Cough is the body’s natural way of trying to clear any infections and foreign particles from the body. Do you find your cough persisting over a few weeks? Here are 6 natural cough remedies you can try at home to see if it can chase your cough away before giving your doctor a visit. However, for those who are on medication or supplements, you should check with your doctor before trying any of these natural home remedies below to avoid any side effects.

1. Honey

Honey lemon drink is known to soothe a sore throat, but did you know that honey alone can act as a cough suppressant too? One study even suggests that honey can relieve coughs more effectively compared to over-the-counter medicines. Mix honey with lemon and warm water or eat a spoon of honey.

2. Probiotics

Probiotics help in boosting the immune system by improving the bacteria in the body. Though they do not directly help in relieving coughs, a strong immune system can help to keep the irritants or infections that might be causing the cough. Some foods which are rich in probiotics are yoghurt, kimchi and miso soup!

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3. Peppermint

Peppermint provides that refreshing and cool feeling when taken, perfect for soothing your throat that is turning sore from all those coughing. Menthol is what actually gives peppermint its cooling property. You can take some peppermint sweets to relieve your throat or inhale them by dropping a few drops of peppermint into a water bowl of water. Drape a towel over your head to prevent the steam from escaping and place your head over the bowl. Inhale deeply and drink a cup of warm water afterwards.

4. Salt and water gargle

This is one of the simplest natural cough home remedies that is known to be effective, especially if you have an itchy throat that has been bothering you can causing you to cough non-stop. Mix a half a teaspoon of salt with a glass of water. For effectiveness, mix the salt to a glass of warm water that will help to soothe the throat better. However, as this remedy requires gargling, it is not recommended for children under 6 as they’re probably not good at gargling yet. 

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5. Ginger

Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that may reduce coughing and also nausea and pain! Add some fresh ginger slices to boiling water and let it simmer for a few minutes. After cooling the ginger water for a while, add some honey or lemon to taste. 

6. Bromelain

Sound like some chemical ingredient? If you love pineapples, you’ll be excited to know that bromelain is an enzyme that is only found in pineapples! Bromelain is effective for reducing inflammation in the body and can help in suppressing coughs as well. However, for those who are taking blood thinners or certain medications, bromelain should not be taken.

If you find your cough persisting for more than a few weeks, it’s best to consult a doctor before your cough worsens!

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It combine herbs designed to clear Lung heat, eliminates phlegm and relieves cough. Fel Serpentis (She Dan) and Bulbus Fritillariae Cirrhosae (Chuan Bei) are the main Chinese herbs in this herbal formula. These two herbs are effective in nourishing the lung and reducing persistent cough.