Q. Dear Terry, “My son had a cold a few months ago. He recovered quickly, but he still has a cough every once in a while. His pediatrician said that the cough could stick around for a few months. What natural treatments can help with his cough?” – Kai L., Hilo, HI
A. Dear Kai, The common cold is caused by a viral infection. Most noticeably, it irritates the bronchial tissue and can cause a cough, runny nose, and sneezing. Sometimes these symptoms can linger on after the initial infection. To help support the lungs, I recommend two gentle, safe, and effective botanicals.
Thyme and climbing ivy work together to help calm troublesome coughs. 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 son’s sleep, I would try a combination of calcium (as calcium lactate), magnesium (as magnesium citrate), and zinc (as zinc glycinate chelate). 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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