Q. Dear Terry, “I had a sinus issue a few weeks ago and since then I’ve had a cough. I feel much better, but the cough is really annoying and I don’t want people to think I’m sick. I’ve been using cough lozenges and they help a little. What else should I try? ” – Chelsea B., Owensboro, KY
A. Dear Chelsea, Thyme and climbing ivy are two botanicals I highly recommend for coughing. Not only do they function as expectorants (help the body to cough out phlegm), but they are also mucolytics (break up congestion). Thyme and ivy are one of the most popular and commonly recommended herbal blends in Europe for dry spasmodic coughs, and due to its overall safety, it is a favorite for treating coughs in adults and children. When taken together, they make a very excellent combination, helping to keep the lungs clear.
I would take these two ingredients several times a day. These same ingredients are also available in a liquid form.
If the cough is disrupting your sleep, I would try a combination of calcium (as calcium lactate), magnesium (as magnesium citrate), and zinc (as zinc gluconate). These minerals can help relax the muscles – keeping spasmodic coughs at bay. I would take these about an hour or two before bedtime.
Terry . . . Naturally
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