Coughing and sneezing are a big problem especially in the winter, when our immune system tends to go down. Both problems can really make you lose focus, and will make it difficult for you to go through the day as usual. Persistent coughing can also make you wake up overnight, and is even worse for small children, whose immune system is not fully developed yet.
In general, doctors prescribe cough syrup against the condition, which can ease the discomfort, but is not a final solution. Furthermore, cough syrup contains chemicals which can significantly harm your health. Many people have reported dizziness, nausea, headaches, migraines and irregular heart rhythm after taking cough syrup.
It’s no wonder the syrup causes these side-effects, as it is made of dextromethorphan and codeine, two synthetic compounds that can cause far too many health complications.
Instead of cough syrup, you should try treating your coughs and colds with honey and other natural remedies. Take a look at this ginger and honey wrap recipe below – it’s easy to prepare and will work wonders for your coughs. Here’s what you need to do:
- Olive oil
- 1 tablespoons of grated ginger
- Organic honey
- Adhesive tape
Mix all the ingredients together, then put the paste on a napkin and wrap it in a gauze. Apply the pack on your chest or back with an adhesive tape a few hours before going to bed, or leave it to work overnight. The wrap will promote sweating and has no side-effects at all, although people with sensitive skin might get tiny rashes from the ginger.
This is the reason why you need to be extra careful when using it on children, as their skin is sensitive. In this case, you can use a bit more honey and rinse the area well with water afterwards.
After reading about the ginger-honey wraps online, a woman called Rachel Lim decided to try it on her daughter who was having coughing problems. Instead of olive oil, Rachel used coconut oil, and added a bit of ginger juice in the paste as well. After applying the wrap on her daughter, the child stopped coughing in only a few days, and got some much-needed relief from the discomfort as well.
After just a few days, the chest congestion and excess mucus were gone, and the child was able to breathe normally again. That’s how powerful the ginger-honey wraps are.