Being sick is the worst. It’s especially depressing when you’re sick right before the holidays or a much-anticipated event. If you’ve got the flu, stay home and rest–your health and the health of others is more important than say, partying it up on a rooftop in Vegas for one night. But, if you’re experiencing the creeping of a mild cold or slight cough, some home remedies and natural health supplements might be enough to keep those evil forces at bay, in time for you to be out and about with a glass of champagne celebrating the coming of the new year!
First thing’s first: If you are going out to a party, you don’t want to take any medications if you intend to drink, even if it’s only a glass of wine or champagne. To clear a cough without drugs and cold medicines, you can use simple household items like lemon juice, honey, garlic, and natural herbs. Here are 10 ways to deal with a cough without traditional medicines and sacrificing your new year’s eve plans.
1) Cut a lemon into quarter wedges, then sprinkle and cover the inside of the lemon with black pepper powder and salt. Place the lemon wedge in your mouth and suck on it to relieve coughing caused by post-nasal drip.
2) Gargle with warm salt water about four times a day to relieve sore throats. Mix one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of water and gargle the mixture for 60 seconds.
3) Make your own cough syrup by mixing 1/4 tsp. each of ground ginger and cayenne pepper, 1 tbsp. each of honey and apple cider vinegar, and 2 tbsp. of water. Take one teaspoon as needed to calm your cough.
4) Mix a clove of garlic and a pinch of cayenne pepper with honey to form a paste. Consume this mixture to allow the garlic to fight bacteria and loosen phlegm in your throat, and increase blood flow with the cayenne pepper.
5) Drink hot tea with honey, ginger, and lemon to soothe coughs that tickle the back of the throat. Green tea contains antioxidants that help with healing.
7) Make a steam bath by boiling hot water with some mint and eucalyptus leaves for 10 minutes, turning off the heat and transferring the water into a large bowl. Cover your head with a towel while you lean over the bowl, and breathe in the steam. This helps relieve sinus pressure and thins and loosens mucus.
8) Suck on hard candy or cough drops and lozenges to help sooth an irritated throat.
9) Take supplemental herbs like marshmallow, sundew, and thyme to relieve cough symptoms.
10) Try an herbal remedy like Pei Pa Koa, an alcohol-free, natural Chinese herbal cough syrup. There are no known side effects, no known drug interactions, and no signs of drowsiness from taking Pei Pa Koa. Generally, people take one tablespoon three times a day. You can find some in Asian grocery stores or Amazon.com. Remember, always consult your doctor before you try new supplements and medicinal products.
Try some of these popular remedies at home and prepare to celebrate as planned. For more info on home remedies for a cold/cough, check out http://www.ehow.com/cough-medicine/.
Here’s to a healthy new year!