Of Cough and its Remedies

“I remember older women in the Philippines extract juice from mint leaves by pounding them in mortal and pestle,”  I mintwas telling Masood this morning, “just a tablespoon of the juice might do;  there’s no harm in trying that.”  He coughed – placing a hand on his chest, as it hurt each time his congested lungs tried to expel the foreign particles – and said, “But I’m not a Filipino and there’s no old woman here.”  I knew he was making excuses, hence I replied, “But we all have the same lungs.”

“Your grandmother used to dissolve salt in warm water and have us drink that,” his Mom suggested.  Masood also rejected that idea, saying, “Salty water is for gargling, not drinking.”

“Mix a teaspoonful of honey in a glass of warm water and add a few drops of honey.  I used to make you all drink that when you were little,”  said my Mom.  Masood agreed to this sweet remedy, as opposed to the bitter and salty ones suggested earlier.

You see, Masood has been having dry cough for the past 3 days and has been febrile all day yesterday.  Personally, I don’t believe in giving cough medicines right away, primarily because coughing clears our airways.   We should allow our body to work on its own.  There are exceptions, of course, for which you should go see your doctor.

Speaking of doctors, I noticed that most physicians here prescribe the antibiotic, Augmentin, for a lot of illnesses:  common respiratory tract infections, toothache, minor ear pain, joint pains, diarrhea, and even fever!  Antibiotics will cure ONLY the infections caused by bacteria.honey1

Anyway, so Masood is drinking the honey-water and taking steam inhalations, which has helped loosen up the thick mucus.  And I also gave him Panadol, my favorite antipyretic drug.  He feels much better now, alhumdulillah.

Writing this post also reminded me of Sumaiya, Masood’s 10-year-old cousin in Mumbai.  She once offered to apply some cream for a mosquito bite on my arm.  Before she smeared the cream on my arm, she whispered, “Allah shifa de.”  (May Allah heal).

Her sweet gesture made me think on how we often forget that Allah is the Healer.  We sometimes put a little too much faith in our doctors and their prescribed medications, momentarily forgetting to seek His help to cure our illnesses.  So before we pop in that pill into our mouth, let us seek His blessings to heal us.

Narrated Abu Huraira:  Prophet Mohammed (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said, “There is no disease that Allah has created, except that He also has created its treatment.” [Sahi Bukhari: Volume 7, Book 72, Number 582]

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16 Responses to Of Cough and its Remedies

  1. u got a such a lovely blog…. keep it up

    hope Masood gets well soon

    Thank you, dear, and welcome to the blog! 🙂

  2. Umm Travis says:

    honey and black seed is in the Prophets Medicine (habbah al sauudah)

    And use vicks vaporrub… it is yucky smelling but it feeeeeeeeeeels sooooooo good!

    and steamy hot showers looses the congestion 🙂

    Shafack Allah alayhe!

    Ameen! Masood runs away from vicks. He finds it super sticky, lol. I dissolved it in hot water for him to inhale though. He’ll be taking the steamy hot shower too 🙂

  3. masood says:

    SubhanaAllah, am glad to hear that wonderful hadith. I dont want to cough anymore it’s a real pain.

    Don’t worry, you’ll feel better soon, InshaAllah.

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  5. Francesca says:

    I also don’t like antibiotic, or medicines in general, specially for this kind of illnesses: I’ m very afraid of their collateral effects in the organism. I try to prevent and to cure by taking probiotics and propolis, and it works! (So, (almost) no more cough during these long and cold northern-Italy winters!).
    Ahhhh!…. How many good things God put in the Nature for us! I hope that “my” remedies could help you too.

    I’ve heard and read a lot about propolis, specially about how good it is for our immune system, but haven’t gotten around to trying it yet. Thank you so much for the reminder 🙂

  6. Ubaid says:

    i hope he gets well soon =) !!

    Thanks, Ubaid. He is fine now, Alhumdulillah.

  7. Serene says:

    Im back! It’s been a while…

    Me too I hate cough, but everytime I have it I only drink lots of water.

    Regards to your hubby and get well soon!

    Have a great day!

    Serene! Welcome back! Where have you been? Hope all is well with you and your hubby.

  8. Glennis says:

    I recommend lemon juice and honey in hot water, sipped often.

    Thank you. I’ve been giving him just that 🙂

  9. Dinky Mind says:

    The honey in water thing really works!

    And I hope he’s feeling better 🙂

    Yes, he is indeed feeling a lot better now, thanks 🙂

    PS: Your blog is so pretty!

  10. Tauqeer says:

    Jazak Allah khair for the Hadith, sadly it is something we really look over these days….

  11. mariamellie says:

    Dear Nadia, I hope your husband is doing ok now. If you don’t mind, let me share you my favorite prayer:

    Bismillaahi khairul asmaa’i, Bismillaahi rabbul ardhii wassamaa’i, Bismillaahi ladziis muhuu rahmatuw wa syifaa’un, Bismillaahi ladzii biyadihisy syifaa’u, Bismillaahi ladzii laa yadhurru ma’asmihii syai’un fiil ardhi, walaa fissamaa’i wahuwas samii’ul aliim.

    I think you know this but still I just love to share it to you. =) All the best!

    Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful du’a, Sis! May Allah reward you for your kindness. And yes, Masood is feeling so much better now, Alhumdulillah 🙂

  12. Haleem says:

    Hope Masood gets well soon.

    I prefer honey and garlic (well, prefer is not the word, use).

    He still has that occasional bouts of cough throughout the day, which will be totally gone soon, InshaAllah. Honey and garlic? Hmmm, not a yummy combination but will try to give it to him tonight (without telling him what’s in it 🙂 )

  13. Asma Ahsan says:

    Masood may be having an asthma attack – take him to the doctor at once – dry cough and tight chest is first symptom – 😦

    Asthma cannot be treated at home – it means inflammation in lungs due to severe allergy of some kind – please check immediately for asthma – I hope its not that as its a nuisance to be on pills for asthma and inhalers! 😦

  14. Asma Ahsan says:

    Hope he gets well soon.

    Thanks, Asma. He’s fine now, Alhumdulillah 🙂

  15. Asma Ahsan says:

    Check for bronchitus though – God Forbid – he may have caught a cold – 😦 – cough is the first sign.

    Anti biotics are better taken with prescription of doctor only. 🙂

    I wasn’t worrying about bronchitis since his fever came down the next day, there wasn’t any wheezing, shortness of breath, and phlegm color was light yellow. Besides, most cases of bronchitis are viral, which means they’re short-termed and don’t usually require antibiotics. But yes, cough with fever is indeed the first sign of bronchitis.

  16. Sabiha says:

    Hope that the hubby is feeling better soon. Must be something going around, mine has been sick as a dog lately too.

    It’s the weather actually. He’s fine now, Alhumdulillah 🙂

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