This home remedy for coughing is much more than a single remedy - it's a collection of natural cough remedies to choose from according to the type of cough you have. Each remedy is easy to make, safe and effective. Also included is a superb breathing exercise to enhance the effects of the remedies by clearing your lungs and airways and flooding your system with fresh oxygen. Naturally, to give these home cough remedies a chance to work quickly and well, it's important you eliminate or at least reduce cough causing or aggravating factors. After all, what's the point in taking a cough remedy while, for instance, continuing to smoke!
Home Remedies for Coughing
Choose a remedy and stick with it for few days. If it doesn't help you try another one.
Remedy One: Ginger & Malt Sugar Drink
Crush enough fresh ginger to obtain half a tablespoon of juice. Mix the juice and a teaspoon of malt or brown sugar in a cup of warm water and drink. Do this 2-3 times a day. Especially good for chronic coughs in the elderly.
Remedy Two: Garlic & Cane Sugar Drink
Pound 500 grams of fresh garlic into a paste. Mix two teaspoonfulls of the paste and a teaspoon or two of cane sugar in a cup of hot water and drink. Do this twice a day. Store the remaining garlic paste in a sealed jar for future use. Good for cough from the common cold.
Remedy Three: Whole Lemon Drink
Cut up a fresh lemon and put it through a juice extracter (skin & seeds included). Mix the juice with an equal amount of warm water and sip slowly, letting it just trickle down your throat. If it's too bitter add a little more water, but no sugar. Do this 2-3 times a day. An excellent home remedy for coughing - clears chest congestion, sinus congestion, cough with profuse phlegm and sore throat.
Remedy Four: Tangerine Peel Tea
Steep 3-6 grams of tangerine peel and 4-5 grams of green tea in a mug of hot water for 10 minutes. Cover the cup while the tea is brewing. Drink freely throughout the day by topping it up with fresh, hot water each time. A very common traditional Chinese home remedy for coughing - suitable for cough with profuse sticky, white phlegm.
Remedy Five: Pineapple Throat Gargle
Use a juice extracter to make a cup of fresh pineapple juice. Or you can simply crush some pineapple pieces to obtain the juice. Gargle with the juice several times a day - don't swallow it though. Soothes the throat and eases cough.
Remedy Six: Honey & Egg Drink
Crack an egg into a bowl and beat it evenly. Add 35 grams of honey to a small pot of water and bring to a boil. Add the honey water to the egg bowl, mix well and drink warm. Do this 1-2 times a day. Another common, traditional home remedy for coughing in China, although some people may not want to eat too many eggs. Good for dry cough and hoarse voice.
In addition to taking any home remedy for coughing you should adjust your diet and avoid phlegm-forming foods such as dairy products (especially if you have a damp, phlegmy cough), refined starches like white bread and cakes, and overly cooked meats. Eat foods in as close to their natural state as possible.
Remedy Seven: Breathing Exercise
To further enhance the effects of each natural cough remedy it is also recommended that you practice this breathing exercise:
It's a very simple yet highly beneficial home remedy for cough, chest congestion, blocked sinuses - virtually any respiratory ailment - and it also relaxes you, boosts energy and clears your thinking.
To your health!
Matthew Scott is a professionally trained Chinese medicine practitioner from Australia, now living in China.