Also, water contains trace minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron, and zinc that are potentially beneficial for your health.
2. Gargle with a Water and Salt Solution
One of the most common ingredients that is found in any kitchen is salt. For this reason, the ingredients of a salt solution are almost always on hand, plus tap water can also be used. To create a salt solution, simply mix salt and warm water together, and gargle with it.
It has been proven that saltwater causes the phlegm produced in the respiratory tract to become thinner by destroying the irritants and germs contained in it. This is one of the best and easiest ways of how to treat a cough at home.
3. Use Throat Lozenges
Candy made specifically to alleviate throat discomfort also helps in treating cough, especially dry cough. These lozenges relieve discomfort in the upper respiratory system that are caused by various irritants and allergens.
4. Use Ginger as a Treatment
In the Philippines, it is common to treat a cough or throat discomfort by mixing ginger with warm water. This drink is commonly known as “salabat.” The ginger in salabat helps in soothing the upper respiratory system.
There are also other extracts that you could add to the ginger and water solution, such as lemon extract. Lemon contains vitamin C that works on the depletion of phlegm in the infected tract. Honey can also help — it is effective for dry coughs and relieves the pain experienced after coughing.
5. Stay Away from Smoke
If you are a smoker, you should quit. If you do not smoke cigarettes, you should do your best to avoid secondhand smoke — inhaling the smoke coming from other people who are smoking cigarettes.
Avoiding exposure to smoke is an important tip in treating chronic cough because smoke has chemicals that may irritate your respiratory tract and worsen your situation.