We’ve been trying everything to get rid of it. Of course, the thing we’ve discovered is that you can’t cure a cough, all you can do is try to calm it. So you can relax for awhile. And breathe. (Seriously – I’ve had coughing fits so intense I could hardly breathe!)
We have found that the 3 H’s work with varying degrees of success:
- Honey – There’s something about honey that soothes and calms your coughing reflex for awhile. Not for very long but it does help temporarily. A teaspoon of plain honey does the trick and of course the kiddos love it. We’ve also tried a couple of cough syrups made with honey including a bottle of Little Colds Honey Elixir that I picked up at Target. I was annoyed when I got home and realized that all it contained was honey, water, glycerin and a bit of preservative. Still, I personally found that it was easier to swallow than plain honey. Recently, I got a sample of another honey-based kids cough syrup called Zarbees. This one is fortified with Zinc and Vitamin C but it had an odd, fruity taste that my kids did not like. I used it in the middle of the night when I would do anything to stop coughing for awhile.
- Herbal Tea – Anything warm and soothing helps calm my cough while I’m drinking it. I’ll even stir in some honey though I usually drink tea plain. My favorite tea when I have a cough is Breathe Easy by Traditional Medicinals. It’s made with organic licorice root and I just love the flavor. (it’s similar to Aveda’s comfort tea if you’ve ever tried that) I also like Echinacea Plus and Gypsy Cold Care. (can you tell I’m a Traditional Medicinals fan? No free samples here – just my own passion for the brand!)
- Humidity – A little steam does wonders. When I really feel a fit coming on, I boil up a pot of water and lean over it with a towel over my head. I also use a humidifier on occasion. I’m careful to empty out the water every day and change the filter often because humidifiers can cause more hard than good – especially if used improperly.
My Mindful Momma Facebook Page friends gave me some more advice for calming coughs. I haven’t tried all of these but want to share. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these with success!
- Peppermint essential oil, Tiger Balm or Vick’s Vapor rub-type products on the bottom of the feet and on the chest. I’ve tried this and love the cooling feeling of the peppermint oil (a few drops mixed with a squirt of a base oil like sweet almond works well)
- A drop of Marjoram essential oil on the tongue. I have not tried this and am not enough of an expert on essential oils to know if it is OK to ingest them….but I’m leaning toward trying this anyway.
- Slippery elm – in cough drops or cough syrup.
- Putting a cut onion on your bedside table. An old wives tale I believe!
And last but not least: drink a lot of water!! Always a good idea but even more important when you’re sick!
Meanwhile, I’ve taken to stealing puffs from my son’s steroid inhaler that was prescribed for his horrible cough. My doctor actually suggested it and I’m feeling rather desperate so I figured I would try it and see if it helps. I’ll let you know…
Do you have any favorite cough remedies to share?