Cough remedy: Steep some thyme
Thyme is not only useful for flavoring your poultry—it also serves as an impressive cough suppressant. “The volatile oils in the plant have an effect on the cough reflex, calming the tendency to cough,” explains Leslie Solomonian, a doctor of naturopathic medicine. It can be consumed as a tea by mixing 2 teaspoons of crushed leaves into 1 cup boiling water, covering it, steeping for 10 minutes and then straining, but Dr. Solomonian’s favorite way to use it as a cough remedy is to add it to honey and onion. Keep in mind you should never give honey to a baby under age one due to the risk of life-threatening infant botulism. Here are some home remedies for cough that are safe for kids.
Cough remedy: Fight with flax, honey, and lemon
Ground flax, when combined with a liquid, forms a mucus-like substance, which soothes the cough reflex, explains Dr. Solomonian. Honey has the same effect. “Lemon tends to cut mucus, so if the cause of the cough is post-nasal drip or tonsillitis, the lemon might alleviate that a bit,” she says. For this at-home remedy, boil 2 to 3 tablespoons of flaxseeds in 1 cup of water until the water becomes thick. Strain, then add 3 tablespoons each of honey and lemon juice. Take 1 tablespoon as needed for cough treatment. Learn about the 13 reasons your cold just won’t go away.