A cough is a reflex action by the body, as it tries to clear the passages from viruses, bacteria, dust, pollen or other substances that irritate the nerve endings in the airways between the throat and lungs.
It is never a fun situation when you have a persistent cough, because you do not want to be that person in a quiet room during a meeting that would kill the silence with your choking, or the person at the restaurant that would scare people to get a fling over their food in other to protect it from the enzymes you may give out when you hack.
It even gets worse when you think about the fact that the Federal Government had directed the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, to ban with immediate effect further issuance of permits for the importation of codeine, an active pharmaceutical ingredient for cough syrup preparations.
So the question now would be, “how in God’s name do they expect me to deal with this embarrassing situation without benylin syrup?”
For those who prefer to take chemicals to ease cough, do not lose hope because we got you covered with a few natural home remedies that will sure help you when the shameful visitor comes knocking.
Here are some of the folkways to relieve a nagging cough:
1. Take Garlic
Many people are ignorant about the powerful properties of garlic because of the bad breath that comes with it, but it is best you know that this common herb found in most kitchens helps to take care of your cough.
According to a study, participants who took a garlic supplement containing allicin,( a beneficial organosulfur compound present in garlic), for 12 weeks had significantly fewer traces of cough or cold and recovered faster when they did get the flu compared to those who took a placebo.
2. Honey and lemon syrup
This is a syrup you can quickly make at home to soothe that whooping cough.
According to a study, honey can help to relieve cough more effectively than over-the-counter medicines that contain cough suppressant.
Meanwhile, you can follow the steps below to achieve your homemade syrup.
· mix up to 2 teaspoons of honey in a glass with herbal tea or warm water
· Add lemon to it and you have your natural syrup.
The honey does the soothing, while the lemon juice can help with congestion.
3. Consume Bromelain
Do not think too far about the name because bromelain is an enzyme found only in the stem and fruit of pineapples, which helps to suppress a cough as well as loosen the mucus in your throat.
It is rather surprising how the common sweet fruit can cure your cough right? Just give it a try by eating a slice of pineapple or drink 3.5 ounces of fresh pineapple juice three times a day and you will see the magic.
4. Hot shower
Steam can be cough’s worst enemy, and thus, your best friend. Steam works to soothe the airways and loosen sinus congestion and phlegm in your throat and lungs. (However take note, WebMD warns that steam may increase a cough caused by asthma).
5. Drink Turmeric Milk
Turmeric has been found to inhibit the release of histamine, a chemical present in our bodies which is responsible for many of the symptoms that occur during allergic reactions like sneezing or getting a runny nose. So whether you are coughing and sneezing because of the dust or an allergy or you have got cold, a glass of turmeric milk can come in handy.
The milk is easy to make, just boil a teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of milk, take the healing drink twice or thrice a day and thank me later
Turmeric milk has been traditionally used in Southeast Asia to treat a cough.