Coughs are very common during the typhoon season in the Philippines – and that season is starting now. Although coughs can be your chronic, simple ailment, some people are caught in a recurring one due to allergies, high pollen matter in the air, and other toxins existing in the surrounding environment such as minute pollution particles, coal from cooking (like in the provinces), vehicle exhaust, etc.
Instead of taking medicines such as antibiotics and anti-cough syrup to treat your cough and other respiratory ailments, eat more natural foods that can strengthen you and ease the symptoms.
Here are some tips to keep your immune system much stronger to fight off the illnesses, including coughs:
- Detox your body every some days
- Don’t overweight
- Maintain a healthy blood pressure
- Minimize stress and anxiety
- Say no to alcohol and quit smoking
- Get enough sleep
- Maintain a healthy diet full of vegetables, whole grains, and fruits. The whole grains will cultivate a healthy body.
5 Natural Cures for a Recurring Cough
Here are a few science-based remedies you can use as home cures for a cough instead of reaching for an over-the-counter cough expectorant or suppressant:
* Ginger Tea
Ginger is well known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-tumor properties. It’s popularly used to bring relief to colds and flu. A cup of warm ginger tea may shorten the time of your cough. Add some slices of ginger with its skin peeled in a cup of hot water, add a tablespoon of honey when it becomes warm and drink.
* Honey + Coconut Oil + Lemon Juice
Actually, you can take a teaspoon of a raw honey straight mix with a few bits of raw garlic every morning. This concoction strengthens your gut microbiome which is the seat of your body’s immunity. Another way to take your honey is to mix it in a small cup of lemon juice with a teaspoon of coconut oil for extra benefits. With great anti-bacterial capabilities, honey helps alleviate a cough that is caused by a bacterial illness.
* Black Pepper + Honey
This remedy works effectively for a wet cough, as black pepper assists to stimulate circulation and mucus flow to relieve a cough. Add 1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper and 2 tablespoons raw honey in a mug, then fill with boiling water. Steep for 10-15 minutes and then strain and sip.
* Thyme Tea
Thyme is a natural cough reliever as it contains cough-calming compounds, has anti-microbial properties, and also reduces inflammation. A cup of thyme tea will relax the muscles of the trachea an bronchi, thus alleviating coughing. Steep 2 teaspoons of crushed thyme leaves in a cup of boiling water for a few minutes; add honey to taste before drinking.
* Almonds + Sugar + Butter
Prepare a paste with 5 almonds, 20 grams sugar, and 20 grams butter. Take it twice a day to ease a cough, it’s especially good for treating a dry cough. According to studies, eating almonds as a snack or using almond butter instead of peanut butter can reduce the recurrence of dry coughs throughout the year.
Well, do you have any other tips for alleviating a dry racking cough? Share your knowledge in the comments below.