How to get rid of a chest cough

Coughing is your body's way of telling you that you have an infection, irritation or inflammation of your upper respiratory tract (airways, trachea and lungs). Sometimes the coughing can get out of control even after the infection or allergy has been taken care of. A chest cough can be very bothersome and tiring. This article will show you how you can get rid of your cough naturally in a short amount of time.

Drink peppermint tea. The substances contained in peppermint tea suppresses the cough reflex while soothing the throat. Do not add sweeteners like sugar and honey to the tea since it can aggravate your throat and make it worse.

Drink ginger tea. The spicy strong substances in ginger act as an expectorant, forcing phlegm out. Ginger tea is best taken before going to bed. If you can't prepare ginger tea you can eat natural ginger candy, which has the same effect.

Consume slippery elm bark tablets twice daily. This herb coats the throat, soothing the itchiness and preventing your mucous membranes from drying up. Take the tablet at the onset of cough. The herbs work immediately.

Take wild cherry bark syrup. Unlike over-the-counter syrups, this syrup is all natural. It works by forcing mucous out without over drying your throat. You will also feel a soothing coolness in your throat that will last for a few hours. You can take this syrup as needed.

Take Echinacea tablets. Coughs are usually accompanied by some minor or major bacterial infection. Echinacea works as a natural antibacterial and antiviral. It boosts your immune system, immediately preventing the spread of microorganisms. Take two tablets in the morning.

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Frank Dioso is a trained medical technologist working for prominent research institutions such as Quest Diagnostics and California Clinical Trials. He has, for many years, ghostwritten clinical trial reports for confidential pharmaceutical drugs and is currently contributing his clinical laboratory science knowledge to online how-to articles.