There can be many reasons of dry cough, such as cold, infections, allergic reactions, traumas, low immunity etc. As there are many causes, there are also many remedies for dry cough.
Best Remedies For Curing Dry Cough
Protect yourself from dust. Dust contains many microbes which infects our lungs and irritates our throats. There are also minute particles in dust that may activate allergic reactions. With so much pollution around, it is always advisable to protect ourselves from dust.
Always wear a mask when cleaning your house, riding a motor bike, visiting construction site or going to the areas where there is dust particles in the air.
Protect From Cold Air
Protect yourself from straight contact of cold air. Cold air exaggerates the condition of cough. Avoidance of direct contact of cold air reduces the sufferings of dry cough and cures cough faster.
If you are a smoker and have dry cough then stop smoking. Smoking elevates cough and being non smoker provides tremendous relief. Neither active nor passive smoking is allowed.
Drink plain warm water after every half an hour. It will ease the irritation of the throat and there will be significant reduction in cough.
Gargle thrice daily with warm water and pinch of salt added to it. It eases the mucus and kills the bacteria accumulated in the throat area.
Inhaling steam with eucalyptus oil is very beneficial in dry coughs. Eucalyptus oil is both anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory and steam soothes the throat tissues. In a bowl of very hot water put two to three drops of eucalyptus oil, cover your head and bowl with towel and inhale the steam. Inhale steam thrice daily for a few days and your cough will be completely cured.
Honey is the natural expectorant. It has antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties. It coats the tissues of throat and provides a long lasting relief.
Whenever there is excessive coughing and urge to cough take a teaspoon of honey. People with diabetes should be careful while taking honey as this may increase your sugar levels.
Take a small piece of ginger, peel it and chew it raw. If you find difficulty in chewing raw ginger you can flavor it with salt and pepper. The ginger juice coats the irritating tissues of the throat, thus providing relief from cough. If you have stomach problems of suffer from blood pressure avoid chewing raw ginger.
Sucking on two to three pods of cloves reduces the frequency of cough significantly. Cloves acts as expectorant and loosens phlegm. Cloves are also good for your teeth and gums, it makes them stronger.
Suck on to four to five balls of black pepper and your urge to cough will be reduced significantly. The peppery taste of pepper inhibits cough.
Tulsi (Holy Basil) Tea
When preparing tea, add few leaves of Tulsi to it and let it soak with the tea leaves. Tulsi is a great expectorant and is used in many ayurvedic cough syrups.
Raw onion juice is great for dry cough. Mix one teaspoon of fresh onion juice and one teaspoon of honey and take twice daily. For extracting onion juice, finely chop a medium sized onion and strain its juice through a muslin cloth.
Homemade Cough Syrup
This homemade cough recipe is great for suppressing cough and very beneficial for children. Take one cup honey, two teaspoon fresh ginger juice, two teaspoon lemon juice, Mix together. Simmer it for ten minutes. Do not boil. Take one teaspoon as and when required. It can be stored in fridge for two days.
Whiskey when mixed herbs also acts as a great cough suppressant. Mix together, 1 cup of honey, one teaspoon crushed black pepper, 1 tsp ginger juice, 5 tsp lemon juice and a cup of whiskey. Simmer till it just begins to boil. Strain and your potent cough syrup is ready.
Drink half a cup before going to bed, the herbs will cure your cough and whiskey will provide you with a good night’s sleep. This syrup is not suitable for children below twelve years of age. You can store this in your fridge for two days but is more potent when taken after freshly made.
This Indian kadha (concoction) is very potent cough and cold fighting medication. It is very famous in North India. Its three day course is guaranteed to cure any type of cough or cold. Making this concoction is very simple: Have ¼ tsp clove powder, 1tsp crushed black pepper, 1 tsp minced ginger, few black tea leaves, 5 Tulsi (Holy Basil) leaves and two cups of water. Simmer it together in low flame till water reduces to one cup. Add half teaspoon cow’s ghee (clarified butter) to it. Strain and sip it hot. Two cups in a day for three days and it assures to cure every type of cough.
Ginger and Garlic
When you have difficulty in sleeping due incessant coughs, take this homemade medication for instant and whole night relief. In two teaspoon of clarified butter (ghee) cook two pods of crushed garlic, half teaspoon of minced ginger, four balls of crushed black pepper.
Cook till garlic is deep brown. Eat the mixture when it is still warm. Do not drink any water for half an hour after having this mixture. The anti-viral, antiseptic, anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties of ginger and garlic is well known, clarified butter acts as a soothing agent and as binder for mucus.
Milk and Turmeric
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. One teaspoon paste of raw turmeric in a glass of milk, taken at bedtime provides instant relief from cough. It also provides a good night sleep and is also beneficial in body pains and aches.
No one knows but chicken soup with lots of garlic and pepper is great in case of dry cough. This tastes great and relieves cough and cold symptoms.
Amla (Indian Gooseberry)
Amla is a powerhouse of Vitamin C and minerals and is a great immunity builder. If one spoonful of fresh amla juice mixed with one spoon of honey is taken daily in the morning, then it is not only cures cough but also ensures that your immunity becomes so strong that you will never have cough again.