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What to do for Coughs

Cold season has arrived.  It’s a good idea to prepare yourself.  Of course, taking preventative measures is always essential. But if this is one of those seasons when sickness gets past you, here are some things you can do.

Now, this article is more about calming annoying persistent coughs.  You know, the type that exhausts your lungs and fatigues the muscles in your head and chest to the point they feel tight.

Preparation

Before we get into what to do, make sure you are prepared.  Here’s what you will need.

  • A warm shower
  • Peppermint soap (like Dr. Bronner’s) or an essential oil

To Reduce Persistent Coughs

To help reduce a persistent cough that comes as the result of a cold or mild upper respiratory infection take a warm shower.  Make it warm enough to where it creates steam in the bathroom. If you have your own personal sauna, bonus. However, I would not advise doing this in a public sauna room. You want to be respectful to other people and not risk passing on your cold.

During your shower, take the peppermint scented castle soap or add peppermint essential oil to a non-scented soap.  Lather it up well and cup your hands over your nose. Take a few slow deep breaths. When you breathe in, really open your airways in the back of your sinuses and fill your lungs from the bottom to the top.

When you exhale, uncover your nose and relax.  If you get dizzy at any point of this, please stop.  You can also do this in a warm bath.

Being able to do, what we call in yoga, pranayama (or breath work) you are strengthening your lungs. Using peppermint helps to calm the lungs and open the airways that may be blocked by phlegm.

Upper Chest Massage

img.001 – Bring fingers together for massage

Start of under your collarbone (clavicle) from the center of your chest –see img.002.  Use all four fingers of the opposite hand –see img.001 (opposite from the side you are working on).  Keep your fingers close and side by side. With comfortable pressure, slide your fingers to the side toward your shoulder.  You can use your soap to make this glide easier. Do five slow glides one each side.

img.002 – Area under clavicle

Stimulate your Immune System

img.003 – Bring all fingers and thumb together

Bring all four of your fingers and your thumb together – see img.003.  With a relaxed wrist, lightly beat your sternum – see img.004. Aim a couple of inches down from the collar bones and in the center of your sternum.  

Do not do this too hard or aggressively. Only enough to where it is comfortable. Do 20 light beats.  Deepen your breath as you do it.

img.004 – Area of sternum

This is an ideal way to calm your coughs.  There is a good chance that the coughs will not go away instantly, but what it will do is strengthen your lungs and immune system to better fight off what is causing the coughs.  To further support your system fortify with vitamin C, ginger, raw honey, bone broth and plenty of water.

Important Awareness

When to see your Doctor

Of course, if you suspect that you have a severe condition like bronchitis, pneumonia, or the flu see your doctor right away.  If you have a temperature of 103 F (39.4 C) or higher, get medical care right away.  It is also, time to see your doctor if you have yellowish-green phlegm, wheezing, shortness of breath, or if a cough lasts more than 18 days  It is best to get the right care for serious conditions sooner than later.


If this has been your experience and you tried this sequence, let us know your results.

 

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