Home Remedy for a Cough
'Tis the season.
Being around lots of people, kissing and hugging everyone, spreading holiday cheer and holiday germs!
The ugly cold and flu season comes hand in hand with egg nog and mistletoe.
Sorry to be such a killjoy.
I am not sure how you feel about homeopathy, holistic medicine or herbal remedies to treat minor ailments such as the common cold, eczema, toe fungus (ew) as opposed to good old fashioned drugs.
But I am all for it.
I am not a health practitioner or nutritionist, (I just play one on tv), so make up your own mind.
Most medical doctors think alternative medicine is milarchy, as when I mention to them that I am taking an herbal remedy to treat something, they just smile or raise their eyebrows.
I rarely go to a doctor, and never for a cold. I am always surprised when people tell me they are on antibiotics to treat a common cold! In most cases, the body will heal itself.
However, when you have a cough that persists, a fever or something that is just weird (like a big ugly red circle on your nose), then of course, don't be stubborn and try and treat it yourself, go see the doctor.
I had a cold that turned into a miserable cough (that is my pattern). An unproductive, dry cough, that would not let me (or my husband!) sleep. MISERY.
I went to the doctor to make sure I did not have pneumonia or strep throat and I was all clear, just a nasty bout of bronchitis.
Here were his recommendations:
DRINK LOTS OF FLUIDS.
TAKE THE FAMOUS Z-PACK (zithromyacin).
"Why do I need antibiotics if it's viral?", I asked. He said he wanted to be careful that it didn't turn into something like pneumonia and if I were not getting on a plane in a few days, he wouldn't prescribe them to me.
Fair enough. I obeyed and took them. 5 day treatment.
Results: Stomach gut spasms, diarrhea and other fun stuff, like a beautiful filmy yeast on my tongue (HAPPENS EVERY TIME I TAKE ANTIBIOTICS!). (sorry if you came here for a recipe today............it's coming, and yeast is not involved).
Ok, I'm done with the meds, but I still have a cough and can't sleep.
So many friends have given their good advice: Oil of Oregano (which I do take); Jewish penicillin (chicken soup); gargle w/ salt water; a spoonful of melted butter with lemon & honey (yum); a mixture of baking soda and something; stand on your head and do a scissor kick 10 times............the list goes on and on.
My friend Rosemary sent me this remedy from the book Herbally Yours, with old herbal remedies, published in 1982.
Here is the website written by a nurse, and here is a blogger who made it so you can see what it looks like.
I felt desperate, so I made the concoction, hey it was worth a try.
It wouldn't make me drowsy like codeine cough syrup, and I could operate heavy machinery while taking it.
It wouldn't make feel irritable like crack Claritin D does (hate the stuff).
And it wouldn't make my sinuses dry like a desert like Sudafed.
What did I have to lose?
I took a few tablespoonfulls during the day, and I finally got a good nights sleep!!!
For some reason, it helped my cough and all of my other symptons.
Maybe due to the healing properties in ginger, or cayenne pepper?
It doesn't cure you, it just helps in the healing process.
You be the judge, it certainly is worth a try!
Some people want you to use Bragg's cider vinegar and local honey. At the time, I did not have either, and I was sick, so not running out to find these items. I used what I had on hand.
The second time I made this, I used the Bragg's and local Oldwick, NJ honey.
Home Remedy Herbal Cough Syrup: (adapted from Herbally Yours):
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (preferably Bragg's)
2 tablespoons honey (locally produced raw honey preferably)
2 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Place all the ingredients in a small jar and shake to combine.
Leave at room temperature for a few days or place in the refrigerator for longer storage. Shake well each time, before using. The spices will not dissolve into the liquid. It will not be a thick syrup, it should remain watery.
I actually liked the taste!
Take as needed and have a happy and healthy holiday season!
Thanks Rosemary for the recipe and for delivering the Bragg's vinegar the next day!
Health is wealth.