Guaco tea is a great homemade solution to end persistent cough, as it has a powerful bronchodilator and expectorant action. This medicinal plant can be associated with other medicinal plants such as eucalyptus, being an excellent home remedy option for cough relief.
Guaco, whose scientific name is Mikania glomerata, can also be known as snake herbs, vine-catinga or snake-herb, which is indicated for the treatment of various respiratory problems, as it is capable of to decrease sore throat and relieve cough.
In addition to being consumed in the form of tea, guaco can also be used in natural cough syrups, and can be found in pharmacies.
Some recipes that can be prepared with this medicinal plant include:
1. Guaco tea with honey
Guaco tea with honey combines the bronchodilator and expectorant properties of this medicinal plant, with the antiseptic and soothing properties of honey. To prepare this tea you will need:
- 8 guaco leaves;
- 1 tablespoon of honey;
- 500 ml of boiling water.
To prepare this tea, just add the guaco leaves to the boiling water, cover and let it rest for approximately 15 minutes. After this time, strain the tea and add a spoon of honey. It is recommended to drink 3 to 4 tablespoons of this tea a day, until improvement is observed.
2. Guaco tea with eucalyptus
This tea combines the properties of guaco with the expectorant and anti-inflammatory properties of eucalyptus. To prepare this tea you will need:
- 2 tablespoons of guaco;
- 2 tablespoons of dried eucalyptus leaves;
- 1 liter of boiling water.
To prepare this tea, just add the guaco and the dried leaves or essential oil to the boiling water, cover and let it rest for approximately 15 minutes, straining before drinking. If necessary, this tea can be sweetened with honey, and it is recommended to drink 2 to 3 cups of tea a day, as needed.
3. Guaco with milk
The guaco smoothie is also a good option to calm a cough, for example.
- 20g fresh guaco;
- 250 ml milk (cow, rice, oat or almond);
- 2 tablespoons of brown sugar;
Bring all the ingredients to the fire and stir until the aroma of the guaco is very evident and the sugar is completely diluted. The more caramelized the sugar, the more it soothes the cough. This means stirring constantly, between 5 and 10 minutes, after the milk is very hot. Drink a cup warm before bed.