What is useful in it?
Firstly, it is a natural product that is rich in antioxidants and beneficial fatty acids. Because cocoa butter strengthens the immune system, produces an anti-inflammatory effect and has a slight analgesic effect. In addition, it contains theobromine.
This substance dilates blood vessels, has a spasmolytic, expectorant effect, due to which it is included in the composition of drugs for the treatment of pulmonary diseases.
As an independent treatment, cocoa butter can be used at the very beginning of the disease and when the cough is already waning or as an addition to other means prescribed by a doctor. In the acute period of the disease, cocoa butter is recommended to be used only as a supplement to therapy prescribed by the doctor.
Since cocoa drink is not recommended for children under 3 years, accordingly, this age limit applies to cocoa butter. Since cocoa can cause an allergic reaction, before using it to treat a child, consult a pediatrician. If the baby has an allergy to sweets, chocolate, fatty acid components, cocoa butter is contraindicated.
It is not necessary to resort to the help of cocoa butter and pregnant women: it is impossible to predict how the future mother’s body will react to it. High blood pressure is also contraindicated. Usually do not recommend this product and with excess weight.
But since not so much is needed to treat coughing cocoa butter, everyone is free to decide for himself whether to use it or not.
Cocoa butter can be used as an external agent, but not only for massage. It is allowed to rub into the skin around the nostrils, as well as to inhale with it (in the latter case, a special oil inhaler is used).
During a massage with heated oil, rub the chest and back, then wrap the patient for several hours. In this case, cocoa butter will have a warming and blood circulation-improving effect.
During inhalation, oil vapors also reduce the cough effect and improve sputum discharge.
When ingested, cocoa butter is dissolved in milk or melted in a water bath, including with chocolate. In any case, at a time use a maximum of 1-2 teaspoons of cocoa butter.
If you are not allergic to honey, you can also add some honey to the melted cocoa butter.