A cough is a reflex action and may be in response to an irritation and not necessarily the start of a disease. However, a cough is often the first, and most common, symptom of respiratory ailments. Changes in temperature (during the night or early hours of the morning) can cause coughing bouts to increase, which may be short and painful or loose, producing phlegm and mucus. Coughs are often irritated by allergens which are mostly wheat and/or dairy, but if there is any evidence of blood in the sputum or a persistent cough, it should be investigated immediately. Respiratory imbalances which are allergy related, will improve if mucus-forming foods are eliminated from the diet, and a wheat, corn and dairy free diet is adopted.
Suggested essential oils: Cedarwood, eucalyptus, frankincense, pine, thyme, ravensara, tea tree, niaouli, rosemary, chamomile (Roman or German), turmeric, benzoin, amyris.