Honey makes the taste of some herbs more palatable. The following are recipes and home remedies using herbs and honey to cure cough for adults and children.
Looking for a home remedy for cough? One that is natural and perhaps easy to go down? Consider the sweet liquid from nature - pure honey.
NOTE: Honey should not be given to children under age 1 because of a rare but serious risk of botulism.
Now, when you are down with a bout of sickness, for instance, cold, sore throat, or fever, I am sure at one point or another, you have wondered and questioned what's going on in your body, what has gone wrong and is causing those symptoms of discomfort...
An extremely common ailment which probably all of us have experienced before, cough is a vital bodily function and can be technically defined as an involuntary reflex signaled and triggered by our brain to clear a blockage or irritant (e.g phlegm, cigarette smoke, pungent gas, dust, etc) from the air passage. What is visible or audible to us when this happens is a sudden expulsion of air from the lungs that helps clear airway very quickly.
When you complain of having a cough, doctors or pharmacists often like to ask this question: is it chesty or dry
Chesty cough or productive cough is characterized by the presence of mucus or phlegm on the chest, whereas in a dry cough where the throat and upper airways are inflamed or irritated, no phlegm is produced or expelled. In some cases, a cough can be chesty but is not productive. This happens when the phlegm is not loose enough to be coughed up.
Many smokers can have a continual dry cough throughout their lives. A cough caused by a viral infection such as the flu or common cold usually disappears within two weeks; if it does not, it may be a symptom of a more serious problem and x-rays may be necessary to diagnose the problem. Persistent or chronic cough could be caused by environmental irritants or even stress (such a cough disappears while sleeping), but it could also be a sign of viral infection like bronchitis or pneumonia, whereby antibiotic medicine would be required.
Signs and symptoms that point to an infection include fever, chills, body aches, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, headache, sinus pressure, runny nose, and night sweats. When cough is a warning sign of an underlying cancer of the lung or air passage, other symptoms may also be present, including worsening fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, or decreased ability to swallow solid or liquid foods.
Over-the-counter cough syrups for minor coughs are easily accessible. There are two primary goals in treating a cough: one is to suppress the cough reflex, especially when a cough causes pain or affects with sleep; the other is to thin the mucus, making it easier to bring up and be flushed from the body. It's beneficial to drink lots of water, warm broth, tea, and room-temperature fruit or vegetable juice to help thin and loosen the mucus.
Some researchers believe that honey, a traditional, natural home remedy for cough can offer a "safe and legitimate alternative" to dextromethorphan (DM), which can occasionally cause severe side-effects in children, including muscle contractions and spasms.
A study (2007) by researchers from Penn State College of Medicine, US, involved 105 children with coughs between the ages of 2 and 18. Before bed, the children were given artificial honey-flavored DM cough syrup, buckwheat honey or nothing at all. Results revealed that parents of children who received the honey rated their children's sleep and symptoms as better!
Honey's ability as a home remedy for cough may be due to the way it soothes on contact and stimulates saliva.
There is a growing concern with cough medicines available in the market these days. The concern centers most on the adverse effects of commercially prepared cough medicine, especially amongst children. Many cough syrups cause drowsiness, affecting most activities of daily living.
Honey is one of nature's gifts to all people affected with cough who would love to do away with the drowsiness. This is used as a key ingredient in concoctions based on alternative medicine principles, with the goal to treat and manage cough. Honey, however, could not work alone as it needs the power of other herbs to achieve maximum therapeutic action.
Honey makes the taste of some herbs more palatable. The following are three recipes using herbs and honey to cure cough for adults and children:
1. Honey and Lemon Juice Recipe
Children especially need sweet and good-tasting cough medicine. Mothers should not have a problem anymore because this recipe is a guaranteed hit it does not just cure cough fast, it also makes it easy to administer to children.
2. Honey and Onion Recipe
Onion is another wonder herb that is known to cure almost all minor health problems, especially those that affect the respiratory tract. This recipe is most advisable for adults, because the smell and after-taste may be a little too strong for children.
3. Honey and Ginger Recipe
Ginger is a popular remedy for cough, and it is made even more palatable and effective by mixing with honey.