Don't struggle with a cough. Here are six home remedies to help you get rid of it


Cold season is right around the corner, and people young and old will begin to fight the sore throats, runny noses, and coughs that come with it. Many different medications are available to help fight colds, but sometimes running to the store isn't convenient.
Believe it or not, you have many items at home that can effectively relieve your cold symptoms. Luckily, here are 6 home remedies below that may help bring your stubborn cough under control!

1. Honey. Did you know that honey would be just as good at suppressing a cold as dextromethorphan? Mayo Clinic shares that 2 teaspoons of honey will work just as well as the over-the-counter cough syrups containing dextromethorphan at soothing the nagging cough.


2. Chicken noodle soup. Chicken noodle soup, as both Dr. Oz and WebMD agreed, is great for soothing a cough. The warm liquid helps keep the mucus moving, and the steam helps thin the mucus. The spices in it help break down the phlegm, so it's easier to cough out.


3. Lemon and honey. Another age-old remedy is lemon and honey. Try using warm lemon water with 2 teaspoons of honey for a cough. The lemon helps break up the phlegm, while the honey soothes the cough.


4. Peppermint. Although the jury is out as to whether peppermint by itself will fully calm a cough, it worths a try. Simply, drink peppermint tea and inhale the steam from it to help open the sinuses at the same time, or you can make a steam bath by adding 3 to 4 drops of peppermint essential oils to 150 milliliters of hot water.


5. Salt water. Don't tell me you didn't hear the old-fashioned remedy of gargling salt water, but you may have dismissed it as just an "old wives' tale." Gargling salt water actually helps relieve the symptoms of a sore throat and may help prevent further infection. Here's a common recipe for a saltwater gargle: Mix 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt in 8 ounces of warm water.


6. Pineapple cough syrup. Nowadays, pineapple syrup is widely trending as a cough syrup, yet there is no actual scientific study that shows it actually works. The good news is that the cough syrup won't harm you and the honey in it is known to help. Here's one recipe: 1 pineapple cut and cored, 1 tablespoons honey, 1 lemon juiced, 3 inches of ginger root peeled and chopped, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper. mix all ingredients together until smooth and use the syrup as needed.



One more tip, grab some honey and lemon, and make yourself an elixir the next time a cold decides to descend upon you or your family. You can save yourself a trip to the store, and know that it's healthy at the same time!