Why Natural Cough Relief?
Have you struggled with unproductive coughs that eventually become irritating to your chest and throat because you can’t bring any of the phlegm up? Typically, the first thing most folks will reach for is a cough syrup to help soothe the cough, but there are plenty of reasons and occasions why taking cough syrup to help soothe a cough is not ideal such as pregnancy or simply wanting to avoid troubling side effects.
One of my absolute favorite natural ways to relieve a persistent and irritating cough is to make a home remedy my grandmother used to recommend our mother make for us growing up when we had come down with a cough. Ginger-Milk Tea, not only aids in more productive coughs (expectorant) but because it is recommended to take right before bed, it can be comforting and help promote more restful sleep because of the warm milk.
Natural remedies have been handed down to each generation in my family, and this is one that has truly stood the test of time due to the fact that typically works well! It may seem unusual due to one of the main ingredients (butter) but bear with me. It’s actually quite mildly flavored and is one of the remedies that are actually looked forward to in my home, unlike sticky and typically very strong flavored cough syrups.
Here is the recipe below!
Ginger Milk Tea Recipe:
- A ½ inch of freshly sliced and scored ginger root (or 1 teaspoon of ground ginger)
- 1 cup of milk
- 1 teaspoon of butter
- Sugar or Honey (or your favorite sweetener) to taste
- Combine the milk, sugar, and ginger in a saucepan.
- Over medium heat, cook until the milk becomes foamy, about 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and strain the mixture into a mug (if you prefer)
- Add your choice of sweetener to taste.
- Add 1 teaspoon of butter and stir, sipping slowly.
This tea is best to be taken before bed, so you are less likely to follow up with water as it may make you feel a bit thirsty. The benefit to this tea before bed is that the ginger will help soothe the coughing overnight, while the milk will help thicken the phlegm in your airway passages and help you expel them more effectively by morning.