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Foods and herbs: natural cough relief this winter season

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Making your own home-based solutions to help soothe that cough can be a reminder to keep it simple and natural.

A natural, organic, high-nutrient healthy diet is an excellent way to keep your immune system operating at its peak to overcome illness, but even if you are a healthy person, as the chill of winter sets in, it’s not uncommon to find yourself battling a persistent cough. It’s one of those seasonal transitions we can all encounter. While over-the-counter medications are readily available, turning to natural foods and herbs for relief can be just as effective – and much kinder to your body and budget. Making your own home-based solutions to help soothe that cough can be a reminder to keep it simple and natural.

Honey, with its rich history in traditional use and emerging evidence-base, tops the list as a remedy for coughs. Take a teaspoon or two for its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties to help combat infection and to ease irritation contributing to coughs.

Turmeric, celebrated for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities, aids in reducing inflammation in the respiratory tract, offering respite from cough symptoms.           A teaspoon of good quality ground turmeric mixed with a milk (or mylk) base with a sprinkle of black pepper and teaspoon of honey makes a soothing warm drink.

Ginger root has traditionally been used for bronchitis and allergies and is believed to alleviate coughs by relaxing the smooth muscles of the airways. It can also help loosen mucus and relieve congestion, making it a valuable ally if you develop a winter cough. Slice or grate a one-inch segment of fresh ginger root and boil in one cup of water for 10 to 15 minutes, then strain to drink as a tea. Adding honey and lemon makes a classic home remedy for coughs, colds and sore throats.

Drinking a warm herbal tea or taking a herbal tincture or syrup containing herbs like elderflower, thyme, peppermint, liquorice, mullein, and marshmallow can calm the airways and provide relief from a winter cough.

Before taking herbs it’s advisable to consult with a naturopath or healthcare professional, especially if you have a pre-existing condition or are taking medications that may interact with natural remedies.

If you’re looking for extra support for your health challenges or looking to optimise immunity to avoid getting sick this winter, a qualified naturopath can empower you with valuable health knowledge for wellness. Free 15-minute consultations are available at all Santos Organics stores.

For more information visit: https://santosorganics.com.au/pages/naturopathy-1


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