We all know the annoying symptoms of cough and catarrh. The constant sneezing, the blocked nostrils, the difficulty breathing and the high temperature are more than familiar symptoms of cough and catarrh or common cold- as it is popularly called.
Common cold is a transmittable infection of the upper respiratory tract. It is primarily caused by a viral infection and would come with symptoms like a running nose, nausea and headaches in some cases.
Drugs- tablets and syrups- are readily available for the treatment of common cold but of recent, people have been advocating for the use of more natural methods to tackle ailments instead of the constant consumption of chemical-based drugs.
Here are some natural remedies that you can readily use at home to treat your cough and catarrh.
Garlic has been found to be a powerful antioxidant with the ability to fight off microbes such as bacteria and virus and to have antibiotic properties. For cough and catarrh, garlic works as an expectorant and provides decongesting of the chest and nasal cavity. The use of garlic causes the release of Allicin which is purported to battle cough and catarrh effectively. But the smell of garlic…erhhh… is worse than the cold and catarrh.
My personal favorite is the use of honey. Honey on its own is a very good remedy for common cold but its potency can be increased to astronomical levels by taking it in combination with lime and tea. The idea behind this combination is to attack the cold on all fronts: a hot tea will burn out any congestion of the nasal cavity and even a sore throat while the lime will provide you with a concentrate of vitamin c- the healing vitamin. With this tea, your cough and catarrh will not last 30hrs.
Even though it is called a ginger bath, it doesn’t really mean one is expected to bathe with ginger. It just means bathing the mouth, chest and throat of a person with cough and cold with ginger tea. Fresh ginger roots should be chopped into small pieces and boiled in plenty water for about 20-30 minutes. The water will then be consumed throughout the day. This therapy should be used by people who do not suffer from peptic ulcer.
Just like the ginger bath, one hundred gram of fresh okra also called ladies fingers should be boiled in half a liter of water. After boiling it, you are expected to inhale the steam coming up from the pot twice a day, cough or catarrh is history.
Good old robb is another effective home remedy for cough and catarrh. Robb can be used in several ways but the ingestion of robb should be avoided. Rob can be placed in a clean piece of cloth and inhaled; you can rub the robb ointment in your nasal cavity, on your neck and face immediately after bath to ease your cough and catarrh. Effective and cheap, makes this a popular choice.
A very hot chicken or goat pepper soup is not just a delicacy but can be useful in checking common cold. The secret here is that the pepper soup should actually be loaded with chili pepper so I guess that the chili pepper does the work and not the meat and I can assure you that your husband may not be very pleased with this remedy but it is worth showing him this article.
Vitamin C is a well known antioxidant that can help your body’s natural immune system to fight off common cold. It is important to supplement your vitamin c or increase the consumption of foods that are rich in vitamin C during a cough and cold. Any of the above therapy can be used together with this one. Examples of foods rich in vitamin C are bell peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwis, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas, and papayas.
Cough and catarrh can be very disturbing and even disturb your night sleep but there are more than a handful of remedies you can use at home to tackle this problem.
It is now up to you, our community of readers to let us know which of these remedies was the most effective for you. Use the comment section to contribute!