Cough is usually the first sign of cold or flu. Coming up with the season of cold, flu, and viruses it’s good to know which herbs we can use to help us ease the symptoms.

Typically there are two types of cough, an acute cough that usually lasts for about two to three weeks and a chronic cough that will probably last longer than four weeks. An acute cough is often a symptom of a cold, flu, or due to mucus from a sinus infection. This type of cough usually begins suddenly. The coughs that start from a lung infection, bronchitis, start suddenly, but then they linger.

You should always aim to treat the underlying cause of the health issue, not just to relieve the momentary symptoms.

Herbal medicines have the ability to improve health, such as your lungs, cough, or other persistent respiratory issues. Try some of the following nature’s best medicines:

COLTSFOOT (Tussilago farfara)

This is a traditional remedy used in parts of Asia, Europe, and North America. For medicine, you should use the flowers and leaves of the plant. Primarily Coltsfoot is used as a treatment for sore throat and chronic coughs. This plant has many beneficial properties as antioxidant, antitussive, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammation. Best to consume this herb in tea form.

LICORICE ROOT (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

Well-known for its power to deal with diseases of the respiratory system. It is able to reduce throat irritation, purifies inflamed mucky tissue, and serves as an expectoration remedy. Consuming this root will block the free radical cells and will relieve bronchial spasms. Also, this root possesses antiviral and antibacterial properties which makes it excellent even in preventing lung cancer. But be careful not to overuse this root. You should take it for a short period, and then make a pause for about two weeks that take it again.

MARSHMALLOW ROOT (Althea officinalis)

The marshmallow plant originates from Europe. For medicine are used the root and the leaves of this plant. Because of its soothing effect on bronchioles, it is traditionally used for asthma. And as one of the herbs that are high in mucilage, it is very helpful for cough and sore throats. Best to use when you have a dry cough. The interesting fact about the marshmallow tea is that is best prepared in cold water, just soak one tablespoon of the dried, chopped root in about two cups of water. Best to let it sit overnight.
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