Just when I thought my kids had dodged the colds bullet this season, August and September hit and so did the mucous, it seems. My toddler and my eight-year-old, within days of each other, developed hacking coughs that had them waking up in the middle of the night, and therefore, me too. I also battled with a cough, but mine was asthma and allergy related, and was easily remedied by continuing with my sprays, which I’d neglected to take regularly because, you know, I thought I was cured and didn’t need them any more.
I’m much better now, the kids are mostly recovered, thanks to some clever remedies that were suggested to me. Wanting to try a more natural approach before hitting the harder stuff, I got some advice from Linctagon on ways to treat coughing without turning to antibiotics. Now, I’m not opposed to bringing in the big guns, especially if my kids are very down and out and I want to get them better fast, but I wanted to attempt a gentler approach, since they didn’t have fevers or any other symptoms.
So here are some natural ingredients that are good for fighting coughs and colds more naturally.
Vitamin D has been found to help reduce the risk of respiratory infections associated with colds and flu. In recent studies, it was found that those with low levels of vitamin D positively benefitted from increasing their levels of vitamin D.
Food sources of vitamin D include fatty fish like mackerel and salmon, food fortified with vitamin D such as some dairy products, beef liver, cheese and egg yolks. The most natural way to get the vitamin is by exposing your bare skin to sun (PS: you can still maintain your vitamin D levels by wearing sunscreen).
Pelargonium sidoides is a medicinal plant native to South Africa, and is the main ingredients in all Linctagon products. Numerous studies have shown that Pelargonium shortens the duration of an infection, and reduces the severity of one. It is effective for treating upper and lower respiratory infections.
Honey is a great remedy to help soothe a sore throat and a cough. Studies have shown that honey contains dietary antioxidants and due to its antimicrobial properties (the ability to kill or prevent micro-organisms from growing) may also fight bacterial infections.
Omega 3s have been found to help reduce inflammation, which is needed by disease to spread. Researchers have found that If omega 3s are consumed regularly, the chances of catching a cold or the flu is reduced.
Omega 3s are found in fatty fish like salmon and sardines, canola oil, flaxseeds, eggs, chia seeds and walnuts. I have flaxseed oil in my fridge which I drizzle over veg and salads, as my kids don’t eat a lot of eggs and fatty fish.