It's that time of year where coughs abound in the office, in the classroom, and at home. Here are two simple, tried & true do-it-yourself cough remedies you can make at home.
Honey's natural antibacterial properties should make it a staple for every household. For everything from teas to toast, honey adds healthy and natural sweetness without the poisonous junk found in artificial sweeteners.
Honey also coats the irritated mucosa of the airway, reducing the body's natural reflex to dispel potential causes of irritation.
To suppress a cough, give a tablespoon full of honey, raw organic is best, at whatever interval works best. When I used to regularly get coughs, I would take a tablespoon full once an hour.
*Of course, honey is not recommended for infants less than one year old due to the risk of botulism.
2. Ginger-Peppermint Syrup
Ginger is an excellent root with natural health-promoting properties. Dried peppermint is added because of its many benefits. It aids indigestion, eliminates gas, and calms heartburn. It also improves circulation.
- • 4 cups of filtered water
- • 3 tablespoons of chopped ginger
- • 1 cup of honey (add more or less to taste)
- • 1 tablespoon of dried peppermint
- • 6 fresh peppermint leaves
1. In a pot, add the chopped ginger and peppermint to 4 cups of water.
2. Heat until boiling then reduce the heat to simmering.
3. When the water level reduces to roughly half, turn off the heat.
4. Strain and allow to cool slightly.
5. Stir in honey until it is dissolved.
6. Take 1-3 tablespoons as needed to suppress cough.
When refrigerated, keeps up to two weeks.