Coughing helps clear our throat from irritants, phlegm, ad infections. However, coughs due to colds, allergies, and sinus infections can be annoying as they may cause sustained coughing.
For those who prefer to avoid over-the-counter medicines, there are herbs and spices that we can try to treat a persistent cough.
Peppermint possesses antibacterial and antiviral properties. Its menthol content helps to numb nerve endings in the throat that become irritated by coughing thereby providing relief and reducing the urge to cough.
Simply drink peppermint tea before bed to help alleviate night-time coughs.
Marshmallow root is a type of herb with antibacterial properties. Traditionally, it is used in cough syrup and in lozenges to soothe a dry cough.
Results of the survey-based study showed that marshmallow roots are an effective treatment for soothing the throat and reducing the irritation caused by a dry cough.
Thyme leaves contain flavonoids, compounds that relax the throat muscles involved in coughing and lessen inflammation.
A study revealed that the essence extracted from thyme leaves mixed with ivy can help relieve coughing as well as short-term bronchitis.
Enjoy a thyme tea by using 2 teaspoons of crushed thyme leaves and 1 cup of boiling water. Cover the cup, steep for 10 minutes, and strain.
Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that may ease a dry or asthmatic cough.
In a study, results have shown that anti-inflammatory compounds in ginger can relax membranes in the airways, which could reduce coughing.
To feel some relief, have a soothing ginger tea by adding 20–40 grams (g) of fresh ginger slices to a cup of hot water. Allow it to steep for a few minutes before drinking. Its taste can be improved by adding some honey or lemon juice.
Tips To Prevent Coughing
- Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
- Avoid coming in contact with others who are sick.
- Cover the nose and mouth whenever you cough or sneeze.
- Clean the common areas of the home, work, or school frequently particularly mobile phones, toys, and countertops.
- Make sure to wash the hands frequently, especially after going to the bathroom, coughing, eating, or caring for someone who is sick.