Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is one of the common and uncomplicated bacteria causing infection mostly seen common in women aged (18 to 24) Foxman and Buxton (2013) then in men. Research studies state that this bacterial infection begins in the urinary system and it is the 2nd most common infection after 'respiratory infection'.
The urinary tract consists of ureters, kidneys, urethra, and bladder. Infections can be caused either in the ‘lower urinary tracts’ consisting of urethra and bladder, or it can be caused in the kidneys and ureters in the upper urinary tract Geeta (2011).
As Urinary tract infection is a common bacterial infection also known as UTI and usually, antibiotics are prescribed for the treatment of urinary tract infection. However, bacteria's are becoming antibiotic-resistant and there is a good chance of recurring infections.
It's important that we eliminate the bacteria completely and reduce the chances of recurrent UTI symptoms through the use of UTI home remedies, many of which don't require a prescription.
These 10 research based UTI remedies can be easily prepared at home by following the detailed directions listed below to quicken your recovery or even prevent them in the first place.
Then you know that it is caused by bacterial strain Geeta (2011). In this case, Parsley is recommended as one of the beneficial herbs in treating UTI naturally. For the preparation of the first remedy to give you relief from UTI you need :
Follow the Directions to prepare your alternative UTI home treatment with Parsley Water:
Bonus Tip: In summers you can refrigerate the water to cool and you can have it as iced tea after it has been refrigerated.
Since years we know that the natural herbal medicine recommended have been known to fight bacterial infections and they are recommended than the conventional medicine.
Herbs such as celery seeds also play an important role in treating UTIs and work as effective as the over the counter conventional or traditional allopathic medication Geeta (2011).
Celery is diuretic and it is the constituent of butylphthalide and celery oil which is known to give relief from the bacteria.
In order to make the drink, you have to mostly follow the directions used for parsley water.
Bonus Tip: You can let the celery water to cool this time, it tastes much better if cooled. Celery water is evidently proven to be an effective treatment for UTI .
Cranberry is one of the most evidence based research fruit and studies conducted in the past discuss its usefulness in the fighting bacterium that causes (UTI) which are seen as hair like structures that cling on to the urethra region.
Cranberry juice consists of an acidic substance that causes the fimbria to become harder thus reducing the chances of contracting the infection and making it hard for the bacteria to multiply Guay 2009.
Additionally, the research states the efficacy of cranberry products been used extensively over the decades as a preventive strategy and alternative effective treatment for battling with many bacterial and fungal infections Guay 2009.
In order to use cranberry juice as an alternative medicine to heal bacterial infection kindly follow the process below:
Bonus Tip: Recommended dosage is 1-2 daily for minor infection.
Let’s just say that the berry family is an effective alternative medicine to treat UTIs. Just like the cranberry, blueberry too can affect the fimbria of the ‘bacteria’ that attaches to the urinary tract.
Blueberry is very difficult to get and it’s not as easily accessible as the cranberry. However, it can be ordered online nowadays, or it can be found in an international market where you can get an easy access to this fruit.
Direction to consume them as medicine
Bonus Tip: You can add the fresh blue berries to your oatmeal that will also help you to have a healthy breakfast and will help you fight the UTI infection.
The best alternative treatment for any kind of disease or internal illness is drinking plenty of water which is accessible 24x7. UTI is a bacterial and fungi infection and it is easy for the population of bacteria or fungi to increase if the body isn’t hydrated.
Therefore one of the best alternative ways to eliminate the microbes from the system is through urine.
The research studies prove the importance of drinking plenty of water to bring out biochemical changes in the body that make it very easy to remove the (offending organisms).
Doctors have always recommended the importance of maintaining pH of urine as it can directly affect the urinary tract, therefore there have to be efforts made to alkalinize or acidify urine with the objective of treating bladder infection and kidney stones and the UTI’s.
Professor Henderson (Washington University School of Medicine) stressed the importance having pH of water closer to the urine to best fight the UTI’s .
Bonus Tip: Make sure to flush out your urinary system by urinating at frequent periods which will help you to get rid of the unwanted bacteria and fungus.
Studies have shown that vitamin C helps in protecting against harmful bacteria and fungus that is caused in urethra region. Vitamin C works mechanically by increasing the ‘acidity’ in the urine which helps in killing the unwanted bacteria that causes the infection.
In a study conducted in the year 2007, it was said that pregnant women who are prone to get infected for the UTI were recommended to take 100 mg of ‘Vitamin C’ everyday Hickling and Nitti 2013.
In yet another study; behavioral factors were studied of those with the risks of UTI’s and it was noticed that the vitamin C intake helped the risks prone patients to decrease the chances of getting UTI Foxman and Chii 1990.
Bonus Tip: One serving is equivalent to one small bowl; you can divide the servings of vitamin C proportionately throughout the day. You can choose either of the fruit or the vegetable mentioned as a serving before the meals or you can take them as a snack.
Research studies have studied the effects of ‘Probiotics’ in treating or combating the bad bacteria in the gut system.
Probiotics are basically ‘fermented foods’ such as kombucha, kimchi, kefir and probiotic yogurt. It is said that the probiotics not only improve the digestive system but it enhances the immune function thus decreasing the risks of Urinary tract infections Ritchie and Romanuk 2012.
Additionally, according to the studies, it is also found that ‘Lactobacillus’ is actually a (Probiotic strain) and it helps prevent the eruption of Urinary tract infections in adult women PM et al 2013.
Consume one bowl of either of the Probiotics mostly in the afternoon once a day.
Bonus Tip: Kindly follow the recipes of Probiotics so you can make them at home rather than buy the ready to consume Probiotics from the store.
For the preparation of Kefir, you need:
For Kombucha Tea, you will need:
Kimchi is technically a Korean dish also said to be a great fighter for UTI. Though Kimchi is originated in Korea it is now enjoyed globally and it is often accompanied as a condiment in most dishes.
Additionally, it is very healthy and can be consumed with any of your meals.
As Kimchi is a very long recipe, Here is the YouTube video to prepare Kimchi:
It can be said that alternative remedies overpower conventional over the counter drugs in many ways.
Urinary tract infection home remedies are empowering as not only they are natural but also they provide long term and permanent UTI relief unlike conventional medicine which are prescribed to be taken for the duration of time, and they do not give a guarantee of permanently disabling the harmful bacteria or fungus.
The natural remedies for uti discussed in this article are effective because of the studies that have authenticated the use of the alternative home remedies as a quickest and safest mode of treatment which can be easily trusted.
With the changing times, it has become important to start depending on the home remedies and the ingredients easily available to heal any kind of bacterial or fungal infection Mansour et al 2014.
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Why see a doctor when you can cure it at home? The answer is simple. I can do it myself. Yes, we all can. The versatility of natural remedies allow us to overcome some of the trickiest medical complications at home.
Natural herbs, plants, fruits, and spices can revitalize human organs and lower the risk of numerous serious illnesses like neurological, cardiovascular and gestational disorders.
We are well aware of the fact that herbal extracts/medicines have been used to prevent and cure a wide range of medical problems in the past. (1)
So don’t be shy and treat yourself at home naturally, with herbs and spices easily available in routine instead of spending your valuable money on laxatives.
Constipation is a common health hazard across the globe. American population spends an estimated “800 million to 2 billion dollars/year” on laxatives to get relief from constipation. (2)
Every one of us experiences constipation at some stage. Normally, the stool gets hard, belly itches and the timing for a bowel movement is disturbed. The abnormality of the bowel movements is termed as constipation.
The intensity or severity of the symptoms varies from person to person. There are 3 main types of constipation depending upon the cause of it.
Common symptoms associated with constipation are:
These are some of the factors that can contribute towards constipation:
Although constipation is mild in its essence, it can be quite disturbing both mentally and physically. Bowel movements and gastric complaints can be seriously painful. (3)
A U.S. National Library of Medicine - The World's Largest Medical Library article states: “After every bowel movement, the patient can experience swollen anus canal. The added pressure on the butt-hole and swelling may cause itchiness and pain.” If constipation is ignored or left untreated, it can lead to multiple severe sicknesses. (4)
There can be multiple reasons for you to have constipation. The problem can lie in your stomach or in GI (gastrointestinal) tract.
Poor diet, lack of physical activity, stress, anxiety, and depression can be other possible reasons. Sadly, the possibilities are that you can have more than one medical issue to handle. (5)
The best practice is to consult a professional. Constipation home remedies are mostly suggested as complementary therapies. Ideally, you can follow a home remedy with the consultation of your physician. Because the good news is that the lack of intensity, in this case, allows us to take our time and cure it domestically.
First, start with gentle exercise, walk and increased water plus fiber intake. You can also try simple workouts, light weight-lifting, aerobics, cycling, and swimming.
Secondly, lower your alcohol and caffeine consumption to improve your symptoms. Finally, follow few of these most effective, clinically proven and tested home remedies to recover from constipation. (6)
Nature has a lot to offer. Abundant supplies of natural resources in form of herbs, plants, and seeds are at our disposal to create long lasting and effective home remedies for constipation.
Just like other oily substances, sesame seeds - also called benny are also effective as a natural remedy for constipation by moisturizing intestine and softening dry-hard stool. The high dietary fiber composition is an additional advantage for people suffering from constipation. (7)
Weight Loss with Sesame Seeds: Sesame seeds are rich in nutrition having calcium, copper, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, molybdenum, vitamin B1, iron, zinc, selenium, manganese and dietary fiber.
Take this combination once a day/thrice a week as a meal replacement and achieve natural weight loss in weeks.
Bone Health with Sesame Seeds: Sesame seeds having zinc, copper, and magnesium in noticeable quantity, can be used to increase bone density. Sesame seeds are an ideal food addition for arthritis patients.
If you ask me 1 solution to all our intestinal and gestational issues, my answer would be figs. Same goes for Constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and related issues.
The best news is once you have recovered from constipation eating figs, 99% chances are it will never happen again. You just have to add figs in your daily diet. Figs can normalize stool, bowel movements, and abdominal discomfort. (8)
Figs Home Remedy for Constipation: Figs can act as a laxative and stool softener at the same time. It also strengthens and rejuvenates lower intestines and anal muscles involved in excreting stool. (2)
The only minuses with figs can be the taste and the duration you have to take it.
Important note: Do not consume figs and dates together, as they might be hard for a constipation sufferer to digest.
If you are looking for a home remedy for constipation, molasses is a perfect natural laxative with multiple nutritional benefits.
Molasses can be considered as a multivitamin/mineral powerhouse with copper, calcium, vitamin B6, potassium, manganese, magnesium, iron, and selenium.
One of the main reasons of constipation can be the deficiency of magnesium (Mg). So, if you are experiencing constipation due to magnesium deficiency, then molasses can be the right option for you. (9)
The laxative nature of molasses is ideal for softening stool and soothing the pathway for pain-free stool excretion.
First, you should boil molasses thrice to maximize nutritional extraction. Once, the dark colored liquid is obtained it is ready for use.
Start by taking 1-2 teaspoons/day with 250 ml warm water at night for at least one week. You will see remarkable recovery using this natural constipation medicine.
Remember, the upper limit is 2 tablespoons/day.
Take 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 1 minced garlic and 1 teaspoon of blackstrap molasses.
Bonus Tip: Two teaspoons/day with 300 ml warm water is also beneficial for hemorrhoids’ patients to ease itching, pain, and bleeding.
Note: Water can be replaced with tea.
When we talk about natural home remedies for constipation or other health-related issues, ginger and its products are truly remarkable as alternative and complementary medicine.
The most bio-active ingredient in ginger also responsible for most physiological and pharmacological activities is Oleoresin, present in the roots. Oleoresin is also responsible for the acrid taste.
Ginger Tea Health Benefits:
Ginger is clinically proven to have several beneficial and nutritional effects on all major human organs. Ginger has been used for headaches, arthritis, migraines, cold, nausea, and hypertension.
In case you don’t like Ginger's bitter taste, you can replace it with Mint.
Mint – botanically can be a competent replacement for ginger in teas. (10)
Olive oil with mild laxative effect can help release stool easily during constipation. Olive oil is also known to reduce cholesterol and sugar level. (11)
-Nutritional Value of olive oil: - Omega-6: 9.7%, - Omega-3: 0.76%.
- Saturated Fat:- 13.8%, - Monounsaturated Fat: 73%, - Vitamin E: 72% (of RDA),
- Vitamin K:- 75% (of RDA).
This is another classical and tasty home remedy for constipation. Dates are rich in fiber and starch. The fiber allows smooth flow and softening of the stool in intestine and anus canal. Starch provides calories for instant energy.
Dates can be consumed in a variety of ways. You can find a lot of healthy recipes famous in Mediterranean and Gulf region.
Note: 100 gm of dates contain on average 400 calories. If you are weight conscious than you should keep an eye on your calorie intake. (12)
Soaking up water, intestinal cleansing and removal of waste particles from digestive system are essential in order to get rid of constipation. Consumption of 20-35 grams of dietary fiber on daily basis is recommended by FDA and UC Davis Department of Nutrition. (13)
Add foods in your diet rich in fiber. According to US food nutrient database: American Nutrition Association foods that are rich in fiber include:
- Bran cereals, - Potatoes, - Oatmeal, - Almonds, - Lentils, - Barley, - Nuts, - Red Beans,
- White beans, - Black beans, - Whole grain bread, - Apricots, - Nuts, - Berries
- Broccoli, - Plums, - Pears, - Apples and most vegetables.
Source: US food nutrient database: American Nutrition Association
I have been a great supporter of coffee all my life. A long list of health benefits is now medically associated with consuming coffee. A lot of people take coffee for mental alertness. Whereas coffee is also good for digestive health, and eventually, it can help you to obviate constipation.
In an NCBI Study titled “Coffee, Tea, and Caffeine Consumption and Incidence of Colon and Rectal Cancer”, it was found that “Modest consumption of coffee was associated with a decreased risk of constipation”. (14)
However, in the same study mentioned above, the results showed that the frequent consumption of coffee can result in constipation.
This means that coffee consumption in moderate quantity is helpful to overcome constipation issues and provide mental/physical alertness at the same time.
Raisins are a rich source of tartaric acid that creates a laxative effect. In addition to tartaric acid, raisins also contain fiber to improve digestion and provide relief in constipation.
A medical review with the title: A review of dietary fiber and health: focus on raisins - “Raisins are good for lowering blood cholesterol and blood glucose concentrations.” (15)
Apricot and cherries are also rich sources of fiber and antioxidants. Antioxidants remove waste material from our intestines. (16)
Bonus Tip: Addition of yogurt with the use of cherries, raisins, and apricot can ameliorate constipation.
If you need to empty your stomach easily without much pain, if you are experiencing advanced stage or if you cannot handle much pressure (if you know what I mean 🙂 ) then castor oil is the right choice for you. It is considered as an instant solution for constipation.
The walls are lubricated which allows smooth passage. (17)
Flaxseeds and flaxseed oil - both are equally beneficial for constipation sufferers. Flaxseed oil directly imposes a purgative impact on the walls of the anus canal, intestines, and stool to increase the number of bowel movements.
Flaxseeds can be grinded into powder and then used with salads and main courses. (18) (19)
Consume 1 tablespoon of Flaxseed oil with 250 ml of Pulpy Orange juice.
Lemon is a widely used fruit with amazing anti-oxidative, rejuvenating and anti-aging qualities.
Lemon is a quality source of numerous nutrition like fiber, vitamin C, ascorbic acid, calcium, copper, iron, flavonoids, B-complex vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.
Lemon has wide range of Health Benefits:
Take 1 lemon juice, a tip of baking soda and 1 cup of warm water. The combination will turn into a tasty fizzy drink.
Enjoy your drink and get rid of constipation in a couple of days.
Aloe Vera is most commonly used for skin rejuvenation and cuts and bruises.
However, there are researchers that have proved its utility in improving digestion and constipation. Herbal Medicine: Chapter #3 - Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects, the 2nd edition on PubMed supports the use of Aloe Vera to treat constipation and gastrointestinal disorders.
The inner mucus/gel of the leaves provides fiber and lubrication for easy stool pass. (21)
Take 2 tablespoons as it is or Aloe Vera gel can be consumed with water, green smoothies, juices and other healthy drinks.
It must be the number one ingredient in all home remedies used around the world. Baking soda is so amazingly versatile that its use as a home remedy for constipation is equally effective.
Baking soda is alkaline in nature, it can neutralize stomach acidity and result in easy stool release. (22)
A caution for regular consumers of baking soda: Case Files of the Medical Toxicology Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco says: “those who consume baking soda on regular basis should avoid its use as a home remedy for constipation. Because baking soda overuse can cause heart problems.” (23)
The food in our stomach is digested using different digestive enzymes and healthy bacteria present in our body.
Similarly, a large number of complex microorganisms/microbiota are present in our gut to keep it healthy. To consume these important elements we can use yogurt.
Because, yogurt is a milk product with a large number of these microorganisms / microbiota, probiotics, and digestive enzymes. So, yogurt is an essential food for our healthy gut and must be consumed regularly to keep things in balance our digestive system.
In addition, yogurt can also be used as a home remedy for preventing and treating constipation. The abundance of good bacteria will make sure that GI issues including constipation are under check. (24)
To treat constipation at home, eat 200 gm to 250 gm yogurt daily in the breakfast to consume daily requirement of probiotics and healthy microorganisms.
Dandelion is medicinal herb used as a digestive tonic for the treatment of upset stomach, loss appetite, constipation and intestinal gas.
Dandelion with “Uva Ursi” in a specified quantity is clinically proven to prevent urinary tract infections. (25)
You can take dandelion mixed in a salad, in soups or as a tea.
Don’t worry you can ease your symptoms and agony using this salt. The two main reasons to use Epsom salt as a home remedy for constipation include;
a) it is rich in magnesium which helps in stool passing smoothly in the large intestine,
b) Epsom salt hydrates the anus walls and again makes it easier for the stool to pass through.
A research study with the title: “Current management strategies and therapeutic targets in chronic constipation” consider the use of Epson salt can be fruitful in constipation. (26)
Usually, the Epsom salt is used with natural drinks/fruit juices. The recommended dose for the first time is teaspoons and the follow-up should be teaspoon from next day on wards. Reduce the dose to a half teaspoon for children under 12.
Epsom salt can also be used with fresh or canned mushrooms. Mushrooms are another rich source of fiber, with little or zero calories.
Corn syrup was used by our mothers and grandmother in the past for the treatment of constipation.
Historically, during the World War 2, the shopkeepers use to sell corn syrup to people with constipation as a self-treatment option. (27)
The remedy is to take 2 tablespoons of corn syrup with a ½ cup of apple sauce or warm water.
There is something you need to do other than using herbs and spices.
First of all, in order to solve constipation and other digestive issues, you must make a set pattern to the stool. Untimely and increased/decreased number of bowel movements will ultimately result in digestive problems including constipation.
Although, there is no set rule for how many bowel movements you should have. Everyone has different eating patterns. However, the routine is still very important. The best time to make a bowel movement is early in the morning.
Secondly, you also have to do some exercise daily to keep your bodily organs/systems running properly including your digestive system.
A 20-30 minutes walk can solve your constipation complaint. Start with a 10 minutes walk and then increase it to the maximum you can do.
The higher, the better. Swimming, cycling, running or any physical activity will help you achieve fitness goals.
Finally, try to use all or most of the above-mentioned foods/ingredients for better health, improved digestion, and anti-aging. Adding broccoli, green smoothies and Stevia as a natural sweetener in your diet is not a bad idea.
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The hype for home made remedies to treat natural ailments such as a cough has been known for some time now. Seriously! Would you have ever thought about treating dry and wet cough with the ingredients you may have in the cupboard? Perhaps you’ve never been made aware of home remedies being the time savers and they not only are good at healing that stubborn cough but they also heal the cough ailment from the root. In this article, I'm going to talk about various proven home remedies for cough.
Let’s face the fact!!! Times are changing. Natural cure for a cough comes under Alternative Medicine or Complementary Medicine. In one of the research studies, it is clearly indicated that the use of Alternative and Complementary Medicine has increased in years. Herbal remedies are stated to be evident based according to the research conducted .
It is also stated that many general practitioners use Alternative Medicine in their practice. Keeping in mind the usefulness of Alternative Medicine; this article aims to highlight the home remedies for dry cough and wet cough so you don’t have to run to a physician all the time.
A dry cough doesn’t produce sputum or phlegm. A dry cough causes a tickling sensation in the throat and you may feel a lump in the throat. A dry cough can be caused due to allergies or being exposed to irritants, smoke, pollution, mild sinusitis or viral infections.
It is also indicated that a dry cough can be caused due to stress as the breathing becomes shallower and this triggers a cough .
A wet cough, on the other hand, is caused due to the production of phlegm and sputum. It is said that initially, cough starts off dry and slowly it can progress to produce phlegm and sputum, thus initiating the process of wet cough .
Now to the home remedies for treating both the dry and wet cough, it is stated by Ainsley Thomas the author of ‘Home Remedies better than Cough Medicines’ that home remedies are as effective or may be more effective than the contemporary medicines. Traditional medicines are said to delay the process of recovery in case of chest infections .
Over the years there has been comprehensive data collected on different home remedies for a cough. The article will further outline some of the unique natural treatments for cough. The natural cough remedies mentioned in the article are researched and evidence based.
Turmeric is the most common spice known for its antiseptic properties. A review on turmeric as a spice to heal a cough was investigated. It is termed as ‘Golden Spice’. The plant is billions of years old. It hales from Zingiberaceae family. However, it is also rich in volatile oils and curcumin which have therapeutic action and protect against a cough.
Curcuminoids such as bisdemethoxycurcumin, diferuloylmethane, and desmethoxycurcumin are present in turmeric. These main compounds help with chest congestion, therefore, giving instant relief to a chronic cough caused .
It is stated that Turmeric is treated for many respiratory conditions such as bronchial hyperactivity, asthma, and other disorders. Studies have evidently proved his existence and efficiency continuously. Turmeric is one of the best cough medicine and is said to be more effective than the modern medicine due to its antioxidant enzymes 
There are different ways to use turmeric for cough treatment however, the most common method is explained below:
Boil the mixture till its diluted well with each other. You are supposed to take this mixture twice a day .
Pepper is one of the most important spices which is always stalked in your kitchen cupboard. Pepper works wonders when it comes to treating cough. Pepper is stated by research as one of the spices that dilate the blood vessels, reduces congestion and clears mucus . Adults can chew couple or three peppercorns. For Children, the following recipe works best.
Mix all the ingredients together; you can give 5 ml of this cough syrup to children below 5 years of age. Children above 5 years of age can take 10 ml of this cough syrup.(This recipe can be alternated by using milk as well if you decide to use milk then make sure you take this as a drink one hour before bedtime).
This is for one-time use only if you are interested in stocking this natural cough syrup; make sure that you take the said measures of the ingredients in larger quantity.
Honey is going to be one of the common ingredients that are used with multiple other ingredients to heal a cough. In an investigative study conducted by Ran D. Goldman ‘Honey for treatment of a cough in children’, it was said that honey helps in reducing the secretion of a cough and aids cough in children. Goldman (2011) suggests one more effective recipe using honey especially for children who suffer from a stubborn cough .
Buckwheat honey has many uses including that it is gluten free, it has a brownish tone and it almost tastes like chocolate. It has three times more of Iron, 8 times of Potassium and 13 times more the Manganese.
Additionally according to the research when compared the single dose of buckwheat honey to the contemporary medicine, it was proven that buckwheat honey or dextromethorphan reduced the frequency of a cough and restored upper respiratory tract imbalances caused due to a cough. Buckwheat honey also was studied to provide good night sleep to those suffering from respiratory problems . Buckwheat honey, therefore, has more effect than the normal honey.
Mix the buckwheat honey in the warm milk and consume it every day twice (Morning and Evening) before the cough recedes .
Maryland Medical Center conducted a detailed research on peppermint to play a crucial role of a decongestant. Peppermint consist menthol which loosens the phlegm in lungs, therefore it allows soothing of the coughing sensation.
Furthermore, Pepper mint ‘Mentha Piperita’ is known for its numbing and calming effect. Peppermint is known for its active agent ‘menthol’ which acts as an effective decongestant. Menthol thins mucus; it is an effective expectorant; it loosens phlegm and soothes coughs . It also helps additionally in soothing the itching throat. It is used mainly to treat a dry cough. The recipe for the peppermint is as follows:
You can add the crushed leaves to one spoon of buckwheat honey and this can be given at one time to soothe the coughing sensation.
Additionally, you can be creative and create lozenges using honey and peppermint leaves. The proportion can be adjusted as per the need; you only need to make sure that peppermint is always a little more in the proportion than honey .
Garlic is one of the most important ingredients that can be missed as well. It is effective to heal asthma and cough. A study conducted by Leyla Bayan, Peir Hossain Koulivand and Ali Gorji discussed the therapeutic uses of garlic in treating cough and other diseases.
Garlic scientific term is ‘Allium Sativum L’ has crucial compounds that aid and treat respiratory disorders and chronic cough. Several experiments have proven Garlic as one of the most effective plants that cure many physical ailments . Garlic has antimicrobial effects which eradicate the traces of cough and asthma.
Boil three cloves of garlic with milk. This mixture is supposed to be consumed every night till you find relief from cough or asthma. If a cough progresses to asthmatic attacks, then 1 pod of garlic should be macerated and boiled in 120 ml of pure malt-vinegar.
The mixture has to be strained and stored in a sterilized bottle. Please take 1 teaspoon for children below 6 years of age, and 2 teaspoons for adults with one-three fenugreek seeds every evening before bed time .
Basil leaves are also known as Tulsi leaves ‘Ocimum Sanctum; consists of healing properties which act as a suppressant for cough. Tulsi is known to found as a protective agent for the organs and tissues from industrial pollutants, chemical stress and heavy metals. It is continuously been studied for its effective function and antimicrobial activity which offers solutions to the wet and dry cough.
Tulsi is understood to be one of the plants that have answers to most modern health problems . Tulsi has a holistic approach to healing; it maintains the balance or equilibrium to surpass the medicine effect to the patient. It is equally known for its both spiritual and medicinal properties . In order to use Tulsi leaves for the treatment of cough you need the following
Boil the leaves with water till only half of the water remains. Drain the leaves and add honey and ginger to the mixture. This mixture gives immediate relief from cough and cold and it promotes good sleep .
Who would have known that bitter gourd can be used to get cough relief. According to the Ayurveda research, it is stated that Bitter Gourd acts as a cough suppressant. The Ayurvedic word for it is ‘Kasa’. Bitter Gourd contains anti-viral and antibiotic properties that can treat a persistent cough.
A teaspoon of bitter gourd for children and two teaspoons of bitter gourd juice for adults can relieve their chest congestion and the irritation caused by the cough .
The recipe for the syrup is as follows:
Mix the two and have it every night for a month to find relief from any kind of respiratory disorders which include Asthma, rhinitis, pharyngitis and severe cough .
Use of Ginger to beat the cough and cold is not a new concept. We have always known the amazing properties of ginger root in healing ailments. Ginger is used exclusively in Alternative treatment. It contains bioactive components such as rhizomes and oleoresin which helps in treatment of different diseases including a stubborn cough.
Ginger root is considered as a therapeutic plan as it contains pharmacological, chemical and medicinal properties that have been reviewed for its efficacy .
The following mixture can be prepared for the treatment of cough
This mixture should be consumed three to four times daily to relieve cough. Additionally, 1 cup of fenugreek (decoction) with half a pinch of honey and 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger juice can also act as a great expectorant .
Interestingly Onion is a multi-purpose vegetable. According to the research study conducted it is stated that Onion ‘Allium Cepa’ is valued for its therapeutic uses. Onion contains flavonoid quercetin. Onion bulb contains anti-inflammatory, anthelmintic, diuretic, expectorant, antispasmodic, hypotensive properties . Therefore, there is no doubt that onion is a medicinal herb which has been used for years by traditional Ayurvedic practitioners and Alternative Medicine practices for its use as a cough expectorant.
To make the cough syrup you need:
Mix the two and store it in the sterilized bottle and this mixture of 3-4 teaspoon should be consumed daily. The Scientific explanation for the Onion states that it liquefies the phlegm and thus prevents chest congestion .
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It is not surprising to know that Spinach can also be effective in healing the cough. You probably are hearing this for the first time. Well!!! It’s great that you get to know something new after coming so far in the article. The reason why spinach is considered as a suppressant is because of its nutritional value. Spinach is rich in Iron, Magnesium, Proteins, and Minerals .
To prepare the cough expectorant from spinach you need:
Mix all the ingredients and store this cough expectorant in a sterilized bottle. It is recommended that 10 ml of mixture need to be taken at all three times (Morning, Noon, and Evening). It is stated that this expectorant is supposed to be more effective than any other tonics .
Did you know that coconut too can be used for the treatment of a cough? Again, isn’t it amazing that nature is a self-healer and the creation provides us the way to create our own home remedies? Coconut hails from ‘Cocos Nucifera’ that is the palm family. It has a long history of being used as medicine and food. It has antiviral attributes that help in treating the cough.
Coconut deactivates the antiviral action and helps in restoring the health system . It is one of the best dry cough remedies which can be caused either due to continuous smoking or due to the irritation in the throat .
In order to make cough mixture you need:
Coconut oil is whipped continuously till it becomes frothy. Honey has to be added to the whisked coconut oil to combine it as a homogenous mixture. At the end, a pinch of cinnamon is added. This mixture is poured into the ice tray and frozen for twenty minutes.
After twenty minutes the sweets are taken of the ice tray and stored in the Jar. The candies are to be stored in a refrigerator .
Sage is also known as ‘Salvia’, it is one of the commonly used medicines for inflammation, bacterial infection, and angiogenesis and is also used as an agent to heal cough . It is also a common spice that is found in the kitchen cupboard. Sage is similar to peppermint. It works effectively to heal throat infection. It is recommended by Ayurvedic physicians and has got some proven benefits for cough.
To create sage cough mixture you need the following:
Let the ½ liter water be boiled and add sage leaves to it. Let it cool for some time, and add a little honey and vinegar. This mixture will clear the throat infection!!! You can take 1 teaspoon of the mixture daily or you can even use it to gargle in the morning empty stomach .
Source: Ted Rabbitts
Fennel seeds are beneficial and effective to heal the stubborn dry or wet cough. A research study conducted on all the natural cough remedies used Fennel seeds as one of the most effective remedies that can be used to clear breathing problems, irritation of blockages, clearing phlegm etc . Fennel seeds have multiple purpose use as well. However, in order to create a nice cough mixture from fennel seeds you need:
This mixture can be taken three times a day. It proves to stop the throat irritation, and it relieves the cough .
Cardamom is a delicious spice which is almost used in every other cooking dish. The taste of cardamom is just ‘Yum’ if eaten by itself. However for the recommendation or treatment of cough, gargling with an infusion of cinnamon and cardamom can help cure a sore throat, hoarseness, pharyngitis and also give relief from the cough upheaval.
It is recommended to gargle twice a day daily with this mixture .
Strangely ‘Betel Leaves’ are considered to be used to get relief from congested breathing and dry and wet coughs. However, according to the studies ‘Betel Leaves’ are supposed to contain a lot of healing properties. Studies have stated that betel leaves contain ‘Phenol’ which is an essential oil it is also named as ‘chavicol’ which has antiseptic properties. The method of consuming betel leaves for instant relief can be followed below:
Betel leaves are supposed to be soaked in the mustard oil. This mixture needs to be applied on the chest to get relief from cough and chest congestion .
Thyme is one of the most beneficial herbs that is used to heal respiratory illnesses. The studies conducted on Thyme state that the essence of thyme leaves mixed with ivy can generously provide relief from coughing. Thyme leaves are also known for their healing from bronchitis. Thyme leaves contain flavonoids that apparently relax the throat muscles which are strained while coughing and additionally it reduces the inflammation caused due to coughing .
Boil thyme leaves in the water for around ten minutes, after the flavor of thyme leaves is completely diluted with the water, then strain the mixture and drink it at one time. This mixture can be taken in the morning and in the night before going to bed .
Have you heard of Marshmallows being used to suppress coughs? I don’t think you probably have heard this before. Marshmallow comes from ‘Althaea Officinalis’ (perennial) that usually flowers in the summer season. It is indicated that since the ancient times the roots and leaves of the herbs have been used to treat a sore throat and provide relief from coughs .
Marshmallow contains (mucilage) which soothes the irritation of the throat that causes cough. There is no method of how you can consume marshmallow. It can be consumed in tea form. Therefore, adults can have marshmallow warm tea to soothe the throat and suppress an irritating cough. For some reason, this remedy is not advisable for children .
Here is the other surprising remedy to suppress cough. Bromelain is an enzyme that is only found in the steam of pineapples. No one can think of having a pineapple while suffering cough. In contrary, we would hesitate to even try pineapple as a remedial for cough.
The research study states that Bromelain, an enzyme in the pineapple stem helps not only in suppressing coughs but also it helps in loosening the mucus in the throat. Bromelain is also studied to relieve allergy based sinusitis, which again contributes to mucus and coughs .
There is no doubt that ‘Jaggery’ is one of the important food products in Indian Cuisine. Well again, if you did not know, Jaggery contains ‘antioxidant ’ properties which promote the strong immune system. Jaggery also contains phosphorous, calcium and potassium. It is said that taking 15 grams of crushed jaggery helps in treating cough. This remedy is especially known to work for a dry cough .
After eating the crushed jaggery, it is recommended that no other fluid as to be taken for at least twenty minutes.
Alternatively, the second remedy of Jaggery is given below:
This mixture has to be mixed together and eaten twice a day to find relief in cough. This mixture provides a good night rest as well .
Almonds are already known for many health and nutritional benefits. Here is another take on almonds, they are also useful in the treatment of a dry or a stubborn cough. Almonds contain iron, vitamin E, copper, zinc etc and therefore it is recommended to chew two to three almonds a day.
The second method consists of Ingredients
Almonds are supposed to be soaked overnight, next morning they should be peeled and grinded to make almond paste. 1 teaspoon mishri powder needs to be added to the paste and eaten empty stomach. This treatment is of fifteen days and it is recommended to heal stubborn or clinically diagnosed cough. This remedy also helps in expelling phlegm .
Mustard oil is well known for its healing properties. It is used in many homes for cooking. Mustard oil also serves as a multi purpose as many people use it for massage as well. However, the main factor of mustard oil is its great effect in healing or removing chest congestion.
When there is a consistent cough throughout the night, then it is recommended to heat the mustard oil and apply it on the chest. This remedy works wonders for both the Adults and children and it is one of best home remedies for Cough at night. It not only soothes the burning sensation in the chest but it also promotes good night rest .
Herbal tea prepared with different spices and herbs can do wonders for health. It is considered as one of the most effective remedies to soothe a cough, relieve itching and irritation in the throat.
Bring all the ingredients to boil in one glass of water, and let it boil till the water is reduced to half. Strain all the ingredients and add ½ teaspoon of honey as a sweetener. This remedy works wonders for Adults more than children. It’s the best at work during nights before retiring to bed .
From the overview of the article, it can be said that Herbal medicine/ Alternative/ Complementary medicine is effective in the treatment of a cough. It is stated that Complementary medicine follows broad medical practices in making sure that the treatment for the ailments is from the roots unlike over the counter drugs.
Natural remedies for cough are easier to prepare and they are an immediate help as most ingredients are always stocked in the kitchen. According to the authors Claudia Pileggi, Valentina Mascaro, Aida Bianco and Maria Pavia, it is said that complementary alternative medicines are proven as the first point of action in mild and moderate cough conditions .
In concluding remarks, it can be said that herbal remedies do play a vital role in the management of different types of cough. Therefore, in the recent years, there is a lot of research to prove on the various home remedies that can be used as a natural treatment which is not only emergency help but also effective in every way. Herbs are therefore beneficial to not only relieve the cough symptoms for adults but also for children .
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