Coughs occur for various reasons

It is a symptom of illness or of an irritation to the respiratory system

It can be related to asthma, bronchitis, the common cold, croup, pneumonia, whooping cough, chemical irritation or irritation from a foreign body present in the lung

A cough can be described as loose and productive, or dry and tight

what you can do

  • herbs can help relax the respiratory system and loosen the mucous in the lungs making it easier to expectorate
  • thyme is one of the herbs, which acts by soothing irritable coughs, reducing spasm and loosening mucous
  • the essential oil of thyme can also be used in an oil burner to act as an anti-microbial and antiseptic
  • slippery elm is another very useful herb for coughs of any type
  • slippery elm powder can be mixed with water and eaten as a food which will soothe and heal all the mucous membranes throughout the body
  • flaxseed can be ground into a powder made into a poultice
  • flaxseed is soothing for irritable coughs and can be used to help relieve lung infections such as bronchitis
  • drink plenty of fluids to help keep the lung secretions moist and moving
  • coughs should not be suppressed with cough mixtures. Instead the body should be supported with diet and herbs
  • other herbs that may be beneficial are marshmallow root, and licorice root
  • if infection is present olive leaf extract can be taken as directed on the bottle