How to treat cough naturally
Cough is a normal and natural reaction of our body, which our body starts up as a result of the presence of mucus or a foreign body in the respiratory tract, or by the existence of an irritation of the respiratory tract. In fact, the cough can appear consciously, with the aim of keeping the air in the lungs clean of foreign substances. It consists in the abrupt and noisy expulsion of the air that we contain in the lungs, as a consequence of the spasmodic contraction that results precisely in the violent release of the air present in the lungs.
Depending on its causes and characteristics there are different types of cough. Among the most common we can mention dry or unproductive cough (one of the most common, which tends to cause coughing attacks and in which there is no mucus), and productive cough (which as its name suggests does produce mucus) . On the other hand, we can differentiate between acute cough (which starts suddenly and does not last more than 3 weeks), and chronic cough (which does tend to last longer).
Tips for treating cough naturally
1. Medicinal infusion for cough
There are certain medicinal plants with antitussive action, which can be very useful when preparing a wonderful infusion to control and relieve cough. To make it you only need 1 teaspoon of green tea, 1 teaspoon of ginger, 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, the juice of 1 lemon, 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 pinch of salt and the equivalent of 1 cup of water.
Put in a saucepan the equivalent of 1 cup of water and let it reach the boiling point. When it begins to boil add all the ingredients, and let boil 3 minutes. After this time turn off the heat, cover and let rest another 5 minutes. Finally sneak and drink.
2. Take a teaspoon of honey
Both the rosemary honey as the eucalyptus honey They are ideal in case of cough, thanks to help to relieve any disease of the respiratory tract, being appropriate in turn in case of pharyngitis, sinusitis, asthma and bronchitis. Further, they also relieve nasal congestion and excess mucus.
To enjoy its different qualities you can take 1 teaspoon of honey with each meal, or sweeten your tea or medicinal infusion.
3. Recipe of herbal candies
The sweets of herbs and plants are ideal as an antitussive remedy to control cough and relieve it. At home you can make your own herbal candies. For this you need 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/3 cup of light corn syrup, 1 teaspoon of eucalyptus, 1 teaspoon of echinacea, 1 teaspoon of thyme, 1 teaspoon of sage and 1 cup of water.
First put the equivalent of 1 cup of water in a saucepan and when it starts to boil add the herbs indicated above (to taste, it does not matter that you do not have all). Let it boil for 7-8 minutes so that it acquires a strong flavor.
Now in another saucepan add the herbal tea, sugar and corn syrup. Cook over low heat until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture boils. Then continue to boil without mixing, until the mixture begins to crystallize. Reduce the fire.
Drop with a spoon a bit of the mixture on a previously greased surface, or in molds for hard candy. Let them harden and cool.
4. Make a mustard poultice
Mustard helps control cough thanks to its smell and its strong and penetrating aroma. To elaborate a mustard plaster you must mix in a saucepan a spoonful of mustard powder and two tablespoons of flour. Add water and mix until a paste forms. Now apply a little Vaseline on your chest (to protect your skin), and then the mustard poultice.
If you notice that the skin becomes irritated or becomes very sensitive, remove the poultice quickly.
5. Lemon, hot pepper and honey
Another interesting and very effective natural remedy in case of cough with mucus It consists of mixing 3 tablespoons of lemon juice with 2 tablespoons of honey and a little spicy pepper.
6. Home-made antitussive syrup
Did you know that easily at home you can make a syrup with antitussive action using for it certain plants and medicinal herbs? To do so, you only need 1 tablespoon of anise, chamomile and sweet cloves, half a cup of eucalyptus honey and half a cup of lemon juice.
In a saucepan boil the water and the mixture of herbs indicated for 3 minutes. Then turn off the heat, cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Strain and put the infusion in a glass container. Add the eucalyptus honey and the lemon juice, and mix well. Cover it and put it in the fridge. You can take between one to two tablespoons a day of this syrup, 3 times a day.
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