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?

Yippee Cayenne vs Cough Drops

Yippee Cayenne Sore Throat LozengesYippee Cayenne Sore Throat Lozenges are not a cough drop. We firmly believe that our lozenges are the best sore throat treatment on the market, but they cannot be used to soothe a cough.

That does not mean, however, they can’t be compared to many of the leading cough drops — such as Halls, Vicks, Ricola, etc. — which can also be used to soothe sore throats.

We always want our consumers to be able to make informed decisions, so we’ve created a comparison for you to see the difference between Yippee Cayenne Sore Throat Lozenges and other throat lozenges.

Active Ingredients

Yippee Cayenne: The key to our pride and joy is the healing properties of cayenne pepper. This pepper’s high levels of capsaicin produces an endorphin rush that helps soothe pain. We use this pain reliever to treat sore throat, but cayenne pepper has many more uses. For more information on what cayenne can do, read our blog post.

Common Cough Drops: Many popular cough drops use benzocaine, menthol, peppermint oil, spearmint, or eucalyptus oil as their active ingredient, some of which can be extracted from plants or created synthetically. Non-menthol throat lozenges typically use zinc gluconate glycine, pectin, and dextromethorphan. Cough drops also typically include expectorants to help expel mucus.

Dyes

Yippee Cayenne: Our throat lozenges are a pretty orange that comes naturally from the ingredients we use. We add no dyes to our products.

Common Cough Drops: Many common cough drops use dyes to increase the visual appeal of their products. The dyes allowed for use in cough drops are red dye #40, yellow dye #5, yellow dye #6, blue dye #1, and caramel coloring.

Flavors

Yippee Cayenne: Our lozenges are naturally flavored with lemon oil, honey, cayenne pepper, and natural flavors. We spent hours creating the perfect balance of flavor, sweetness, and spiciness to give our customers a lozenge that tastes as good as the relief it brings. Our customers have told us that our lozenges taste like candy — and many say they eat them like candy, too!

Common Cough Drops: Many people are familiar with the common flavors of cough drops — cherry, watermelon, peppermint, orange, raspberry, etc. These flavors can be both natural and artificial. Artificial flavors are often derived from methyl anthranilate, ethyl caporate, and citric, lactic, tartaric, and malic acids.

How Many Can You Eat?

Yippee Cayenne: As many as you can handle. Eating too many may give you a stomach ache, but you won’t have to worry about any side effects from our ingredients.

Common Cough Drops: Though you would probably get a stomach ache before you experienced the bad effects of too much menthol, there is a potential for negative effects on your heart if you consume too much.

Does this change your views on cough drops?

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Staying Healthy

SickWhen you get sick, nothing could be worse than being sick. You’re tired and achy, your head could explode from the sinus pressure, and you’re probably supporting the entire tissue industry with the amount of nose blowing you’re doing.

So, for your happiness and the well-being of everyone around you, it’s better to avoid getting sick at all. Piece of cake, right?

Maybe not.

If you have children, especially children under the age of five, or have a job that requires a lot of human contact, it’s more a question of when you’ll get sick, not if. And, as flu season is in full swing, the number of germs and sick people you come in contact with is fairly high.

Many doctors recommend getting the flu shot to avoid getting sick, but this is not an option that all agree with.

Whether you believe in vaccines or not, there are some easy ways to avoid germs. We have compiled a few of these tips to help you and your family stay healthy this flu season.

1. Wash, wash, wash. The easiest way to avoid germs is to wash and sanitize your hands as often as you can. Doctors recommend scrubbing at the back of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails to get at the germs. Keep scrubbing for about 20 seconds to get the best wash. If soap and water is unavailable, use an alcohol-based sanitizer to keep your hands clean.

2. Get enough sleep. Not only will sleep help with your energy levels, but it can also help your immune system. When your body is sleep deprived, it makes less T cells — white blood cells that help fight infection. So do your body a favor and turn in early.

3. Stay active. As we get closer to the holiday season, physical exercise takes a backseat to projects, work, cooking, parties, and holiday shopping. Don’t let a busy schedule or increasingly colder weather keep you from your exercise, though. Staying active will boost your immune system and help your body stay ready to fight colds and the flu.

4. Clean, clean, clean. Picking up sick germs is unavoidable, but you can keep them from spreading and infecting by keeping your home and workplace clean. Wipe down bathrooms and doorknobs to kill germs and try to keep any sickness contained, even if it means canceling a playdate or get together.

If you do fall prey to a cold or flu, remember to drink some chicken soup and take care of yourself. And, if your throat is sore and painful, use some Yippee Cayenne to soothe it.

How do you stay healthy during cold and flu season?