Five Teas that Can Relieve a Persistent Cough

A mild cough can be relieved in very simple ways, such as moderate consumption of some hydrating drinks, like the ones we'll suggest below.
Five Teas that Can Relieve a Persistent Cough

Last update: 12 May, 2022

Would you like to know what are the best teas to relieve that persistent cough? If so, keep reading because we’ll reveal them all below, as well as their recipes. Don’t miss out!

Before continuing, it is necessary to clarify that, although it’s very annoying, coughing is an act, a defense mechanism of the body, which helps keep the throat and respiratory tract clear of possible pathogens.

The good news is that, when the cough is mild and punctual, it can be easily relieved with candies, herbal infusions, or a room humidifier.

The best teas for a cough

Here are the best teas that can help you relieve your cough in a natural way. Write down these delicious recipes!

1. Thyme tea

A cup of thyme tea.

Singers and other people who use their voice a lot, love thyme tea. It’s not strange; this herb is very good for infections of your vocal tract and lungs.

  • It’s also an effective anti-inflammatory
  • According to the Spanish Nutrition Foundation, thyme contains: zinc, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, thiamine, iron, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin A, thymol, carvacrol, and cineol

2. Lemon tea with honey and cinnamon

The mixture of citrus fruit, cinnamon, and honey is very pleasant to the palate and can also help relieve a cough.

  • According to popular belief, lemon (because of its vitamin C content) has an antibiotic effect which is what brings relief.
  • Because of its smooth texture, honey can help moisturize your throat and soothe any irritation you may have.
  • Cinnamon is an extremely aromatic ingredient, capable of relaxing your throat.
  • According to data from the Spanish Nutrition Foundation, cinnamon contains proteins, iron, calcium, potassium, zinc, selenium, vitamin B6 and C.

3. Mint teas for a cough

A cup of mint tea for a cough.

Among the cough relieving teas, peppermint tea (Mentha spicata) is one of the most popular. It’s attributed to anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, analgesic, carminative, and stimulant properties.

You can drink it on its own, without any additives, or you can add a touch of lemon or a slice of fresh orange. The result is usually aromatic, refreshing, and delicious.

4. Rooibos tea with milk

As rooibos doesn’t contain caffeine, you can drink it at any time of the day, with a touch of milk. It’s very comforting since it’s often accompanied by a touch of vanilla (which is also very aromatic).

  • In case you don’t want to add milk, you can add a vegetable drink, such as almond milk. But you can also enjoy it plain.
  • Since it already has a certain sweet touch, it isn’t necessary to add honey or other sweeteners, but if you wish to do so, keep it in moderation.

5. Ginger tea with honey

A cup of ginger tea for a cough.

The simple mixture of ginger and honey can also help relieve coughs. It’s prepared with some grated fresh ginger and add a teaspoon of honey (or less, depending on your preference). If you want, you can add some lemon and cinnamon.

  • Ginger is said to have anti-inflammatory, digestive, and antiemetic properties

Brewing these teas

To prepare any of these teas, boil a cup of water. To do this, you can put the cup in the microwave for two and a half or three minutes (depending on its power), add the ingredient (ginger, thyme, mint, etc.), cover it with a lid, and let it cook for a few minutes (approximately 5-7).

Then, remove the lid and add the desired additional ingredient (a little honey, lemon juice, or a slice of orange) and drink it when it’s at a bearable temperature.

What to do if your cough gets worse

If your cough gets worse and is accompanied by other symptoms that begin to intensify more and more, it is best to see a physician for evaluation. Furthermore, treatment with expectorants, antitussives, mucolytics, or antibiotics (as appropriate) may be necessary.

We don’t recommend only drinking these beverages to stay healthy. It’s essential to incorporate them into a healthy lifestyle so they can provide benefits, otherwise, they’ll hardly be able to provide what’s expected of them.

Once again, it’s important to remember that it isn’t advisable to consume these beverages with sugar and sweeteners. Furthermore, the World Health Organization (WHO) warns that adding sugar to preparations (in general, including infusions) can be harmful in the long term.

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