Home remedies for cough in kids and women during pregnancy. The air passages of the lungs are lined with cells secreting mucus, which normally traps particles of dust. When the membranes get infected and inflamed, the secretion of mucus increases and the lining of the air passages is irritated. Coughing is the action by which excess mucus is driven out.
Best home remedies for cough explained !
A person, particularly kids and women during pregnancy, who is going to cough first draws a deep breath in. This action causes his glottis to close and his muscles to contract, thus building up pressure in the chest.
Then suddenly, the glottis opens, an explosive discharge of air sweeps through the air passages and carries with it the excess secretions or, in some cases, foreign matter, which has irritated the larynx, trachea, or bronchi.
A cough may be caused by inflammation of the larynx or the pharynx. A cough can develop in the chest due to change in weather or seasonal changes.
The real cause of this disorder, however, is clogging of the bronchial tubes with waste matter. This is due to wrong feeding habits.
The reason for higher incidence of cough during winter than in other seasons is that an average person usually eats more of catarrh-forming foods such as white bread, meat, sugar, porridge, pudding, and pies during the colder months of the year.
Being overclothed with heavy undergarments and other garments during this period also prevents proper aeration of the skin.
Home remedies for cough
Grapes: Grapes are one of the most effective home remedies for the treatment of a cough.
Grapes tone up the lungs and act as an expectorant, relieving a simple cold and cough in a couple of days. A cup of grape juice mixed with a teaspoon of honey is advised for cough relief.
Almonds: Almonds are useful for dry coughs. Seven kernels should be soaked in water overnight and the brown skin removed.
They should then be ground well to form a fine paste. A quantity of twenty grains each of butter and sugar should then be added to the paste. This paste should be taken in the morning and evening.
Turmeric: The root of the turmeric plant is useful in a dry cough. The root should be roasted and powdered.
This powder should be taken in three gram doses twice daily, in the morning and evening.
Raisins: A sauce prepared from raisins is also useful in a cough. This sauce is prepared by grinding 100 gm of raisins with water.
About 100 gm of sugar should be mixed with it and the mixture heated. When the mixture acquires a sauce-like consistency, it should be preserved.
Twenty grams should be taken at bedtime daily.
Aniseed: Aniseed is another effective remedy for a hard dry cough with difficult expectoration. It breaks up the mucus.
A tea made from the spice should be taken regularly for treating this condition.
In the case of a severe cough, the patient should feast on orange juice and water till the severity is reduced.
The procedure is to take the juice of an orange diluted in a cup of warm water, every two hours from 8 a.m to 8 p.m.
After the juice fast, the patient should adopt an all-fruit diet for two or three days.
In case of a mild cough, the patient can begin with an all-fruit diet for five to seven days, taking three meals a day of fresh juicy fruits such as apples, pears, grapes, grape-fruit, oranges, pineapples, peaches, and melons.
For drinks, unsweetened lemon water, or cold or hot plain water may be given.
After the all-fruit diet, the patient should follow a well-balanced diet, with emphasis on wholegrain cereals, raw or lightly cooked vegetables and fresh fruits.
The patient should avoid meats, sugar, tea, coffee condiments, pickles, refined and processed foods. Kids especially, should also avoid soft drinks, candies, ice-cream, and all products made from sugar and white flour.
While the cough is severe, a warm-water enema should be used daily to cleanse the bowels.