5 Home Remedies for dry Cough
To most of us, a dry cough is nothing but a minor annoyance that we ignore. Unfortunately, when a dry cough does not resolve quickly, it can be a cause for significant discomfort, even disrupting sleep. In most cases, a persistent cough is caused by mild infection or exposure to airborne allergens. So, what can you do about?
When dealing with a dry cough, natural methods of treatment are most effective as they provide quick relief at practically no cost. More importantly, they pose little to no risk of side effects. But before you dive into those natural dry cough remedies, let’s take a quick look at the symptoms and possible implications to rule out anything more serious.
Coughs are one of the most common complaints seen by doctors and exact causes are only found for less than 50 percent of conditions. Coughs are mainly a protective reflex to remove foreign bodies, mucus or irritants and a primary respiratory reflex for inflammation. Knowing which type of cough is ailing you is the first step in addressing a solution.
- Tumeric Milk
Ayurvedic Expert, Dr. BN Sinha suggests that you should drink a glass of milk with 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric twice daily to clear your throat. Another home remedy for a stubborn cough is adding garlic to the above blend. Simply, boil a clove of garlic with milk and then add a pinch of turmeric to it. This drink helps in healing and soothing your throat. You can even add ginger instead of garlic, both work equally well. Gargle with turmeric water few times in a day to get relief from constant coughing.
Why it helps:Turmeric contains an active agent called curcumin that has strong anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties which helps in treating infections. Ginger and garlic help in relieving the congestion in the tonsils and act as natural analgesics. You must drink it at night before sleeping to avoid any irritation. Moreover, hot milk helps bring the mucus up from your chest.
- Giloy Juice
“In case of chronic cough, you must have 2 tablespoons of Giloy juice with water in the morning everyday till it becomes better,” advices Dr. Sinha.
Why it helps: It builds your immunity and is known to bring about a balance in three doshas – Vatta, Pita and Kapha. It acts as an anti-allergic and thus, helps in treating cough caused due to allergic reactions to smoke, pollution or pollen.
- Honey + Mulethi + Cinnamon
“A mix of 1/4 teaspoon honey, 1/4 teaspoon mulethi powder and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon with water had twice daily in the morning and evening works wonders,” suggests Dr. Sinha.
Why it helps:Honey is known for its great anti-inflammatory properties. A 2007 study conducted at Penn State College of Medicine showed that honey is actually more effective than over-the-counter medicines that mostly contain cough suppressants like dextromethorphan.
- Black Pepper
For productive cough, black pepper is the simplest home remedy. Mix 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper with desi ghee and have it on a full stomach.
Why it helps: The heating quality helps in clearing congestion. Have this concoction at least two to three times a day for best results.
- Pomegranate Juice for Kids
In his book, Vasant Lad suggests a brilliant remedy for kids. You could give them a mix of 1/2 cup pomegranate juice, a pinch of ginger powder along with pippali powder.
Why it helps: Pippali is a rejuvenating Ayurvedic herb. Pomegranate juice has a mild effect on the throat and ginger works due to its heating action. Pomegranate is also rich in Vitamin A and C that boost immunity. You could even replace ginger with black pepper.