Cough and cold are minor ailments, but they are rather irritating and annoying. Coughing makes us unable to concentrate and it’s a nuisance for the people around us. Even tough it’s an uncomfortable experience, it’s bearable during the day. You will agree that it’s a completely different experience at night, especially if it’s keeping us up after a long day at work. Kids, in particular suffer from the cold and the flue because their immunity is not potent enough to combat the virus.
You would think a cough syrup is the perfect solution, but the majority of cough syrups only suppresses the transmission of signals to the brain that triggers coughing. They usually contain codeine and dextromethorphan, the two major ingredients that help you sleep, and cause certain unwanted effects such as drowsiness, headaches, and rapid heart activities.
We would recommend that you try this natural homemade wraps.
What Are Honey Wraps?
Honey is often used as a home remedy to treat a variety of problems ranging from dry skin to body detoxification. Another idea is using honey to treat the cough. It will also help dislodge the mucus from the lungs. This treatment can be used for children as well as adults.
How to Make a Honey Wrap to Treat Cough?
You can make a bedtime honey wrap quickly and easily in just few simple steps and for that purpose you will need:
Band-Aid adhesive tape
Mix the flour with a small amount of honey, so you will get a mixture for the compress, which should not stick to your hands.
Add a little olive oil and then roll it in some flour again.
Place the mixture on a napkin, and wrap in cheesecloth.
Attach it to the chest or back, using the plaster adhesive tape, and after that put on pajamas.
In the case of children, stick the wraps on them for about 2-3 hours before going to sleep.
Adults should keep the wraps on all night and protect their sheets as they will be sweating a lot. There are absolutely no side effects, but will children make sure that the wraps don’t cause skin injury.
Singapore mum, Rachel Lim, has tried the honey wrap on her child and shared on Facebook that it was extremely effective.
Instead of olive oil, she used virgin coconut oil and also added ginger juice to the honey-flour mixture.
In her Facebook post, she said: “Usually about 2-3hrs into his [her baby’s] sleep, he will start coughing profusely and whine. Last night I paste the wrap for 4hrs, I never hear anything from him, no nasal block, no phelgm sound also! Throughout whole night not a single cough from him.”
Ginger, like honey, has long been used by traditional medicine practitioners to soothe coughs and sore throats and it’s also one of the best home remedies for chest congestion.