It has been years (over 10 years) since we have been sick around here. A few weeks ago we came down with a cold and even now, I am still suffering from a bad cough.
I have tried everything to stop this dry hacking cough. This isn’t the first tea I have tried either, but I have to keep trying until I find something that works.
Of course, when buying my herbs a couple of months ago, I saw wild cherry bark, noted that it was for coughs, and then promptly failed to add it to my shopping car because “we’re never sick”.
After doing a little herbal reconnaissance tonight, I came up with this concoction. I found as many herbs as I could that had anti-cough properties. Some are expectorant but I feel I have a tickle in my chest and even though my cough is dry, there must be something causing the tickle.
I chose the following herbs which are known to be effective against coughing and congestion: Red clover, coltsfoot, mullein, licorice root, hyssop, blue violet, plantain, and sassafras.
I used about 1/2 tsp of each herb and put it all into a bowl to mix up.
Then, (since I hate floaties) I put it all into a small tea bag
And I plopped it into my little teapot and added about 2 and 1/4 cups of boiling water.
Ten minutes later, I strained the tea and added a 1/2 tsp honey.
I don’t know if it will work or not, but at this point I am getting desperate. I feel fine, but this cough is killing me.
I realize there is some controversy about ingesting coltsfoot, but I am not doing so regularly, and not in large doses. Likewise, I do not have high blood pressure or heart disease, so I have no concerns about licorice root. I have even seen cautions about taking sassafras, but honestly, people have been taking these things for who knows how long. I choose to just use common sense and use in moderation.
Do you have any herbal remedies to help a dry cough / chest tickle? If so, please feel free to comment. I am getting desperate to stop this cough. Even Vick’s cough drops are not making a dent.
Update: This absolutely obliterated my cough. I didn’t cough at all last night after having this tisane. Today I was fine until about 2 PM, then I made some more and haven’t coughed since. I am convinced that for whatever was ailing me, this did the job!