Cold and flu season is upon us. If you or one of your family members or friends already has a cold or flu with a cough, here are some homemade natural alternatives to try. These natural remedies are very effective and much less expensive than their store bought counterparts. If you are preparing for cold and flu season, it is a good idea to have these ingredients on hand just in case you need to make cough medicine. If you have any serious underlying disease, high fever, or any other signs or symptoms of a serious infection, not just the common cold or run of the mill flu, see you doctor for advice before trying these remedies. Do not use these natural home remedies for babies and young children. Babies and young children can go from being a little sick to gravely ill very quickly. Babies and you children should see their pediatrician for an evaluation. These remedies are not intended for them and should not be used. These remedies are for older teens and adults. Do not try if you have an allergy to any of the ingredients. Please be sure to check with your doctor before trying any natural remedies if you fit into any of these categories.
Things You Will NeedWill depend on the type of cough you are suffering from
For a Dry Cough: In a pot on the stove, add a 1/2 of a cup of olive oil, the juice of one large lemon and 1 cup of honey. Cook over a medium heat. Bring the mixture to very hot, almost a boil. Take the pot off the stove, pour the mixture into a clean, glass lidded jar. Allow it to cool to room temperature. Take 2 teaspoons ever 2 to 3 hours. Store with the lid on for 3 to 4 days.
To Soothe Fits of Coughing: In a clean, glass lidded jar, add 1/2 of a cup of water, 1/4 of a cup of apple cider vinegar, 1/2 of a cup of honey and 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Mix the ingredients thoroughly. Take 2 teaspoons at the beginning of every coughing fit. Extra honey can be added to improve the taste.
For a Congested, Productive Cough (the type where you are able to expectorate phlegm and mucous) Boil approximately 1 cup of water and add 1 teaspoon of dill. Steep the dill in the hot water for approximately 10 minutes. Strain the dill off of the water, add 1 tablespoon of honey or more depending on your taste. Drink 1 cup 3 to 4 times per day.
Cough Caused by Post Nasal Drip: This is for the cough caused by phlegm and mucous in the back of your throat. Add about 1/2 of a cup of very warm water to a glass plus 3 to 4 tablespoons of Karo Dark Syrup. Mix the ingredients thoroughly. Gargle with the solution. This will help to remove the mucous from the back of your throat.
For Any Type of Cough: Boil 1 cup of water, add 4 to 6 crushed peppermint leaves. Allow the peppermint leaves to steep in the hot water for 10 minutes. Strain the peppermint leaves off of the water add 1 tablespoon of honey or more depending on your taste. Sip while inhaling the steam.
For Any Type of Cough: Take a hot bath with Ginger. Grate fresh ginger into the center of a piece of cheesecloth. Tie the cheesecloth to keep the ginger in place. Run the water in the bathtub as hot as you can comfortably stand, place the ginger cheesecloth sachet in the water while you relax in the tub for 30 to 45 minutes.
These cough remedies are very effective. Please use your own good judgment to seek medical care if necessary.