01/6Here are some common remedies that can provide relief from sore throat
Contrary to general belief, coughing is not bad for health. It is a perfectly normal and natural reflex action that helps to clear the airways of irritants. It is generally temporary and goes away on its own once the foreign particle is removed and your throat is clear. But persistent coughing can be irritating and can keep you up all night. It can be caused due to allergens, pollen, dust, smoke or pollution, which gets worse during the winters. If you too are struggling with itchy throat then try natural remedies for relief. Some home remedies are quite effective in clearing the passage, making it easier for you to breathe. However, if the problem persists for a long time then it is best to consult a doctor. Here are 5 natural remedies that you can try for coughing.
Honey is a tried and tested home remedy for cold and cough. Its antioxidants, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties can help soothe a sore throat. A recent study revealed that honey is better than over-the-counter (OTC) drugs for treating cold and cough. Mix 2 teaspoons of honey in herbal tea or warm water and lemon and drink it twice daily for an effective result.
Saltwater gargle can soothe the itchy throat and reduce the mucus build-up in the lungs and nasal passage. All you need to do is mix 1/4 teaspoon of salt in a 1 cup warm water and gargle with it multiple times a day for quick relief. This remedy is not for younger children as they may not be able to gargle properly and will end swallowing the saltwater.
The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger can relax membranes in the airways and reduce the problem of coughing. Sipping ginger tea or having ginger juice with honey and black pepper is one of the most effective remedies to treat coughing. But do not drink too much ginger tea as it can cause stomach upset or heartburn.
Peppermint contains a compound called menthol, which can numb the nerve endings in the throat that become irritated by coughing. It can provide relief from pain and irritation in the throat. Besides, peppermint can also help to reduce congestion. Having peppermint tea 2-3 times a day is the most effective way to reduce the problem of coughing. You can also use peppermint oil as aromatherapy.
Eucalyptus essential oil can also help to soothe and heal your air passage. For a quick result mix, a few drops of eucalyptus oil in some carrier oil like coconut or olive oil and rub the mixture onto the chest and throat. You can also try taking eucalyptus steam. Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil in a bowl of hot water and inhale the steam.