Come winters and it is the time when you will find yourself coughing your heart out owing to the common cold! Lung inflammation is yet another common health issue that most of us face during this time of the year. While over-the-counters cough medicines are our only respite, we often fail to ponder over the long time consequences of these medications. Even if these medicines are prescribed by our physicians, any cough syrup and medicines that deal with lung inflammation contain ingredients that can play havoc to our health. Most of the drugs available in the market for fighting with cough contain Dextromethorphan or DXM. This is a very common element that is used in cough combating recipes since ages. However, concretely, this element can be dangerous to children and even adults as proved by scientists. It is known that approximately, 15% children do not possess proper enzymes that are needed to metabolize the DXM in an effective manner and this may result in fatal consequences. Moreover, this is a very common reason for drug related deaths even in adults.
1 Over-the-counter cough syrups can be harmful!
According to experts from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, children below two years of age should never be given over the counter cough syrup and cold drugs as these are known to cause serious and potentially life threatening side effects.
We all have been using these cough remedies available in the market without any hesitation but revelations like these have shocked caring parents who have been treating their kids with such medications with or without doctor’s recommendation. Even adults have been using these medicines without thinking twice and almost all of us know the names of such over the counter medicines by heart. So just a bout of coughing and we rush to the chemist to get these easily available drugs that are more harmful than being beneficial. It’s high time we bid adieu to this ruthless habit.
2 Scientific backing!
In July, 2004, a study was published in the Pediatrics Journal and their revelation came out as quite a big shock. The study revealed that neither of the two popular elements, diphenhydramine or dextromethorphan was found to be more effective than a placebo when it came to improving night-time cough or even sleep of about 100 youngsters who had upper respiratory infections.
Thus, it is suggested that the next time you find your little one coughing or having a lung infection, it is better not to reach out for any of those cough medications available at the counters for these are only known to worsen the situation in the long run.
3 Home-made cough syrup!
We have all known one or two of those grandma-recipes that are known to cure common cough and cold. However, modern herbalists have come up with effective home treatments that prove effective in a robust way. A new home made recipe for the treatment of common cough and cold and lung inflammation is widely gaining popularity and is being tried and tested by many health freaks, who have a fetish for all things natural. Natural remedies have always been proven to be safe and sound as they are generally free of any side effects. With easily available natural products in the super market these days, opting for home made herbal medications has become much easier than before. Let us see the new age popular homemade cough and lung inflammation recipe.
4 The Recipe
The ingredients used in this recipe are very common. Thyme is known to relax the bronchi and tracheae muscles and open up the airways. Ginger possesses anti-inflammatory powers and is known for expectorant action. Thyme, turmeric, honey and cloves work together effectively and create a highly beneficial remedy for cough, congestion and lung inflammation. Make your own cough syrup with the following recipe:
- 1/3 tsp thyme
- ½ tsp turmeric
- 2 tsp raw honey
- ½ tsp freshly grated ginger root
- Juice of half a lemon (you can also use 1 drop of lemon essential oil)
- 1 green tea bag
Place all the herbs and the tea bag in a large cup of boiling water. Let the ingredients seep for several minutes then strain the liquid and add lemon and honey.
The best part about this home-made cough syrup is that you know what all is going into making it, and all things are natural, so there are no chances of side effects. Try treating your cough and lung inflammation with this recipe and you will see the results soon!
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