Coughing is often a secondary symptom of a minor ailment such as cold, flu or bronchitis. It is the body’s way of clearing the lungs and airways, but sometimes the reflex reaction to a tiny tickle can be very annoying, disturbing everyday life, work and sleep.

Coughing can be triggered by smoking or by certain medications. A change in the weather or inflammation of the larynx can cause some people to develop a cough. However, there is no need to resort to expensive medications and drugs for something as simple as a cough. Pharmaceutical remedies can be strong, particularly for youngsters and those who are pregnant. There are many natural products, which will soothe a tickly cough and provide relief from the annoying symptoms safely and naturally.

Grapes are one of the most effective ways to treat a cough using alternative medicine. They act as a mild expectorant, allowing the sufferer to cough up excess phlegm but then soothing and calming the lungs to avoid triggering a spate of unnecessary coughing. A glass of grape juice with a teaspoon of honey is a pleasant drink (which is important if the cause is a dehydrating cold) and will effectively relieve excessive coughing.

Honey itself has been found to be an excellent treatment for coughing as it decreases the frequency and severity of the cough very effectively. It is also always in the cupboard, on hand when needed. Add a teaspoonful to tea or take it on its own. It is far easier to administer to children than nasty-tasting, teeth-rotting syrup and researchers found it was more effective than over the counter cough linctus which typically contain dextromethorphan.

This all-natural product has long been used as an alternative medicine in treating coughs with herbal medicine. It grows as a common weed and contains ingredients which act powerfully to relive irritation and soothe inflammation in the throat. It is a natural expectorant, loosening mucus so that it can be effectively coughed up and expelled. Mullein is available as a powder, lozenge or in supplement form, making it easy to take at any time.

Respiratory Formulas
It is always useful to have an herbal respiratory health formula such as Second Wind on hand. This is a combination of all-natural products, tried and approved in alternative medicine circles to cleanse and protect the lungs. It is the perfect supplement for those suffering with blocked sinuses and congested lungs, particularly after a cold. It also supports a healthy bronchial system, inhibiting more serious respiratory and bronchial infections from developing. It includes mullein leaf extract as well as bromelain, fenugreek, licorice root extract and five other powerful natural ingredients to provide an all-round alternative medicine to support a healthy respiratory system.