Here in New England we are heading into Fall and Winter (too soon)! We also just started school so all of those nasty germs are out there and deciding which children to invade! I wrote a blog on Herbs To Boost Immunity Naturally but if you are the lucky one that still gets sick despite the efforts taken, this article will help you with natural cough remedies for all types of coughs! (This article has affiliate links means you get great products at no additional cost to you!)
Types of Coughs that can be healed with natural cough remedies:
1. Dry, Non-Productive Cough – The least serious cough to have (although still very annoying) is a dry cough that produces no mucus. It might range from the occasional obnoxious cough to a persistent, hacking cough the disrupts sleep! It may also result in headaches or sore throats. NO FUN!
Causes of a Dry Cough:
- Viral infections
- Post-nasal drip
- Acid Reflux
2. Wet, Productive Cough – If you’re coughing up mucus, you have a productive cough. Depending on the underlying cause, the mucus may range in color from thin and clear or colorless to thick and yellow, green or solid white. If your cough started as a cold or flu, you might notice other symptoms like a stuffy or runny nose, slight fever or fatigue.
Causes of a Wet Cough:
Natural Cough Remedies for Dry and Wet Coughs:
- Steam Inhalation – Lean over a bowl of (almost) boiling water and breathe in the steam. For added congestion clearing add a few drops of Eucalyptus essential oil!
- Honey – The best honey to get is a locally made honey! Use it in hot water, peppermint tea or by the spoonful. Please note that children under 1 should not use honey as a natural cough aid.
- WATER WATER WATER! Keep your throat as moistened as possible.
- Pineapple Juice – This juice contains a mixture of enzymes called bromelain, which has strong anti-inflammatory properties. It’s thought that bromelain can help with respiratory problems that are tied to allergies and asthma.
- Use a humidifier at night.
- Use a Neti Pot – A netti pot is a convenient way of performing nasal irrigation, in which you pour saline into your nostrils. Research shows that nasal irrigation is good for more than just a stuffy nose, it can reduce the symptoms of wet cough in both children and adults. It can also sooth sore throats.
- Nasal Saline Spray – A nasal spray can help wash away pollutants and alleviates congestion.
- Salt Water Gargle – This simple remedy is one of the most effective for treating a sore throat and wet cough. Salt water reduces phlegm and mucus in the back of the throat which can lessen the need to cough.
- Probiotics – Probiotics do not directly relieve a cough, but they may boost the immune system by balancing the bacteria in the gut.
When to see a Doctor if Natural Cough Remedies are not working:
- If a cough has persisted for 3 weeks without improvement, it is sensible to visit a doctor.
- The cough is getting worse.
- There are swelling or lumps present in the neck region.
- Weight loss.
- Severe coughing.
- Difficulty swallowing.
- Permanent changes in the sound of the voice.
- Coughing up blood.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Chest pain.
- Fevers that are not getting better.
In closing, I hope that you will find relief for your coughs in a natural way instead of toxic over the counter medications. Please be careful with some of these home remedies when treating children. Always do your own research to make sure that you are doing the best you can for you and your family! As always I’m here to answer any questions that you have. You can connect with me here or on Facebook! Here’s to a healthy toxic free winter!