Coughs as well as colds are becoming more common in winter days. Instead of taking medicines for treating them and other respiratory infections, you can eat more natural foods that packed with antioxidants to ease the symptoms.
For making your immune system more stronger to fight off the illnesses, you should keep in mind of that:
- Detox your body every some days
- Minimize stress and anxiety
- Say no to alcohol and quit smoking
- Do exercise often
- Don’t overweight
- Maintain a healthy blood pressure
- Get enough sleep
- And lastly, a strong immune system starts with a healthy diet. A diet high in vegetables, fruits and whole grains will nurture a healthy body.
Following are some science-based remedies you can use as home cures for cough instead of reaching for an over-the-counter cough suppressant.
1. Honey + Lemon Juice + Coconut Oil
Actually you can take a teaspoon of raw honey straight, it’s recommended to mix it in a small cup of lemon juice with a teaspoon of coconut oil for extra benefits. With great anti-bacterial properties, honey helps easing the cough that caused by bacterial illness.
2. Ginger Tea
Ginger is well known for its anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-tumor properties. It’s widely used to treat health problems, including colds and flu. A cup of warm ginger tea may shorten the time of your cough. Add some slices of ginger in a cup of hot water, add a tablespoon of honey when it becomes warm and drink.
3. Black Pepper + Honey
This remedy works effectively for a wet cough, as black pepper helps stimulate circulation and mucus flow to relieve the 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, sip.
4. Thyme Tea
Thyme is a natural cough reliever as it contains cough-calming compounds, reduces inflammation and also has anti-microbial properties. Have a cup of thyme tea will relax the muscles of the trachea an bronchi, thus relieving coughing. Steep 2 teaspoons of crushed thyme leaves in a cup of boiling water for some minutes, add honey to taste before drinking.
5. Peppermint Tea
Studies have shown that the menthol present in peppermint loosens the phlegm in the lungs, thus helping you to cough it out easily. Drink peppermint tea also helps in relieving a sore throat during colds.
6. Almonds + Butter + Sugar
Prepare a paste with 5 almonds, 20 grams butter and 20 grams sugar. Take it twice a day to ease a cough, it’s especially good for treating a dry cough. According to suzyseeds.com:
Research has also shown that people who eat almonds as a snack or use almond butter instead of peanut butter can reduce the recurrence of dry coughs throughout the year.