Oregano leaves for cough – I’ve seen my mama use it before, but i’ve never really tried it until now.
Manila weather is now transitioning from (relatively) cool to summery warm. And sometimes we’d get both in one day – cool mornings/evenings and uber-hot afternoons! Lately, we’d also get a bit of drizzling. It’s crazy weather we have!
The result: kiddie noses go haywire! And the sniffles so quickly turn into coughing. (Because of post-nasal drip, the doc says – mucus in the nose falls down the back of the nasal cavity and into the throat when one lies down during sleep so, voila, instant cough in the morning!)
I believe in modern medicine. But I also believe that taking too much synthetic drugs isn’t good for the kidneys and liver. So, I try to avoid giving meds to my kids as much as I can.
When the the lagundi cough preparation came out, I gave it a try and found that it works. (Nate gets skin rashes though, so I stopped giving him lagundi.)
There are a lot of natural remedies that we can turn to for simple colds and sore throat. Boiling ginger to make an ale is a common one.
I didn’t know I had a pot of oregano plant in the small garden. Apparently, ate Josie got a stem from a neighbor and stuck it on some potted soil. The stem is now a full plant that’s healthily growing.
I remember reading somewhere about the use of oregano leaves for cough, so I gathered some leaves and boiled them to make oregano tea (for myself, I was unsuccessful into getting the kids drink it). It wasn’t so bad; I loved the minty taste. I would have added some honey if I had some.
Oregano leaf extracts/juices are said to be good for asthma, bronchitis, chronic cough and rheumatism. Oregano tea (a decoction of oregano leaves) is taken to relieve sore throat and to prevent degeneration of the joints (“rayuma” or osteoarthritis).
I haven’t attempted juicing oregano leaves yet. But I just might try it one day soon.
Natural remedies are safer options for simple aches and pains that parents can consider. Besides, being on-call nurses (will I dare say quack docs? haha) to our own kids is probably one of the more challenging health care jobs one can have.
What natural remedies do you have in your home “infirmary”?