A chronic cough, especially if it escalates into full-blown bronchitis, can seriously hold you back. You may find yourself stuck in limbo between sickness and full health; too sick for the demands of the day but not quite poorly enough to retreat to bed.
It’s hard to know what to do when you’re thwarted by a nasty cough. Western medicine has myriad products on the market to help alleviate your suffering, but here’s a home remedy that’s easy, natural, and one that also packs a heavy nutritional punch.
Using renowned healing ingredients, this mixture could provide much-needed relief from a tiresome cough, and even bronchitis. But first, what exactly are we trying to treat?
Healthline advises that the most common cause of a cough is a respiratory tract infection. These are usually borne of a virus, and they could last for anything between a few days and a full week.
Bronchitis, which is the inflammation of the tubes carrying air to and from your lungs, might develop out of a cold or respiratory tract infection. The symptoms of bronchitis usually improve in about a week, says Mayo Clinic, but you still might have trouble shifting a persistent cough. That’s where this remedy comes in.
Employing the powerful properties of bananas and honey, it’s an easy-to-make recipe that won’t take long but could provide relief for hours at a time. Bananas, says Medical News Today, are one of the most widely consumed fruits in the world. They are rich in potassium and could even help reduce the risks of asthma, cancer, and high blood pressure.
They’re also on WebMD‘s top-10 list of foods to eat when you have the flu. So maybe bananas can help treat the underlying cause of your cough while honey, the second major ingredient, does the soothing.
In clinical trials, honey has proven to be just as effective as over-the-counter cough suppressants. Bananas and honey are the power couple of the home-remedy arsenal, so here’s how to prepare this healing concoction.
1 pint (20 fluid ounces) of boiling water
Two ripe bananas
Two tablespoons of clear honey
Add the boiled water and let the mixture sit for 30 minutes. Add the honey only when the mixture is cool to make sure its healing properties are not damaged by the heat. Pass the mixture through a mesh strainer if you would prefer a smooth mixture to a lumpy one.
A portion of this size is enough to see one cough-sufferer through one day. Separate the total mixture into four smaller portions, and separate them by roughly three- to four-hour intervals.
If you enjoy the flavor and the mixture soothes your throat, then you can absolutely make a fresh batch the next morning. After five days of using this easy home remedy, you should expect to feel the benefits. It’s perfectly safe for both adults and children over the age of 1 year.
Will you be giving this healing home cough remedy a try?
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice.