Read below for our list of natural ways to get rid of that persistent cough and ease your scratchy throat.
1 Sip ginger tea
Grate some ginger into boiling water, steep for 10 minutes and sweeten with honey. Ginger is said to boost circulation and help clear sinuses and lungs of mucus.
2 Pick up a pineapple
Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain, which is a natural cough suppressant and can help to soften and loosen hard, sticky mucus.
3 Use pelargonium
This natural, infection-fighting ingredient is found in Linctagon Cough – priced from R69,99 for 150ml, Clicks – a cough mixture that also contains soothing menthol and elderberry.
4 Suck on a lozenge
Keep a pack of lozenges to soothe an irritated throat. Try Hot Toddy Soothing Cough Discs, R51,95 for a pack of 20, from Dis-Chem stores.
5 A teaspoon of turmeric
Mix a teaspoon of turmeric in a warm glass of milk to benefit from its antibacterial properties.
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