If the words “allergy season” bring a cringe to your body, a tickle to your nose, and an itch to your throat, there is no doubt you’re in need of a little relief this season. While most people are quick to grab some allergy pills and sprays, you may be surprised to find that your kitchen is a fabulous source of remedies for that stubborn allergy-related cough.
Here’s a look at some simple at-home remedies that can help calm that allergy cough and leave you feeling much better.
Ginger – the All-Around Cure-All
If ever there was an ingredient that could cure ailments, ginger would be that item. Ginger is commonly used for all kinds of health issues and problems, including calming a cough. It is able to cut right through the mucus that builds up and it has antimicrobial and antibiotic properties. The best way to ingest the ginger is to make a ginger tea.
To make ginger tea, all you need is one piece of fresh ginger root cut into a one-inch slice. Simply place this piece in 1 1/2 cups of boiling water; allow to simmer for 10 minutes (cover it while simmering so it keeps the heat and aroma in); strain the tea; add a bit of honey and enjoy. You can drink this tea anywhere from four to five times per day.
Honey – Enjoy the Instant Soothing Benefits
If you’re looking for quick relief for your cough, honey is usually the answer. Honey is able to coat your throat, which instantly soothes a cough and your sore irritated throat. Make sure to look for organic locally grown honey, as it contains antibodies that will fight all the seasonal allergies in your environment. You can add honey to tea or you can just take a spoonful of it and get instant benefits.
Garlic – Keep the Cough Away
Many people are aware of the powerful health benefits of garlic and fighting an allergy cough is just another item to add to its list. As described in recoveryourhealthtoday.com, garlic is both an antimicrobial and antibacterial agent, which means it not only soothes a cough but it gives your immune system a much-needed boost.
If you can handle the taste, a garlic “tea” is the best way to get instant relief. Just add two to three cloves of garlic to 1 1/2 cups of boiling water; let it simmer for five minutes; strain the tea; add honey for taste and you’re ready to enjoy.
Carrots – the Little Known Warrior
While carrots have long since been known for their incredible health benefits, we don’t usually think of them as a way of calming an allergy-related cough. Well, it’s time to think of them in a whole other way, as they can be quite effective in opening up airways that have become restricted. This is great for those with a chronic cough and asthma. Make your own carrot juice at home and you’ll get instant relief.
Each of these items is meant to combat that stubborn allergy-related cough, but it doesn’t end there. Some other foods and herbs that have shown to help soothe a cough include onions, sage, essential oils, stinging nettle, and grapes.