February 27, 2016

The room is silent, you feel a tickle in your throat, and your allergies have you sounding like a pack-a-day smoker. Besides being embarrassed, it is also not good for your throat for such a strong cough to go untreated. Help your body along a little bit with these simple remedies.

  1. Honey

    Honey is the simplest way to immediately remedy a bad cough. Hot tea is already good for you when you’re feeling under the weather, but a few spoonfuls of honey will make an even bigger difference. The smooth gel qualities thicken your tea and smooth the rough patches in your throat. The heat will also start to break up congestion. And the honey will make your tea taste delicious. Enjoy!
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  2. Steam

    Did you really need an excuse to take a long, relaxing and steaming shower? The steam breaks up congestion and helps make each cough more productive. Take slow, deep breaths of steam and exhale out. Let yourself cough and feel your congestion disappear. Use a humidifier in your home to make the relieving affects last longer.
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  3. Turmeric

    Mix 1 teaspoon of this cooking descendent of ginger with a cup of milk over the stove. This is especially effective in treating dry coughs, and the peppery flavor clears congestion as well.
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  4. Peppermint Oil

    Peppermint oil contains menthol and is not recommended for small children, as it can inspire a choking sensation. But don’t let this scare you – a few drops is fine. Drop some on your finger and dab it on the back of your tongue. It will calm a cough even in the middle of a coughing fit. Peppermint oil can also soothe the stomach ache often associated with a chronic cough.
    Peppermint Oil
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  5. Whiskey

    Obviously also not recommended for children. But if you are of legal age, a few drops will clear the sinuses, eradicating the need for such a violent cough. If spirits are not your poison, you can mix in some honey, lemon, peppermint, or sugar for the taste. Unfortunately we cannot find justification for the Jameson shots you had the other weekend, but the last few drops in that bottle may come in handy now.
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  6. Massage

    A back massage will physically break up the congestion in your back and chest, making your coughs more productive and less arduous. The calming qualities of a massage also relieve the tension in your back and neck, alleviating the miserable aspects of cold-weather congestion.
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  7. Stretch

    Similar to the benefits of a back massage, stretching improves circulation, regulates heart rate, and loosens muscles. Although it may initially invite you to cough, let yourself. Congestion is cured by clearing it out.
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  8. Fluids

    Drink water and non-juice fluids every half hour. After you feel your congestion begin to clear up, drink some ginger ale. The fizziness of the bubbles deteriorates phlegm and begins to wash it away.
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  9. Lemon Juice and Water

    Mix lemon juice and water and gargle. This clears up phlegm, and greatly decreases a cough.
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  10. Vick’s Vapor Rub… On Your Feet

    I know. It sounds crazy. But there are testimonials all over the internet of both adults and parents that put Vick’s on the coughing one’s feet at night, and viola. Many claim that this cures even the worst chronic cough in just a day or two. We haven’t tried it yet but check out the inexplicable truth for yourself.
    Vick's Vapor Rub
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