Holistic remedies for persistent coughs.

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Holistic Remedies for Persistent Cough After Illness: Soothing the Airway Naturally

A persistent cough that lingers after an illness can be frustrating and disruptive to daily life. And we are seeing loads of it lately with the latest colds and flus going around. While coughing is often a reflex to clear the airways, it can become bothersome when it persists. In addition to seeking medical advice if necessary, there are several holistic remedies and treatments that can help soothe the airway and alleviate a persistent cough naturally. Let’s explore some effective holistic approaches to managing a lingering cough after an illness.

  1. Hydration: Staying well-hydrated is essential for maintaining respiratory health and thinning mucus secretions. Drink plenty of fluids like water, herbal teas, and warm broths to keep the airways moist and promote mucus clearance.
  2. Steam Inhalation: Inhaling steam can help soothe irritated airways and loosen mucus. Fill a bowl with hot water, drape a towel over your head, and breathe in the steam for 10-15 minutes. Adding a few drops of essential oils like eucalyptus or peppermint can provide additional relief. Long steamy showers first thing on a cold morning can help.
  3. Honey and Herbal Remedies: Honey has long been used for its soothing properties in managing coughs. Mix a teaspoon of raw honey with warm water or herbal tea to create a natural cough syrup. Honey/onion medicine is a simple Grandma remedy. Cut up one whole onion and put in a glass jar. Fill the jar with honey (raw if you can). Put on lid and leave on bench overnight or for 12 hours. Take one teaspoon of honey 3-6 times a day.
  4. Ginger: Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and can help alleviate cough and soothe the respiratory system. Prepare ginger tea by steeping fresh ginger slices in hot water for 10-15 minutes. Add a squeeze of lemon and a teaspoon of honey for added benefits.
  5. Saltwater Gargle: Gargling with warm saltwater can help reduce throat inflammation and alleviate coughing. Dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and gargle for 30 seconds before spitting it out. Repeat several times a day.
  6. Herbal Cough Drops or Lozenges: Look for natural cough drops or lozenges made with ingredients like honey, herbal extracts, and menthol. These can provide temporary relief by soothing the throat and suppressing the cough reflex.
  7. Rest and Sleep: Adequate rest and quality sleep are essential for a strong immune system and overall well-being. Giving your body time to recover and heal can help reduce coughing and promote a faster recovery.
  8. Avoid Irritants: Try to minimize exposure to irritants such as smoke, strong perfumes, dust, and pollutants. These can further irritate the airways and trigger coughing.
  9. Breathing Exercises: Practicing deep breathing exercises and techniques like pursed-lip breathing can help strengthen the lungs, improve lung capacity, and reduce coughing episodes.
  10. Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle: A balanced and nutritious diet, regular exercise, and managing stress levels can contribute to overall respiratory health. A healthy lifestyle supports the immune system and aids in faster recovery.
  11. Last but not least let your chiropractor know if you have had ongoing coughing. We can then focus on the thoracic and rib cage area and make sure it is moving properly for breathing as well as check your anterior neck muscles for spasms from too much coughing.


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