Herbal tea is an excellent remedy for cough and bronchitis. It warms, soothes the nerves, and is most often safe even for children. Such a drink is easy to make, and its residues can be safely stored in the refrigerator.
For herbal tea use fresh or dried herbs. They are boiled with boiling water or (more preferred option) boil for 5 minutes, then reduce heat and boil some more. Next, you need to cool the tea and make it taste a little sweeter – add a spoonful of honey. Some people prefer to use another, healthy and natural, zero-calorie product, stevia, as a sweetener. Keep herbal tea only in the refrigerator. Repeated boiling is not allowed.
Herbalists often use licorice root to relieve cough, starting with itching and tickling in the throat and bronchi. This herbal remedy stimulates the body to create a thin film of mucus that protects the sensitive cell membranes.
Tea with licorice is prepared on the basis of dried root, or simply use tea bags, which can be bought in health food stores. This hot drink will not only solve the problem of coughing, but also relieve the symptoms of indigestion. And since licorice root contains compounds that are 50 times sweeter than sugar, you do not need additional sweeteners.
But be careful: licorice root can increase blood pressure. In addition, it contains glycyrrhizin. Excess consumption of this substance (more than 20 g per day) increases the blood levels of aldosterone – a hormone produced by the adrenal cortex. This is fraught with headaches, heart problems, kidney problems (swelling of the legs and fluid retention) and liver. Tea with licorice is contraindicated in children.
This herbal tea has a beneficial effect on patients with a strong cough with bronchitis and whooping cough. Sundew slightly bitter taste, so honey can not do. To enhance the effect, you can add a liquid extract of echinacea – the strongest immunomodulator.
Extract of verbascum, or mullein, is used in many herbal cough preparations. Its natural agents clear the lungs of mucus and promote expectoration. When making herbal tea, it is extremely important to carefully filter the infusion, getting rid of seeds and fibers.
The recipe for mint tea is ugly simple: add 1 tsp. dried leaves in a glass of boiling water and let it brew for 10 minutes. Strain the mixture and cool to room temperature. This tea can be drunk up to 5 times a day as needed.
In his book Herbal Medicine from the Heart of the Earth, the naturopath doctor Charol Tilgner lists many other natural remedies that have antitussive and expectorant properties: anise, mother and stepmother, virgin, wild cherry, red clover, root osh, rosehip, fall. , Eleutherococcus (Siberian ginseng), buckthorn bark, burdock seeds and mate tea.