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Persistent Cough Bringing You Down? Try This Orange and Salt Remedy to Boost Your Immune System


Having a cough that doesn’t seem to go away can be annoying and painful, leaving the throat feeling raw and scratchy. Nobody wants to be ‘that person’ in the back row coughing in the middle of a lecture, church sermon, or sports game. Do yourself a favor this season by trying this home remedy that uses steamed orange and salt to relieve your persistent cough.

The Chronic Cough

A chronic cough is more than just an annoyance. Chronic coughs typically last 8 weeks or longer for adults or 4 weeks for children and can lead to interruption of sleep and exhaustion[1]. Severe cases can even cause vomiting, lightheadedness and rib fractures.


The most common causes of chronic coughs are tobacco use, asthma, and acid reflux, and can fortunately usually be cured by treating the underlying problem. In the meantime, however, a chronic cough offers a heavy dose of unpleasant symptoms.


  • A runny or stuffy nose
  • Postnasal drip (the feeling of liquid running down your throat)
  • Frequent throat clearing and sore throat
  • Hoarseness
  • Wheezing and shortness of breath
  • Heartburn or a sour taste in your mouth
  • In rare cases, coughing up blood[1]

If you’re experiencing these symptoms and believe that you may have a chronic cough it’s important that you go to the doctor to address the underlying issue. In the meantime, if you’re unhappy with using commercial cough syrups to relieve yourself from the pain of coughing, relief may come in the form of a juicy orange.

The Benefit of Oranges to Relieve Sickness

It won’t be a surprise to you that oranges can help you to heal when you are sick. Orange trees are the most cultivated fruit trees on the planet, and they are used in a variety of products, from marmalades to face masks[2].

An orange has over 170 different phytochemicals and more than 60 flavonoids, many of which have anti-inflammatory properties and strong antioxidant effects[2].


One orange provides 130 percent of your vitamin C for the day, which helps to boost the immune system, helping you to overcome sickness quicker and keep it away in the future[2].

Banish Your Persistent Cough with this Steamed Orange and Salt Remedy

The process of heating an orange kills much of the vitamin C it contains, but it allows us to reap the benefits of the albedo, otherwise known as the spongy, thread-like bundles that are usually thrown away with the orange peel.

The albedo is loaded with bioflavonoids, which support blood circulation and treats allergies, virus’, and inflammatory conditions.

By steaming the orange with salt, the bioflavonoids from albedo are extracted out of the juice and pulp, so instead of throwing them away as we normally do, we can harness the benefits.


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  1. Soak the orange in salted water for 20 minutes
  2. Slice the orange along the top, about 2 centimeters from the top, to resemble a cap
  3. Make multiple holes in the top of the orange by poking holes in it with a fork
  4. Sprinkle ½ to 1 teaspoon of salt over and allow to dissolve into the orange
  5. Cover the orange using its cap
  6. Place the orange into an empty bowl
  7. Put the orange in a steamer for at least 15-20 minutes
  8. Serve warm. Drink the juice and eat the pulp

Remember that this is a home remedy, and should not be solely relied upon to cure your chronic cough. Use it as a safe form of pain relief while also following your doctor’s instruction to terminate your chronic cough at the root of the problem.

Don’t let your persistent cough get the better of you this season. Use the natural healing power of oranges to help make your symptoms disappear so that you can go back to the things that you enjoy. 


[1] Mayo Clinic Staff. Chronic Cough. Retrieved on October 25, 2017, from
[2] Megan Ware. (November 18, 2015). Oranges: Health Benefits, Nutritional Information. Retrieved on October 25, 2017, from

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