Coughing is a reflex action of your body to expel irritants out of the body. Dry Cough is mostly caused due to viral infection, coming in contact with allergens or other respiratory conditions like asthma, bronchitis or other lung infections. In dry cough little or almost no mucus is produced, but it can be very irritating and uncomfortable as bouts of cough generally increase when going to bed, early in the morning etc. Here we have come up with some tested home remedies to relieve you from dry cough.
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Best Natural Remedies For Dry Cough
Natural home remedies are best for treating dry cough as you don’t have to worry about the side effects.
1. Raw Onion Juice
Raw onion juice is excellent for treating a dry cough. Chop one onion and put it in a blender. Extract its juice. Take 1 teaspoon of honey along with equal amount of onion juice and have it twice a day. This is an effective remedy for dry cough.
2. Turmeric Milk
Turmeric is well known for its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Add ½ a teaspoon of turmeric powder to 1 glass of milk before going to bed. Antimicrobial property of turmeric helps to fight any bacterial or viral infection, thus providing relief from cough.
Raisins are helpful in providing relief from dry cough as it compounds which is helpful in treating cough. Make a thick sauce of raisins by boiling 100 gms of raisin in 1 cup of water and blend it well. Add some sugar to get a thick consistency, store it in a jar and have it as per your requirement.
Ginger exhibits anti-inflammatory property due to which it is very effective in soothing your sore throat and cough. Extract fresh juice of ginger. Take 1 teaspoon of ginger juice and add 1 teaspoon of honey to it. Have this mixture as and when required. Remember that ginger juice should not be taken in large quantities at a time.
Steam inhalation is one of the best remedies for treating cold and cough as it helps to moisten your nasal passage as well as your respiratory tract. Steam inhalation also helps to clear congestion by loosening the phlegm. Take water in a saucepan and bring it to boil. Inhale the steam for 10 minutes by covering your face with a towel. You can add 1-2 drops of eucalyptus oil to it.
6. Warm Liquids
Warm liquids like hot soup or broth can be beneficial in soothing your throat. It is very important to keep your body hydrated during cold and cough. Drinking warm liquids at regular intervals helps to keep your body hydrated as well.
7. Almond Paste
Almonds are rich in antioxidants and high in chemical compounds which helps to fight infection as well as its anti-inflammatory property helps soothe your dry and inflamed throat. Soak a handful of almonds in water for overnight. Grind it into a fine paste and add a spoonful of butter and sugar along with it. Consume it twice a day.
8. Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus Oil helps to clear nasal as well as your throat and chest congestion. Simply add a few drops of it in your handkerchief or your pillow before going to sleep. You can also add 1-2 drops of eucalyptus oil for steam inhalation.
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9. Lukewarm Salt-Water Gargle
Gargling with warm salt water is effective in treating sore throat and dry cough. Gargling helps to moisten your throat and helps to clear mucus from your throat giving relief from dry cough.
10. Tulsi Or Holy Basil
Tulsi is well known for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory property. It is known for its therapeutic value. Prepare a decoction of Tulsi leaves and have it at regular intervals. It is also known to increase immunity, thus helps to fight cold and cough.
11. Masala Chai
Masala chai or spiced tea is one of the most common and effective remedies for common cold and cough. Clove, cinnamon, cardamom and black pepper are the common ingredients of spiced tea which is packed with potent heat energy which is beneficial for treat cough.
Honey is one of the time tested remedies for treating dry cough. It is known for its anti-inflammatory property due to which helps to soothe a sore throat and other throat infections. Honey can be consumed in many ways- by mixing with warm water/milk or consume it as it is.
13. Tea Made From Thyme
Thyme is rich in antioxidants and exhibits antimicrobial property which helps to relax the muscles of the throat and fight the disease-causing bacteria. You can make Thyme tea and consume it at regular intervals to get relief from cough. Add 2 teaspoons of thyme to 1 cup of boiling water. Filter it and drink it.
14. Black Pepper And Raw Honey
Combination of black pepper and honey is excellent for treating dry cough. It is a traditional ayurvedic remedy for treating cough. Black pepper helps to loosen phlegm while honey helps to soothe your throat, thus providing quick relief from dry cough.
15. Marshmallow Root
Marshmallow root is a natural painkiller and has an anti-inflammatory property which gives immediate relief from sore throat and cough. It soothes your mucous membrane by reducing the inflammation. It helps to suppress the cough by moisturizing the membrane of your respiratory tract. Soak few crushed marshmallow roots in warm water overnight and next morning filter the liquid. Consume it by adding little honey.
16. Peppermint And Ginger Syrup
Peppermint acts as a decongestant, thus helps to loosen mucus and clear your throat and chest. Ginger is known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory property which helps to soothe dry cough. You can make a homemade cough syrup by adding honey and few chopped ginger to warm water. Then add chopped peppermint to it and store it in a container. Consume it as and when required.
17. Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe Vera juice is extremely beneficial for treating dry cough as it shows antibacterial, which help to fight bacterial infection of your throat. Its anti-inflammatory property is helpful in soothing the irritated membranes your throat. Simply scoop out the gel from freshly cut aloe vera and consume it or else sweeten it will honey. It will give you instant relief from bouts of dry cough.
18. Tea Made From Marjoram
Marjoram exhibits anti-inflammatory property and it also acts as an expectorant. Boil some water and add fresh marjoram leaves in it. Filter the tea and sip it at regular intervals, you will get relief from dry cough.
Garlic is known for its antibacterial property, which is due to the presence of sulphur compounds alliin and allicin. These chemical compounds help to fight throat infection as well as respiratory infection. Slowly chew a clove of garlic, the juice of which helps to fight dry cough.
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20. Sage Tea
Sage is a herb well known for its therapeutic value. Sage exhibits antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and astringent property due to which it is very beneficial in treating a throat infection. Boil water in a saucepan and add some sage leaves to it, boil for another 5 minutes and drink this tea 2-3 times a day. Add some honey as a sweetener. It helps to suppress cough giving relief from frequent bouts of dry cough.
Try out these simple home remedies to get relief from the dry cough which can be uncomfortable as well as painful. Please do not hesitate to consult a doctor if the symptoms of cough persist or are severe.
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