You can sooth a burdensome cough with a homemade concoction of pineapple juice and honey for an effective and palatable alternative to over-the-counter cough suppressants. This type of natural remedy has been used for generations by the Amish and other sectors as an alternative to today's synthetic syrups. With only two simple ingredients, this wholesome option provides nutritional support while addressing the physical symptoms you might experience from a cough. As with trying any home remedy, you should consult your physician first.
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Your body doesn't cough just to cough: It is a mechanism or automatic response by your body to bring up mucus, according to Dr. Blaurock-Bush of Prevention Health. The purpose of most cough remedies, including those with pineapple juice and honey, is to loosen mucus while soothing your throat. Natural cough remedies, in general, focus on achieving this without additives and synthetic ingredients that have the potential to cause negative side effects.
Pineapple Juice and Honey Remedy
To make your own pineapple juice and honey cough remedy at home, simply mix 1 tbsp. of honey into 1/2 cup of warm pineapple juice. Warming the pineapple juice will help the honey to dissolve more quickly and evenly. You can drink the mixture warm or you can chill it or pour it over ice for if you prefer a cold beverage. For an optional take on this remedy, you can add the prepared mixture to a cup of hot tea. Unless a colder beverage is your preference, the soothing effects of the warmer option can be more effective in addressing a cough.
Medicinal Properties of Pineapple
Pineapple is not just for drinks and desserts. Rich in the enzyme bromelain, research has shown that pineapple can be effective in treating lung inflammation that can be caused by excessive coughing, suppressing the urge to cough more, according to the National Library of Medicine. This study also indicates that the bromelain naturally present in pineapple may provide similar effects if the cough you suffer from is due to asthma.
Medicinal Properties of Honey
For years, honey has been renowned by numerous cultures for its many medicinal qualities. Today, however, research conducted by Dr. Ian Paul of Penn State University has confirmed that children who were given small doses of buckwheat honey experienced less severe coughing less frequently while also sleeping more soundly than other children who were given a synthetic store bought cough suppressant or nothing at all. Honey should not be given to children younger than one year, as cases of botulism have been linked to infants who consumed honey.
- “Amish Folk Medicine: Home Remedies Using Foods, Herbs and Vitamins”; Patrick Quillin, Ph.D., RD.; 1995
- "High Speed Healing Rapid Action Remedies"; Multiple Editors Of Prevention Magazine Health Books; 1991
- PubMed.gov: Oral Bromelain Attenuates Inflammation in an Ovalbumin-induced Murine Model of Asthma