Having a persistent cough is something that can be an unbearable thing to deal with….. and to be honest, nobody enjoys the taste of cough syrup!
The main source of a cough is not only the irritation in your throat but mostly the buildup of mucus in your bronchial tubes. If treated incorrectly, this can lead to bronchitis, chronic cough and dry heaving in the lungs.
But there are many natural remedies that could help and calm the symptoms. One of these remedies is the “Honey Wrap”. It is a paste that contains honey, coconut oil, and flour, which you can place on your chest overnight.
But why is cough syrup and some of its ingredients, like Codeine and Dextromethorphan best avoided?
Opioid analgesics (pain relievers) -like Codeine Sulfate- have multiple known side effects like drowsiness, lightheadedness, dizziness, sedation, and many more. And all these are usually amplified when combined with other medications that try to tackle different symptoms and have the same or similar side effects.
Dextromethorphan is a widely used over-the-counter cough suppressant. Basically, it affects the signals in the brain that are triggered by your throat or lungs to push the mucus out. It inhibits the cough reflex.
So how exactly does the Honey Wrap help?
Coconut oil could be one of the most surprising ingredients to help in the Honey Wrap since it contains large amounts of lauric acid which are the main weapon against the lipid coating that some viruses have around them. It dissolves this “fatty” layer which the virus uses as protection, making it vulnerable to the immune system.
But honey also has an important role in all this. It is known that honey when consumed orally, can relieve cold symptoms, itchy throat and coughing fits. It can also be absorbed into your system when applied locally, on the chest and help reduce mucus in the lungs.
The Honey Wrap Recipe
Ingredients: Raw organic honey, Coconut oil, Flour, Napkin, Adhesive medical tape
Combine a teaspoon of flour with a small amount of honey and then add some melted coconut oil. Soak a napkin in the mixture and place it on the chest, securing it with the adhesive medical tape. You can leave it overnight for an adult, or for 2-3 hours for a child. This is a natural treatment so you can repeat it as needed and positive results should be noticed after some time.
You could definitely try this natural home remedy when you or your kids are dealing with common cold symptoms. This way you might be able to avoid the use of any pharmaceuticals and you could enjoy a safe and cost-effective alternative.
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