Extreme weather factors make many people catch a cold and cough. Although not a serious type of illness, but the flu that accompanied the cough is very disturbing activity and make your sleep disturbed.
Indonesians have long compiled traditional prescription medicines to overcome any complaints of cough, itchy throat, cough, and shortness of breath caused by respiratory tract covered in mucus.
After being investigated, it turns out that traditional Indonesian recipes proved to be very effective in overcoming the flu and cough. Here are five recipes of traditional cough medicine that you can make yourself at home.
1. One tablespoon of honey
A study conducted by Penn State College of Medicine, found that honey works more effectively treat coughs more than chemical drugs sold freely on the market.
Honey can calm irritation in the throat. The enzymes that bees produce when they produce honey, are also antibacterial and are able to shorten your cough time.
As a cough medicine, honey is very good for children and adults. However, it is not recommended to give honey to children under two years of age. Honey is known to potentially contain bacterial spores, namely Clostridium botulinum. These germs or bacteria produce a toxin (a toxic substance) that can cause botulism in infants.
The disease is very serious, although the incidence is rare and can cause death. The bacterial spores above can cause muscle paralysis, baby diarrhea or constipation, the baby will cry, lethargic and can not feed on his mother.
For adults, the dose of drinking one tablespoon of honey one to three times a day, For children, adjust the dose or just a teaspoon.
2. Licorice root tea
Licorice root has expectorant and painkiller, as well as attenuate mucosa that burdens the respiratory system. Licorice is also capable of inhibiting the enzyme 11 beta-hydroxisteroid dehydrogenase.
This enzyme regulates access to glucocorticoids (a type of steroid hormone) to steroid receptors, by slowing the conversion of cortisol to cortisone, leading to an anti-inflammatory effect. Licorice cough medicine is not recommended for those with kidney problems.
The way to make it is to boil two tablespoons of dried licorice root together with eight ounces of water for 10-5 minutes, then for two to drink morning and evening or evening.
3. Gargling with salt water
Salt water can relieve the discomfort caused by coughing. When the salt concentration outside the cell is higher than the concentration inside the mucous membrane, water will flow out of the cell to balance everything.
When water leaves the cell, swelling and discomfort will decrease. Salt water will help to remove mucus naturally.
How to make it is to insert a teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm water then use to rinse for 15 seconds. After that, rinse with plain water.
4. Ginger rhizome
Ginger, both ordinary ginger and red ginger, has long been known as a cure and relief medication fu cough.
Based on the research, ginger contains essential oil, gingerol, terpenoid zingiberol, and shogaol. All of these are compounds that are as useful as pharmaceutical factory-made cough medicines.
In fact, today, many drug manufacturers are using ginger extract as a mixture of cough medicine produced.
How to make is Peel one or two segments of ginger and then boiled together with a glass of water to boil, chill a moment and drink until it runs out. Do this twice a day in the morning and afternoon or evening.
So that the benefits of ginger is not lost, according to Prof. Dr. Leonardus broto Sugeng Kardono, Natural Material Extraction Expert from Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), you should use a ceramic pot or stainless steel to boil ginger.
5. Mixed Pepper and Honey
When you put your nose in the pepper nose, you will sneeze. This is a good thing, because sneezing means removing the dirt in your respiratory tract.
Honey is antibacterial and reduces airway irritation. The combination of pepper and honey, believed to be effective to alleviate coughing as well as clearing the respiratory tract.
Put one teaspoon of pepper powder (preferably black pepper) and one tablespoon of pure honey into a glass of boiling water. Then stir and chill for 10 minutes then drink until it runs out.
Drink this potion once or twice a day, until your cough subsides and your breathing feels more relieved.
That is an explanation of 5 recipes for treating colds and coughs naturally. This recipe works effectively to disperse the flu and cough. And has been proven in Indonesia since ancient times.