Whether it is summer or winter, cough can catches you anytime. It may be due to colds, allergies and sinus infections causing sore throat, pain and swelling. Home remedies for coughs are treated with a number of over-the-counter medicines.
If you are suffering from a cough, and looking for some home remedies before taking any medicine or cough syrup, here are some effective home remedies for cough that you can try to suppress the symptoms.
Home Remedies For Cough
Almonds have nutritional properties that play a proactive role in subsiding cough symptoms. Soak five to six almonds in water for 8 to 10 hours or overnight. Make a smooth paste out of the soaked almonds and add one teaspoon of butter. Eat it three to four times a day until your symptoms go away.
Pineapple contains bromelain which is a mixture of protein-digesting enzymes or proteases. It suppresses coughs, loosens the mucus in the throat and relieves sinusitis. Bromelain helps to cure allergy-based sinus issues, which can contribute to coughs and mucus. However, children or adults who take blood thinners should avoid taking Bromelain supplements. Pineapple juice along with honey shows immediate improvement.
Red pepper or Cayenne reduces chest pain due to continuous coughing. It is also warming and stimulating. Prepare a cough syrup by mixing red pepper, ground ginger (one-fourth teaspoon each), honey, apple cider vinegar (one tablespoon each) and two tablespoons of water. Drink this syrup two to three times a day.
Carrot contains many vitamins and nutrients that can help to relieve various symptoms of a cough. Make fresh juice of four to five carrots and dilute it by adding some water. Add one teaspoon of honey for taste. Drink the juice three to four times a day until the symptoms improve.
Grapes are excellent expectorant and release the mucus from the respiratory tract. The faster to get rid of the mucus, the faster coughing will end. You can simply eat the grapes or some fresh juice is also beneficial. Grape juice with a teaspoon of honey is soothing as well as effective.
Ginger is one of the most popular home remedies for a cough. Crush some fresh ginger and boil with water. Take this decoction three to four times a day for relief from sore throat, non-stop coughing and even congestion. Some lemon juice and honey may be added to it.
Another alternative is to chew fresh raw ginger on and off throughout the day to reduce the symptom. Ginger in combination with tulsi (basil) is also an excellent remedy for cough. Crush about 10 leaves of tulsi, mix with some fresh ginger juice, and add in an equal quantity of honey and mix. Consume about a single teaspoon of this mixture thrice daily to get relief from cough.
For a dry cough, one of the easiest ways of to get relief is to cut a piece of fresh ginger, sprinkle some black salt on it and chew it for a few minutes. Or alternatively you can make tea with ginger which is equally good. Boil some crushed ginger with one cup of water till the volume reduces to half the original quantity. Strain the liquid, add one teaspoon of honey and drink when warm to give a soothing effect against cough.
Honey proves to bea panacea for sore throat and cough. It can ease coughs more effectively than modern medicines that contain dextromethorphan, a cough suppressant. Drinking tea or warm lemon water mixed with honey is beneficial to soothe the sore throat.
Hot milk with honey can relieve a dry cough and reduce chest pain due to continuous coughing. For best results, drink it before going to bed. For added benefits from the analgesic properties of honey, take a teaspoon of plain honey on empty stomach. This helps to clear the mucus and soothe the throat. Another way to take honey is by adding half a teaspoon of honey to a pinch of cardamom and some lemon juice. Consume this mixture two to three times daily.
Jaggery is a useful home remedy to soothe cough and congestion. Sputum accumulation can lead to a feeling of congestion in the chest and the entire respiratory tract; expelling this sputum, therefore, provides relief from cough and congestion. Boil a few corns of pepper with water for about 20 minutes; add a little cumin and jaggery and drink. Cut a quarter part of an onion, keep a small bit of jaggery in the middle of it and chew on this for expelling sputum.
Lemon is also used to treat coughs. Lemon reduces inflammation and provides vitamin C which can fight infection. Make a simple cough syrup by combining two tablespoons of lemon juice and one tablespoon of honey. Drink this healthy syrup several times a day. Another way to use lemons is to blend lemon juice with a little honey and a pinch of cayenne pepper and then drink it.
Liquorice root acts as both an expectorant and demulcent, simultaneously soothing the airways while loosening and thinning mucous, easing congestion. It also reduces any inflammation that can irritate the throat. The main constituent of Licorice is called glycyrrhizin, which is responsible for most of its effects. It is 30-50 times sweeter than table sugar.
Marshmallow is a perennial herb flowering in summer. The leaves and roots of the herb have been used since ancient times to treat sore throats and coughs. The marshmallow herb contains mucilage, which coats the throat and soothes irritation. You can take Marshmallow root making a tea out of it or as in a capsule form, though it is not recommended for children.
Onion is one of the simplest and excellent home remedies for cough. Breathing in the strong vapours of onion can help stop coughing. Make a cough syrup from baked onion juice, comfrey tea and honey. Drink it daily to get relief from a dry cough. Another option is to combine 1/2 teaspoon of onion juice with 1teaspoon of pure honey. Consume this twice daily to ease cough and soothe your throat.
Lactobacillus is a bacterium in milk products and probiotics. Probiotics are microorganisms that can provide a host of health benefits. While they don’t relieve a cough directly, they help to balance gastrointestinal flora. This can support immune system function throughout the body. Lactobacillus can reduce the possibility of a cold or flu, and sensitivity to certain allergens like pollens. Fortified milk is a great source of Lactobacillus. However, you should be cautious, as sometimes dairy may make phlegm thicker.
Peppermint leaves and the oil of eucalyptus is both familiar for their healing properties. The menthol in peppermint soothes the throat and acts as a decongestant, helping to break down mucus. You can take the benefit of peppermint by drinking peppermint tea or by inhaling peppermint vapours from a steam bath. An ointment prepared from the Eucalyptus oil, coconut oil and beeswax is rubbed to get relief from coughs.
Thyme is extensively used as a home remedy to cure several respiratory diseases. The essence extracted from thyme leaves helps to relieve coughing and short-term bronchitis. The leaves contain flavonoids that relax the throat muscles involved in coughing and also reduce inflammation.
Prepare Thyme tea by taking two teaspoons of crushed thyme leaves and one cup of boiling water. Cover the cup, leave for 10 minutes, strain and drink. Thyme relaxes the muscles of the trachea and bronchi, opens up airways and relieves coughing.
Turmeric has a therapeutic effect on coughs, particularly on a dry cough. Make a decoction by boiling turmeric powder, black pepper (one teaspoon each), and a piece of cinnamon sticks in half a cup of water. Add one tablespoon of honey, and drink until the condition improves.
Alternatively, make a herbal tea by adding one teaspoon of turmeric powder and one teaspoon of carom seeds to a cup of water, and boil it until the water reduces to one-half cup. Add some honey and drink this herbal solution two to three times daily.
Another way to use turmeric is to roast turmeric root and grind it into a smooth powder. Mix it with water and honey, and drink it twice daily. A glass of hot milk, mixed with half a teaspoon of turmeric powder is an excellent remedy for cough.
A turmeric gargle also gives good results. To one cup of hot water, add half teaspoon of turmeric powder and half teaspoon table salt. Use this liquid as a throat gargle to improve cough.
For a dry cough, take turmeric powder mixed with a teaspoon of honey three to four times a day. Instead, prepare turmeric tea by adding one tablespoon of turmeric powder into 4 cups of boiling water. Keep for a few minutes, strain and mix in some lemon and honey and drink.
Inhaling the smoke of burning turmeric called the ‘dhooma paan’ is also an effective home remedy for cough and cold. Take a few pieces of dried turmeric root, burn it and inhale the smoke. Another way is to place a few pieces of red hot charcoal in a small mud pot that has been placed in a cup of water. Add a few dried leaves of turmeric over the charcoal and a spoonful of turmeric powder over the leaves. Gently blow to burn the turmeric powder and inhale the produced smoke.
These home remedies can give you relief from symptoms of cough without any side effects that may come with pills and cough syrups. However, if your cough continues for more than a week, you should see a doctor.