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Natural Home Remedies for a Cough


| 5/6/2011 3:35:07 PM


It may finally feel like spring outside, but many of the staff at our office is being kept inside by a bout of colds and sinus and ear infections. As with any cold or head infection, the last symptom to disappear is usually the cough. Coughing is part of our natural immune defense system. Although it may feel like your body is trying to forcibly remove your lungs at times, a cough is actually designed to expel dust, chemicals, phlegm and other irritants or foreign matter from your respiratory tract. To effectively end your cough, you’ll need to treat the underlying cause, whether from an infection, allergen or other source. As your body heals, follow these tips to ease your coughing.

Don’t suppress your cough! Although it may seem polite to suppress your cough around other people, taking a cough suppressant or physically preventing yourself from coughing will only prolong your cough. Let the body work its magic.

Humidify. Dry living or working environments can make a cough worse. A humidifier moisturizes the air, which can help soothe throats and break up congestion underlying a cough. Cool-mist humidifiers are generally considered a safer option as the air from a warm-mist humidifier has the potential to burn if it comes in close contact with skin. (Cool-mist humidifiers are also less expensive and use less energy than their warm-mist counterparts.) Humidifiers are only beneficial if used properly, however. Be sure to clean out your humidifier every couple of days with a disinfecting solution.

glass of water 
Staying hydrated can help ease coughing. Water thins mucus, making it easier to break up and remove from the body. Photo By Rasmus Anderson/Courtesy Flickr. 

Eat right. Certain foods encourage mucus production, which can increase the amount of phlegm your body produces. Avoid dairy products especially, and lay off the chocolate and processed, refined or “junk” food.



Drink up! It’s the most basic principle to follow when you’re sick: Stay hydrated. Water thins mucus secretions, helping to move all that gunk out of your respiratory system. Water can also help your immune system function properly. Drink a glass every two hours.



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