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?

When Life Gives You Lemons…

Lemon Slice_Yippee CayenneWhen life gives you lemons, make lemonade because this sour fruit has several health benefits for you.

From preventing scurvy for sailors over a hundred years ago, to helping soothe sore throats and boost immune systems in Yippee Cayenne Sore Throat Lozenges, this powerful little fruit has been improving health for a long time.

To help our fans understand why we think lemons are powerful enough to include in our throat lozenges, we have put together some of the benefits they offer, courtesy of Organic Facts.

Indigestion and Constipation: Lemon juice helps to cure problems related to indigestion and constipation. Add a few drops of lemon on your dish (take care, it does not go well with milk), and it will aid in digestion. It acts as a blood purifier and a cleansing agent, so a good drink after lunch or dinner is fresh lemon soda, which is also called fresh lime soda in many places. The recipe is lemon juice, cold water, soda, salts (common salt or rock salt) and sugar/honey for sweetness. You can also add some mint leaves or crushed fennel seeds for added flavor. Drink this whenever you have a heavy lunch or dinner.

Fever: Lemon juice can treat a person who is suffering from a cold, flu or fever. It helps to break fevers by increasing perspiration.

Dental Care: It is also frequently used in dental care. If fresh lemon juice is applied on the area of a toothache, it can assist in getting rid of the pain. Massaging the juice on the gums can stop gum bleeding, while eliminating the bad odors that can come from various gum diseases and conditions.

Additionally, it can be used in the regular cleansing of your teeth. Keep your eye out for a toothpaste containing lemon as one of the ingredients, or add a drop of its juice onto your normal toothpaste. Some people also rub their teeth with the outer shell (the inner side touching your teeth) of a lemon after removing the juice. But be careful, lemons are highly acidic, so if your mouth starts burning, rinse your gums and mouth quickly with water.

Hair Care: Lemon juice has proven itself in the treatment of hair care on a wide scale. The juice applied to the scalp can treat problems like dandruff, hair loss and other problems related to the hair and scalp. If  you apply lemon juice directly on the hair, it can give your hair a natural shine.

Skin Care: Lemon juice, being a natural antiseptic medicine, can also cure problems related to the skin. The juice can be applied to reduce the pain of sunburn, and it helps to ease the pain from bee stings as well. It is also good for acne and eczema. It acts as an anti-aging remedy and can remove wrinkles and blackheads. Drinking lemon juice mixed with water and honey brings a healthy glow to the skin, and if you thoroughly search the cosmetic market, you will find some soaps containing lemon juice, but they aren’t too easy to find!

Burns: Use lemon juice on the site of old burns can help fade the scars, and since lemon is a cooling agent, it reduces the burning sensation on the skin when you currently have an irritating burn.

Internal Bleeding: It has antiseptic and coagulant properties, so it can stop internal bleeding. You can apply lemon juice to a small cotton ball and place it inside your nose to stop nose bleeds.

Respiratory Disorders: Lemon juice assists in relieving respiratory problems and breathing problems, such as its ability to soothe a person suffering from an asthma attack. Being a rich source of vitamin C, it helps in dealing with more long-term respiratory disorders.

Cholera: Diseases like cholera and malaria can be treated with lemon juice, because it acts as a blood purifier.

Foot Relaxation: Lemon is an aromatic and antiseptic agent and is useful in foot relaxation. Add some lemon juice to warm water and dip your feet in the mixture for instant relief and muscle relaxation.

Rheumatism: It is also a diuretic and can treat rheumatism and arthritis. It helps to flush out bacteria and toxins from the body.

Corns: Lemon juice can dissolve lumps on the skin, so it can be applied at the places where the skin has hardened up, like the soles of feet and the palms of your hands. Drinking lemon juice with water can help patients reduce gall stones for the same reasons.

Throat Infections: Lemon is an excellent fruit that fights against problems related to throat infections, due to its well-known antibacterial properties.

High Blood Pressure: Drinking lemon juice is helpful for people suffering from heart problems, because it contains potassium. It controls high blood pressure, dizziness, and nausea, because it provides a calming sensation to both the mind and body. It is commonly employed to reduce mental stress and depression.

Do you use lemons to treat any health issues?

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?