No one likes the taste of cough syrup in their mouth and having a nasty cough that won’t go away has to be one of the most uncomfortable states of being possible. Coughing, of course, is due not only to irritation in your throat due to allergens, but it is also due to a buildup of mucous in your bronchial tubes which can further lead to bronchitis, chronic cough, and dry heaving in the lungs.
What if I told you that there was a natural alternative to calming these symptoms and that it would cost absolutely nothing to your health to give it a go?! The idea is to create a paste out of honey, coconut oil, and flour. After that, simply strap it to your chest overnight (if you’re an adult) to begin all it to aid in soothing your symptoms!
It is called a “Honey Wrap.”
Why Shouldn’t You Use Cough Syrup?
Many people believe that chemicals are an effective and an easy treatment. However, in the last 50 years, there hasn’t been a single licensed remedy that can treat a cough 100%. According to studies, there isn’t any proof that medicine can completely remove coughing.
Such expectorants are guaifenesin, the ones that can loosen up the mucus in the airways, and suppressants like dextromethorphan, which can block your cough reflex.
In addition, in the last few decades, there hasn’t been any proof that these medicines help treat a cough caused by viruses.
However, that doesn’t mean that cough medicines don’t work. On the contrary, they do. But, there isn’t any proof to confirm this theory. Therefore, further studies are necessary. Besides, they are not bad to use.
There is a very small risk of serious side effects.
But, it is important to know that babies shouldn’t use them. The FDA stated in 2008 that toddlers shouldn’t consume these medicines. As a result, the manufacturers changed the labeling, which makes the product recommendable for children at the age of 4 or older.
What About Honey Wrap?
The first ingredient of interest in my opinion wouldn’t be honey, but the coconut oil! Coconut oil is high in lauric acid, therefore it is thought to dissolve the lipid coating (lipid means the “fatty” layer which the virus used as protection) around some viruses and thus makes them more susceptible to attack by the immune system!
The partner in crime, honey, has often been used orally to temporarily relieve common cold symptoms such as sore, itchy throat and coughing fits. In this case we are attempting to go straight to the source of the issue, the mucus in your lungs, by applying the mixture topically and allowing it to be absorbed into your system.
Recipe: Honey Wrap
Here are the following ingredients that you will need to make this natural remedy.
– coconut oil
– adhesive medical tape
– raw organic honey
– Mix about two teaspoons of flour in with some honey then add some warmed coconut oil to this.
– Apply this to your gauze or napkin and place it on the center of your chest.
– Use the adhesive medical tape to hold it in place.
This all-natural compress can be left on overnight or a child for three hours. You should notice results within the first couple treatments.
It is completely safe to do this for a whole week straight. As with most natural remedies, time is the key. Nothing happens overnight, if you feel a cough coming on this is the best natural way to treat it. Go ahead and start doing this when your throat is getting a bit sore. This will prevent you from having to take that nasty cough syrup.