Are you breathing hard, you have a sore throat and you feel like you’re suffocating? You surely felt at least once the annoying symptoms of a cough that just didn’t go away. Again nature comes to the rescue.
Cough isn’t a disease in itself but a symptom of a respiratory condition, which must be taken seriously. It shows up as a reflex caused by the irritation of the mucous membrane of the airways, the presence of foreign bodies or the presence of a pathological secretion.
For children, even a slight cough that lasts for several months, can lead to complications because it causes the progressive dilatation of the bronchia. For adults, a cough that persists for a long time, without an obvious reason, is cause of worry because it can be the symptom of a serious condition. In both cases it is necessary to pay a visit to the doctor.
1. Garlic is a vegetable known for its expectorant and antibiotic effects. The garlic infusion should be consumed as it follows: 15 g for children up to 2 years old; 25 g for children between the ages of 2 -5; 40 g for children between the ages of 10-12; 60-80 g for all the other ages. It is indicated to use 8 – 10 teaspoons of garlic water for children up to 5 years old, 6-7 spoons for children between the ages of 10 -12 and 8-10 spoons for all the other ages.
2. Propolis tincture
Propolis is a well known anti-inflammatory, expectorant and antibiotic. For cough is indicated to drink propolis tincture (60 g of propolis in 200 ml of alcohol) as it follows: 15-30 drops in a little warm milk or herbal tea, three times a day, before eating. Another effective cough syrup can be prepared as it follows: squeeze a lemon boiled for ten minutes and add two spoons of glycerin, mix them and fill the glass with honey. You should consume 6 teaspoons of this mix a day: in the morning on an empty stomach, before lunch, immediately after lunch, a few hours after lunch, at dinner and before bedtime. As your cough progresses reduce the quantity. It’s recommended for adults and children.
3. Fomentations (cataplasms)
A very effective method to fight cough is the flax seeds and flour fomentation, in a proportion of 1/3 in 2/3 of water. After boiling the mix you will obtain a thick paste. The mix is put in a little cloth bag and is applied on the chest. Just as efficient are the polenta porridge fomentations.
You can have chamomile, lavender, thyme, rosemary, wild thyme, peppermint and young pine needle and twigs inhalations. You mix them in equal quantities and add 2 spoons of this mix in a liter of boiled water. Inhale for 20 minutes. Also, you could try etheric oil inhalations: in a container with 2-3 liters of hot water add 10 drops of lavender, eucalyptus, mint or fennel oil. Inhale 2 to 3 times a day. If you are allergic, avoid etheric oils.
In the first stage, when the cough is dry and causes irritations you should drink as many liquids as possible. Here are some anti–cough teas:
a. Plantain – infusion
Add two teaspoons of plantain leaves in a cup of boiled water. Drink 2 cups of tea a day. Plantain is known as an anti-inflammatory, moisturizer, bactericide, haemostatic and healer.
b. Nettle leaves – infusion
Add a teaspoon of fresh or dry nettle, well minced, in a cup of boiled water. Drink 2 to 3 cups a day and you can follow 3 weeks cures. You can also consume an infusion made of 2 teaspoons of quince seeds and a liter of water.
c. Linden – infusion
Add 1 or 2 spoons of linden flowers in a cup of boiled water. Drink 2 cups of tea a day. This plant is known for its calming, antiviral, antiseptic, expectorant and healing effects.
d. Pine buds – infusion
Add a teaspoon of fresh or dry pine buds in a cup of boiled water. Drink 2 to 3 cups a day.