Coughing is the body’s way to clear the throat and airways. However, excessive coughing may be a symptom of an infection or a disease.
Coughs could be dry or productive. A productive cough is the type of cough that brings out mucus or phlegm.
A cough could be categorized into acute, subacute, or chronic. An acute cough usually lasts for about 3 weeks. A subacute cough often lasts for 3 to 8 weeks while a chronic cough often lasts longer than 8 weeks.
Causes of coughing include; common cold or flu, allergies, asthma, sinusitis with postnasal drip, lung infections such as pneumonia, cigarette smoking, lung cancer, and lung diseases such as bronchiectasis.
Here are some tips to consider when dealing with cough;
- Avoid smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
- If your atmosphere is too dry, use a humidifier.
- Drink a lot of fluids because they help to free the mucus making it easy to cough them out.
- Ensure allergy triggers, such as dust mites, are not around your home especially your bed.
- Elevating your head while you sleep could prevent excessive coughing due to postnasal drip.
- You could apply vapor rub to your chest to relieve coughing.
Below are 33 home remedies and natural treatments to get rid of cough and its symptoms;
Inhaling steam is a simple and easy remedy for cough. The steam helps in moisturizing the dry and irritated respiratory tract and provides instant relief. It also helps in relieving inflammation and loosen phlegm that gets accumulated in the airways. Boil some water in a pan. Put it in a safe place and bend over it to inhale the steam. Wrap a towel around your head to prevent the steam from escaping. Keep inhaling the steam for 10-15 minutes. You may also add some Eucalyptus oil in the water for increased benefits.
2. Salt Water
Gargling with salt water is an age-old remedy and is effective in treating cough in a fast manner. The salt present in the solution helps in maintaining the pH and kills the bacteria thriving in your respiratory tract. It also helps in reducing inflammation and alleviates the condition. Take a cup of warm water and add half teaspoons of salt in it. Stir until the salt dissolves and use it to gargle several times during a day.
Ginger has an anti-inflammatory action that helps in reducing sore throat and cough. Crush some fresh ginger root and add it to a cup of boiling water. Strain and drink this concoction 3-4 times in a day. You may also chew a thin slice of raw ginger several times during the day to relieve coughing. Consuming a teaspoon of fresh ginger juice with honey is also great for relieving throat infections.
The therapeutic effect of turmeric is helpful in relieving cough in an incredible way. Turmeric can be used in many ways to treat a cough. Take half cup of water and heat it. Add 1 teaspoon each of turmeric and black pepper. Let it boil for 2-3 minutes and strain it. Add a dash of honey and sip it to get rid of the cough. You may also roast turmeric roots and obtain a powder by grinding it. Add it to water. Then, add some honey and drink it 2 times daily.
5. Hot Milk And Honey
Hot milk can soothe the irritated throat and help in relieving cough and chest pain. Take some hot milk and add a little honey to it. Drink it before going to bed to alleviate the cough symptoms. Honey can also be swallowed on an empty stomach to help in clearing the mucus.
Garlic is a great antibacterial and antiviral agent that helps in fighting the infection in a natural way. All you have to do is take 2-3 cloves of garlic and boil it in a cup of water. Add some oregano and let the concoction cool. Now add a dash of honey and sip it slowly. It will help in reducing cough effectively.
Besides its anti-inflammatory properties, lemons are a great source of vitamin C. It helps in boosting the immune system to fight the infection causing the cough. Mix 2 tablespoons of freshly extracted lemon juice with one tablespoon of raw honey and consume it to reduce the discomfort. You may also make a cough remedy by mixing lemon juice, honey and cayenne pepper for a fast action.
The strong pungent vapors coming from a freshly cut onion can help in soothing the respiratory tract and reduce coughing. A syrup can also be made using onion that will reduce a dry cough in an excellent way. Simply mix onion juice, honey, and comfrey together and consume it every day to get rid of a cough. You may also mix one teaspoon of honey with a half teaspoon of onion juice and consume it to relieve a sore throat and cough.
9. Carrot Juice
Carrots are full of nutrients and antioxidants that help in promoting fast healing and relief from cough. Clean and wash 4-5 carrots and extract its juice. Add a dash of honey to taste and drink it to treat the cough symptoms. DO this 3 times daily until you see improvements.
Almonds are known for their effective healing properties that can reduce cough symptoms in an incredible way. Almonds provide a simple, easy and natural way to get rid of the excessive coughing. Just soak a few almonds overnight or for 8-9 hours and make a smooth paste by grinding it hereafter. Mix it with a teaspoon of butter and consume it 3-4 times in a day until the cough completely dissipates.
11. Grape Juice
Grape juice is an effective expectorant that relieves a cough in a natural way. Grape juice also lightens the phlegm and eliminates them for a soothing action. Extract some juice of fresh grapes and mix it with a little honey. Consume it a few times every day to get rid of the accumulated mucus and associated cough. Make sure you drink freshly extracted grape juice every time to reap the benefits of the antioxidants present in it.
12. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne has a warming action and would help in reducing chest pain and cough. You can make a simple cayenne cough syrup at home. To make it, take one-fourth teaspoon, each, of ground ginger as well as ground cayenne pepper and mix well. Also, add a little honey and apple cider vinegar. Then, add about two teaspoons of water and mix all the ingredients well. Consume this mixture three times every day until the cough subsides.
Raisins are a handy way to get rid of a cough. Since it is dried grapes, it is as beneficial as grape juice to treat a cough. You may have a few raisins whenever needed to treat your cough symptoms. It is particularly useful when traveling. When using it for small children, you may cook them in water with some added sugar to obtain a thick consistency. Give a teaspoon of this syrup to soothe a cough.
14. Mullein Tea
Mullein has an antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory property which helps in fighting the infection and reduce irritation. It is often used as an effective remedy for lower respiratory diseases and whooping cough. Make a tea by adding dried flowers of mullein in water. Boil it for 15-20 minutes and strain it. Drink 2-3 cups of mullein tea daily for effective results.
15. Hot Soup
A hot soup containing spices such as garlic, ginger, onions and black pepper would work wonder in soothing the throat and relieving cough. When you consume the hot soup, the volatile steam arising from these spices acts, in a natural way, to loosen mucus and reduce coughing. It also helps in keeping you hydrated and promote a faster recovery.
Licorice is yet another effective remedy for a cough that can provide a fast relief from the problem. It is used to relieve a sore throat and reduce inflammation of the respiratory tract. Chewing a licorice stick is a simple and easy way to alleviate cough symptoms. You may also make licorice tea by adding a teaspoon of the licorice powder in water and boiling it. Drink it to get an instant relief from cough and other respiratory problems.
Children having croup pain can be relieved using this remedy. Start by mixing a teaspoon of mustard powder with a quarter cup cornflour and warm olive oil. Put this mixture in a piece of cloth or handkerchief and fold it to avoid the mixture from spilling. Place it on your child’s neck at the night to get relief from cough and promote better sleep
18. Castor Oil
Castor oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. It can be used as a warm compress to relieve croup pain and coughing. Just place the warm compress on your chest to open up the airways and relieve the symptoms. Castor oil can get absorbed by the skin and effectively reduce the cough symptoms.
Lobelia is an effective remedy for respiratory issues including a cough, croup, and asthma. It can soothe the respiratory tract by reducing the inflammation in a fast manner. Take lobelia extract, in appropriate dosage, to treat the symptoms.
20. Marshmallow Tea
Marshmallow tea helps in soothing the throat as well as the airway and provides relief from cough. It also soothes irritations and reduces discomfort. Marshmallow tea is useful in many other respiratory problems such as bronchitis, tonsillitis, and laryngitis. Crush some dried marshmallow roots and add it to 4 cups of warm water. Let it sit overnight and strain the solution in the morning. Drink this mucilaginous solution to relieve the condition.
Acupressure is an age-old technique to treat many health conditions. It can be helpful in treating cough in a natural yet effective way. Locate the last line on your ring finger. Apply a little pressure at this spot moving towards the tip. Repeat it for 100-300 times to alleviate a cough.
22. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea has a soothing effect that relieves cough and associated pain from the respiratory tract. It is also a powerful antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent that works well against the infection and inhibits it. Pour some hot water in a cup and add dried chamomile to it. Let it steep for a few minutes. Strain and drink the tea to soothe your throat and alleviate the cough.
Horsemint or bee balm is another beneficial herb to cure cough and the infection causing it. Since it is antimicrobial in nature, it kills the germs that are responsible for the cough. To make a soothing tea, take a cup of hot water and add 2-3 horsemint leaves. Boil it and strain the concoction. Consume it 2-3 times in a day for a fast relief from a cough.
24. Herbal Salve
A do-it-yourself herbal salve can work wonders in alleviating cough and associated pain. Start by taking about two cups of olive oil and add 1 cup of oregano to it. Heat the mixture and let it simmer for 30-60 minutes. Cool it and use a cheesecloth to strain the oil. Keep it aside and melt a quarter cup of bee wax and add the mixture to it. Also, add a little tea tree, spruce, pine or fur essential oil and mix well. Store this salve in a container and rub it on your foot and chest to relieve a cough.
25. Marjoram Oil
Marjoram oil can alleviate a cough when used on a regular basis. It has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties that make it a great remedy for treating infections of the respiratory tract. Take some marjoram oil and rub it on your chest and foot for effective results.
Elderberry helps in strengthening the immune system and gets rid of the infection in an easy way. It also opens up the blocked airways and relieves congestion. Consume elderberry syrup on a daily basis until you see an improvement in your condition.
Strawberry acts as a natural expectorant and helps in easing cough symptoms. They also reduce dryness and itching in the throat thereby eliminating discomfort. Consume strawberry juice for an instant relief from soreness and cough.
The leaves of thyme are high in flavonoids that aids in reducing cough and sore throat. These leaves relax the respiratory muscles and ease breathing. Thyme is also helpful in reducing inflammation and eliminate pain and discomfort. Take a cup of boiling water and add two teaspoons of thyme in it. Cover it and let it steep for 10 minutes. Strain and sip the tea for a soothing action on the throat.
Including probiotics in your diet along with other cough remedies would help in effectively alleviating the cough symptoms. Probiotics help in maintaining a balance gut flora which promotes healing. They also strengthen the immune system and enable your body to fight the infection in a great way.
Kumquat has a high medicinal value and is used in treating a wide variety of conditions including cough. The anti-inflammatory action of the fruit is beneficial in treating the condition effectively. It also acts as an expectorant to reduce you cough bouts. Soak some kumquat with a little salt and consume it. You may also steam the fruit mixed with brown sugar to form a syrup. Have this several times during the day to alleviate a cough and related issues.
31. Star Fruit
The sour taste of the star fruit has a soothing effect on the throat which could help in reducing cough. Just cut a fresh star fruit and sprinkle a little salt over it. Suck it for a few minutes before meals to relieve your cough and throat problems. A star fruit can also be consumed by soaking it with a little honey for added benefits.
32. Black Seed Oil
Black seed oil is also a beneficial natural remedy for relieving cough. It is a safe and simple remedy that works fast to reduce cough symptoms. Take half teaspoon of black seed oil (cold pressed) and mix it with equal amounts of honey. Consume this mixture twice every day until you see improvements.
33. Aloe Vera Juice
The natural gel present in aloe vera has a soothing action on the throat. In addition, it acts as a great anti-inflammatory agent that reduces irritation and promote healing. The antimicrobial nature of aloe vera helps in fighting the infection completely eliminating the cause of a cough. Cut an aloe leaf into two halves and extract the gel. Consume it on a regular basis to effectively deal with the cough.
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