Natural Cough Remedies

September 27, 2017

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The cold and flu season is upon us and that annoying cough is not too far away. While many people reach for over-the-counter medicines to contain the cough, experts say that many of them are a waste of money, with some offering their own side effects that make you feel worse. Experts say these home remedies work just as well and in many cases better than over-the-counter medications. Try a spoon of honey which can be highly effective in treating coughs and sore throats.  Mix in coconut oil and lemon juice for extra benefits.  A cup of thyme tea helps to relax the throat muscles and reduce inflammation. In fact, in Germany thyme is an officially approved treatment for coughs, upper respiratory infections, bronchitis and whooping cough. Steep two teaspoons of crushed thyme leaves in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes, then strain. Adding honey and lemon rounds out the flavor and adds extra soothing power as well. Licorice has long been used to treat coughs as it can help soothe inflamed and irritated throats and help to ease coughing. Slice one ounce of candy licorice (that contains real licorice) and steep it for 24 hours with a quart of boiling water; sip as needed. Ginger root can be used to treat symptoms of colds and flu because of its antihistamine and decongestant capabilities. You can make ginger tea by adding 12 slices of fresh ginger in a pot with three cups water. Allow it to simmer for 20 minutes and remove from heat. Strain, add 1 tablespoon of honey and a squeeze of lemon, and taste. If it’s too spicy just add more water.

SOURCE: Mother Nature Network

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