If you are the adventurous and independent type, here’s a homemade cough remedy that really works. It’s also a great gargle for inflamed tonsils and sore throat, too (then swallow it)!
The ingredients are a simple combination of spices and nutrients with no side-effects:
- no drowsiness
- no dry mucous membranes
- no precautions about using machinery or driving
We made this potent cough remedy in our home recently to get some relief so we, my 14 year-old daughter and I, could sleep.
It worked for us!
(Note: I would not give this mixture to a young child, because the taste is too strong, and do not give honey to children under 1 year of age.)
The recipe is from Herbally Yours by Penny C. Royal. It seems to work for all kinds of coughs but especially for that dry cough that keeps you awake and hangs on long after the cold is over.
Cough Remedy Ingredients:
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 Tablespoon honey (we use raw honey for its amazing benefits)
- 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar (not GMO corn-based vinegar)
- 1/4-1/2 cup water
Mix and take by the teaspoonful. Stir well each time before taking. We keep this in the refrigerator. Because of the preservative nature of both ACV and honey, it will store there for 3-4 months, covered.
The recipe doesn’t mention how much to take. We took 3 teaspoons the first time because we had had this bad cough for over three weeks and were desperate for some relief. It worked, and we got a good night’s sleep.
Beneficial Effects of the Individual Cough Remedy Ingredients:
- Ginger has long been used and recommended for arthritis and bursitis, because it is a natural anti-inflammatory. Also ginger is a natural antihistamine. It has also been used for for motion sickness and nausea, and in addition, it’s known for relieving chest congestion.
- Cayenne is used as a natural fat burner and pain killer, to treat ulcers, increase metabolism, improve circulation, boost the immune system, and aid digestion.
- Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar has so many healthful benefits. We used to use Bragg’s until they sold out to Katie Perry (read more about this). Now we get even better ACV from Azure Standard.
- Raw Honey will draw pus and poisons out of wounds and it is useful for relief from colds. In its raw state it contains untold amounts of micronutrients and enzymes.
The next time you have a cough that just won’t quit, you might want to give this homemade cough remedy a try. You will thank me 😉
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