Folk cure recipes: cure for cough, sore throat, dry cough
To choose the most effective remedy among the cough cure recipes, we need to understand what cough is. Cough is a kind of defense reflex, which clears the airways. It is the way your body tries to get rid of dust, bronchial mucus and other alien particles in your airways.
Cough can have various causes. For example, it can be caused by an allergic reaction towards a certain element, like pollen, smell, dust and many others. To not let the allergic cough turn into bronchial asthma you need to avoid potential allergens. On the other side, an acute respiratory infection can also cause cough. In most severe cases there can be a possibility for cough to be a consequence of much more serious illnesses such as tuberculosis, lung tumor, bacterial pneumonia. That’s why it is important to visit a doctor first and find out the reason of your cough and then search for the suitable remedy recipes.
In most cases (besides serious and complicated illnesses) doctor’s involvement can end at establishing the diagnosis. From then you can employ our ancestors’ experience and wisdom and cure cough with folk remedies.
Natural resources and traditional cough remedies
Nature has given human kind a wealth of plants which can be used for our benefit.
For instance, a black radish (or its juice to be precise) is very often used as rather effective folk cough remedy. To do so, carve a small cavity and put a spoon of honey in it. Then place the radish in a warm spot. The cavity will gradually be filled with the radish juice. You should drink it up to 4 times a day until full recovery. If the juice tastes too bitter, you can dilute it with warm tea. If you have honey allergy, you can use granulated sugar instead.
The other very popular folk cure for a sore throat is use of herbal teas. You need to choose a certain group of herbs depending on the illness severity and type of cough.
To cure bronchitis choose herbal tea of origanum, thyme, which essential oils have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and expectorative effect. You can also treat angina by these folk cure herbs.
If you have dry cough, traditional remedies can be also really helpful. For instance, people have always believed that coltsfoot can help to get rid of dry cough completely. Coltsfoot envelopes the mucous lining in your mouth protecting it from irritation. Besides, it has a relaxing and antimicrobial effect.
To ease dry cough you can also prepare (or buy from the nearest drug store) a syrup from the licorice root. Licorice root contains some substances that help getting rid of sputum from the airways. Besides, it stimulates secretion of mucus in the airways and helps to cure inflammation.
And of cause, we shouldn’t forget about the oldest traditional remedy against cough – milk. Soak some raisins in warm water. The ill person should drink a glass of hot milk with raisins 3 times a day. The other recipe includes drinking 200 ml of hot milk boiled with dill or fennel seeds. You can also dilute milk in fennel tea.
Recipes to cure cough.
- For dry cough and hoarse voice boil about 10 dates in half liter water for half an hour. Drink the broth while still hot.
- Fir needle oil will help to relieve heavy cough attacks. Drip 5-10 drops of undiluted oil on the tong root in the morning and in the evening.
- A healing chocolate butter is a perfect recipe from cough for picky children who won’t drink bitter or unappetizing potions, infusions and broth. Take 100 gr of chocolate, the same amount of butter, 3-4 table spoons of pork fat and 3 table spoons of cacao powder. Melt the fat and the butter on moderate fire then add cacao and gritted chocolate. Mix everything well and let it cool down. Your child can eat this butter with bread for 3-4 days. Washing it down with warm milk mixed with a pinch of baking soda would also help curing cough.
- Lemon juice with honey: put a medium sized lemon into water and boil on moderate fire for about 10 minutes. Let it cool, then cut in two and squeeze juice. Pour the juice into a glass, add 2 table spoons of glycerin for internal use and fill the remaining volume with honey, mix well. If you have frequent and strong cough, take 2 tea spoons of this mixture 3 times a day before meal and fourth time before going to bed. If you have dry cough take 1 tea spoon of the mixture before and after meal and also before sleep. Such cough remedy is also suitable for small children older than 1 year: give your child 1 tea spoon 3 times a day before meal and fourth time before going to bed. It is a tasty, safe and effective way to get rid of cough.
- The following recipe would be good for a breastfeeding baby: mix a pinch of salt, a tea spoon of honey, 2 table spoons of anise seeds with 1 glass of water. Bring it to the boil and sift. Give your baby 1 tea spoon of the resulting broth every two hours. Decrease the dose as the cough will ease away. This remedy is not suitable for children who suffer from diathesis.
Breast tea is among the most effective of the traditional remedies for cough. It is a combination of healing herbs, which helps getting rig of sputum, has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effect upon the processes in lungs and bronchi.
Here is the recipe for the breast tea for cough: take equal parts of licorice, thyme, lime, origanum, сoltsfoot, mint, pine buds, ribwort, lungwort and marigold. Dilute 2 table spoons of the minced herbs mixture in 500 ml of boiling water and infuse for 1,5 hours in warm place. After that sift the tea and drink 150 ml 3-4 times a day 30 minutes before meal. This tea is absolutely safe remedy for adults as well as for children.
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The good thing in the folk cough remedies made of herbs is that you can combine them to achieve the desired effect. You can use traditional remedies to cure cough along with the drug therapy. Such teas are not just absolutely safe for children but also have pleasant smell and taste, which can make the process of healing a sore throat rather pleasant.
Recently performed research of the various cough remedies available on the market has shown a disappointing result: just about 15 drugs of all varieties have a reliably good effect. But even those 15 are more often than not would compare poorly to the traditional cough remedies.