The winter season not only brings happiness with the holidays but a greater risk of colds, flu and coughs. In order to heal such conditions, many people try some store-bought remedies, although aware of the many potentially harmful ingredients. For this reason, it is always better to look for a more natural and effective measure.
Fortunately, you can easily prepare homemade cough drops just by using a few completely natural ingredients. These drops will help you treat cough in a natural and safe way.
This article will provide detailed explanation why these ingredients make a perfect combination for treating cough:
Coconut oil is rich in antioxidants, antiviral and antibacterial properties that boost the immune system and soothe the sore throat. It abounds in lauric acid, a type of healthy fatty acid that kills bacteria and creates an unsuitable environment for the viruses. Coconut oil contains 50% of lauric acid that the body transforms into monolaurin, a potent antiviral agent that kills all types of pathogens and viruses such as herpes, HIV, giardia lamblia and influenza.
By improving the immune system, this ingredient will shorten the length of the disease.
Honey abounds in many potent antiviral and antimicrobial qualities that enable curing the cough and cold in a natural way. According to many scientific studies, honey is one of the most popular natural remedies that treat such conditions. This may be a result of the thick consistency of honey that coat the throat and prevent unrelenting cough.
Honey is also useful when it comes to cough related to allergies because it can react locally and provide positive results. It’s the pollens in honey that provide this effect. The bees collect pollen as they fly from flower to flower and convert it into honey. By its consumption, you will be able to improve your immune system. According to a study in 2010, people with birch pollen allergy were able to lower 60% of their symptoms of allergy by a regular consumption of honey.
In this particular recipe, honey holds the mixture together and provides an excellent sweet flavor of it.
Cinnamon is not only popular for its amazing aroma and taste, but for its powerful medicinal properties as a spice. This spice has been used around the world for thousands of years. The greatest benefits of cinnamon originate from the bark of the Cinnamomum tree which is rich in different compounds, including cinnamic acid, cinnamaldehyde and cinnamate that provide many qualities that promote overall health of your body.
It is also loaded with phenolic qualities such as flavonoids and antioxidants. The researchers have found that it contains over 40 different protective compounds that improve the immune system. The coconut oil can fight different bacteria that can cause cold and flu. It also treats allergies by reducing the inflammation and histamine reactions.
Homemade Three-Ingredient Cough Drops
These ingredients that we listed above, provide a potent natural recipe for cough.
You will need:
- 1/2 cup of coconut oil
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 1 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
- Small ice cube tray
- Container for storage
Method of preparation:
1. Pour the coconut oil in a small bowl.
2. Beat it with a hand mixer until it is whipped.
3. Add the honey into the coconut oil and mix them well.
4. Add the cinnamon and also mix all of the ingredients well.
5. Pour the mixture into a the ice cube tray.
6. Freeze the drops for 20 minutes.
7. Take out the drops from the ice cube tray and store them into an container in the fridge.