Here comes the winter season and with it brings several infections like cold, cough, viral fever, etc. Dry winds can affect a person as against a warm sunny weather. When you have a severe cough or a throat infection, you find it difficult to swallow foods. Choked throats also cause irritability. Here are some tips that will help you in dealing with cough.
1. Keep yourself hydrated
Why do you invariably get cough? It is on account of a dry throat. The ideal thing which you should be looking at is to keep your throat well hydrated. Keep sipping something hot every two hours. It soothes the throat quite considerably. You can have ginger teas, hot water, soup, or a glass of warm juice to keep yourself hydrated. This soothes irritability and you have a great effect. The choked throat softens up leading to a good relief. Have a good dose of sleep. Sleeplessness can aggravate irritability.
2. Steam it up
Drape a huge towel around your face and keep a bowl of hot steaming water. You can add eucalyptus oil or camphor oil to the steamy water. While you inhale, the medicinal vapors open up the throat and your cough gradually subsides. Cough or cold does not vanish overnight. By following effective treatment, you can however get rid of the same within 3-4 days.
3. Make syrup of cloves
Take a bottle of honey and put 5-10 cloves in it. Let the cloves soak in the honey for 12-24 hours. Next day drain out the clove seeds and drink the mixture containing honey. It acts as syrup to get rid of cough. The throat soothes out and the flem is liberated from the body.
4. Marshmallow tea
You get a plant extract from which marshmallows are made of. The marshmallow plant contains a soothing gel which works wonders on your throat.
You can make a marshmallow tea else mix a table spoon of the plant extract and boil the same in a bowl of hot water. Once the water is heated up, strain the extract. You can add honey to the strained mix and keep drinking the mixture several times a day. The remedy works very well against a bad cough.
The best friend of the throat is ginger. Ginger is a great medicine to treat both wet as well as dry coughs. You can grate ginger into slices and mix the same with a dab of honey. Keep consuming the mixture every 3 hours for a soothing throat. Else put ginger flakes in boiling water, strain the mix and add it to a cup of hot tea. Isn’t drinking ginger tea yummy? Definitely yes, as it treats a bad throat. Ginger tea is tasty even if you don’t have a cough.
These home-made remedies are good enough for mild coughs which are easily curable. However, if the cough becomes too severe and unmanageable that it disrupts your sleep, and then it is better you consult an allopathic or a homeopathic physician to get the same treated.