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natural expectorant?

Does anyone know anything I could take as an expectorant? I've got a wicked summer cold kicking my butt right now and I'm managing my sinus problems with a neti pot. I have this horrible cough though and it feels like I'm trying to cough something out of my throat (not in my chest, thank goodness, or I'd be at the doctor) and I'm thinking I could help the process with an expectorant. I'm pretty sure it's just post nasal drip causing me problems. Any ideas?


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Jul. 15th, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
I second this, for sinuses AND throat coughs. Plus yumminess.
Jul. 14th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
Not exactly an expectorant, but drinking lots of water helps keep the snot thinner, which helps coughing it up or blowing it out your nose.
Jul. 14th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
wasabi. clears you right out.
Jul. 14th, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
Traditional Medicinals makes an HerbaTussin tea that might be of help: http://www.traditionalmedicinals.com/seasonal_products/product/19#

I have never used it, but I have used their other teas with success. Another one to try (I think it is more for stuffy-ness) is BreatheEasy. HerbaTussin sounds like a good bet.

...If you are looking for an off the shelf product.
Jul. 15th, 2009 09:59 am (UTC)
I use this a lot when I have respiratory issues/congestion and I love it. It doesn't taste "good" but it's not terrible either. It's really soothing and really helps bring all the gunk up and out.

You could also try a wild cherry bark cough syrup.
Jul. 14th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
Mullein. I usually add some mint to the tea to cover the taste, but it does a great job at inducing mucus to leave you, and at making your cough less painful.
Jul. 15th, 2009 12:37 am (UTC)
Mullein and coltsfoot are great expectorants.
Make it as an herbal tea. That is what the people at my local health store suggested to us. I believe you can also smoke it. That's what my bf did.
Jul. 15th, 2009 09:40 am (UTC)
I use sage (salvia officinalis) and lemon balm (melissa officinalis) tea as an expectorant, with a good slug of honey and lemon juice, I find it clears my head nicely.
Jul. 15th, 2009 12:15 pm (UTC)
if you decide to try any of the herbal teas listed, honey is a great expectorant in its own. so try it as a sweetener...unless you're vegan :/
Jul. 15th, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
Jul. 15th, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC)
oregano tincture. tastes like zombie pee, but you'll cough up a giant snot monster and feel triumphant
Jul. 15th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
Mullein is the bomb! I can't live without it. If you need something you may already have on hand, peppermint is an okay expectorant.
Jul. 15th, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
tylenol makes a very good expectorant if you don't mind liquid meds.
Jul. 16th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
Get some Eucalyptus oil. Put a few drops in some boiling water and do the whole "towel over the head and breath" thing.

I sometimes just leave the water boiling on the stove with the oil in it and it fills the whole house.
Jul. 16th, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
One thing I do when I or anyone in my household has chest congestion is to mix up a little castor oil (you do NOT need much, a few tablespoons/10-15ml should do) with tea tree oil (be fairly generous with the tea tree oil, maybe 5-10 drops) and rub it into the bare chest and cover it with a hot wet washcloth or hand towel. Kind of a homemade/natural Vicks VaporRub sort of thing. It seems like the vapors from the tea tree oil break up the congestion and the moist heat on the chest seems to help too.
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