We are currently seeing lots of people in-store with coughs. They are either a ‘wet, chesty’ cough associated with a cold or flu virus. Or a persistent ‘dry’ cough that has been hanging around for a few weeks following a bout of cold or flu. This is the annoying and unproductive cough that often gets worse at night and can be very debilitating.
Our Treatment Philosophy
When treating coughs associated with colds and flu we need to look at not only herbs that are antiseptic to the lungs but also herbs that are relaxing and tonic to the lungs. Some herbs act as expectorants (encourage the lungs to bring up mucous and get rid of it) and others are demulcent and soothing to the lungs for those dry, irritable and tight coughs).
Persistent coughing causes lots of inflammation in the lungs and so it is important that we treat coughs and support and nourish our lungs
Our Top Herbs for Coughs
- Thyme is a great lung antiseptic which is great for those dry, hacking coughs where you are trying to get the mucous up
- Elecampane is a lung antiseptic and particularly great for coughs when you are in a weakened state
- White Horehound is great for both dry and wet coughs. It is fantastic for that persistent cough which hangs around long after the cold or flu has gone
- Mullein is a beautiful tonic for the lungs and is especially good for those dry, harsh coughs
- Licorice root and Marshmallow root are very soothing (demulcent) and relaxing for those dry, irritable and tight coughs
- Ginger is very warming and a lung antiseptic and expectorant
- Andrographis, Echinacea and Olive Leaf for acute infections (cold & Flu)
Diet & Lifestyle Tips
- When coughing is caused by infection or virus it is important to rest and sleep as much as possible. This will support your immune system and allow your body to heal
- Keep your fluids up by drinking herbal teas and broths to remain hydrated (chicken or miso soup are great)
- Manuka hone and lemon dissolved in hot water make a beautiful warming drink to soothe a sore throat and relieve congestion. Manuka honey also has antiseptic properties which will help fight any throat infections associated with a cough
- Lozenges that contain zinc, vitamin C, Echinacea, Eucalyptus, thyme, fennel and licorice root or olive leaf are very soothing for a sore throat and dry cough.
- A Steam vaporiser will moisten the air and will give relief to a dry, unproductive cough. They are especially great to use at night if coughing is keeping you awake. Drop a few essential oils in (eucalyptus and lavender oils are great)
- Avoid sugar, refined food and dairy as they may contribute to mucous production
- Include foods that are naturally high in Omega 3 essential fatty acids as they are very anti-inflammatory (coughing causes inflammation in the lungs) These foods include oily fish such as fresh salmon and tuna, ground linseeds and chia seeds.
- Herbal teas are fantastic for hydration and relief of symptoms. Include marshmallow or licorice root, ginger, lemon juice, Manuka or raw honey. This combination will help loosen mucous to be coughed up
- Decongestant rubs are great to apply to your chest and upper back as they help relieve congestion and ease breathing. Look for rubs that contain eucalyptus, peppermint, thyme and warming cajuput oils.
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