If you want a natural cough remedy that is easy to find, easy on the wallet and easy to use, you must try hydrogen peroxide! Hydrogen Peroxide, the kind you find at the grocery store for a dollar, is commonly used for first aid. It is used to clean cuts and wounds and prevent infection, so we should not be surprised that it also fights the infection that causes a cough.
Hydrogen peroxide can safely be used in the mouth and then spit out. Add 1 teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide to an ounce of water and gargle for 1 minute. Repeat this every two hours.
Bill Munroe created and popularized “Hydrogen Peroxide Inhalation.” This treatment is easy to do many times a day; it is so portable. For directions on how to do this, see this page.
If you happen to have a nebulizer machine, the kind used to deliver medicine directly to the lungs (NOT the kind used to diffuse essential oils!) you can use a nebulizer to deliver hydrogen peroxide to your lungs.
Mix 20 drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide with 60 drops of distilled water in the medicine cup of the nebulizer. Use this treatment every 2-4 hours.
4. Cool Mist Vaporizer
If you are using a vaporizer at night, you can add hydrogen peroxide to it. Add 1 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide to a gallon of water. Be careful though as this would have the potential to bleach your hair!
5. Hydrogen Peroxide in the Ears
If you have a cough, for good measure, put some 3% hydrogen peroxide into your ears once or twice a day. This will help fight the virus that is causing the cough and help to prevent the infection from getting into your ears.
What Kind of Hydrogen Peroxide Should I Use for a Cough?
Until recently, the only hydrogen peroxide available was the kind in the brown bottle. This solution is 3% hydrogen peroxide. Food grade hydrogen peroxide is 35% hydrogen peroxide and is much too strong for personal medical use; it must be diluted. Because of the risk of improper dilution and even of burning the skin when you are mixing up a weaker solution, if you wish to use food grade hydrogen peroxide, buy 3% hydrogen peroxide, which is available at Whole Foods. Most people do just use the 3% hydrogen peroxide found in a brown bottle for about a dollar.
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