Natural Remedies For Cough And Congestion

 

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It`s almost seems too good to be true that  old food remedies that your grandmother used have stood the test of time for scientific inquires when it comes down respiratory problems like colds and flu. These food remedies, that have been passed down and used for many centuries are very similar to some of the drugs used today when it comes down to the common fighting action.against respiratory ailments.
Their main job is to thin out and help move the lung’s secretions, so they don’ t clog air passages so that they can be coughed up or normally expelled. Such drugs are called mucokinetic also known a mucous moving agents, which include decongestants and expectorants.
Reigning in at the top of the food pharmacy for respiratory diseases is the chili pepper and other hot pungent foods. Vinegar and pepper were known to be one such remedy, centuries ago and was one that the Hippocrates often prescribed for their patients aliments.
Some of these foods mimic popular drugs today,such as capsaicin , the mouth burning, ingredient of hot peppers It has the same chemical resemblance to the drug

Tea`s And Toddies For Sore Throats And Coughs
There are many folklore remedies for cold symptoms abound but here are four that stand up to scientific scrutiny that you may want to give a try the next time you are in need of remedy to treat a sore throat or cough.

Russian Horseradish Toddy: To a glass of of warm water, add on tablespoon of grated fresh horseradish, one teaspoon of honey, and one teaspoon of ground cloves. Sip it slowly and keep stirring it as the horseradish tends to settle. Or use it as a gargle either way it soothes and helps heal a sore throat.
Licorice Root Tea. Licorice has an anesthetizing effect; it soothes irritated throats, and suppresses coughs. Add some licorice root to a cup of warm water and sip it slowly. Note use licorice root moderately ; as it is known to raise blood pressure.
Sage Gargle : Recommended for sore throats. Use one to two teaspoons of dried sage leaves, per cup of boiling water. Steep for ten minutes. Don`t give medicinal doses of tea to children under 2 years of age.
Onion Cough Syrup: Put six chopped white onions in a double boiler and add half a cup of honey. Cook slowly over low heat for two hours and strain. Take at regular intervals ,preferably warm.

which is. an expectorant found in over 75 of popular over the counter prescription formulas such as Robitussin, Vicks Formula 44 D and Sudafed.
Another one is alliin, which gives garlic its potent flavor., It .has the ability, to convert in the body into a drug that is similar to Scarboxymethylcysteine ( Mucodyne) a classic European lung medication that regulates mucus flow. .Horseradish can also be included in this group of foods because the the main active chemical in horseradish root a member of the mustard family, is allyl isothiocyanate or mustard oil, which irritates the ending of olfactory nerves , causing tears and salivation ,which is exactly what a lot of over the counter drugs for colds, coughs, and bronchitis do, except without any side effects, so it is no wonder that these remedies are still being used today as they were centuries ago.

 

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Tea`s And Toddies For Sore Throats And Coughs
There are many folklore remedies for cold symptoms abound but here are four that stand up to scientific scrutiny that you may want to give a try the next time you are in need of remedy to treat a sore throat or cough.

Russian Horseradish Toddy: To a glass of of warm water, add on tablespoon of grated fresh horseradish, one teaspoon of honey, and one teaspoon of ground cloves. Sip it slowly and keep stirring it as the horseradish tends to settle. Or use it as a gargle either way it soothes and helps heal a sore throat.
Licorice Root Tea. Licorice has an anesthetizing effect; it soothes irritated throats, and suppresses coughs. Add some licorice root to a cup of warm water and sip it slowly. Note use licorice root moderately ; as it is known to raise blood pressure.
Sage Gargle : recommended for sore throats. Use one to two teaspoons of dried sage leaves, per cup of boiling water. Steep for ten minutes. Don`t give medicinal doses of tea to children under 2 years of age.
Onion Cough Syrup: Put six chopped white onions in a double boiler and add half a cup of honey. Cook slowly over low heat for two hours and strain. Take at regular intervals ,preferably warm.

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