A Cough Is Common

A cough is a very common ailment that is usually accompanied by a cold, flu or viral infection. In extreme cases, the cough could also be due to diseases like tuberculosis or few other respiratory issues caused due to smoking habits.

Usually, people experience throat irritation or pain and congestion in the chest along with a cough. A cough is sometimes dry, or at times one tends to spit out sputum. It is important to realize that a prolonged cough can be dangerous and may be an indication of some other underlying problem. Hence medical opinion should be sought in such cases. However, for most of the other usual seasonal ones, there are enough home remedies for coughing.

Simple Home Remedies For Cough

1. Kashaaya – The Granny’s Concoction

Kashaaya refers to an Ayurvedic concoction made from any herbs, roots, fruits, leaves or flowers. There are many of them available even as off the shelf products. However, one that is rare and not known to many is the granny’s concoction that has been handed down through generations in a few Indian families. Multiple variants of these are in use though.

A little bit of dried ginger, few peppercorns, a little jaggery (cane sugar) and a few fresh leaves of Indian borage or Doddapatre or Mexican Mint (botanical name – Plectranthus amboinicus) are boiled in a few cups of water and reduced to half the quantity. This concoction is taken two to three times a day provides immense relief from a cough.

The jaggery is just to beat down the strong flavor or ginger and hotness of pepper, whereas the Indian borage has a wonderful flavor and also has compounds that act as an expectorant. Taken hot this provides immediate relief and one of the useful home remedies for dry cough as well as for the other types.

You could even just boil the Indian borage in water without any other ingredients and use it as mentioned above and even that provides relief from a cough.

2. Garlic

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Using garlic regularly in our diet is a good habit as it has multiple components that are antibacterial and antimicrobial. Just eating a few fresh garlic cloves can help relieve throat pain and irritation. To make it more appealing, you may add a few drops of honey to it.

Add two to three cloves of garlic in a cup of water and boil it along with a teaspoon of oregano. Once cool, drink this after mixing a bit of honey. This solution will provide relief from a cough and throat ache.

3. Ginger

Ginger is one of the most commonly used home remedies for coughing. Many a time if you get an excessive cough, all you got to do is just to keep chewing bits of ginger. It immediately provides relief from the constant irritation of the throat.

You could also choose to boil ginger pieces in a few cups of water and prepare an herbal solution and take it a couple of times in a day. If you want to improve the taste and also the power of the solution, you may likewise include somewhat nectar and lemon juice to it.

4. Turmeric – The Savior

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Turmeric is said to be an excellent anti-oxidant having anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties as well. In most Indian households, a pinch of turmeric mixed in a glass of hot milk is considered to be one of the fine home remedies for coughing.

A teaspoon of turmeric and salt mixed in hot water can be used as a gargle two to three times a day for relieving throat irritation leading to a cough.

A pinch of turmeric powder mixed along with a spoon of honey taken twice or thrice a day is counted among effective home remedies for dry cough.

A turmeric tea prepared by boiling a tablespoon of turmeric powder in a few cups of water can also be taken mixed with a bit of lemon and honey.

5. Tulsi (Holy Basil)

Tulsi Home Remedy for Cough

It is another herb that is used alone or in combination with others for relief from a cough. An herbal solution of Tulsi by boiling a few fresh leaves in water and drinking it a few times a day helps relieve a cough a lot.

Juice extracted from Tulsi leaves along with crushed ginger juice can be taken along with honey for getting relief from a cough.

Tulsi leaves can also be added to the granny’s concoction mentioned above as it packs a punch making the kashaaya more effective.

6. Honey

As you might have already seen, honey is said to have soothing throat effects and is used alone or in conjunction with many of the other home remedies for coughing. Honey is used along with garlic, ginger, lemon and turmeric as well.

To get a good night’s sleep without trouble from a cough, you could just choose to add a spoon of nectar to a glass of milk and take it before you go to sleep.

A mixture of honey and grape juice acts as an excellent relief provider from dry cough.

7. Almonds

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Most of us associate Almonds with improving memory power. However, it has a lot of nutritional capabilities that also help in a healing cough and related symptoms. You should simply to drench a few almonds overnight and grind it to a paste and take it a few times a day. You could just eat the soaked almonds too. It is good in a curing cough as well alleviating associated symptoms.

8. Onion

Cutting onions is among the simplest of home remedies for coughing that most people do not know about. It is said that coughing stops due to breathing in the strong vapors emanated while cutting the onions.

A mixture of honey and onion juice take at least twice a day helps alleviate a cough and also soothes irritation in your throat.

There are umpteen home remedies for coughing apart from those listed here. Options like carrot juice, grapes, lemon juice, cayenne etc. are also among the tried and tested and suggested options. It is always better to check with those who might have already checked out on the options and stick to what works best for you. Since most of them are simple everyday herbs and ingredients, not much of side effects are expected unless you are allergic to any of those.

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