Yep, it’s that time of year again , when everyone seems to have some sort of bug, and the dry chesty cough can be annoying especially when it keeps you and your family up at night. I recently caught a cough and this is what I did to help relieve mine quickly. All of the solutions in this article are vegan and do not contain honey.
A cough is your body’s way of removing irritants from the respiratory tract. A cough is the symptom, and not the disease. Therefore we should not try to suppress a cough with pharmaceuticals, but help our body to heal itself naturally through cleansing.
1. After brushing your teeth, gargle with warm salty water.
(I used Himalayan Rock salt solution, but Celtic Ocean Sea Salt is also recommended.)
Gargling with salt water can soothe the mucous membranes of the mouth and ease discomfort. It also has anti-bacterial properties and will cause a temporary change in the pH of your mouth making it more alkaline, which will also help the body to heal.
I mixed a half cup of warm water with a large tablespoonful of salt solution. You can also use a teaspoon of Celtic Ocean Sea Salt instead and mix thoroughly until dissolved. Then gargle for as long as you can, then spit it out, and then gargle some more until you have used up the water..
2. Drink Molasses
You can buy Blackstrap Molasses in most health food stores, and it is chock full of vitamins and minerals. Often times when the body get’s run down, we are depleted in necessary vitamins and minerals, and drinking a cup of hot molasses 3 x a day until better can help the body to recover quicker. Or, if you feel a cold might be coming on, you can take Molasses as a preventative. I have felt the amazing benefits of drinking Molasses many times over the years and highly recommend it.
Directions: Boil some water in a kettle and pour into a cup, add 1 heaped tablespoon of molasses and stir. Wait until cool enough to drink and then enjoy.
3. Drink Liquorice Root Tea or a Liquorice and Echinacea Blend.
Liquorice Root can be used to treat a host of ailments, it’s key therapeutic compound, glycyrrhizin has numerous beneficial effects on the body. It can help control respiratory problems and sore throat. It eases congestion and coughing by helping to loosen and thin mucus in airways; this makes a cough more “productive,” bringing up phlegm and other mucus bits. Liquorice also helps to relax bronchial spasms. The herb also soothes soreness in the throat and fights viruses that cause respiratory illnesses and an overproduction of mucus. Liquorice also appears to enhance immunity by boosting levels of interferon, a key immune system chemical that fights off attacking viruses.
Echinacea stimulates the production of interferon, helping to boost the immune system and used correctly can help relieve colds, flu and coughs.
You can buy these two together or individually and mix half and half to make a delicious, soothing tea.
Caution: Some articles on Liquorice say you shouldn’t take it if you are pregnant, or have high blood pressure, heart problems, or diabetes. Please do your own research on this…
4. Colloidal Silver.
Colloidal Silver has been shown to stop over 600 different types of bacteria and viruses as well. It is a first port of call in our house if ever anyone feels unwell.
Directions: (See the instructions on the bottle from the manufacturer). I took one capful under my tongue and then gargled it for about 30 seconds before swallowing. Repeat every hour or two for a few days or until feeling better.
5. Rosehip Tea or Rosehip Syrup
Rosehips are natually high in Vitamin C, Bioflavinoids and Iron and contain an array of nutrients vital for the health of our bodies.
My mum makes a rosehip syrup for my little neice Jasmine whenever she has a cough or a cold, and she love’s it. But I just take my rosehips in the form of a tea. An article explaining how to make rosehip syrup can be found here.
To make the tea, simply put a handful of dried organic rosehips into a small sauce pan, add water and bring to the boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes to allow the nutrients to be released into the water.