Dealing with Coughing

reading time: ca. 2 min

hey there lovelies,
i hope you are all fit and well! 

Now that the weather outside is getting stormy and wet again, i have picked up a nasty cough yesterday, waking up with a rough throat which turned into a swollen throat, neck pain and a sick feeling at night. During the night i also had chills and fever. Yep, the complete package. I'm a pro when it comes to coughing, and by that i mean that ever since i was a child i have been habitually troubled with a dry, barking cough that kept me awake at night.

Anyway, given my sickness, i put together a list of household items that will help to deal with a bad cough. 

Household items that will help to deal with coughing:

- Regularly take in a soothing cough syrup, e.g. plantain juice.

- When suffering from a dry cough, heat up some milk in a pot until it's boiling, then pour it into a mug and add some honey. Drink while still hot.
(if you don't drink dairy milk, just use soy milk, nut milk or rice milk instead.)

- If you're dealing with a mucous cog instead, better stay away from hot milk (since this is mucigenous) and go for hot lemonade instead. and by "lemonade" i mean boil 4 cups of water, pour the juice of 1 freshly squeezed lemon into a can and fill it with the hot water. add some honey and drink hot.

Alternatively, mix the fresh juice of ½ lemon with 2-3 tsp honey and sip throughout the day as needed.

Alternatively yet, quarter a fresh lemon, sprinkle it with lots of black pepper and salt and suck on it for quick relief.

- For coughing or bronchitis drip 5 drops of tea tree oil onto a damp, warm towel. Place the towel onto your chest and cover it with a dry towel. Leave the compress on overnight.

- Same method can be done with eucalyptus oil. it has an expectorant (mucus-dissolving) cough-relieving effect, regenerates lung tissue and promotes the overall oxygen uptake.

- Due to its mucolytic, expectorant effect fennel tea works very well for respiratory diseases such as whooping cough, asthma and bronchitis.

- Gargle with sage (or sage tea) and/or thyme, which are disinfectant and anti-bacterial.

- Drink lots of water. Drink lots of hot tea: chamomile, sage, thyme, linden blossom (lime blossom), anise...

- Go for lozenges that contain sage or ammonium chloride or other natural soothing ingredients such as honey, menthol, peppermint oil or eucalyptus oil (all sugar-free of course).

- You might have been avoiding garlic until now because of its -you know- unsociable traits, but it is makes for a great antiviral immune system strengthener. Plus, garlic is also an expectorant, so it helps you cough up stubborn bacteria and/or mucus that are languishing in your lungs. Peel 2-3 cloves fresh garlic and lightly crush them with the side of a wide knife blade. Add them to 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for another 15 mins. Strain and allow the garlic tea to cool to mouth temperature. Add honey, a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice. 

- Ginger has antiviral properties as well, and can be ingested in thin slices or as a hot drink. Simply pour hot water over a few slices (around 2 tsp freshly chopped ginger root), or combine them with 2 tsp aniseed, and if available, 1 tsp dried licorice root in 2 cups boiling water. Cover and steep for ten minutes. Then strain and sweeten with honey. Drink ½ cup every 1-2 hours, but no more than 3 whole cups a day.

- Place wet towels on the radiator.

- Boil 2-3 tbsp flaxseed in 1 cup of water until it the water becomes a thick, gooey gel that will sooth your throat and the bronchial tract. Strain, then add 3 tbsp each of honey and lemon juice. Take 1 tablespoon at a time. Also, make sure to drink more water than usual, since flaxseed soak in water.

- Gargle with in warm water dissolved sea salt.

- For a sore throat put 3-6 drops of tea tree oil into a glass of water. Use this soothing mixture to gargle and get rid of throat pain.

- For respiratory infections drip 3 drops of tea tree oil onto one teaspoon of (liquid) honey and ingest.

- Due to its antibacterial effect a steam bath with chamomile flowers helps with flu-like infections and coughs. Pour 8 cups steaming hot water on 2 cups of dried chamomile flowers. Bend over the pot, cover your head with a towel and inhale the healing steam. Careful: Do not use this method if you have a cardiovascular disease!

- Chamomile also makes for a great gargle solution. Blend chamomile tincture (see below) and water in a ratio of 1:3 and gargle. Or simply use chamomile tea in bags for that.

- Chamomile tincture: place 20g chamomile flowers in 100ml of 70% alcohol and set aside for a week. Then strain and pour into a dark glass bottle.

- For some people a productive cough results when mucus drips from the back of the nose into the throat. This tends to grow worse at night when the body posture is conducive for such dripping. Sleeping with the head at a higher position helps to reduce such drainage. Maybe just stack up two pillows to reduce coughing at night and improve your sleep.

- To ease the urge to cough, let 2 drops of eucalyptus oil and 1 tsp honey dissolve in a glass of warm water. Drink in small sips.

- When suffering from irritations in mouth or throat, gargle with tea tree oil, which soothes the mucous membranes and also acts anti-inflammatory.

- Try hot milk with turmeric! Heat a glass of milk, mix in ½ tsp turmeric powder and drink warm. A turmeric gargle also helps relieve the coughing. To 1 cup of hot water, add in ½ tsp turmeric powder and ½ tsp table salt. 

For a dry cough mix turmeric powder with 1 tsp of honey and take that 3-4 times a day. 

You could also try preparing turmeric tea by adding one tablespoon of turmeric powder into 4 cups of boiling water. Keep for a few minutes, strain and mix in some lemon and honey to the liquid and drink.

- For a wet cough brew black pepper tea, which stimulates circulation and mucus flow Place 1 tsp of black pepper and 2 tbsp of honey in a cup. Fill with boiling water and let steep, covered, for 15 mins. Strain and sip as needed.

- Another great homemade recipe that a friend from Columbia told me once: take 5 onions, some water, around 2 tablespoons honey. carefully bring to a boil on low heat, and sip it while its still hot.

- Or my ultimate secret recipe: simply chop one raw onion into fine cubes, place it into a cup and add 1 teaspoon of honey. Set aside for several hours until a sweet juice has formed at the bottom of the cup. Drink that.

What to do on a sick day:
- nothing. allow yourself to fully relax. if you only relax so-so, you will only recover so-so.
- listen to audio books. close your eyes, lay back and let the voice of your favourite narrator lull you.
- drink a hot salty clear soup. if you're lucky to have them around, ask your parents or partner to make you some broth.
- stay in bed all day, but stand up and move every now and then. you want to get your metabolism going, otherwise you will feel sluggish and weary all day long. if you feel too weak to get up, simply do some leg raises while lying on the back and move your legs as if riding a bicycle.

stay happy and healthy ~


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