Natural Cough Remedies

Natural Cough Remedies_Yippee CayenneCoughing, no matter the reason, is never fun. When you’re sick and have excess phlegm, coughing can help rid your body of the nasty gunk in your chest and lungs. These helpful coughs are known as productive coughs and you don’t want to suppress them. But sometimes we are plagued with dry coughs, cough that aren’t productive for your body. Often caused by allergies, throat tickles, dusty environments, or the end of a cold, dry coughs should be stopped quickly.

Our lozenges are the perfect remedy for sore throats, but they don’t work as cough suppressants/cough drops. We know just how miserable coughs can be, however, so we’ve put together some simple home remedies you can use for your cough. These natural remedies will kill that tickle and get you feeling better in no time!

1. Honey

As mentioned in a previous blog, we love what honey can do! Honey works well for coughs because its stickiness and thickness coats and soothes irritated mucous membranes. A natural antibacterial enzyme in honey also helps with any bacterial infections that could contribute to your cough. Take a tablespoon of honey three times a day to get the best cough relief.

2. Salt Water

Gargling salt water can help with your cough, throat swelling, and getting rid of any excess mucus. The salt will help draw out the water in your mucous membrane cells and reduce swelling. It can also soothe any inflamed tissue. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt into 8 oz. of warm water and gargle for about 15 seconds, then rinse with plain water.

3. Peppermint

If you look at any of the popular, chemical-laden cough drops, you’ll see that menthol is a common ingredient. Where does menthol come from? Peppermint! Drink peppermint tea or add peppermint oil to hot water for a steam treatment. Add three or four drops of oil to a pot of hot water, hold a towel over your head, and breathe deeply over the water.

4. Thyme

Thyme has been used a natural remedy for hundreds of years. Some believe thyme can help cure respiratory illnesses, but we’re concerned with its ability to soothe coughs. Thyme leaves contain a compound called flavonoids, which relieve inflammation and relax the throat muscles involved in coughing. Take a handful of fresh thyme or 2 tablespoons of dried thyme and bruise it with a mortar and pestle. Let it steep in a covered mug of hot water for 10-15 minutes. Add honey or lemon for taste and drink.

Do you know of any other natural cough remedies?

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Now You Know: A Cayenne Pepper History

Now You Know: A Cayenne Pepper History_Yippee CayenneHistory’s got a cayenne pepper secret. Cayenne peppers are not actually peppers!

What started this spicy mix-up? It all began with everyone’s favorite explorer: Christopher Columbus.

When Columbus set sail in 1492, he was on the hunt for spices. Refrigeration was several hundred years in the future, so people had to use different means of keeping their food palatable as it spoiled. Peppers, imported thousands of miles from India to Europe, were some of the most popular spices to use. Unfortunately, the long journey raised prices until only royalty could afford to use them, so Columbus set out to find more.

The exact place of origin for cayenne peppers is unknown, but Bolivia has been accepted as the best guess. This bit of information didn’t make it back to Europe, however…

As we all know, the explorer never reached India, but that didn’t stop him from trying to give Indian titles to the foods and people he found. He attempted to pass the cayenne and other local spices he collected, called “aji,” as peppers, but scientists and doctors deemed the food unfit for consumption.

Despite Columbus’ failure, our favorite peppers continued to spread throughout the word, reaching every continent except Antarctica and eventually gaining acceptance throughout.

As people began to use the peppers to spice their food, they began noticing a trend. In Mexico, they found that mixing cayenne in their raw milk kept their children from getting a type of dysentery that often resulted from drinking the beverage. In the West Indies, cayenne was found to remedy several ailments, including deadly Yellow Fever.

In America, cayenne peppers were first used by a Louisiana banker in the mid-1800s. He received the seeds from an American soldier returning from the Mexican War and decided to make a spicy sauce. Tabasco Sauce is still used worldwide today.

As the use of cayenne peppers has grown, more remedies have been discovered. Though it is used most popularly as a culinary additive, many people have discovered its healing power. Our own history with cayenne pepper began when we created the most powerful sore throat remedy on the market.

Now you know where cayenne pepper has come from, but where does it go? Help us spread the word by sharing our products with your friends and family and following us on social media! Yippee!