There are few things more annoying and uncomfortable than a cough. Nausea can give it a run for its money, but in the end, coughing definitely wins. Especially when you’re trying to sleep at night. Ugh. Worst ever. You’re exhausted and run down, and all you want to do is sleep, but you can’t. Because you’re coughing. And coughing. And coughing.
Taking a shower, or just sitting with your head over a bowl of hot water, will help loosen up the phlegm and break up congestion, which should shorten the duration of your cough. And not to mention, it feels amazing.
You know tea is good for a sore throat and cough, but when you add honey, it’s even more therapeutic. And for instant (not necessarily long-lasting) cough relief, try sucking on a honey stick. Yum!
Get a Massage
You don’t want to get a massage during the peak of your cold, but once things seem like they’re starting to break up a bit, try going for one, as they help rid your body of unwanted toxins. Just be sure to drink plenty of water after. (And it’s a good excuse to get a massage!)
Besides being a great additive to dishes, turmeric powder is a great natural cough remedy — particularly for dry coughs. Try mixing a teaspoon of turmeric into a cup of milk and heat over the stove for a minute. Drink while still warm.
Help break up a dry cough by adding some moisture to your room. Plug in a humidifier — and leave it by your bedside — right before going to bed. Add a vapor remedy to the humidifier to increase the action of the steam.