Whooping Cough

Symptoms of Whooping Cough

As mentioned earlier, the initial symptoms of whooping cough are similar to those of the common cold. The patient may experience runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, watery eyes, mild cough, and low-grade fever. After a few days or a couple of weeks, the dry coughing will progress into coughing spells accompanied by a “whooping” sound as the patient gasps for air. Coughing may become more severe during the night. Eventually, the patient may expel thick phlegm while he or she is coughing and experience fatigue from coughing incessantly. In adults the symptoms may be similar to those of bronchitis. Infants who are infected with whooping cough may not “whoop” at all. Some children who suffer from whooping cough may even experience choking spells. Whooping cough may eventually lead to the formation of small red spots on the skin that results from the rupturing of blood vessels at the skin’s surface.

Natural Cures

There are natural cures that can be used to treat whooping cough that do not involve the use of pharmaceutical drugs. Here are a few remedies that can alleviate some of the symptoms of whooping cough:


Essential oil derived from eucalyptus leaves has antiseptic and antispasmodic properties. It is used as an inhalant to cure catarrh and other respiratory disorders. Here are a few suggestions:

Blend two tablespoons of honey, two drops of essential oil of cypress, five drops of essential oil of eucalyptus, four drops of essential oil of lavender, and six drops of essential oil of Scots in a glass of warm water. Consume one tablespoon of this mixture every two hours to cure coughing.
Ask your herbalist to prepare a mixture of six drops of essential oil of Eucalyptus, three drops of essential oil of lavender, two drops of essential oil of Scots pine, and one drop of essential oil of thyme linalol suspended in 90 percent alcohol. Add a few drops of this blend to boiling water and inhale the steam two to three times each day.
External application of diluted eucalyptus oil (on the chest, forehead, or temples) can also help to alleviate the symptoms of whooping cough.


Ginger has several medicinal properties including digestive, carminative, stomachic, anti pyretic, and invigorating properties. It also treats flatus and cough as well as purifies blood. Here are a few ways to use this herb to obtain temporary relief from excessive and uncontrolled coughing:

Mix in one teaspoon of ginger juice, one teaspoon of garlic juice, and one teaspoon of honey. Consume this mixture two to three times each day.
Grate a small piece of fresh ginger root in boiling water. Let it steep for a few minutes. Strain and add one teaspoon of honey to it. Consume this soothing tea a couple of times each day. You may also add black tea leaves and milk.

Add one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds to 250 milliliters of water and boil the mixture until it reduces to half of the original amount. Add one teaspoon of ginger juice and honey to this decoction. Drink this beverage twice each day

Dealing with Whooping Cough
Here are a few suggestions that can aid in coping with whooping cough:
Obtain an adequate amount of rest. Ensure that the resting environment is cool, well-ventilated, and relaxing.
Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, especially water, fresh fruit and vegetable juices, and clear broths and soups.
Eat smaller, more frequent meals to avoid vomiting after coughing. Chew food thoroughly and slowly.
Use a mist vaporizer in your room to help soothe irritated lungs and to help loosen the thick mucus that is stuck on the respiratory walls. Take a hot shower or bath to obtain temporary relief and to unblock the congested nasal passage.
Clean the air. Keep your home free of irritants that can trigger coughing spells, such as tobacco smoke, dust, and fumes from fireplaces.
Quit smoking.

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