To get rid of the mucus and foreign particles from our throat and lungs we cough. Several factors are responsible for causing cough. Coughs can be symptoms of serious illnesses such as tuberculosis. They can be signs of allergies. However, common cough, which occurs with common cold, is usually not associated with any complicated illness. It usually heals naturally without any medication. Nonetheless, we can speed up the recovery process with the help of certain herbal cough suppressants that we can easily make with certain natural ingredients.
Honey is the most popular natural cough syrup. Having a teaspoon of honey everyday could help to cure the cough. Moreover, you can add one teaspoon of ginger juice and one teaspoon of fresh basil juice to a teaspoon of honey to make a powerful natural cough syrup.
Citrus fruits are rich sources of vitamin C. Vitamin C helps to boost our immunity and is essential for treating cough and cold. Lime, lemon or oranges can be consumed to heal cough. To a cup of water, add the juice of a whole lemon and one teaspoon of honey. Drink this mixture to reduce the discomfort and irritation caused by cough.
To prevent coughing, chew a clove. Clove helps to cure sore throat and reduces cough.
Sore throat, throat irritation and cough could be treated by chewing two to three black pepper seeds. You can also add half teaspoon of freshly grounded black pepper seeds to a cup of hot milk, and drink it to cure your cough.
Foods to avoid
Certain food, due to their coolant effect, could aggravate your cough. If you are suffering from cough, stay away from watermelons, cucumber and papayas. Sometimes nuts can increase coughing.
Foods to eat
Regular bowel movement could help to get rid of the excess mucus from your body. Increasing intake of fiber rich foods, such as leafy vegetables and whole grains, helps to eliminate the excess mucus from the body through the bowel. Vegetables such as horseradish and green chilies could help to loosen the mucus congestion, helping to remove them from the lungs and reducing cough.