A cough is a symptom and not a disease. Cough is technically a reflex action of the body to flush out your airways and keep them clear, always. Though persistent, cough needs medical attention and care; mostly cough is often just results of a seasonal cold. Home remedies for coughs are often preferable as the first line of treatment instead of prescription drugs, which are usually accompanied by side effects.
Seven tried-and-tested home remedies for cough:
- Turmeric: is a well known antiseptic widely used to treat cough and cold. Mix about half a teaspoon of powdered turmeric in warm milk and consume immediately. This acts as a good antibiotic and fights any infection causing germs that might be present in the throat, during the early stages of cough.
- Ginger: is another well known remedy for treating cough. It can be crushed and added to warm milk and consumed. Alternately, it can be made into a thick decoction with water and consumed. You can add a teaspoon of honey as well for taste.
- Honey: is yet another natural source for relieving cough. Add a teaspoon of honey to half a glass of lemon water and stir well. Drinking this mixture will not only suppress your cough, but will also clear your throat. Honey should not be given to children under one year of age.
- Pepper: Black pepper is particularly useful in breaking up mucus and thus acts as a decongestant. Crush about 3seeds of pepper and mix it in a glass of warm milk. Drink it during bed time for best results.
- Onions: is one of the best home remedies for cough. Extract the juice of one finely chopped onion in a blender. Mix an equal measure of honey to it, cover and leave it to stand for about 5 hours. Use this as syrup, twice a day. It is very effective in removing phlegm.
- Clove: relieves painful coughs during bronchitis and asthma. Prepare a decoction of 6 cloves, 1 garlic piece and 1 teaspoon honey in 30 ml of boiling water. Have one spoon at bedtime to alleviate acute attacks of cough.
- Mint: helps in decongestion during coughs. Boil a few leaves of mint in water, then add 2 to 3 drops of eucalyptus oil to it and use this for steam inhalation. The mint and eucalyptus help in clearing up your sinuses and remove clogs in your airways.
Tips to aid the effectiveness of home remedies for cough:
Try to avoid strong odors such as perfumes and incense sticks that could irritate your airways and worsen the cough.
Avoid chilled, refrigerated and oily food stuffs.
Wash your hands with a disinfectant soap often when suffering from a cough.