Cough can be aggravating especially if it coercing you to awake along the night and making you less in sleep. In mild cases, cough is a natural body response when there is an excessive mucus production inside your respiratory tract or it also may cause when you inhale an irritant or allergen. If you have a mild cough, try homemade and natural recipes as cough remedies just stated below.
Before you go with the recipes, please note if your cough persist for more than a week or it produce tick green or yellow mucus and your cough creating whoop noise, go to a doctor. There is possibility that your cough is not in mild level anymore. A proper diagnose and treatment will needed for this condition. Some of persistence cough may relate to pneumonia or tuberculosis and need medical attention as soon as possible.
Natural cough remedies
1. Sometimes, a sore throat may lead to cough. To relieve this condition try to drink a mixture of warm lemon juice and honey. Squash a fresh lemon and collect the juice on a cup. Add warm water on it plus 3-4 spoonful honey. Drink the mixture while it warm. According to mayoclinic.com, consuming 2 teaspoons of honey before bedtime seemed can reduce nighttime coughing.
2. Another lemon and honey mixture as cough remedies can be made by adding ½ cup of honey, 1 tablespoon glycerin, and 1 lemon (juiced). Mix honey and glycerin in a sterile glass, put the lemon juice in a sauce pan and heat it up without bringing to boil. Add the lemon juice to honey and glycerin, mix evenly. Take 1 to 2 tablespoon for 2-3 times a day.
3. Basil or thyme tea is another good option as one of cough remedies. Add 1 tablespoon dried thyme to 1 cup boiling water, let the mixture for 5-10 minutes, strain the mixture then drink. You can also replace the dried thyme with dried basil using the same way. To boost the healing effect, you may add 1-2 spoonful honey into the tea and drink while it warm.
4. Another home remedy as one of cough remedies that you can try is a recipe by Bonnie K. McMillen, R.N, B.S.N, seems she is a lecturer in the College Health Nurse, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. As stated in her blog, she mix ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, ¼ teaspoon ground ginger, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon honey, and 2 tablespoons water. She took 3 teaspoons at the first time she got a bad cough before sleep.
5. As an alternative of your cough remedies, you can drink of a glass of warm rose hip tea. Boil 2 teaspoons dried rose hips in a cup of boiling water. Strain the tea after 5-10 minutes and add 1 spoonful of honey, stir well and drink before sleeping time.