Although coughs and colds are harmless as they can be, there is something really irritating about coughing and sneezing all the time.
Children, in particular, should be protected from getting these illnesses as they can be quite stressful for a young child and can interfere with their important sleep routine.
Night-times are particularly bad for sufferers, as the lying down position encourages mucus to build up in the throat as the body is stationary, irritating the throat and causing those annoying tickly coughs.
Most people will reach for the cough syrup when they are suffering from a cough, but mostly all cough syrups are loaded with sugar, plenty of chemical excipients and often strong painkillers such as codeine and dextromethorphan, which are not ideal to give to your child.
Instead, we suggest you try these natural, soothing honey and ginger wraps.
Honey is a common remedy for many ailments, including dry skin treatments and general detoxification. But, you can also use it to relieve your cold, since it has the ability to dislodge mucus from your lungs. Treating cough this way is safe for both adults and children.
How to make your own ginger and honey wraps
Getting your ginger and honey wraps ready takes no time, and you need a few simple items.
- 1 teaspoon ginger powder
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 1 tablespoon organic olive oil
- 1 teaspoon flour
You should add the flour to the honey and stir well until you get a homogeneous mixture. Then, drizzle in the olive oil, and add the ginger. Stir again and pour the mixture on a napkin. Next, wrap the gauze around it, apply it on the back or chest, and secure with adhesive tape.
If it is your child that receives the treatment, keep the wrap on its chest for 2-3 hours before bedtime. Adults can keep the wrap on overnight.
Keep in mind that such treatments cause excessive sweating. This cough-relieving treatment has no side-effects, but be careful when using it in children, because keeping the wrap on their gentle skin for too long may cause an unpleasant effect.