A lingering cough is usually a symptom of a bigger problem and over-the-counter medicines and prescription-strength cough syrups typically just mask that symptom. Here are some natural ways to beat an annoying cough:
- Fix constipation (2-3 bowel movements per day is ideal)
- Fix nutrition (fruits and vegetables are vital)
- Avoid dairy (increases mucus production)
- Lobelia tincture, 10-15 drops 3x daily. Can be purchased online here.
- Lobelia acts as an antispasmodic, emetic (in large doses), nervine, diuretic, laxative, and expectorant. It stimulates the respiratory system and clears out excess mucus.
- Lung formula (typically contains marshmallow root, mullein, comfrey, etc.) 10-15 drops 3x daily. Can be purchased online here.
- Marshmallow root acts as a demulcent to mucus membranes and absorbs toxins
- Mullein acts as a expectorant and soothes inflamed tissues
- Comfrey acts as a demulcent to mucus membranes, absorbs toxins and has a cell proliferant action
- Homemade Onion Cough Syrup, 1-3 Tbs 2x daily. Instructions can be found here.
- Onions have anti-inflammatory properties, inhibit bacteria growth, and can be used as an expectorant
- Honey is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, soothes sore throats, and is full of vitamins and minerals
- Balch, Phyllis A. Prescription for Dietary Wellness. New York: Avery, 2003. Print.
- Christensen, Kyle D. Herbal First Aid and Health Care: Medicine for a New Millennium. Twin Lakes, WI: Lotus, 2000. Print.
- Pedersen, Mark. Nutritional Herbology: A Reference Guide to Herbs. Warsaw, IN: Wendell W. Whitman, 1998. Print.