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Natural remedies for cough relief
A cough suppressant is often used, especially at night when the cough may not stop. But chemical cough suppressants should really be the exception. Before resorting to these remedies, home remedies can be tried out. These have no side effects, are easy to manufacture or get and often have a good effect.
Cough should not be suppressed
Cough should not be suppressed. But at night or during work and school, the cough can be extremely stressful and disturbing - especially when the coughing attacks don't want to end. Many then resort to a so-called cough suppressant. However, cough syrups containing codeine are strongly discouraged. Codeine is extracted from the opium poppy and belongs to the group of opiates. This substance can cause severe side effects, such as decreased breathing frequency.
A cough-relieving but also expectorant tea mixture is as follows: Marshmallow root 10 grams, Icelandic moss 20 grams, licorice root 20 grams. A heaping teaspoon of the mixture is poured with a quarter liter of boiling water and brewed for about seven to eight minutes. If necessary, three cups are drunk daily.
If the urge to cough is very acute, the following tea mixture is a good home remedy as an antitussive: mullein flowers, coltsfoot leaves, marshmallow root and aniseed fruits (to be lightly toasted) are mixed in equal parts. For a cup of tea, one teaspoon of the mixture is brewed with about 250 milliliters of boiling water. The whole should take about 15 minutes and can be refined with a teaspoon of honey after straining.
Children in particular benefit from another tea blend, which of course can also be drunk by adults. Mallow flowers and cowslip root mixed in equal parts, pour a quarter of boiling water over a heaped teaspoon and strain after 10 minutes. Three cups a day relieve the urge to cough and loosen the mucus.
The following mixture also serves as a cough suppressant and reduces the urge to cough: 20 grams of licorice root, 20 grams of cowslip root, 15 grams of aniseed fruit, five grams of mullein cones and five grams of mallow flowers. A teaspoon of the mixture is brewed with a quarter liter of boiling water and can be strained after ten minutes. Three to four cups a day, drunk in small sips, soothe the urge to cough and promote expectoration.
Wraps and pads
A home remedy that also acts as an antitussive is the well-known curd wrap. Quark not only pulls the inflammation out of the body, but soothes the bronchi and soothes the urge to cough. Such a curd wrap can stay on your skin all night. All you need for the wrap is a little lean quark, a tea towel, a cotton towel and a wool scarf. Quark is given lengthwise to the center of the tea towel and the two free sides are beaten over it. So that the wrap is not so cold, it can rest at room temperature for a while before it is placed on the chest. Then put the cotton cloth and finally the wool scarf.
An oil compress can also help cough. For this, essential lavender oil and / or thyme oil are mixed together with some carrier oil (sunflower, almond, or sesame oil), 20 drops of essential oil together with 20 milliliters of carrier oil. This is used to soak a small cotton rag, surrounded by two sheets of sandwich paper, warmed between two hot water bottles and then placed on the skin. On top of that comes a warm cotton or linen cloth. The whole thing is fixed with an undershirt or a T-shirt. Then a wool scarf comes over it. Essential oils, even if they are of high quality, can trigger an allergic reaction. If this happens, treatment should be stopped immediately. Otherwise, the oil wrap may remain on the skin for one to two hours. It is applied once a day and after five days there is a day off.
A simple, easy-to-use home remedy to quench the cough is the pad with hot, damp cloths. For this purpose, a cloth that is folded several times about 20 x 20 cm in size is dipped in hot water, wrung out and, depending on the tolerance, placed on the chest or between the shoulder blades. The edition can be repeated several times.
A wrap with warmed olive oil is just as good and relieves the charm. Approximately 200 milliliters of olive oil are warmed up and soaked with a cotton cloth, the cloth is then placed on the chest or back and fixed with another cloth and finally with a woolen cloth. So that the heat does not go away so quickly, a hot water bottle or a warmed spelled pillow can also be placed on top. Those affected also best wrap themselves in a bathrobe or blanket. The wrap is replaced as soon as it has lost its heat.
Onions are good helpers for respiratory diseases, both internally and externally. A homemade onion wrap takes the inflammation and also serves as a cough suppressant. One or two onions are chopped into small pieces, packed in a cloth, warmed, placed on the breast and covered with a cotton cloth and a woolen cloth.
If you do not like the onion wrap on the chest, you can also make a smaller wrap and attach it to the sole of the foot, especially in the area between the toes and the arch of the foot, with a sock. This may sound unusual, but there are so-called reflex zones on the feet, through which the onion can have a "detour" and also have a positive effect on the bronchial area.
Homemade cough syrup
Homemade cough syrup is a popular home remedy to easily and quickly have an effective remedy for cough attacks at home. The following ingredients are needed for this: 50 grams of onions, 50 grams of sugar candy, half a teaspoonful of thyme herb and half a teaspoonful of dried sage. The onions are cut into small pieces and brought to a boil together with 75 milliliters of water, the sugar candy, the thyme and the sage. As soon as the sugar has completely dissolved, the whole is strained through a sieve. The collected cough syrup lasts for about a week in the refrigerator. Three to four teaspoons should be taken a day. The juice can also be dissolved in a little hot fennel tea and then drunk in sips. This is especially recommended if the coughing fits don't want to stop.
Garlic syrup doesn't sound very inviting. However, this homemade syrup is a good alternative to the well-known onion syrup and is no less effective. Five cloves of garlic are cut into small pieces - plus five tablespoons of sugar or three tablespoons of honey. Together with an eighth liter of water, the whole is brought to a boil and then has to brew for about five minutes. The strained juice is ready for use. Immediately poured into a clean container and tightly closed, the syrup is kept in the refrigerator for a maximum of one week. The recommended dose is three to four teaspoons a day. Caution - those who cannot tolerate garlic should avoid this recipe.
Warm pear juice
Warm pear juice is a helpful home remedy for dry, irritable cough. This relieves the stimulus and also acts as a cough suppressant.
Essential oils in the aroma lamp
What can also support a cough suppressant is the vaporization of essential oils in an aroma lamp. Pure, high-quality oils from thyme, lavender and eucalyptus are suitable for this. For a room with a size of 20 square meters, five to six drops are sufficient.
Inhaling is a simple and easy to do home remedy. It is best to inhale with sea salt or Himalayan salt. If you don't like this, take a handful of chamomile flowers. The salt (nine grams per liter of water) or the chamomile flowers are mixed with boiling water in a bowl. Inhale with a cloth over the head and the vessel, inhaled with the mouth and exhaled through the nose. If you have time, you should inhale in the morning and in the evening. Just before going to sleep the airways calm down and this enables a "cough-free" sleep.
Hot milk with honey
Even our grandmothers provided us with honey milk for coughs. Hot milk with honey helps with dry cough and irritating cough. In the evening, drunk before sleep, this also ensures a good night's sleep. Milk is rich in tryptophan. This, in turn, is important for the production of sleep-promoting melatonin. But be careful: milk with honey may only be used for dry coughs. If the cough is already productive, i.e. with expectoration (phlegm), this home remedy would only require more mucus.
Honey alone is already a helpful home remedy and also serves as a cough suppressant. In the acute state, simply pouring a teaspoon into your mouth and then slowly sliding the honey down your throat can be very helpful.
Quenching cough is an embarrassment with a cold balm, which contains, for example, essential oils such as eucalyptus, thyme and peppermint. Since essential oils have an allergy-causing potential, the balm should always be tested on a small area of skin, ideally on the inside of the upper or lower arms.
Herbal cough syrups
Before resorting to chemical cough suppressants, cough syrups from the pharmacy, which contain plant extracts from thyme, ribwort, coltsfoot and marshmallow root, are definitely worth a try.
Coughing fits are particularly uncomfortable on the go or at work. Sucking appropriate cough drops can help to quench the cough. These should contain anise, fennel, eucalyptus, menthol and / or sage.
The following measures are recommended to prevent nighttime coughing attacks. The bedroom should be freshly ventilated. Moist cloths on the heating ensure pleasant breathing air. A little thyme juice helps before sleeping. The headboard may have to be set a little higher, which makes it easier to cough up. The already mentioned milk with honey is also a good preparation for a quiet night. The chest area should be kept warm.
When to the doctor?
If a cough lasts longer than two weeks, the symptoms worsen and / or the general condition worsens, a doctor must be consulted. (sw)
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Author and source information
This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
Susanne Waschke, Barbara Schindewolf-Lensch
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