This homemade herbal tea reduces the irritation of a dry cough, eases the symptoms of sore throat and boosts the immunity. Packed with vitamins and antioxidants this herbal tea blend is also safe for children.
My grandmother was a herbalist who knew every herb in the neighbourhood and knew where and when they grow. She also planted herbs in her garden and her little house smelled of herbs as she often mixed herbal mixtures. Certain things I never forget like how she used nettle on her hair and made excellent marmalades with rosehip berries or sea buckthorn.
Once I came to visit her with a dry cough that I couldn't get rid of for a long time. She made me a great linden tea but to my surprise, she put onions in it. My grandmother used onions and garlic in almost everything. She packed the linen sack full of herbs for me to use later with advice not to forget to add onion to the mixture.
So I thought to share the recipe with you.
Herbs to make effective tea blend to ease a dry cough
Linden (Tillia cordata)
Has been used to ease colds and infections and induce sweating. It contains mucilages that can create a protective coating on the mucous membranes of the airways and thus reduce the irritation of a dry cough. Just tea made of linden blossoms is very effective cough remedy.
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
Its leaves contain essential oils that may help ease a cough. Packed with vitamin C and A and minerals, Thyme may boost your immune system and help fight the cold (1)
Calendula - Pot marigold (Calendula officinalis)
Known to relieve inflammatory conditions, calendula helps shift lingering infections, soothe sore throats, laryngitis, tonsillitis and coughs.
Marjoram (Origanum majorana)
this common cooking spice marjoram has been used to ease colds, dry coughs or swollen nose since ancient times. There is not sufficient clinical evidence to know how marjoram might work.
Hard to imagine to cook without onion. It is an irreplaceable ingredient in some signature and ordinary dishes. Besides cooking, the onion possesses strong anti-inflammatory properties and may help ease upper respiratory inflammation. It also contains vitamins A, B2 and C and many valuable minerals such as iron, potassium or calcium. Onion belongs to the allium vegetable family such as garlic, leeks or chives
An effective home remedy - onion, can be used to cure cough.
How to make Cough tea
Peel and slice one onion.
Gather dried linden flowers, calendula, thyme and marjoram and mix them well in a jar. You can also store the dried mixture for later.
Place half of a cut-up onion and 1 handful of dried flower mixture in a teapot and slowly add boiling water.
Cap the teapot and let it steep for 10 min
Strain the infusion through a fine sieve, squeeze out all the liquid
Serve with honey and drink it three times a day.
Other herbs that can ease cough
Ginger is another option in case you suffer from dry or asthmatic cough. It possesses anti-inflammatory properties and may also relieve nausea and pain. (2), Just add 30 g of fresh ginger to 1 cup of hot water, add honey and lemon and you will get a delicious hot drink that will soothe your cough.
Marshmallow root has been used in ancient times to treat cough and sore throat. It contains mucilage that coat the throat and eases irritation. (3)
Plantain (Plantago lanceolata)
Plantain is frequently used in the treatment of a catarrh infection, cold, runny nose as well as respiratory diseases such as bronchitis, dry cough or asthma (4)
Elderflowers (Sambucus nigra)
Elderflowers, as well as linden, contain flavonoids that have an anti-inflammatory effect and prevent bacteria from entering the cells of the airway mucosa and spreading the infection. This homemade cough syrup with elderflowers and linden is tasty and very effective cough remedy.
Pine, Anise and Eucalyptus
They contain essential oils that increase the production of mucus in the bronchi and improve mucus expectoration and ease a cough.
Primrose (Flos primulae) or in the liquorice root (Radix liquiritieae)
These contain substances called saponins that irritate mucosal surface and increase the bronchial secretion. They are therefore suitable to ease productive or chest cough rather than the dry one.
Health benefits of this herbal tea for cough
1. Boosts Immunity:
The combination of linden, thyme, marjoram and onion make a potent herbal infusion that boosts your immune system and helps your body fight against toxins. Packed with vitamins and antioxidants, this cough tea possesses antiviral properties. Echinacea tea possesses similar properties.
2. Ease the cough
This herbal infusion contains mucilages and flavonoids that reduce the irritation of a dry cough and ease its symptoms
3. Sore throat:
Thanks to the natural antibiotic power of onion this tea can help you fight viral or bacterial infections and consequently ease the symptoms of a sore throat.
While dried herbs make the herbal infusion more potent, fresh herbs add more aroma. You can use both depending on your preferences. I used fresh thyme which gave the tea a pleasant pungent and warming aroma.
For adults: Drink one cup of this herbal infusion three times a day for a period of six weeks with a 1-week break in between (after 3 weeks)
For children: reduce the cup size to half
While the taste and smell of linden, thyme, calendula and marjoram is really pleasant, the taste of fresh onion is strong and nasty that some people might have difficulties drinking, especially children. So if you are using it for children add some sweetener like honey. Also start with a smaller quantity of onion for kids and increase if they like it.