Getting Rid of that Pesky Cough

getting rid of a cough

Coughs that linger are the worst. Just when you think you’ve recovered you start hacking again and it seems impossible to breathe or talk normally.

Riding it out is no answer. And overdosing on cough syrup won’t cure the problem. If you really want to get rid of that pesky cough then try one of these tried and true tricks:

  • Steam. Steam increases circulation and opens up pores (a therapeutic way of eliminating toxins from the body). Plus, steamy air feels super good on a sore throat. Don’t have access to an official steam room? No problem. Try taking a really hot shower (just be careful the hot water doesn’t strip your skin of all essential moisture). Or, boil a pot of water on the stove. Once it reaches a rolling boil turn off the stove and pour the water into a large mixing bowl. Set the bowl on the kitchen table and get close to the vapors. Inhale! Exhale! This works best if you cover your head with a warm damp towel so that all the hot vapors stay inside the tented fabric.
  • Honey. It’s kind of a miracle worker when it comes to curing a cough. Honey with tea. Honey in warm water. Honey added to a glass of hot milk. Honey licked off a spoon. Honey mixed with lemon juice. Aloe Vera and honey. Homemade cough syrup made from baked onion juice, Comfrey tea, and honey. The list goes on and on.
  • Vitamin C. Sure, it comes as no surprise. But vitamin C really does work wonders when it comes to getting over a bad cough. Try a supplement, fruits high in vitamin C (strawberries, citrus, or kiwis), or pure orange juice or grapefruit juice. Just remember, consuming limitless amounts of vitamin C per day won’t do you any good. Vitamin C can’t be stored in the body and most adults need no more than 100-200 mg per day. An excessive amount (over 1,000 mg) can lead to nausea, stomach cramps, and kidney stones.
  • Herbal teas. Not all herbal teas are create equal (especially when it comes to treating a cough). Try peppermint tea (works as an anti-inflammatory and promotes circulation), cinnamon tea (opens sinuses and is an anti-inflammatory), ginger tea (boosts the immune system), parsley tea (numbs sore throats and is a natural anti-inflammatory), or even garlic tea (increases immunity).

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