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Home remedies for cough and cold.

Why cough is happening?

Coughing happens when viruses, bacteria, dust, pollen or other substances irritate the nerve endings in the airways between the throat and lungs. A cough is the body’s way of trying to clear the passages, and what a valiant effort the body makes in this endeavor. We can cough at speeds up to 60 miles per hour, and the average cough produces enough air to fill a two-liter soda bottle about three-fourths full. The air of a cough sprays out several feet and is accompanied by some 3,000 tiny droplets of saliva.
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While chronic coughs can be a sign of a serious illness, most people consider the common cough to be more of an annoyance than a health issue. Although side effects like chest pain, exhaustion and incontinence can accompany a cough, the more vexing complaints often have to do with a cough’s ability to interfere with your (and your household’s) sleep and the propensity to be annoying in otherwise quiet places. Coupled with the germ-spreading factor, it certainly seems like treating your cough is the kindest thing to do.

While many people reach for over-the-counter medicines, experts say that many of them are a waste of money. A Harvard University report  notes, "According to American College of Chest Physicians guidelines, many of the active ingredients in over-the-counter cough remedies are ineffective.”

So, how to quell that cough without resorting to over-the-counter medicines that are possibly ineffective and may offer a host of their own side effects? With natural remedies, of course. Here are some favorite folk ways to relieve a nagging cough.

Best Home Remedies For Cough:


Add a teaspoon each of turmeric powder and black pepper to boiling water. Also consider adding cinnamon and honey. Drink this daily until you see improvement.
Other ways to introduce turmeric in your diet is by adding turmeric powder along with carom seeds to herbal tea. Also add honey and drink the solution two to three times daily.
You can also roast turmeric root and grind it into fine powder and mix it with water and honey- drink twice a day.


Ginger is a superfood that has many benefits and treating cough is among its more well-known properties.
Add small slices of ginger to boiling water. Drink this mixture three to four times a day for relief from sore throat, persistent coughing and even chest congestion. Alternatively also consider adding some lemon juice and honey.
Another option if it suits you, is to chew fresh raw ginger on and off over the day.


Lemons are useful in a variety of ways for treating coughs. With properties that reduce inflammation and offer infection-fighting vitamin C, lemons offer just the prescription to fight cough.
Combine two tablespoons of lemon juice and one tablespoon of honey and you have a homemade cough syrup. This can be taken several times a day. You can also add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the above mixture.


Peppermint contains menthol, which helps to numb nerve endings in the throat that become irritated by coughing.
This may provide pain relief and reduce the urge to cough.
Peppermint also helps reduce congestion, plus, it’s been foundTrusted Source to have antibacterial and antiviral qualities.
You can also use peppermint essential oil as an aromatherapy treatment.

Onion Juice

Onions are another staple in every Indian kitchen, making this a very convenient remedy. Most people don’t realize that onions don’t just add flavor to food, but can also be therapeutic. Studies show that onion extract has an anti-inflammatory effect and relaxes the trachea, which can reduce or stop coughing spasms. These benefits may be linked to sulfur compounds in onions. This value of onions as a dry cough remedy has long been recognized in Ayurveda and it’s worth a try. You can crush and extract onion juice, mixing it with equal parts of honey. Have a tablespoon of the mixture at least twice or thrice a day.

While these traditional Ayurvedic dry cough remedies are highly effective, you shouldn’t ignore a persistent cough. If you find no relief even after consistent usage of home remedies and Ayurvedic medicine, make it a point to consult your health care provider.



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