The majority of over- the -counter cough- medicines contain Dextromethorphan or DXM. This ingredient has been used in cough medicines for years even though it can have harmful effects on our health.
To be more concrete, it is so dangerous that it can become fatal for children and young adults. Namely, approximately 10% of children do not have the proper enzymes required to metabolize DXM effectively, which may lead to extremely dangerous consequences.
Furthermore, it is one of the main reasons for emergency room visits and drug-related death in young adults.
Experts from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration claim that children and infants under the age of two should never be given OTC (over-the-counter) cough and cold medicines, “because serious and potentially life-threatening side effects can occur.”
Moreover, a study published in the journal of Pediatrics in July, 2004, gave devastating results. They discovered that neither dextromethorphan nor diphenhydramine was more effective than a placebo in improving the nighttime cough or sleep of 100 youngsters with upper-respiratory infections.
Hence, the next time you or your children suffer from cough or lung inflammation do not reach for dangerous and potentially fatal over- the- counter medicines.
It is wise to try this homemade cough and lung inflammation recipe instead. It is an extremely powerful remedy that is faster- acting than any cough syrup on the market.
Its ingredients are common everyday items, probably already at your home. Thyme relaxes the muscles of the trachea and bronchi, opening up the airways. Turmeric, thyme, cloves and honey work together to create a potent remedy for congestion, cough and lung inflammation. Ginger is naturally anti-inflammatory and has an expectorant action.
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/3 teaspoon thyme
- 2 teaspoons raw honey
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger root (fresh grated)
- Juice of half a lemon (or 1 drop lemon essential oil)
- 1 green tea bag
Method of preparation:
- Place the tea bag and all herbs into a large cup with boiling water. Let them seep for several minutes, strain and add raw honey and lemon.
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