Coughing can be quite irritating and, at times, once you start coughing for whatever reason, you cannot seem to either stop or control it.
What’s worse it can occur at the most inopportune time, like when you’re at school, or in church, or elsewhere, and this suddenly becomes not only yours, but a problem for everyone around.
Not to mention that a persistent cough can rob you of a good night sleep, too. But without giving it much thought, people quickly reach out to pharmaceuticals without realizing the likely side effects.
For instance, guaifenesin/dextromethorphan, a frequently used cough remedy, may be followed by a bout of rather nasty side effects such as being drowsy, dizziness, vomiting, nausea and, in some cases, seldom be followed by an allergic reaction like intense itching, a rash, swelling, and difficulties breathing.
Below are four natural, easily made elixirs which can be just as or even more effective medicines against cough than many synthetic drugs.
And the best part is that chances are you’ll have many of the ingredients in your kitchen, and as far as preparing it is concerned, it’s a piece of cake.
1. Potent and spicy cough elixir
- 1 tablespoon raw, organic and unfiltered, apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger, or 1/4 teaspoon ground
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 grated garlic clove
- A small glass jar with a lid
How to make it:
First melt the honey by putting it in a small glass bowl and place that bowl in a bigger container with hot water. Remember, do not melt the honey on the stovetop or in the microwave.
Then add the apple cider vinegar and water in your small glass jar and add the cayenne, ginger, garlic and cinnamon. Then put the lid on the jar and give it a nice shake until all the ingredients are nicely mixed.
Now you add the melted honey in the mixture and shake it again. When using it, take one or two tablespoons, and if you plan on consuming it all in several days there’s really no need to place the remaining amount in the fridge.
2. Grandma’s favorite cough cure
Of course, there are other simple cough remedies should you not have all of the required ingredients for the elixir above.
This shown-to-be-true medicine might be something your grandparents or great grandparents are familiar with, and it includes three health-giving ingredients: honey, lemon juice, and olive oil.
This combination will be beneficial for both adults and kids as young as one year. You can keep in the pantry, fridge, or elsewhere for later use.
It has been scientifically confirmed that honey helps alleviate coughing, whereas olive oil essentially serves as a natural coating for the throat, effectively lessening your cough by increasing lubrication and reducing your need to cough.
Olive oil also has anti-inflammatory properties and it reduces coughing symptoms by helping against inflammation in a way much like the well-known anti-inflammation drug, ibuprofen.
- 1 1/2 cups organic raw honey
- ½ cup organic extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 to 5 organic lemons, juiced (using as many as possible is best)
- Glass jar with a lid
How to make it:
Add the three ingredients (olive oil, honey, and lemon juice) in a small pot and constantly stir it on medium heat until it starts to steam.
Then remove the pot and let the concoction cool down. When it cools off, put the concoction in a glass jar and shut it with a lid. Consume one tablespoon of the mixture mildly heated.
3. Turmeric-Ginger Elixir
While this medicine differs somewhat from the previous two in many aspects, when it comes to alleviating cough it’s just as effective. The turmeric-ginger solution has anti-inflammatory properties which reduce coughing and help against a sore throat and headaches.
The anti-inflammatory gingerols and shaogals the ginger root contains can help ease a sore which is almost a certain consequence of rapid coughing.
The compounds found in ginger root also help against common cold, ameliorate congestion and are a natural medicine against fever and pain.
The reason Turmeric has so many medicinal benefits is due to the compound curcumin which, again, functions as an anti-inflammatory agent and has antibacterial and anti-viral effect.
These qualities help against bacterial and viral infections and relieves coughs and colds.
The black peppercorns the recipe includes can provide relief from sinusitis and colds, and fight off bacterial infections thanks to its anti-bacterial qualities, whereas the honey, as we already elaborated, serves as a coating for a sore throat and acts as a cough suppressant.
- 2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon ginger root, grated
- 2 teaspoons turmeric powder
- 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns, crushed
- 1 teaspoon raw, organic honey
- 1 lemon, juiced
How to make it:
Boil water in a big bot on medium-high heat, then, after it starts to boil, reduce the heat to medium and add ginger, turmeric, and grated peppercorns. Bring the mixture to a boil until it’s reduced by half. After it’s done, train it into a cup, add honey, and mix it nicely. Drink it up while it’s still hot.
Strain it into a cup and add honey. Mix well and drink it while hot. If serving to a small child (over 12 months of age), be sure that it’s only warm, not hot. You can also add extra honey and lemon for an enjoyable flavor.
4. Hot Cough-Suppressing Herbal Tea
Lastly, this curative drink includes a number of the abovementioned ingredients, plus a few new ones, and helps relieve inflammation, sore and scratchy throats, and is packed with vitamin C which serves as a true booster for your immune system.
The almond milk contains body and texture, whereas thyme and oregano will keep your throat cool. The black peppercorns helps your body get rid of mucous which will consequently help you get over a cold or a flu.
- 1 bunch oregano
- 1 bunch thyme
- 1” piece ginger, peeled and grated
- 1” piece turmeric, peeled and grated, or 2 teaspoons turmeric powder
- 1/4” teaspoon black peppercorns
- 8 cups water
- 1 garlic clove, grated
- 1/4 cup raw organic honey
- 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
How to make it:
Using a wooden spoon, lightly hit the oregano and thyme to release oils.
Take a spoon, wooden one if you have it, and gently hit the oregano and thyme until they release oils.
Heat up the turmeric, ginger, and peppercorns in a saucepan with water just before boiling, but avoid boiling the concoction so that the ingredients retain their nutritional value.
Just as it is about to start boiling, lower the temperature to low and let the remedy saturate for about 6 minutes, and then add the honey, garlic, almond milk, and lime juice and stir it until the honey melts and blends nicely, and finally, strain the mixture into a large container and squeeze the herbs to extract the good stuff.