Cough - on normal days, it is forgivable and waiting for medication to take effect after a few days is okay. But if you need to be in a business meeting or give a speech to an audience, you may want a remedy that will immediately give you relief. Of course, these remedies are not really meant to cure the underlying problem. However, they can be pretty useful on certain occasions.
Lemon & Honey
Lemon is rich in Vitamin C and other soothing ingredients that can help relieve you from cough. Also, honey is known for its numerous healing properties. To benefit, simply mix equal parts of lemon and honey and store in a jar. Take a tablespoon of the mixture whenever you feel the need to relieve yourself. The honey will make the sourness of the lemon less discomforting. Another way to do this is to heat the lemon first (without bringing to a boil) before mixing it with honey.
These can be bought over-the-counter at your favorite drug store. There are plenty of varieties and you can choose any brand that you like. However, you need to be wary about products that you may be allergic to. For example, you may want to go for unscented variants if you are allergic to perfume products. A simple menthol-based mouthwash will also do. Just bring a bottle of it wherever you go and gargle when you feel your throat itching again.
This is fairly easy to make. Simply mix ½ glass of hot water with ½ glass of warm water and add 2 tablespoons of salt. Make sure that the salt is completely dissolved. Gargle using the solution and make sure you gargle deep enough so that the solution will reach your throat. This makes a fine cough relief thanks to the natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of salt.
These can also be bought over-the-counter and are available in different variants. The only problem is that they can sometimes be a bit pricey. However, good garlic syrup makes a fine cough relief thanks to its antibacterial properties. It will instantly kill the bacteria causing itch and inflammation on your throat. Just be wary of the smell. After using garlic syrup, you may want to brush your teeth afterwards or gargle with mouthwash.
Aloe Vera Juice
Most of the discomfort that you feel when you have a case of cough is from the inflammation of the throat. This can result to itch and pain. In which case, a natural aloe Vera juice will work wonders because of its natural anti-inflammatory properties. It also has ingredients than can help soothe the pain and itch. To benefit, you may want to sip down the juice slowly using a straw. This way, your throat will be more exposed to the juice.
Tea & Honey
Tea has long been known for its many medicinal properties and among them are its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. This makes tea a good beverage for relieving cough. But to add to the effect, it is good to add some honey as well. You also have the option of adding some lemon for a stronger effect.