A cough is only a symptom, not a disease, and often the importance of cough can be determined only when other symptoms are evaluated. A cough is your body’s way of responding to irritants in your throat and airways. Through cough body gets rid of irritants; toxins, foreign material or mucus. An irritant stimulates nerves in your respiratory tract, sending the cough impulse to your brain, which signals the muscles of your abdomen and diaphragm to give a strong push of air to your lungs to try to expel the irritant. Try the cough home remedies to heal your cough fast.
A productive cough produces phlegm or mucus. The mucus may have drained down the back of the throat from the nose or sinuses or may have come up from the lungs. A productive cough generally should not be suppressed-it clears mucus from the lungs. There are many causes of a productive cough, such as:
- Viral illnesses
- Chronic lung disease
- Stomach acid backing up into the esophagus
- Nasal discharge
- Smoking or other tobacco use
Nonproductive Dry cough
A nonproductive cough is dry and does not produce mucus. A dry, cough may develop toward the end of a cold or after exposure to an irritant, such as dust or smoke. There are many causes of a nonproductive cough, such as:
- Viral illnesses
Cough Home Remedies
From the pantry to the bedside, home remedies can be made in a snap to help prevent seasonal productive or stubborn dry cough.
Cough Syrup with Slippery Elm Bark
Put 1 tablespoon each of boneset, Irish moss, white yarrow, slippery elm bark, thyme, peppermint, horehound, and lemon balm in 4 cups of boiling water. Steep for 30 minutes. Strain well and add 4 cups of honey. Drink several cups of this liquid a day for coughs.
Smokers Cough Relief with Honey
Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 tablespoon anise seed. Let steep, covered, for 15 minutes. Strain and sweeten with honey. Drink hot.
Black Currant Cough Syrup
Simmer 3 teaspoons of black currants in 2 cups of water for 15 minutes. Strain and add 2 tablespoons of honey. Use as needed for coughs.
Expectorant for Coughs
Mix ¼ cup each of mullein and mallow flowers. (Either the mullein leaves or flowers can be used.) Add 1 tablespoon of herb mixture to
1 cup of boiling water. Strain and add several cloves and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Sweeten with honey. Loosens chest congestion and promotes discharge of mucus.
An old Chinese method of dealing with chest congestion. Slice and roast several large onions. Pour enough vegetable oil over the onions to cover them, and allow to steep in the oven for 30 minutes. Put the onion mixture on a flannel cloth. Grease chest with olive oil and apply the onion poultice to the chest. Cover to keep the poultice warm. Remove after about 30 minutes.
Mix together 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper, 4 tablespoons of cinnamon, and 6 tablespoons powdered ginger. Add enough olive or
vegetable oil to form a paste. Apply the mixture to a warm flannel cloth. Grease the chest area with olive oil and apply the poultice to the chest. Cover to keep warm and leave on over for the night.
Cherry Cough Syrup
Place 2 cups of cherries in a pan and add just enough water to cover. Add several lemon slices and 2 cups of honey. Simmer the mixture until cherries are soft. Remove from heat. Remove the lemon slices and the cherry pits from the mixture. Refrigerate and take several tablespoons as needed for coughing.
It would also probably be good for someone suffering from gout, as cherries are excellent for treating gout. If you are susceptible to gout, take it on a regular basis to prevent gout attacks.
Cough Syrup With Elecampane
Put 1 tablespoon each of elecampane, coltsfoot, Irish moss, lobelia, and 3 tablespoons boneset in a pint of water. Boil down to half the liquid. Strain well and add 2 cups of honey. Refrigerate and take by the tablespoon as needed for cough.
Parsley Cough Treatment
This is good to use for a persistent. stubborn cough. Pour 2 ½ cups of boiling water over 2 tablespoons of dried agrimony flowers or leaves, and 1 tablespoon dried parsley. Cover and steep until the mixture is cool. Strain. Use as a gargle to soothe sore throats. To stop persistent coughs, take 2-3 tablespoons of the morning and evening.
Red Clover Cough Suppressant
Place 4 cups of water and 4 cups of honey in a pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and add 4 tablespoons of red clover blossoms. Simmer for 15 minutes. Cool, strain, bottle, and refrigerate. Take 1-2 tablespoons as needed for coughs. You receive a lot of extra minerals with this recipe.
Garlic Turmeric Milk
Ingredients needed for the preparation process:
500 milliliters of milk, ten cloves of peeled and minced garlic two or three teaspoons of honey, 250 milliliters of water, two tsp of turmeric
Preparation: Take a pot and pour the water, turmeric and the milk into it. Then, add the garlic and put the pot on heat. Wait until the mixture starts boiling. Keep the heat on medium; do not stop stirring, all until the mixture evaporates to one half of the amount you started with. Strain and add honey to the mixture. This drink is the best when served hot. Cardiac problems – this drink efficiently reduces the levels of the LDL cholesterol, also known as bad cholesterol, prevents the formation of clots, thus improving the circulatory system. If you prepare the Garlic Milk with skimmed or low fat milk, it will be even more efficient for alleviating cardiac issues.
Cough – combined with turmeric, this drink is excellent for treating persistent cough. This is why you can prepare garlic turmeric milk for treating cough. Garlic has potent antibacterial effects, which make it an amazing cough remedy. If you add honey to this mixture, you will get an excellent expectorant to get rid of the cough.
Garlic Cough Syrup
This is a remedy for bronchial complaints ranging from bronchitis to asthma. Slice 2 ½ cups of fresh garlic into 4 cups of water. Bruise 2 tablespoons each of caraway and fennel seeds. Add to garlic water. Boil this mixture until garlic is soft. Let stand 12-14 hours in a very tightly closed container. Measure the mixture at the end of 14 hours and add an equal amount of cider vinegar. Bring again to a boil, adding enough sugar to make a syrup. For coughing, take 1 teaspoon every morning or when necessary.
Horehound Cough Syrup
Add 6 tablespoons of horehound and 2 tablespoons of grated horseradish to 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer. Simmer until the liquid is reduced by half. Strain and add 3/4 cup of honey. Take 2 teaspoons as needed for coughs.
Sweeten Breath during Colds
Chew fresh parsley during a cold. This not only freshens the breath during a cold, but rids the mouth of any bad odors anytime. Parsley also gives you the extra vitamins you need while suffering through a cold.
Borage Cough Syrup
Place 1/2 cup of borage leaves in blender along with 1/2 cup of water. Blend until mixture is of a smooth consistency. Place in an enamel pan and add 2 cups of honey. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add the juice from 2 lemons. Take 1-2 tablespoons as needed for coughs.
Ginger, Black Pepper and Honey for Congested Chest and Productive Cough Relief
One remedy that’s proven to be very effective in productive cough with chest congestion is a mixture made with honey, ginger and black pepper.
Preparation: Mix one teaspoon of ginger juice, extracted from freshly grated ginger, to two teaspoons of honey and a pinch of black pepper powder in a cup. Blend it well and take half teaspoon three times a day. for kids use 1/4 teaspoon three times a day to get rid of productive cough.