How to soothe a chesty cough

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How to soothe a chesty cough
Soothe a chesty cough with pure honey. (Getty creative)

Treating a chesty cough requires a certain type of treatment different from dry cough. What makes a chesty cough differ from a dry cough is that mucus lines the lungs, rather than being absent from it. The benefit of mucus in a chesty cough is that it clears out irritants that can clog up the respiratory system. To ease chesty cough symptoms, consider trying natural alternatives to over-the-counter medication, or in addition to them, to feel better faster.

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Things you need

  • 5 ml (1 tsp) pure honey
  • Spoon
  • Antibacterial soap
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) of iodised salt
  • Pinch of baking soda
  • Nose bidet
  • 235 ml of natural juice
  • Portable humidifier
  • Pot
  • 2 to 3 drops of eucalyptus oil
  • 2 to 3 drops of menthol oil

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    Add 5 ml (1 tsp) of pure honey to a cup of hot tea or water. Stir well and drink the liquid before bedtime to soothe a chesty cough and prevent sleep disruptions. Continue to treat chronic cough, sore throat and inflamed lungs with honey and tea/hot water for three to four nights until coughing subsides.

  2. 2

    Reduce phlegm in the lungs using a saline nasal wash. Wash your hands well with antibacterial soap and dry. Add 2. 5 ml (1/2 tsp) of iodised salt to a 235 ml glass of lukewarm water. Add a pinch of baking soda. Stir well. Pour the saline solution into a sinus rinse bidet. Situate yourself over a sink or empty basin. Insert the tip of the bidet into the right nostril. Tilt head to a 45-degree angle and allow to saline solution to run inside your nasal cavity and out through the left nostril for one minute. Repeat on the left nostril.

  3. 3

    Loosen mucus inside the lungs with water and natural juices loaded with Vitamin C and bromelain, which help to suppress a cough. Aim to drink 235 ml of grapefruit, pineapple or orange juice several times a day for up to seven days.

  4. 4

    Inhale steam to break up any phlegm in the lungs. Place two to three drops of eucalyptus oil inside the diffuser of a portable steam inhaler/humidifier and operate the device according to the manufacturer's instructions. Place two or three drops of menthol oil in a boiling pot of hot water; place a towel over your head and place your face over the pot to inhale the menthol steam. Soak in a hot bath to expose your lungs to natural steam.

Tips and warnings

  • Talk to a pharmacist about the right medications that specifically aid in eliminating mucus from the lungs.
  • Consult with a physician if phlegm coughed up is of a bright yellow or green hue, or contains traces of blood, which can be reflective of a serious lung infection or other serious medical condition.

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