by Elizabeth Renter
June 4th, 2013
What may start out as a tickle in your throat could end up being a hacking, annoying, sleep-stealing cough. And while the drug store likely has an entire aisle full of syrups and pills that offer a quick fix, few of them really work and even fewer do without side effects. Fortunately, there are several herbal remedies that can help stifle your cough, soothe your throat, and keep irritation to a minimum.
A cough is a symptom of an irritated throat. The cause could be any number of things. Common causes of a cough include: allergies, flu or cold virus, sinus infection, sinus drainage, or a chronic condition like bronchitis or emphysema. While you may need alternate herbs to get to the source of the cough, several can soothe the symptom.
Here are 5 herbs you can use for cough relief.
1. Licorice Root is one herbal option that can be found as an herbal tea in most health food stores and well-stocked grocers. It works to help the body create mucus, which lines the throat and soothes inflammation and irritation.
2. Like licorice, slippery elm is also a mucus-producer. You’ll usually find this in powder form from herbalists. It can be added to water and heated to make a natural cough “syrup”.
Continue reading at 5 Herbal Remedies to Quell a Cough.