6 Home Remedies for Sinus and Dry Cough | Q&A

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Q: Grandma, How can I cope with a terrible sinus and dry cough? I have been missing work for many days since I can’t hardly breathe. I need help.

A: Dear B, Nothing competes with our grandparent’s home remedy for sinus and cough. The chicken soup recipe prepares at home is still effective than taking an over-the-counter medication. You do not need to be miserable on those days when you have a bad case of sinusitis and dry cough. There is a wide range of natural home remedies for sinus and dry cough. Here are some of these treatments you can safely do at home.

Natural Home Remedies for Sinus and Dry Cough

HOME REMEDIES FOR SINUS AND DRY COUGH

1. Shower – Taking a warm shower produces water vapor that you breathe in, which thins the mucus in the chest through the nasal passages that ease breathing. Before bedtime take a warm bath in a tub and bathroom door closed to clear your sinuses. [1]

2. Fluids – Drinking eight glasses of water or fluids a day helps eliminate sinus congestion. Clear broth, fruit juices especially freshly squeeze helps you cough to expel more mucus out from your lungs. By drinking enough fluid reduces sinus pressure. Taking chicken soup, acts as an anti-inflammatory to help reduce congestion.

3. Humidifier – Using a humidifier overnight, helps decongest and lessen cough. To have a good night sleep, fill the humidifier with water and run it over night. Clean the humidifier to avoid spreading of bacteria and molds in the air. When not in use soak and fill it with diluted vinegar to prevent mold to grow inside.

4. Essential oils – These essentials oils relief the symptom of sinus and cough. Don’t apply directly to the skin but wrapped with clothe and rub it to the chest or under the nose. Fresh peppermint or eucalyptus leaves can be added in a cup of hot water to make herbal tea.[2]

5. Lemon, Garlic and Honey – Lemon juice and honey taken every four hours relieve dry cough. Three or four cloves of garlic finely chopped and cup of honey marinated overnight. It can be taken in one teaspoon of mixture twice a day. Some recommend a teaspoon of honey with a few drops of vodka or brandy. [3]

6. Water – Drinking plain water at least a quart a day is recommended. It result a clear urine. Salt water nasal rinse helps and can be done at home. Mix 16 ounces of lukewarm distilled, sterile or pre-boiled water with 1 teaspoon of salt. By adding baking soda lessen the sting of salt. Use a bulb syringe to flush mucus or debris from your nasal cavities. Another way to irrigate your nose is by using a Neti pots. It looks like a teapot with elongated spout. To use the Net pot, mix about a pint of lukewarm distilled, sterile, or pre-boiled water with a teaspoon of salt. Tilt your head over a sink at an angle of about 45 degrees. Place the pot’s spout into your top nostril and gently pour the solution. Water salt solution flows through your nasal cavity, into the other nostril, and maybe into your throat. Blow your nose to eliminate any water, repeat the steps on the other nostril.[4]

References:

    1. http://www.livestrong.com/article/151332-home-remedies-for-cough-sinuses/

 

    1. http://www.livestrong.com/article/148593-home-remedies-for-a-dry-hacking-cough/

 

    1. http://www.ehow.com/way_5616020_home-remedies-cough-sinuses.html#ixzz2KSybHiea

 

  1. http://www.webmd.com/allergies/sinus-pain-pressure-11/home-treatments?page=2

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