Croup is a highly contagious respiratory virus. It affects children most seriously at ages 0 to 5. Croup is caused by contact with someone coughing or sneezing.
Symptoms of croup start out as a cold and progress to a barking cough or croupy cough. It may cause hoarseness or loss of voice. In children their may be a fever.
From the medical perspective they can’t help a viral disease but may use steroidal inhalers for emergency purposes while the body takes care of itself.
Children are at most risk usually when they have a poor diet of fast food or sugars. Prevention is the best bet. They following herbs and other natural supplements will help to strengthen the immune system and symptoms. The best results are using natural substances at the start of the symptoms.
Herbs for Croupy Cough
Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.
Swinbourne Clymer, a great naturopathic doctor, recommends onion juice from a roasted onion, a teaspoon with honey several times a day.
German cough formulas: either make a tea or use tinctures
6 parts Wild cherry bark
3 parts Ginger
1 part Lobelia
30 parts pleurisy root
15 parts ginger
2 parts lobelia
10 parts wild cherry bark
8 parts black haw
The rest of these herbs can be taken singly or in a formula for best results. Just use what you have, and, as soon as you suspect croup or just see a mucous condition in cough or respiratory issues.
Horehound – congestion, lots of mucus due to weak mucus membranes.
Khella – antispasmodic, bronchodilator
Licorice – dry hacking cough, demulcent, mucilaginous, coats throat to alleviate dryness.
Lobelia – thought to increase airway diameter, promotes secretion and expectoration of mucus. Take very small amounts as you may become nauseated.
Lungwort – respiratory tract infections with pain and stiffness of chest.
Marshmallow – soothes a irritated throat
Mullein – promote expectoration
Osha – help clear the lungs
Queen’s root (Stillingia) – tonsillitis, laryngitis, croup, contested lymphatics.
Slippery elm – calms and soothes mucus membranes.
Cell Salts to Help with Croup, Croupy Cough
To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.
#2 Calc fluor 6X – top cell salt for croup, because of tissue weakness
#6 Kali phos 6X – with fevers and for nervous conditions
#8 Mag phos 6X – to relax breathing, spasms
Croupy Cough Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.
Croup or croupy coughs sound bad but are easy to treat. The person sounds like a barking seal with a resonance at the end. Shrill viral cough. In the 1800s 90% of all pharmacies used Benninghousens Croup Powder that consisted of aconite, hepar sulph, and spongia tosta.
Spongia Tosta (#1 homeopathic remedy for croup and croupy cough)
For three coughs, 1) seal-like, 2) fog horn, 3) saw through a pine board sound. DRY cough (nux-m, alumina, bry), DRY mucus membranes-coarse ripping, sharp, abrupt end of cough; suffocative, hollow; worse breathing in, at midnight with cotton or spongy feeling in throat; better with eating and warm drinks.
Aconitum (#2 homeopathic remedy for croup and croupy cough)
Sudden onset from cold dry winds; DRY HACKING cough (spongia deeper more severe where aconite is more superficial) from fright or shock; medium fevers; labored and loud without so much gasping and choking as spongia.
Hepar sulph (#3 homeopathic remedy for croup and croupy cough)
Yellow mucus; when swallowing sensations if a plug or splinter in throat; hoarseness with loss of voice; stitching in throat extending to the ear when swallowing; voice loss; RATTLE, wheezing asthmatic constriction in the chest.
TICKLING, chronic coughs with least exposure to DRAFT or WIND; teasing cough keeps them up all night, doesn’t feel that sick; IRRITATING COUGH.
Bromium or Iodium
More deep and severe cough.
Source: Dave's Healing Notes