Coughs are just terribly uncomfortable all around, both physically and otherwise. But what can you do for relief if you don’t like medicine tablets? One of the best holistic medicines for a cold or sore throat is pineapple.
Pineapples contain vitamin C, manganese, and something known as bromelain, an enzyme that fights inflammation. It prevent unhealthy blood clots and improve digestion. It has antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. Together, these components can sooth a cough by calming the airways and fighting infection.
Other Ingredients Benefits
It found that honey can work more efficiently to calm a cough than over-the-counter drugs. It is a rich demulcent, with a high viscosity and stickiness that does an incredible job of coating and soothing those irritated mucous membranes.
Ginger works as an expectorant, helping loosen and expel mucous from the lungs. It can also stop the painful tickle at the back of throat that can trigger a cough if the first place, if you are experiencing a dry cough.
Despite its tendency to sting, cayenne is also an analgesic that reduces the sensation of pain by blocking Substance P, a component that transmits sensation to the brain. If you’re coughing because your throat tickles or hurts, drinking cayenne tea can desensitize the tickling and reduce coughing.
DIY Pineapple Cough Syrup Recipe
2 thick slices of fresh pineapple, peel removed, but core intact (about two good cups)
1 Tbsp honey
½ tsp cayenne pepper*
A thumb sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced or rough chopped
1 lemon – juiced
-Rough chop the pineapple, including the core, which is not only edible but particularly healthy.
-Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
-The mixture is now ready to use, but if you want a smoother syrup, push through a mesh strainer.
Keep in the refrigerator and take as needed.