Sure, you could run up to Walmart and buy some Dayquil, Robitussin, or any of the other over-the-counter cough medicines that have flooded the “cold market.” Traditional cough syrup drugs do offer relief benefits for scratchy or sore throats. But have you considered an organic cough suppressant recipe that can help relieve the discomfort of yucky mucus and a scratchy throat?
Holistic, herbal remedies can work as excellent substitutes for traditional over-the-counter cold medications. Not only are they effective, they can in fact suppress a range of mild unfavorable symptoms.
Note: These are only suggested recipes. If you have severe cold symptoms, always consult with a medical professional.
Fighting an ongoing cold and cough can be a painstaking event. Not only is it uncomfortable, it can be embarrassing having a persistent cough when, for instance, you’re at a work meeting or at a quiet restaurant. You’ll be branded as “that person.” And you might get treated as a zombie.
The chemicals in traditional cold medicine
But before you run to Walgreens, consider the destructive ingredients in all those chemical-infused cold medicines. For example, take a look at DayQuil, which contains two of the following ingredients:
- Dextromethorphan: Side effects for this medication includes tremors, nervousness, and dizziness. Headaches and anxiety symptoms are reflections of nervous system issues.
- Acetaminophen: Impacts the gastrointestinal system, containing certain irritative characteristics that can cause an upset stomach. The combination of dextromethorphan and acetaminophen can preempt vomiting while imposing side effects on the liver.
3 Natural cough suppressant remedies
Before we show you our favorite herbal cough suppressant and mucus recipe, we’ll outline a few basic organic remedies that can help.
1. Honey: This one is pretty straightforward. Simply take a tablespoon of organic, raw honey one to three times daily to mitigate cough and mucus symptoms. Take right before bedtime to relieve scratchy throat before sleeping. One study administered by the Penn State College of Medicine in fact discovered that honey works more effectively to control a cough than conventional over the counter drugs.
2. Salt water: You’ve probably heard, or even tried, to gargle salt water. While it’s not the tastiest of remedies, it certainly helps a sore throat. Gargling salt water can curb a lot of the discomfort that comes from a bad cough, especially when that obnoxious throat “tickle” turns into a full-blown sore throat. Just take a teaspoon of salt, an 8 ounce glass of warm water, and gargle the mixture for 15 seconds.
3. Steam: This technique is pretty underrated. And it’s one that is geared more towards loosening up mucus and congestion. Taking a hot bath or shower – and leaving your bathroom door shut, as not to lose any steam – can work out the mucus in your system. Just remember to inhale deeply when you’re taking your bath or shower.
Note: You might also consider an all-in-one cough an mucus expectorant like Naturade’s Herbal Expec.
Our favorite homeopathic recipe – essential oils
Essential oils are not intended to “treat” or “cure” any illnesses. These are just suggestions that we have found success with in our home.
Essential oils have a variety of uses, including the ability to fight off mild cold symptoms. And they can not only help you feel better quicker, they can provide relief for minor issues like a cough or even mucus and congestion. First consider these single oils:
- Lemon: Antibacterial and disinfectant, can provide sore throat relief.
- Peppermint: Can alleviate minor headaches, fever, mucus, and sinus and chest congestion.
- Lavender: Offers minor pain-relief along with calming benefits.
These are three very popular essential oils, often referred to as “gateway oils,” due to their numerous uses. They can be used on their own for their own specific purposes, or you can combine them to make your own blend. For alleviating cold symptoms consider this recipe:
- 8 drops of lemon
- 8 drops of peppermint
- 8 drops of lavender
- Combine in a 10ML rollerball bottle and top the recipe off with fractionated coconut oil.
Or… try a blend
If you’re not comfortable with formulating your own recipe manually, you may consider an essential oil blend. These are pre-formulated essential oil blends manufactured for a targeted purpose. For instance, take our Respiratory Blend, a product that supports healthy respiratory function.
Breathe soothes the airways and promotes clear breathing, while also offering calming benefits when applied before bed. You may “apply” the blend by:
- Topically applying to palms, feet, and chest to relieve mucus and throat discomfort.
- Inhale directly from the bottle to clear nasal passages.
- Diffuse in your bedroom or living room to promote healthy breathing and a good night’s rest.
Summing it up
To conclude, consider these key points to help relieve your cough, chest, and sinus symptoms:
- Consume a tablespoon of honey to relieve a scratchy throat.
- Gargle salt water to ease pain from a sore throat.
- Take a hot bath or shower with steam to clear up mucus and sinuses (bonus: add peppermint oil to your bath to increase the effect).
- Apply essential oils like lemon, lavender, and peppermint to reduce minor cold symptoms.
- Try an essential oil blend like to improve respiratory support.