Natural Cough Drops for Soothing Throat Irritation
There are many symptoms that can accompany a cold. One of the most uncomfortable and most common symptoms is a sore, scratchy throat. Often times, throat irritation leads to coughing, which can make it difficult to work or even just relax when you're trying to recover from a cold.
Cough drops are one solution for dealing with throat discomfort when cold symptoms strike. These products dissolve slowly in the mouth, releasing a syrup-like liquid that coats the throat to temporarily alleviate dryness and potentially ease coughing. Natural cough drops typically contain menthol and herbal blends that have long been used for addressing throat irritation. Be sure to consult your doctor before using any new type of cough drops, especially if you have any allergies. Never give cough drops to a child 3 years of age or younger, as they can pose a risk for choking.
Natural Solutions for Relieving Congestion
Nasal and chest congestion often accompany the common cold. There are numerous ways to get temporary relief from congestion in a natural way.
Saltwater or saline nasal sprays can be used to thin mucus to make it easier to breathe. Neti pots can be used to flush mucus from the sinus cavities.
For chest congestion, you can apply a rub that contains camphor, menthol, peppermint or eucalyptus to the upper portion of your chest. The aromatic properties of these natural substances can temporarily reduce congestion to help you breathe better. Be sure to read all product labels before use. Some of these products may not be safe for young children or should not be used for those with chronic coughs.
What Are Natural Remedies For a Cold?
For centuries, herbal remedies have been recommended by natural practitioners and herbalists for those suffering from cold symptoms. Herbs like echinacea, elderberry, goldenseal, licorice, peppermint and slippery elm are some of the most commonly used ingredients in herbal cold products.
There are also traditional homeopathic remedies for cold symptoms available on the market. These products use very small quantities of herbs that can produce cold symptoms in keeping with the homeopathic principle of "like treating like." Homeopaths believe that by exposing the body to a substance that produces a symptom similar to that of an illness may cause the body to respond by overcoming the symptom.
The effectiveness of both homeopathic and herbal cold solutions are still being studied by scientists, so there is not enough evidence to know for certain if they work for all individuals. Before taking any homeopathic or herbal cold product, talk to your doctor, as some products may interact with medications or be unsafe for people with specific medical conditions.
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