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Generally speaking, coughing is perfectly normal. A cough can help to keep your throat clear from phlegm and other irritants. However, sustained coughing can also be symptomatic of a number of conditions, such as an allergy, a viral infection, or a bacterial infection. Sometimes a cough isn’t due to anything related to your lungs. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)can also cause a cough.

You can treat coughs due to coldsallergies, and sinus infections with a number of over-the-counter medicines. Bacterial infections will require antibiotics.

We hate cough drops almost as much as we hate coughing. The ones we buy in the store either taste like candy or some kind of poison, and the throat-soothing affect of either is always a little dubious. When the cold season is here, and with it brings the dreaded sniffles and coughs. Instead of letting it get you down, why not made a handful of these homemade cough drops to see you through. Classic herbs used to treat a sore throat and cough include, yet are not limited to — rose petals, sage, goldenseal, marshmallow root, slippery elm, horehound, ginger, licorice root, elderberry, echinacea, and cayenne pepper.

Here are some simple recipes for homemade cough drops that are easy and delicious:

Honey cough drops

1-Cup Raw Honey

8-drops Thieves  Essential Oil

4-drops Lemon Essential Oil

1-Candy thermometer

Put the honey in a saucepan and bring it to 300 degrees on medium (or slightly higher) heat-adjust as needed.  It will begin to bubble and rise up so don’t use the very smallest pan.  It should hold about 4 cups of liquid to prevent boil over.  Use your thermometer to check the temperature periodically.  It must reach 300 degrees or it will not be hard.

Once at 300 degrees remove from the heat and stir so it will begin to cool.  You want to wait until it is as cool as possible (without being sticky) to add the oils. Once it begins to set, the honey will become harder to work with so don’t let it get too thick.  If it does get too thick you can rewarm it.

Spoon the mixture into the candy molds or use a filled turkey dropper.  If you don’t have molds it’s okay.  I have seen people make drops using wax paper and just putting drops on the paper.  They won’t be as uniform or pretty but that’s okay too.

Allow to cool completely and wrap in wax paper.

 Herbal cough drops

  • Powdered herbs
    • 1 cup sugar, or honey
    • 1/3cup light corn syrup, or honey
    • 1 1/2cups water
    • Powdered sugar, for easy handling

Steep your preferred soothing herbs in 1 1/2 cups of water to make a tea. Mix sugar and corn syrup with tea. Cook over low heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved and mixture boils. Continue boiling without stirring until the mixture begins to crystallize; reduce heat. Wash away crystals from the side of your pan with a damp cloth. Remove from the heat after a few minutes. Drop some of the mixture from the tip of a spoon onto a greased surface. Allow to harden and cool completely before removing. Roll the candies in powdered sugar and wrap in waxed paper for storage.

People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and chronic bronchitis often produce a large amount of mucus. If the mucus is allowed to collect in the airways, breathing may become difficult, and infection may occur. Techniques to remove mucus are often done after using an inhaled bronchodilator medication. The medication helps loosen the mucus and open the airways to make the techniques more effective. Common techniques used to help remove mucus include these, which can be ordered and demonstrated by your doctor.

Deep Coughing: Start by taking a deep breath. Hold the breath for 2-3 seconds. Use your stomach muscles to forcefully expel the air. Avoid a hacking cough or merely clearing the throat. A deep cough is less tiring and more effective in clearing mucus out of the lungs.

Huff Coughing: Huff coughing, or huffing, is an alternative to deep coughing if you have trouble clearing your mucus. Take a breath that is slightly deeper than normal. Use your stomach muscles to make a series of three rapid exhalations with the airway open, making a “ha, ha, ha” sound. Follow this by controlled diaphragmatic breathing and a deep cough if you feel mucus moving.

Other Techniques: If you produce a large amount of mucus, your health care provider may recommend other techniques to help clear the mucus.

 

Marshmallow is a plant. The leaves and the root are used to make medicine. Don’t confuse marshmallow with the mallow (Malva sylvestris) flower and leaf.

Marshmallow leaf and root are used for pain and swelling (inflammation) of the mucous membranes that line the respiratory tract. They are also used for dry cough, inflammation of the lining of the stomachdiarrhea, stomach ulcers, constipation. For anyone suffering from a sore throat, cough or cold, marshmallow root can be taken orally to reduce pain, swelling and congestion. Its antitussive properties and mucilage abilities allow it to decrease irritation of the throat, reduce swelling in the lymph nodes, speed up healing time and reduce aggravating dry coughing. This is exactly the reason that marshmallow extract is added to many cough syrups and throat lozenges — it’s one of the most effective natural cough remedies.

It also seems to help stop the urge to cough and facilitates with the process of producing more saliva, allowing it help reduce symptoms of dry mouth. It can safely be used by people with chronically low levels of salivary flow and chronic coughs.

Homemade Syrup For Expelling Mucus

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp marshmallow root (Althaea officinalis)
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp sage
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 quart filtered water
  • 1 cup of Pure Maple Syrup

Instructions

Put the water in a small saucepan, then add the pure maple syrup. Preheat the pure maple syrup on a medium heat. Add the rest of the ingredients and turn the heat on low. After 15 minutes take the saucepan off the heat and strain. Take a tablespoon of the syrup three times a day. Use it until you feel some improvement and your cough is gone. Keep the syrup in your fridge.

A cough is a reflex action to clear your airways of mucus and irritants such as dust or smoke.

Coughs may be dry or chesty. They are also classified according to how long they last:

acute cough lasts for less than three weeks

subacute cough gets better over a three-to-eight-week period

chronic (persistent) cough lasts for longer than eight weeks

Coughs caused by the common cold or by flu usually clear up after several days. Most coughs clear up within two weeks.

Most people with a cough have a respiratory tract infection caused by a virus, such as the common cold, flu or bronchitis.

A persistent cough in adults may be caused by a condition such as rhinitis or asthma, or by a prescribed medicine such as an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE)-inhibitor, which treats heart disease, or by smoking.

In children, a persistent cough may indicate a more serious respiratory tract infection such as whooping cough.

Sneezing is a reaction of the body to inflammation or debris inside the nose and respiratory tract. Sometimes the causes of this need to be investigated medically. Talking to your partner’s primary care doctor would be a good way to start. The most common cause of frequent sneezing is exposure to small particles in the air that provoke the body’s natural defense against such things getting into the lungs. If there is a lot of smoke, dust, or other debris in the air then this may be the cause. The other very common cause of frequent sneezing is allergies. Allergies are an inappropriate reaction of the body to common environmental exposures, such as pets, pollen, and mold. The nasal passages become swollen and irritated and sneezing results. Some minor cases of allergies can be managed with over the counter antihistamines or with irrigation of the nose with saline spray. Occasionally, however, these agents do not work and a stronger medication is required.

This home remedy will help you relief the symptoms:

Ginger Wrap Remedy Recipe
What you will need:

One Tablespoon of Raw Natural Honey

One Tablespoon ginger, freshly grated

Two Teaspoons Olive Oil

One Tablespoon Flour

Gauze pad

Adhesive tape

Paper towels or napkins

Making the wrap:

1. Create a paste from the honey and flour, stir well.
2. Slowly add olive oil to the honey and flour mixture and continue to blend well.
3. Add the ginger and stir again.
4. Spread the mixture onto a napkin.
5. Wrap a gauze around the napkin.
6. Using the adhesive tape, secure the gauze and napkin, with the mixture facing the skin onto the back or the chest.

How Ginger Helps To Treat Cold:

Ginger is a natural antiviral which helps to fight against illness and bacteria that causes cold.

It helps to stimulate perspiration that cleanses the system and brings down body temperature.

It contains antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which help to boost up the immune system.

It acts as an antihistamine and decongestant that helps to ease colds symptoms.

It contains chemicals called sesquiterpenes which are specifically used to target rhinoviruses (the most common family of cold viruses).

 

The common cold is easily passed around and you can experience coughing, sinus congestion, aches, or you can even develop bronchitis. While you can help remedy your cough with herbal teas like lemon, ginger, chamomile, or Echinacea, there is one natural mixture you need in your life.

When you cough, your body is naturally trying to clear up your respiratory system. Coughing indicates that there is something wrong inside your airways. For instance, the airways can become inflamed and lead to long lasting respiratory issues that damage lung tissue. Most people resort to cold and flu medications when they or their children have a cough or cold, but these medications can actually have negative effects on organs.

Coughs are reaction of the body when it is trying to clean up the central highway of the respiratory system. Coughing is sign that there is something wrong inside your body, and at most patients it occurs as a result of common cold, flu or bronchitis.Bronchitis is medical condition that occurs when the airways become clogged and when an inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes.

Here is a simple recipe to prepare this mixture and get rid of your cough and bronchitis:

You will need two ripe bananas, 2 tablespoons honey and 400 ml of boiling water.

First peel the bananas and put them in a pot. Mash the bananas with a fork or a spoon and once you have done that put the boiling water in. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes. Once it has cooled down put two tablespoons of honey in. It is very important to put the honey in once the mixture is cold so that honey doesn’t lose any of its heat sensitive antioxidants. Place this mixture in a sealed container and use 100 ml 4 times a day. Use the remedy 5 days in a row, making a new batch every day.

HONEY PROPERTIES

Honey as expectorant is used in home remedies since ancient times. It is proved that it has strong bactericidal qualities and rich in organic acids which prevent growth of bacteria. It is used in different ways as medication. Most common way is consumption of the honey, sometimes it is used for preparation of syrups and also often is used for making inhalation.

BANANA PROPERTIES

Treatment of non-productive cough which is caused by an inflammatory disease is based on the goal of turning it into a productive (wet) cough. For this purpose are used all types of expectorants. Better for health and body are natural kinds. Dry cough can be cured with the help of such natural expectorant as bananas. They expand the bronchi, activate the respiratory system and liquefy viscous mucus in such a way speeding up recovery.

The remedy from bananas is not only effective and organic but also very tasty.

Appreciate nature more and always turn to it for more beneficial remedies! As always if you have serious symptoms of cough and bronchitis please consult your doctor.