The Best 4 Ways To Get Rid Of A Cough Naturally

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It’s cold season, and that means you’ll be seeing more and more people coughing up a storm as you go about your daily routine. Perhaps you’re experiencing a cough yourself after battling a cold. It’s totally normal, and for the most part, a cold is merely inconvenient, rather than something to be afraid of. Coughing is a natural physiological response by your body when it needs to clear out irritants from your throat or lungs. But all too often, a cough can linger for longer than necessary, resulting in the spread of germs, sore ribs, and more.

For many people the go-to solution is a bottle of cough syrup. But these medicines often include chemicals like dextromethorphan, which promotes feelings of drowsiness. If your goal in taking the medicine in the first place is to get back to your normal workday or social routine, this cure is just as bad as the disease.

Never fear—in this article, we’ve created a list of all-natural cough remedies which have stood the test of time and will get you feeling normal again very quickly.

 

1. Honey

This is probably one of the most obvious and well known home remedies for persistent coughing, but there is a reason for that—it WORKS. Some studies show that it can actually be more effective at relieving a cough than an over-the-counter drug.

You can simply take some honey directly with a spoon, or mix it with a hot beverage. The best choice is tea or water. To get rid of a cough, mix two teaspoons of honey with warm water or an herbal tea, then add some lemon juice (adjust to taste, but be conservative—remember, you can always add more, but you can’t take it out). The honey will soothe your throat and the hot tea or water, along with the lemon juice, will clear away congestion.

Note: For the best results, use raw honey. It has a darker, more translucent color and is usually more expensive, but it is well worth it. Cheap, mass produced honey has been pasteurized, which removes many of the health benefits. Raw honey has antioxidant and antifungal properties. It’s not a bad idea to make raw honey a regular part of your diet, rather than simply an occasional home remedy.

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