Monday, August 17, 2015

Natural Cough Relief

Your throat hurts from coughing or your child is suffering with a cough that just won't quit.Getting relief is essential for sleep and pain relief.
So many of the commercial products have ingredients that you wouldn't want to feed to your worst enemy, let alone your family.
Best way to begin is by narrowing down which symptom(s) need to be relieved. After all, if you don't have body aches, then why take a medication with pain relievers?

Cough? Learn the natural ways to help

Expectorants help thin mucus, making it easier to cough up.
Suppressants help cut the number of times you cough, create a soothing film over mucous membranes, and helping to relieve pain.


Some of the ingredients to avoid in commercial products:

All these pdfs are from MedSafe, a New Zealand government site.

Chlorphenamine (also known as chlorpheniramine)


Dextromethorphan 
Doxylamine 
Guaifenesin (also known as guaiphenesin) 
Oxymetazoline 
Phenylephrine 
Pholcodine 
Triprolidine
Xylometazoline 

A Selection of common cold/cough products main ingredients

Comtrex Cold and Dough, Acetaminophen,Dextromethorphan hydrobromide, Phenylephrine hydrochloride

Contac Cold and Flu-Acetaminophen,Chlorpheniramine maleate,Phenylephrine hydrochloride, 

Dayquil Cold and Flu Multisymptom Relief- Acetaminophen, Dextromethorphan hydrobromide, Phenylephrine hydrochloride

Nyquil Cold and Flu Multisymptom-Acetaminophen, Dextromethorphan hydrobromide, Doxylamine succinate,

Robitussin Cough and Cold-Dextromethorphan hydrobromide, Guaifenesin,Phenylephrine hydrochloride, 

Tylenol Cold Multisymptom Severe-Acetaminophen, Dextromethorphan hydrobromide, Guaifenesin,
Phenylephrine hydrochloride,

Vicks Formula 44 Cough, Cold and Flu Relief-Acetaminophen, Chlorpheniramine maleate, Dextromethorphan hydrobromide,

Zicam Multisymptom Cold and Flu-Acetaminophen, Dextromethorphan hydrobromide, Doxylamine succinate, Phenylephrine hydrochloride

Natural Alternatives for throat pain and cough

Demulcent herbs: are slimy in nature and help to coat the mucous membranes of the throat. This can bring instant relief to dry itchy throats.
Althea off. (Marshmallow leaf or root)
Zea mays (Corn silk)
Ulmus fulvus (Slippery Elm)
Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice)

Astringent herbs: can tighten the pores of the mucous membranes, helping to close out further infection and reduce inflammation and swelling
Rubus idaeus (Red Raspberry)
Quercus sp (White/Red Oak)
Geranium maculatum (Cranesbill)
Capsella bursa-pastoris (Shepherd’s Purse)

Antimicrobial herbs: help to eliminate pathogens.
Allium sativum (Garlic)
Thymus vulgaris (Thyme)
Baptisia tinctoria (Wild Indigo)
Hydrastis canadensis (Goldenseal)
Ligusticum porteri (Osha)
Lomatium dissectum (Lomatium)
Echinacea angustifolia (Echinacea)

Commiphora molmol (Myrrh)

Herbal Lozenges are simple to make

Using herbal powders and simple home ingredients, you can create lozenges to sooth a sore throat, calm a cough and eliminate those chemicals that give us concerns.
This is a great recipe to make with your children too.


Prep time: 
Cook time:  Total time:  Yield: 40
Ingredients:
Herbal Powder- 
I like Slippery Elm 1 teaspoon
Water1 teaspoon 
Directions:
Blend one teaspoon herbal powder with one cup of filtered water.
Let sit overnight loosely covered, then stir well.
Add a bit of honey to sweeten to taste. Do not feed honey sweetened lozenges to babies under one year of age due to botulism possibilities.
Stir in additional herbal powder to create a soft playdough texture. Exact proportions vary because each herb varies in its ability to absorb moisture
Roll a tiny amount into a small ball with your hands.
Flatten the ball with your fingers and roll in additional powdered herb or coconut sugar
Let the lozenges dry on a screen for 2-3 hours.

Herbal Cough Syrup Roundup

Herbal with sugar syrup http://www.rodalenews.com/cough-syrup

Herbal with http://wellnessmama.com/7969/herbal-cough-syrup/

Elderberry syrup http://www.diynatural.com/natural-cough-syrup/

Onion and Turmeric http://wishgardenherbs.com/blog/1937/how-to-make-your-own-cough-syrup/

Ginger and Marshmellow Syrup http://wishgardenherbs.com/blog/1937/how-to-make-your-own-cough-syrup/

Honey, Lemon and Herbs http://wishgardenherbs.com/blog/1937/how-to-make-your-own-cough-syrup/

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