It’s true that the intake of cough syrup that you can easily buy at the local pharmacy without a doctor’s prescription can provide relief. However, you will notice that the label is plastered with all sorts of precautions. That’s because this medication may produce unfavorable side effects such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness and drowsiness. It is also possible for some people to develop some serious allergic reactions to its intake, and symptoms associated with such include rash, itching and/or swelling of the face, tongue and throat, and breathing difficulty.
Certainly, taking cough syrup is a no-no if you are about to drive or use a machine because it may actually put your life in peril, as well as those around you. So what are you going to do if you want to attain relief from that blasted cough but feeling drowsy and experiencing the potential side effects of cough syrup intake are not an option? Make your very own cough syrup at home using a few easy-to-obtain ingredients!
This homemade cough syrup contains a blend of herbs and some other kitchen staples. You only need to reach for 5 all-natural ingredients, which is the reason why it won’t leave you experiencing any potential side effects. What’s more, it won’t even take 5 minutes to whip up this time-honored solution so that you may right away enjoy some respite from that nagging cough of yours. So if you are keyed to zap that cough, continue reading.
• 1/4 teaspoon of ginger (ground)
• 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
• 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
• 1 tablespoon of honey
• 2 tablespoons of distilled water
1. Grab a small bowl.
2. Place all the liquid ingredients (apple cider vinegar, honey and water) in it.
3. Add your ginger and cayenne pepper.
4. Mix very well with a spoon until all the ingredients are evenly dispersed.
5. Transfer in a clean glass jar.
6. Cover and stash in the refrigerator.
That’s it! Coming up with this cough syrup at home is definitely much faster that driving to the nearest pharmacy and grabbing a bottle of cough syrup available over the counter. You should take a tablespoon of it in the morning and another at night to help you get to dreamland without trouble. Remember to stir very well before talking!
Why this homemade cough syrup works very well is not surprising. Ginger is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and that’s why it is being given to individuals with inflammatory-related diseases such as arthritis and bursitis. It is also wonderful against cough not only because of its anti-inflammatory properties, but also of its antihistaminic properties.
Cayenne pepper helps loosen thick mucus as well as reduce pain, which can be beneficial for anyone who is bugged by cough. As you may have heard before, cayenne pepper helps in accelerating the metabolism by increasing the body temperature. An increase in your core temperature is actually good for you if you have a cough because it prompts the immune system to combat invading microorganisms.
Apple cider vinegar also has superb immune-boosting properties. Additionally, it is known to promote the loosening of thick mucus, so it can provide relief if you’re suffering from dry cough. This homemade cough syrup containing apple cider vinegar can help you enjoy a good night’s sleep when you take a tablespoon of it at bedtime.
On the other hand, honey supplies your body with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for a speedy recovery from cough. It also helps soothe swollen and itchy throat, something which is very common when you have a cough.
However, this homemade cough syrup may not be perfect for kids due to its strong taste. Also, refrain from giving this solution to a child less than 1 year of age because honey is not suitable for very young children.