Friar's balsam is used primarily as a topical antiseptic and as an expectorant for stimulating coughs. Friar's balsam may be applied topically to the skin to alleviate rashes, skin sores and itching and promote healing o... More »

A friar is and was a member of one of the Catholic Church's dedicated religious brotherhoods that shun material wealth and live among the common people rather than in monasteries. Friars belong to the mendicant orders th... More »

Chaucer depicted his Friar as a fun-loving playboy, which is an ironic divergence from the common image of monks as pious and self-disciplined. Rather than living his life among the poor, as was his oath, the Friar "knew... More »

Mucinex is the brand name of an expectorant called guaifenesin that relieves chest congestion caused by colds, infections or allergies, according to Everyday Health. It loosens phlegm and thins bronchial secretions to ri... More » Health Conditions & Diseases Cold & Flu

How far germs are expelled from the mouth when a person coughs is affected by various conditions, including the amount of saliva droplets expelled, the size of the droplets, and the airflow in the room or space, says Liv... More » Health Conditions & Diseases Cold & Flu

There is not a single best remedy for coughs, though most people can manage coughs at home with nonprescription medications and lifestyle remedies, notes WebMD. Staying hydrated, using steam to open up the chest, removin... More » Health Conditions & Diseases Cold & Flu

Homemade or store-bought chicken soup can help support hydration and the immune system, and ginger root tea soothes sore throat and quiets coughs, reports Healthline. Another old-time home remedy that is effective for so... More » Health Conditions & Diseases Cold & Flu