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A Guide To Making Homemade Cough Medicine

A Guide To Making Homemade Cough Medicine

It turns out, standard cough medicines might actually make everyday bugs worse: artificial colors and flavors can cause symptoms such as hyperactivity, headaches, neurological problems, and lead to cancer! What then, are some natural alternatives that may ease your coughing and bring a faster end to your cold?

This video by Dave Hax shows how you can make your own cough sweets from natural ingredients, but Hax’s method fails for several reasons. First is the use of sugar, an immune suppressant. Second, the sustained high heat needed to caramelize the mixture into a candy destroys the beneficial activities available in the honey and lemon. Third, the mixture will not solidify without heating to 300 degrees for a time period longer than specified in the video.

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Instead, here is another very easy cough sweet recipe that does not involve heating in the preparation.

Ingredients

1 Tablespoon powdered slippery elm bark

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1 Tablespoon powdered marshmallow root

1 1/2 teaspoons local, raw honey

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Instructions

1. With a spoon, mix all of the ingredients to form a paste.

2. Put 1/8 teaspoon (or 1/4 teaspoon and cut in half) portions on to a plate. Firm up in the fridge for 3 to 8 hours.

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3. After removing from fridge, quickly shape into balls. You can store them in a covered container, or twisted in pieces of parchment.

To learn about the benefits of the individual ingredients in either of these recipes, go to: www.webmd.com, and enter the selected ingredient in the search box at the top of the page. Be sure to consult a doctor if your cough is severe with a rattle, if blood is brought up, or if it does not go away within a week. Otherwise, happy healing!

Featured photo credit: sweet/desobte via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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