Cough is one of the most annoying flu symptoms, but there are effective natural remedies to find quick relief and to prevent its occurrence
- How to calm a dry cough
- How to calm a fat cough
- How to calm reflux cough
- How to prevent cough in winter
How to calm a dry cough
Dry cough is caused by irritation of the respiratory tract and is characterized by a continuous urge to cough, without there being an excess of mucus.
The causes of dry cough can be of various types: cough can in fact occur as a result of tracheitis, laryngitis and pharyngitis, but it can also depend on staying in dry environments or exposure to irritants, such as dust, pollutants or smoke. cigarette. Allergies and gastroesophageal reflux can also lead to a dry cough.
A dry cough is particularly annoying since it is an irritating cough that intensifies especially during the night, when lying down, preventing proper rest. In addition, the constant coughing irritates the respiratory tract, fueling a real vicious circle. It is therefore important to resort to remedies capable of calming dry cough quickly, lubricating the respiratory mucosa, inflaming the airways and sedating the cough.
Among the most effective natural remedies to calm dry coughs we find marshmallow, plantain, chamomile and mallow, plants with an emollient, soothing and anti-inflammatory action. To these can be added balsamic herbs such as thyme, rosemary, marjoram or oregano. Given in the form of an infusion or used for gargling, these plants help reduce the urge to cough. An infusion for dry cough can for example be prepared with chamomile flowers, mallow leaves and rosemary sprigs in equal parts.
Another effective natural remedy to calm coughs is honey, which can be taken as needed or added to emollient infusions.
Finally, infusions and syrups prepared with poppy petals are very useful to calm dry coughs.
How to calm a fat cough
Fat cough with phlegm, unlike dry cough, is characterized by an excess of thick, viscous mucus.
The causes of productive cough are comparable to those that cause dry cough and therefore include infections by microorganisms, exposure to irritants or allergens.
To calm the fat cough, in addition to emollient plants, natural expectorant remedies are used, which help to thin the mucus facilitating its elimination and thus reducing the urge to cough. Among the plants with an expectorant action we find hyssop and primrose, but also plants that contain balsamic essences such as thyme, rosemary, eucalyptus, pine and mint. The balsamic essences combine the expectorant with the antiseptic action, useful for dealing with infections and can be taken in the form of an infusion but also to carry out fumigations.
Other effective natural remedies for oily cough are syrups prepared with cones and needles of conifers rich in balsamic resins such as those of mountain pine and spruce. These syrups can be taken as needed or added to sweeten the infusions.
How to calm reflux cough
Gastroesophageal reflux cough is usually a dry, peevish cough, often accompanied by a sore throat and heartburn. The cause of reflux cough is inflammation of the esophagus, in turn caused by the rise of the gastric acid content, which irritates the esophageal mucosa.
To calm reflux cough, natural emollient remedies also useful for dry cough are indicated, in particular chamomile and mallow, combined with specific remedies against reflux, among which licorice root stands out. Those suffering from gastric reflux can also find relief thanks to natural digestive remedies such as fennel, yarrow, caraway and anise: by improving digestion it is possible to reduce reflux and consequently the reflux cough.
How to prevent cough in winter
During the cold season, cough is often a symptom linked to respiratory tract infection, caused by viruses and bacteria. With the arrival of winter, temperatures drop and we tend to spend most of the time indoors, without air exchange and in contact with other people. In these conditions we are clearly more exposed to pathogenic microorganisms that can attack our body.
When we encounter viruses and bacteria, our immune system intervenes to defend us, but in the winter months our natural defenses can be weakened by the low temperatures, which represent a stress for our body, as well as by the heated and dry air of offices, homes and means of transport, which irritates the mucous membranes of the respiratory system.
It is therefore important to support our immune system to prevent cough and to speed up healing in the event of a cough. For this purpose, it is essential to follow a varied and balanced diet, rich in fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains and legumes, capable of providing our body with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants involved in the functioning of the immune system. In addition to taking care of nutrition, attention must be paid to lifestyle in general by regularly carrying out moderate physical activity, resting adequately, avoiding bad habits and taking care of personal hygiene.
There are also natural remedies capable of increasing our immune defenses. These include, for example, echinacea and astragalus, two plants with an immunostimulating action which can be associated with herbal remedies with adaptogenic properties such as ginseng, eleutherococcus, schizandra and rhodiola. These remedies can be used as a preventative measure or to speed up recovery from infections caused by viruses and bacteria that cause coughs and other flu symptoms.
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