Fall and winter weather leaves many of us struggling with a tiresome cough or sore throat. When we get a cold, it’s worth using home remedies and using what we have in the kitchen.

Flax seeds for choking cough

There are various edible forms of flax available in the food market: whole flaxseed, ground flax, roasted flax, and flaxseed oil. Flaxseed is one of the richest sources of linoleic acid (ALA, an omega-3 fatty acid) and lignans (phytoestrogens). It is also rich in soluble and insoluble fiber, antioxidants and high-quality protein.

Due to the presence of unsaturated fatty acids (ALA, short-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids PUFAs), lignans and fiber, flax seeds have potential health benefits such as reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis, autoimmune and neurological diseases. Flax protein helps prevent and treat heart disease and supports the immune system

Apart from the health benefits mentioned above, flaxseed also has a positive effect on the body against respiratory diseases. It is believed to cure persistent coughs and can also be used as a mouthwash for throat and gum problems.

How to prepare flaxseed infusion?

Place 1 tablespoon of flaxseed in a saucepan, add water and bring to a boil. Now reduce the heat and cook the flaxseed for about half an hour, then strain it. We drink this jelly-like warm drink three times a day or as needed when coughing. To improve the taste and aroma, you can add honey, lemon, ginger, or an herbal tea bag. Flaxseed infusion can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


You should not take flaxseed if you have intestinal obstruction, narrowing of the esophagus or gastrointestinal tract. It should also not be consumed if you suffer from acute inflammatory bowel or stomach diseases. Additionally, flaxseed may have a mild estrogenic effect, so pregnant women should avoid consuming large amounts. Flax seeds may also delay the absorption of other medications if taken at the same time.