Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder.
Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one that brings up mucus. Mucus is also called phlegm or sputum.
Coughs can be either acute or chronic:
Acute coughs usually begin suddenly. They are often due to a cold, flu, or sinus infection. They usually go away after 2 to 3 weeks.
Chronic coughs last longer than 2 to 3 weeks.
The most important thing is to keep the airway moist. She can get into a hot shower as the steam will help in breaking up the mucus naturally. Any hot drinks (without diary) will help like hot tea. Using a humidifier is very good and also drink plenty of water and use throat logenzers to help ease any throat tickle. When lying down, keep the head slightly elevated as well. Keep away from any diary products as they produce more mucus and if she can eat some spicy foods, this will help also in breaking up the mucus.
Below are some natural home remedies for Cough
Rub the throat with eucalyptus oil, garlic oil, or a natural vapor rub. This will help expel mucus, relax the body, and reduce inflammation of the throat.
Gargle with a strong tea made from sage leaves and elder blossoms. Add a drop of almond oil, oil of clove and some honey. This soothes the throat and lessens the severity of the cough.
Inhale the steam from a strong coltsfoot tea. Drink the tea with honey and lemon to further soothe the throat.
The herbs garlic, comfrey and licorice work well together to combat coughing.
A strong tea of red raspberry, honey suckle, or licorice with honey also soothes the throat. Make a cough syrup out of the juice of a baked onion, strong comfrey tea, and honey. Take as needed.