Tip 1: Have a nice hot showerA steamy shower is always a welcome relaxant, and the humidity can soothe airways to quell the urge to cough. For extra relief, hang a bundle of eucalyptus leaves above the shower head to infuse the steam with the eucalyptus’ cough-suppressing scent.
Tip 2: Take thyme
Making a tea out of thyme is apparently a popular home remedy for coughs in Europe. The herb is even used in Ricola’s cough drops. Thyme supposedly relaxes your throat muscles to prevent coughing fits, and it has anti-inflammatory properties as well to reduce soreness and pain.
Tip 3: Try minty things
Use a diffuser to infuse the air with menthol or eucalyptus oils or take in a good whiff of a cup of hot mint tea. The fresh smell is known to clear airways and can also stop those itchy tingles from developing into hacking coughs.
Tip 4: Stay hydrated
Drinking lots of water helps to soothe your throat and keeps your body working well so you can fight pesky coughs. Water could also help to loosen any mucus so you don’t feel as congested.
Tip 5: Elevate your head at night
If you wake up feeling terrible and congested, try sleeping with an extra pillow propped under your head. It’ll help drain away the yucky stuff as you sleep so you wake up feeling more rested and refreshed.
Tip 6: Drink ginger tea
Ginger has a warming effect that can be very soothing for your throat. It also has a mild painkiller effect that can be great for calming an irritated throat.
Tip 8: Clean the house
You may have caught that cough from someone else, or it may be caused by your own home. Cleaning your space regularly will get rid of allergens such as dust and mould that could cause itchiness and give you a scratchy throat.
Tip 9: Eat some chocolate
Rich, sticky, sweet and… good for your throat? If your persistent cough is due to a dry, scratchy throat, consider sucking on a square of plain chocolate. Known for its demulcent properties, chocolate acts as a soothing “blanket” to coat your throat, much like syrup. It sounds wack, but there could be some truth to this, according to a UK study.
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