Have a nagging cough left over from cold or flu symptoms? Before reaching for OTC cough suppressants, try one of these all-natural cough remedies instead. Sometimes, simply staying hydrated, using honey, tea, elderberry, or ginger might be all your body needs to beat a cough!
How to fight a nagging cough naturally:
We’ve all been there. If you’re unfortunate enough to catch a common cold or suffer through flu symptoms, then you know the cough is always the last thing to go. That nagging cough can be caused by a lot of things, including allergies, prescription medications, or even sometimes serious medical issues. But if you feel your cough is just lingering from left over symptoms of the cold or flu, instead of reaching for over-the-counter cough suppressants, reach for one of these all-natural cough remedies for relief!
5 All-Natural Cough Remedies:
Staying hydrated not only soothes the scratch of a cough and keeps you hydrated, but it also thins the mucus in your throat. Add in fresh citrus for extra Vitamin C and flavor. By adding peppermint leaves, the menthol soothes the throat and acts as a decongestant, helping to break down mucus.
You can take elderberry extract as a supplement in gummies or in elderberry syrup. It may not ease your cough right away, but studies show it can make it go away sooner and lessen your cough until it does go away.
Research shows that sipping hot drinks can ease cold and flu symptoms, including a cough. The heat helps to lower congestion. This Lemon and Ginger Tea is a great choice. Ginger helps to relax the smooth muscles in your airways lessening your cough and making you breath easier!
Honey soothes the scratchiness in your throat caused by a cough and congestion. You can take a tablespoon as needed, or you can sip on this Honey Lemon Water throughout the day!
While this remedy may seem relatively simple, a salt and water gargle can help soothe a scratchy throat that causes you to cough. Try this Salt Water Flush. Not only will it help ease your cough, but it can help ease your digestive tract too!
We hope you find this information useful in your quest for a happier, healthier you. If you’re looking for more home remedies, be sure to visit our Healthy Food Tips section!
Disclosure: The author of this article is not a trained medical professional, nor a dietician. All of the information in this post is based on research and personal experience.