Natural Remedies For Cough
Colder weather can cause many different problems and is related to various conditions. One of the most common problems is cough, that we've all most probably already had problems with. However, cough can be avoided relatively simply and effectively by using herbal remedies. Even in the case that a person already has problems with cough, natural remedies for cough can even help to get rid of this annoying condition pretty soon.
One of the most common herbs that are used in treating or preventing cough are plantago, horsetail, and common ivy.
The first of the mentioned herbs, plantago (Plantago major) is known to be a effective herbal remedy for cough, and other conditions or diseases related to the respiratory system. It has also been discovered that some substances in this plant also have antibiotic effects. Plantago is a perennial plant, with leaves usually collected closely to the ground in a rosette-like shape. As mentioned, plantago is known to have several different medicinal properties, but the ones that concern the respiratory system are most well known. It is also interesting that certain substances were discovered in plantago that have a antibiotic effects, with further proves the great medicinal potential of this medicinal plant.
The second we mentioned is a herb called horsetail (Equisetum arvense). This plant is also useful for various conditions. It can be used to treat rheumatic problems, chronic cough, and even leg swelling caused by problems with substance exchange in the body. It is also known to treat problems with bladder and kidneys. Horsetail is a relatively common, resistant and widespread weed. People often have more trouble getting rid of this plant, than finding it in the first place. However, if one is having trouble finding this plant, it mostly grows on places with sandy soil, on meadows and dunes. It grows in form of a upright stem with thin leaves that grow from single places on the stem. It blooms in the spring. For medicinal purposes, horsetail is usually collected in the late spring. It is used mostly to treat various lung diseases and conditions.
The last one, common ivy (Hedera helix), is a very effective herb for healing cough, and problems related to it. It is mostly used in form of syrups, but tea from the leaves of this herb can also be prepared. Hedera helix (Common Ivy) is a medicinal plant native to most of Europe, from Ireland northeast to southern Scandinavia, south to Spain, and east to Ukraine and also northern Turkey in southwestern Asia. The common ivy has up to 20 meter long vines that are covered with permanent green leaves and many roots in the stalk which are attached to the trees barks and the ground. The leaves have a smooth and leathery surface. The edges of the upper leaves are full, while the lower leaves have a heart-shaped form and are divided into 3 to 5 lobes. The flowers are relatively small, dark from the outside and green colored inside, collected in a form of a hemispherical shield. The plant blooms from August to October. Fruits come in the form of round dark blue berries. Common ivy can grow on rocks, ruins and forests. In cities it is often cultivated as an ornamental plant. For medicinal applications, usually leaves and fruits are used. Beside the mentioned use of this plant for treating cough, it is also used in the treatment of skin diseases and wounds.
These are just some of the many natural herbal remedies that can help in preventing and treating cough, and they can be used either seperately, or even better, one can prepare a herbal mixture, by mixing equal parts of every of the above mentioned medicinal herbs. This mixture can than be drinked few times a day, throughout the period when there is a higher risk of diseases or conditions related to the respiratory system.