Licorice root, slippery elm, honey and salt water are several natural remedies for a sore throat, according to Healthline. Lozenges, hot beverages, hot showers and increased water consumption are natural cures for a cough, recommends WebMD.
Studies suggest a gargle solution containing licorice root and water helps alleviate sore throats, states Healthline. Slippery elm consists of a mucus-like substance that produces a soothing gel. To treat a sore throat with slippery elm, mix its powdered bark with boiled water and drink the solution. Slippery elm is also available in lozenge form.
Honey treatment for sore throat involves mixing tea with honey or consuming honey directly, says Healthline. A study revealed that honey also relieves nighttime coughs in children with upper respiratory infections. Gargling warm water mixed with salt can soothe sore throat and eliminate bacteria in the throat.
It helps to drink lots of water when suffering a cough, as fluids moisten mucous membranes and make mucus thinner, explains WebMD. Hot showers also help improve a cough by making nasal secretions looser. Doctors advise using a humidifier at home to avoid dry nasal secretions. It is essential to clean a humidifier regularly to prevent spreading mold and fungus into the atmosphere. It is also important to avoid smoke and scented products, which are irritants known for causing coughs.