Cough Causes and Symptoms and Home Remedies to deal with Cough
Posted May 24 2011 11:18am
Coughing is a natural self defense of our body against foreign materials and mucus that can accumulate in our lungs and throat. Coughing occurs when something blocks the air passage to and from our lungs. There are two basic classifications for coughs: the productive cough, wherein mucus is produced in the lungs, and the non productive cough, which is characterized by dryness and does not lead to production of mucus. Coughing can plague anyone. It can also be classified as chronic or acute, depending on how persistent one’s cough is. Considering that cough can be a burden for anyone who experiences it, it seems vital to tackle basic methods to cure cough and the basic home remedies for cough.
Symptoms of Cough 1. Fever 2. Chills 3. Body aches 4. Sore throat 5. Nausea 6. Vomiting 7. Headache 8. Sinus pressure 9. Runny nose 10. Night sweats 11. Postnasal drip
Causes of Cough 1. Asthma 2. Common cold 3. Congestive heart failure 4. Lung cancer 5. Sinus infection 6. Smoking 7. Pneumonia 8. Tuberculosis 9. Viral infection etc.
Horehound is a herb native to Europe, but now can be found growing in North and South America. This herb has been used medicinally for 2,000 years for cough and other bronchial disorders. Mix lemon juice with honey and add a clove of grated garlic and a pinch of cayenne pepper. This is a powerful remedy for many kinds of cough. The lemon juice gives vitamin C which fights infection. The honey soothes your irritated throat and is an antibacterial agent. Garlic fights many kinds of infections including those of nose, throat and chest. It also helps reduce mucus. Cayenne Pepper increases metabolism and blood circulation which speeds up healing. Prepare a hot bath and place in some Eucalyptus essential oil. The bath will relax you and get your blood flowing while the eucalyptus will clear away mucus and relieve irritation. Mix equal amounts of thyme and licorice powder and take one teaspoon of this mixture with water 3 or 4 times daily. For an external remedy mix 4 drops of eucalyptus, 4 drops of thyme and 3 drops of lavender essential oils with 3 teaspoons of olive oil and massage on chest and neck first thing in the morning and again at night before bedtime. A cup of Ginger tea or Green tea with two pinches of cinnamon often works great. You can drink these 3 or 4 times daily for relief. To help relieve coughing when you are trying to sleep use a humidifier to keep the air moistened. Try sleeping on your sides rather then your back or stomach as this will increase mucus in the throat.