Coughing happens when viruses, bacteria, dust, pollen or other substances irritate the nerve endings in the airways between the throat and lungs. A cough is the body’s way of trying to clear the passages, and what a valiant effort the body makes in this endeavor. We can cough at speeds up to 60 miles per hour, and the average cough produces enough air to fill a two-liter soda bottle about three-fourths full. The air of a cough sprays out several feet, and is accompanied by some 3,000 tiny droplets of saliva.
While chronic coughs can be a sign of a serious illness, most people consider the common cough to be more of an annoyance than a health issue. Consistent coughing can cause an individual to feel weak, exhausted, pain in the chest, mild headache etc.
So, how to quell that cough without resorting to over-the-counter medicines that are possibly ineffective and may offer a host of their own side effects? With natural remedies, of course. Here are some favorite folk ways to relieve a nagging cough.
1. Homemade honey cough ‘syrup’. This is made from mixing honey with lemon juice and coconut oil. Use it twice a day for 3-5 days and all the cough would have disappeared.
2. Using a hot shower 🚿
A hot shower can help because steam can loosen congestion and ease your cough.
3. Increase your fluid intake
Increasing your water intake or tea helps thin mucus and keep membranes moist, hence reducing the need to cough.
4. By using Lemon
This is achieved by Sprinkling half a lemon with salt and pepper, then suck on it to ward off your sore throat.
5. By use of Ginger
Ginger has a lot of secret powers and it has been used for its medicinal properties since its discovery. Ginger is best preferred as it treats symptoms of colds and flu because of its antihistamine and decongestant capabilities.
6. Using Onions. One of the simplest home remedies for a cough is to cut onions. Breathing in the strong vapors can help stop coughing.