This last cold season was a rough one for us. I don’t know if it was all the new germs we were being introduced to in a new city or it was particularly bad for everyone since the winter just seemed to drag on and on…but we had seemed to be more than our fair share of coughs and colds in the last 6 months. Last week, we were all sick yet again, and it was a doozie. I’m still trying to get the last of this junk out of my head, but thankfully all of our coughs have gotten considerably better — and in large part to a super simple brew that takes only a few seconds to mix together — and has immediate effects!
Coughs can be troublesome for adults when a cold hits. But when your children are experiencing them too, it’s just downright unpleasant for everyone involved. Especially when it gets to the point that they seem to be coughing non-stop and you just don’t know what you could possibly do to help.
Coughs are usually a symptom of something else gone awry in the body — not a sickness of their own. Coughs are more like a reflex that the body uses to clear whatever is causing irritations in the throat or airways — and they are a sign that the body’s natural defenses are working. But when the cough gets to the point where you’re coughing more often than just breathing or your chest starts hurting from the spasms, you probably want to take some measures to sooth your throat and calm things down a bit
In addition to this natural cough suppressant, it’s also useful to keep the cougher warm (but not overly warm) and hydrated. Avoid strenuous activities for a day or two and avoid cigarette smoke when possible. You might also want to run a humidifier, or put a damp towel over a heater, or a steaming bowl of hot water nearby to help add some moisture to the air.
NOTE: NEVER give raw honey to children 12 months old or younger. It may contain botulism spores and can make your infant very sick. Even when cooked, the spores can survive and it’s not worth the risk.
- 1 cup hot water
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Combine water, honey and lemon juice in a mug. Stir until honey dissolves. Sip tea until coughing relinquishes.
Not for children under 12 months of age.