Coughing is a mechanism that the body uses to remove foreign substances and particles and excess mucus that build up in the airways and lungs. Cold and flu season may bring on hacking coughs that may leave the chest muscles aching.
However, colds and flu are not the only problems that trigger coughing. Dry air, smoking, gastro-esophageal reflux disease, viral and bacterial infections, allergies, cystic fibrosis, chronic bronchitis, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma, and other lung conditions are common causes of coughs. Even medications like certain drugs for allergies and high blood pressure can lead to a chronic cough.
A chronic cough is a cough, which lasts two months or longer in adults, or one month in kids. It may be more than just an annoyance. It may interfere with sleep and leave the person feeling tired.
People often manage their coughs at home by staying well-hydrated, consuming respiratory health-promoting ingredients, taking steamy showers, removing potential allergens and taking over-the-counter cough medicine. Most cough episodes clear up, or at least greatly improve, within 15 days.
But, if you have a “barking” cough or cough up blood, consult your doctor. If your cough has not improved after a couple of weeks, you need to visit your doctor.
Homemade Cough Remedy
– The benefits of honey
According to the World Health Organization, honey is one of the most effective natural remedies for colds and coughs. It contains B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, organic acids (phosphoric, lactic, and citric,) polyphenols, sterols, flavonoids, enzymes, and minerals (calcium, phosphorus, iodine, and magnesium.)
It acts as a potent cough suppressant thanks to its antimicrobial and antioxidant properties that inhibit the progress of the foreign substances and particles that try to attack your respiratory system.
– The benefits of ginger
Ginger is used to reduce coughing and soothe sore throats, particularly those triggered by common colds. It can also help decrease inflammation and relieve pain. Ginger lozenges are commercially available and are often used to treat coughs.
– The benefits of carrots
Carrots are packed with essential nutrients, providing a rich source of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. They are rich in vitamin A, B-vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin K, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, iron, and more.
The nutrients found in carrots might help relieve your chronic cough symptoms due to asthma. During an asthma attack, the airways that allow air to move into your lungs become constricted and irritated, leading to difficulty breathing and coughing. But, both choline and beta carotene (a form of vitamin A) may aid in alleviating the symptoms of asthma.
Choline, beta carotene and vitamin C might also play an important role in relieving whooping cough or pertussis, which’s a bacterial infection that causes severe chronic coughing.
– 2 tsp. of freshly chopped ginger
– 4 tbsp. of organic honey
– 500g of carrots
Slice the carrots into small pieces and place them in a pot filled with water. Cook over medium heat.
When it begins to boil, add the ginger and cook until the carrots are tender and soft.
Strain through a fine mesh strainer over a large bowl, without throwing away the water. Blend the ginger and carrots until smooth.
When the water cools down, add the honey and stir well.
Add the water to the ginger-carrot mixture and blend again until smooth.
Keep it in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
You should take up to 4 tbsp. of the remedy throughout the day. Take 1 tbsp. in the morning after you wake up. Take the remaining tablespoons with each meal.
You will notice the effects after the second day, but you need to take the remedy until your cough is completely gone.