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Natural Ways to Stop Coughing

It is wiser to first try out natural ways to stop coughing before shifting to medicines, to help get rid of that hacking irritant cough that crops up on several occasions...
HolisticZine Staff
Coughing is a reaction by the body to rid it from collected mucus that deposits itself within the throat or lungs causing the airways to tighten, getting us to forcefully cough it up. Chronic coughs are the most troublesome of the two kinds, the second being acute which is instantly cured and taken care of either using medication or other methods. Chronic coughs are those that constantly sprout up in repetitive episodes, usually sticking around for a prolonged period of time.

Coughing is brought on when the airways react as a reflex action brought on by the sensory nerves that line the respiratory passages, causing the body to convulse when under a coughing fit. Hacking coughs that are either dry, or mucus filled, are the most bothersome since they tend to spring upon a person with their violent and disturbing effects. When in the office, or in a meeting or at a place where there's a crowd - it can be quite embarrassing when these coughs take over.

How to Deal with Coughs Using Home-Based Methods

There are quite a number of ways where you can control the severity of your coughs, or cut down on the number of times you tend to get caught up in a fit, by using natural ways to stop coughing.

Remedy #1
You'll need ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger, ¼ teaspoon of red pepper, 1 tablespoon of honey, 2 tablespoons of regular drinking water and a tablespoon of white vinegar. Mix this up well until you attain a nice consistent mixture, and take a tablespoon of this every time you experience a bad cough.

Remedy #2
To cure a cough that keeps returning, and for quick relief, mix together hot water, one crushed onion (medium-size) and juice from a medium-sized lemon with a tablespoon of honey. Drink this concoction 2 to 3 times a day to help combat against a bad cough.

Remedy #3
To help get rid of a cough in a span of about 4 to 5 days, take a tablespoon of honey and mix with this a pinch of ground white pepper.

Remedy #4
Take a warm shower, or soak yourself in a bathtub full of lukewarm water to help lessen the effects of a cough. Use a humidifier in your bathroom or one while you sleep to allow the airway to moisten up in letting mucus either flow out freely or decrease friction in the airways in the case of a dry cough.

Remedy #5
Take a tablespoon of marjoram, which is a herb easily available in dry form - let this steep in a mug of hot water for 10 to 15 minutes, and then consume.

Remedy #6
To make a mixture that acts as an inhalant to help with bad coughs, mix together mint and eucalyptus leaves - a tablespoon of each in boiling water, and then take it to one side once it starts to bubble over. Place a dish cloth over your head to conceal both sides of your face as you bend over the container and slowly inhale the vapors expelled. The same method can be done, except once the plain water boils over, take it off the gas and then drop into this a tablespoon of vapor rub and gently stir it in before inhaling the vapors from a safe distance.

Remedy #7
100g of raisins is all you need, ground and added to a 100g of sugar (powdered) with a mug of water kept on the boil. Once it takes on a sauce like texture, take it off the gas and consume a tablespoon of this everyday before bedtime until you experience a change in your health.

There are innumerable ways on how to stop coughing using natural means with on hand ingredients and agents that can help one fight against the problems of a chronic or acute cough. If signs of the same persist, consult a doctor on what to do about the recurrent coughs, and gain perspective on why these occur. Once you have an understanding on what you're going through, it will be easier to deal with. Have a healthy tomorrow.