We cough to keep our throats clear of phlegm and other irritants – it’s perfectly normal. But when your hacking is due to a cold, a post-nasal drip or even an allergy, you don’t always have to head to the pharmacy for over-the-counter remedies. There are many natural cough remedies that have been used for centuries. Give them a try.
A cough that lasts fewer than 10 days will probably go away by itself. Those that linger can indicate a cold, flu, sinus infection or allergy.
Find relief with these natural cough remedies:
- Honey. Take this time-honoured sore throat and cough remedy in herbal tea, warm water and lemon (which can ease congestion), or even mixed with coconut oil.
- Peppermint leaves are well known for their healing properties. The menthol in peppermint soothes the throat and acts as a decongestant, helping to break down mucus. Drink peppermint tea or inhale peppermint vapour from a steam bath (drop six to eight drops of peppermint oil into 300 ml of hot water. Drape a towel over your head and breathe in the steam deeply.)
- Liquorice is another of our ancestors’ favourite cough remedies, and with good reason. Real liquorice, or sweets made from it, and liquorice tea can help soothe inflamed and irritated throats and help to ease coughing. (Liquorice can raise blood pressure though, so don’t overdo it!)