Cough is a natural reaction when the inner lining of the respiratory tract becomes sensitive, often characterized by mucus build up. There are different ways of dealing with a dry and wet cough. You can simply use a cough suppressant for the dry cough but it is important to use an expectorant in case of a wet one to expel the mucus build up.
Herbal Remedies To Treat Cough
Licorice- A Sedative And Expectorant
Licorice extract can be used as an expectorant though it has a pleasant after taste, the derivative of licorice have sedating effects similar to the effects of codeine. Licorice also shows anti-viral effects and stimulates the immune system of the body.
You may get it in powder form or in liquid form. Mix either form in water, approximately 1 teaspoon in 1 full glass and drink it about 5-6 times a day. However, long term use of licorice should be avoided as they cause high blood pressure.
Wild Cherry Bark- An Antitussive
Wild cherry bark is an antitussive that diminishes the irritation in the throat. A compound named prunasin, present in the cherry bark relieves the throat of mucus and stops coughing. The appropriate way to use wild cherry bark is to make syrup by mixing 2-3 teaspoons of cherry bark extract to 1 cup of water at room temperature. Take only a tea spoon at a time.
Capsicum is considered a gastric irritant. It can be used as an antitussive that inhibits coughing. You can use a capsicum tincture added to water. You may use other herbs as well along with the tincture to maximize the remedy.
Black cohosh has been traditionally used as a remedy against cough. It is an antitussive. You may make a black cohosh tea and have it at night time. You can also add black cohosh tincture, about 5 drops to a cup of water and have it. Add other cough remedies to this mixture as well.
Fennel And Anise
Fennel and anise have been teamed together to fight against common respiratory tract ailments. Both contain substances like creosol and alpha pinene which helps break up the accumulated mucus in the throat and chest.
They have a calming and antispasmodic effect on the body. You can add these in crushed form to your tea.
The angelica root is a powerful and stimulating expectorant. It is one of the best old fashioned remedies to treat cough.The best way to use angelica root is to crush it and add to tepid water, cool it and then consume atleast 2 times a day.
Cocoa And Dark Chocolate
Who said that medicines have to taste yucky all the time? Theobromine present in cocoa is an excellent antitussive against cough. You can take in cocoa extracts or have some dark chocolate (70% cocoa).
Lobalia is an excellent expectorant and stimulant. It can break down the mucus and make breathing easier by unclogging the breathing channels. It is an anti spasmodic too when combined with cayenne or capsicum and expels out the sputum.Be careful to use only a few drops of tincture with water as an expectorant, anything more than 1 ½ teaspoon induces vomiting and should be avoided.