Coughs could be naturally cured by using this herbal treat

Coughs are caused by the body trying to get rid of harmful micro-organisms or dust.

It may also be an underlying symptom of pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma or lung cancer.

A cough will usually go away by itself within three weeks, according to the NHS.

But, you could speed up that process by drinking liquorice root tea, a study has claimed.

“The cure for a cough must treat the cause,” said nutritionist Dr Josh Axe.

“Liquorice root benefits a sore throat or cough immensely because it is a powerful expectorant, helping to loosen and expel mucus from the throat.

“Researchers have also found that liquorice root has powerful antiviral and antimicrobial activities.

“Demulcents need to make contact with the part of the body that needs to be soothed, so extracts in cough drops and syrups, as well as tea, are most effective.”

Liquorice contains almost 300 flavonoids and 20 triterpenoids, which may help to relieve coughs and sore throats, researchers claimed.

Flavonoids play an important role in treating bacterial infections.

The herb could also be used to treat heartburn and acid reflux, Axe said.

Used in a cream, liquorice root could reduce eczema pain, he added.

Adding more vitamin C to your diet could also help to treat coughs, as it boosts the immune system and white blood cell production.

Breathing in peppermint essential oil with a diffuser can help to reduce coughing, said the nutritionist.

Coughs are mainly caused by a cold or flu, said the NHS.

But, it could also be caused by smoking, heartburn, allergies, or mucus dripping down the throat from the back of the nose.