Coughing is one of the most common symptoms of a cold. While it can be a symptom of a more severe illness, most of the time it is non-threatening but quite annoying.
Having a cough usually goes hand-in-hand with having a scratchy throat, congestion, and chest tightness, and it can leave one feeling tired and trigger a headache. Relieving a cough positively affects all of the above symptoms. The good news is, a simple cough can be easily and effectively relieved at home with completely natural ingredients.
Cough generally has two types: productive and non-productive cough, also known as dry cough.
Productive cough produces phlegm in order to relieve the cough, get rid of the phlegm and heal. Dry cough, without phlegm, makes the body overwork, and it makes it the cough much harder to get rid of without some extra assistance.
The following health remedy can assist and speed up the process of healing with either type of cough, but it can be an absolute lifesaver when it comes to dry coughing, the more difficult type to heal for most people.
The recipe for making this remedy is simple and the health benefits extend far beyond simply knocking out the cough itself.
Three Simple Ingredients for Instant Cough Relief
For quick and natural cough relief, you will need the following:
- Black seed oil
- Ginger tea
- Honey (manuka honey)
All three of the ingredients are full of medicinal properties by themselves, and together, they create a powerful remedy.
Black seed oil
Black seed oil is easily one of the best health remedies of all time. Derived from the crescent-shaped seeds of Nigella sativa plant (native to Asia), black seed oil has been famously said to cure anything but death…at least according to the prophet Muhammad in the Islamic religion.
The statement may not be much of an exaggeration after all: black seed oil has over 630 scientific peer-reviewed studies that confirm its many medicinal properties. Black seed oil contains over 100 compounds, crystalline nigellone and thymoquinon being the most powerful. All of them together make black seed oil anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral. These properties are great for healing cough (while these plus the others help prevent cancer, protect the heart, and heal many, many disorders).
When it comes to cough, black seed oil is amazing for the respiratory tract in general [organic black seed oil can be purchased online].
Its anti-inflammatory properties and antiviral properties help fight infections and inflammation in the body; it suppresses the cough, soothes the sore throat, and relaxes bronchial muscles helping the body heal, all at the same time.
Ginger tea relieves a sore throat, helps get rid of a cough, and fights infections due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
The best way to get the most out of ginger tea is to make it fresh. The recipe is extremely easy:
Homemade ginger tea requires nothing more but one teaspoon of fresh finely chopped ginger root in a cup of filtered boiling water. After steeping for just 5 to 10 minutes, this healing drink is ready to consume.
Ginger tea can be used for cough by itself but is even more powerful when mixed with black seed oil and honey, as well as manuka honey for the most medicinal effect.
When in a hurry, or unable to make ginger tea at home, organic ginger tea packets can also be purchased as an alternative.
While any honey will help soothe the throat in this recipe.
According to some measurements, manuka honey is hands-down the most powerful honey: its incredible medicinal properties are well worth the price [you can view or purchase a potent healing brand of manuka honey here].
Produced in New Zealand, this type of honey has been historically used as medicine for thousands of years…even going back to Egyptian royals!
In fact, it’s so powerful that a recent study confirmed that it can kill virtually any type of nasty bacteria thrown at it, including the dreaded “superbug” MRSA.
It has an incredible amount of antimicrobial properties, which not only soothe the throat and relieve cough, but fight infection while doing so.
(Besides cough, it can be used for digestion issues, to quickly boost immunity, help relieve allergies, and even to improve sleep quality).
Recipe for the Best Cough Remedy
After choosing these three amazing medicinal ingredients, the last step in this recipe is putting them all together in a quick, health, and fast-acting drink:
1 cup of ginger tea (homemade or tea bags)
1 teaspoon of black seed oil
1 teaspoon of manuka honey
Drink this remedy twice daily for cough relief. It works best for dry cough. For other types of cough, you can use black seed oil as a massage oil to apply to the center of your chest for cough relief.
This tea will also help fight flu and the common cold, which makes it a perfect remedy for cough regardless of which seasonal bronchial or respiratory illness caused it.