Cough is your body’s way of clearing airway passages between the throat and lungs which can be clogged due to bacteria, dust, pollen, viruses and other irritants. Coughing can disrupt your work and sleep. It can lead to chest pain, exhaustion and leave you feeling miserable. A chronic cough can be a symptom of something serious, in which case you should visit your healthcare provider. For a mild cough you can resort to herbal remedies which can be easily made in the comfort of your home.  

Below are six efficient natural solutions to treat a cough:  

  1. Honey 

This natural golden savior is filled with antioxidants, antifungal and antibacterial properties. It is a tried and tested antidote for curing cough. If you try this herbal remedy make sure you get raw, organic or Manuka forms of honey. These are infused with antioxidants and come in a dark color. The light-colored honey is a processed variety which is stripped off quite a few health benefits, so it’s best to avoid it. The antibacterial properties help eliminate harmful cough-causing bacteria. Honey is a rich source of potassium, it also contains calcium, copper, magnesium and phosphorus which are essential for the body for optimal functionality. This golden syrup stimulates tissue growth, while the nutrients work as antioxidants which rid the body of harmful free radicals. You can create DIY cough remedy by mixing 2 teaspoons honey with a few drops of lemon juice, warm water or herbal tea. Honey soothes the throat, while lemon juice helps decongest.    

  1. Hydration 

Since a cough can lead to an itchy throat, drinking plenty of liquids is vital to keep your throat at ease. Herbal teas, water and soups are all beneficial and can help thin out mucus in the postnasal drip. This keeps membranes at ease which helps eliminate cough.  

  1. Sore Throat Drops

Cough drops are great for easing irritated throat and taming cough reflexes. Herbion Naturals Cough Drops contain a blend of Malabar nut, Long pepper, Hyssop, Greater galangal and Licorice which work to provide quick relief from cough and sore throat while clearing nasal passages. Our regular flavors consist of Honey-LemonMintOrange and Cherry. We also have a sugar free range which includes Honey LemonOrange and Mint flavors.    

  1. Lemon

This citrus fruit is rich in vitamin C which is vital for a healthy functioning immune system. The antioxidants help prevent and repair cell damage. Furthermore, lemons are loaded with antibacterial and antiviral properties which are ideal for easing cough. 

  1. Licorice

This demulcent is packed with antiviral and antibacterial attributes. It is widely used in cough drops and syrups since the sweet taste and thick consistency of this herb is potent for relieving coughs. It also soothes inflamed dry and irritated sore throats.    

  1. Steam

Breathe in steam to loosen stuffy nose, clear airways and cough. Steam kills germs around the throat and the moisture released reduces dryness. Take a bowl fill it with hot water, lean in with a towel over your head and inhale the steam. Be careful not to burn your nose and once done be sure to drink a glass of water to stay hydrated.