Michael van Straten
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Coughs

Coughs can be short, dry and painful, or loose and productive; they can come singly or in paroxysms of violent coughing. To help, eat more raw fruit and vegetables for vitamin C and beta-carotenes; garlic, onions, leeks, chives, thyme for their antibacterial effect; lemons and honey for soothing properties;

Eat less dairy produce and avoid smoking to reduce mucus congestion.

A cough does not always indicate chest disease or infection. Dust, atmospheric pollutants, smoke, chemical fumes or even a wrongly swallowed piece of food, can trigger the cough reflex. The cough expels the irritant from the lungs and so acts as their first line of defence.

A cough however is the most common of all respiratory symptoms and may indicate the presence of asthma, a chest infection, chronic bronchitis, or any chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Coughs are generally worse at night or first thing in the morning, and can even be irritated by changes in temperature or weather.

The traditional treatments of inhalation with essential oils, and drinking hot water, honey and lemon do a great deal to soothe the discomfort. Reducing salt intake also reduces the likelihood of fluid retention which can add to chesty congestion and Naturopaths believe that reducing consumption of dairy products lessens the amount of mucus produced by the body.

Lung tissue requires an abundance of beta carotene and vitamin A, all infections benefit from an increase in vitamin C, and herbalists throughout the Western world have traditionally relied on the antibacterial properties of garlic, onions and leeks in the treatment of all chest infections. Thyme is a powerfully antibacterial herb and should be used liberally in cooking and on salads. Five drops of essential oil of thyme in 25ml of carrier oil, makes a soothing chest rub.

One of the most effective of all the herbal remedies is the African plant, Pelargonium sidoides. Widely used many years ago in Europe and an ancient traditional medicine in Africa, this all natural product is now available as sugar free Kaloba syrup, convenient and suitable for adults, and children from the age of six. Kaloba syrup is a registered traditional herbal medicine for the relief of upper respiratory infections, colds, sore throats, coughs and congested nose and sinuses.

More info at www.kaloba.co.uk Make sure you start taking the syrup at the very first signs of a tickly cough, blocked nose or sinuses and, of course, as soon as you or the children start sneezing.


Don’t forget that chicken soup is a great remedy for colds too.
Try this wonderful recipe

 

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