Get Rid of That Pesky Cough Naturally
We’ve all been there, hacking away with dry coughs, chest heaving coughs, coughing up phlegm, itchy coughs, swollen painful coughs—all kinds of coughs. And as annoying as they are to us, they are almost equally as disturbing to those around us nervously wondering if you’re contagious, wondering if they’ll be next, or just annoyed that they have to listen to you disrupting their sleep or TV show or the conversation they are trying to have in a nearby cubicle. Oh sure, they try to appear compassionate, offering you a mint or a glass of water, but truthfully they’re just a little aggravated and frightened. They want you to stop coughing, and so do you.
Sometimes it’s no problem, because you just inhaled a bit of dust, or that woman bathed in cheap perfume stood a little too close or maybe you inhaled a bit of water while discreetly watching that new hilarious cat video on YouTube at your desk. Coughing a bit will help you expel the irritants, and once you’re done forcing that stuff out of you, you’ll be right as rain. But, there are times that a few seconds of coughing won’t cure all ills, and the coughing, despite all of your will, good intentions and water guzzling, won’t subside. You need help to tame this thing as you watch the eyes of passersby nervously shift, wanting you to just shut up, and you dash outside to hack your lungs out with a little privacy.
Too often we run to the medicine shelves, scratching our heads over the vast array of over the counter cough medicines to choose from, trying to analyze all the symptoms and nuances of our particular cough: is it wet or dry? Do you need an expectorant? Maybe one mixed with an allergy med? Is your throat sore or not—well, it will be soon if this keeps up, right? What about other cold and flu symptoms? Will you need help sleeping? So, you grab one and begin reading the back, listing ingredients and warnings, potential side effects, thinking that there are some things here you can barely pronounce—isn’t there a simpler solution?
Well, yes, there are several simpler solutions, in fact. Try a natural remedy to treat your cough. Licorice root is a wonderful remedy that will not only help to sooth your throat, it is also known to be a mild expectorant. Make certain that it is the real deal, though—you’ll want to make certain the ingredients state licorice root, as in Nature’s Way Licorice Root, 450mg, 100 Capsules
or licorice mass to get the full effect. Horehound can also be used in place of licorice by boiling it in a tea perhaps sweetened with some honey. Another option would be peppermint and menthol, which can help to sooth your throat while gently serving to loosen congestion and phlegm. Candies and hot teas are excellent ways to use peppermint or menthol. It’s very important to stay hydrated and hot lemon water and herbal teas are healthy and tasty ways to keep your throat moist, stay hydrated and help sooth throat irritation.
Beyond eating and drinking substances to treat your cough, you can also use humidifiers, neti pots and air purifiers to help with any allergy or air purity issues that may be causing the problem. Taking hot showers can help to loosen phlegm and relieve coughs. However, while there are several effective natural remedies to help treat coughs, a persistent cough can be a sign of a much more serious problem such as asthma, COPD, tuberculosis and even cancer. It is important to seek professional medical attention if your coughing symptoms don’t go away for a proper diagnosis and targeted treatments.