlic is a food that is fantastic for the health. It helps in particular with relieving a cough, whether it is a dry or a chesty cough. It can also help fight against colds and sore throats.
How is it used? We warn you, it’s not the most pleasant remedy…. But be brave, and eat one clove of garlic 2 to 3 times per day. If you just can’t bring yourself to do so, go for garlic juice instead. Take one or two teaspoons every 3 hours.