Whether you’re out holiday shopping, or attending Christmas dinner parties or using the public transport to travel to work; it seems as if wherever you go this time of the year, you’re bound to find someone or the other coughing around you. Within a few hours, you begin to feel an irritating sensation that you’re painfully familiar with rising within your chest and before you know it, you’re coughing too.
The misery doesn’t just end there. Colds, allergies, and respiration-related infections can thicken the mucus secreted by your respiratory tract and make it tough for the airways to clear out. And of course, barking out a sudden loud cough that’s all raspy with phlegm in the middle of an important meeting or inside a quiet airplane is enough to make you wish you had the power to turn invisible.
We understand your phlegmy woes. Which is why we think you should try this phlegm-banishing home remedy pronto. Before we get to the recipe, here’s what you need to know about the ingredients that make this cure so effective.
About The Ingredients
A quick disclaimer; phlegm and mucus are normal bodily secretions that you shouldn’t feel embarrassed about. The human body is designed to make mucus, which, by the way, also contains infection-fighting antibodies so that our cells and immunity may stay protected. Even when it thickens to form phlegm, it is still your body’s way of collecting bacteria. That is why it becomes so important to eliminate this phlegm from our bodies whenever possible rather than suppressing it.
This do-it-yourself home remedy is perfect for curing not just your cough but also your phlegm thanks to the combined effects of its two star ingredients that are probably waiting in your pantry already – carrots and honey.
Carrots aren’t the trendiest of vegetables; perhaps this is why the immunity-boosting powers of this sweet, vibrant orange root are so often underestimated.
Carrots contain beta-carotene, a plant-based pigment that’s used by raw material by the body to make vitamin A. By increasing the body’s lymphocytic responses against disease-causing antigens and keeping the mucous membranes such as those of the mouth, nose, and lungs moist, vitamin A boosts your immunity against infections and ailments.1 This way, not only does eating carrots make it difficult for germs to enter your body, but also fights off infection-causing microbes if they do find a way into our system.
Additionally, beta-carotene also acts as a powerful antioxidant that fights off oxidative damage-causing free radicals, leading health experts to believe that this compound may have some anti-cancerous properties.2 There is no evidence that beta-carotene supplements may help prevent cancer, though some studies claim that naturally-acquired beta-carotene may keep cancer at bay.
It’s not just the sweet taste that makes honey a favorite amongst people who find themselves under the weather. This sticky, runny syrup-like food is touted as a cure-all for everything – from cuts, burns, and wounds to illnesses like the common cold.
Honey boasts of having powerful antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, both of which protect your body from the onslaught of harmful infection-causing microbes.3 Honey is also a rich source of vitamin C that further helps bolster your body’s immunity against infection and disease-causing free radicals.4
Additionally, the alcohol and ethereal oil content in honey along with its thick texture help soothe the nasal passage and reduce inflammation. This way, it helps to open up the airways so that it’s easy to breathe again while relieving a throat that’s sore from all that coughing.
Two-Ingredient Home Remedy For Treating Cough And Phlegm
- Fresh organic carrots, washed and peeled: ½ kg
- Raw honey: 3-4 tablespoons
- Dice your carrots into small pieces.
- Add the diced carrots to a stainless steel pot filled with water. Next, place the pot on a stove, bring the water to a boil, and then allow it to simmer till the carrots soften.
- Remove the softened carrot pieces from the pot. Don’t throw away the water, however; you’re going to need it later.
- Mash your carrots with a fork or a spoon. Set aside.
- Add the raw honey to the carrot-water and mix well.
- Add the mashed carrots and the honey-carrot water into a blender. Switch it on and wait until you get a mixture that’s smooth in consistency.
- Pour this mixture into an airtight container and store it in the fridge for no more than 3 days.
Drink about 3-4 spoonfuls of this syrup every day, and you will very soon notice a significant improvement in your symptoms.
|↑1||Villamor, Eduardo, and Wafaie W. Fawzi. “Effects of vitamin A supplementation on immune responses and correlation with clinical outcomes.” Clinical microbiology reviews 18, no. 3 (2005): 446-464.|
|↑2||Van Poppel, Geert, and R. Alexandra Goldbohm. “Epidemiologic evidence for beta-carotene and cancer prevention.” The American journal of clinical nutrition 62, no. 6 (1995): 1393S-1402S.|
|↑3||Moyad, Mark A. “Conventional and alternative medical advice for cold and flu prevention: what should be recommended and what should be avoided?.” Urologic nursing 29, no. 6 (2009): 455.|
|↑4||Samarghandian, Saeed, Tahereh Farkhondeh, and Fariborz Samini. “Honey and health: A review of recent clinical research.” Pharmacognosy research 9, no. 2 (2017): 121.|