Home remedies for Dry Cough

An Overview

Coughing is a common reflex action that occurs when mucus drains down into your air passages. It helps clear your airways of irritants and mucus. Basically, there are two types of coughs: productive and nonproductive. While a productive cough produces phlegm or mucus, clearing it from the lungs, a nonproductive cough (dry cough) doesn’t produce phlegm or mucus. To most of us, a dry cough is nothing but a minor annoyance that we ignore. Unfortunately, when a dry cough does not resolve quickly, it can be a cause for significant discomfort, even disrupting sleep. In most cases, a persistent cough is caused by mild infection or exposure to airborne allergens.

To most of us, a dry cough is nothing but a minor annoyance that we ignore. Unfortunately, when a dry cough does not resolve quickly, it can be a cause for significant discomfort, even disrupting sleep. In most cases, a persistent cough is caused by mild infection or exposure to airborne allergens. A dry hacking cough is another story. This is one we do want to stop. It can be caused by  allergies , dry air, a random tickle at the back of your throat that won’t go away, the aftermath of a cold, being in a dusty environment, etc. For these we turn to demulcents, ingredients that soothe irritated mucous membranes and remove the irritant triggering the cough.

Natural remedies for Dry cough

  1. Honey:

Honey triggers the salivary glands to produce more saliva, which in turn lubricates your airways, easing your cough. It also has antioxidant properties that fight inflammation and boost.Take 1 tablespoon of honey 1-3 times daily as needed to control coughing. Take immediately before bed if cough is disrupting your sleep. For children, you can adjust the dosing to 1 teaspoon up to one tablespoon.

  1. Spice Ginger Tea:

The use of ginger for dry cough treatment is highly recommended, as it doesn’t just reduce phlegm, but also relieves inflammation. Add 2 tablespoons of freshly shredded ginger to a glass of water. The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger help relax the tissues in the passage between your throat and lungs. Use a saucer to bring the water to a boil and let it steep for at least 15 minutes. Allow the water to cool down a bit and add honey to sweeten it, drink this at least twice or thrice a day to get relief from a dry cough and to promote healing. Honey also helps in clearing the blockage of airways between the nose and lungs by thinning down the mucus and flushing mucus out of the body.

  1. Apple cider vinegar:

It is effective home remedy for an irritating dry cough. Mix 2 tablespoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon of raw honey into a cup of warm water. Drink this tonic twice daily. Or Use the mixture to gargle 2 or 3 times a day to get relief from a dry, continuous cough.

  1. Suck on a sugar candy:

One study showed that rinsing the mouth with sucrose (sugar) solution helped reduce cough reflex sensitivity.2 This was proved by an increase in the amount of capsaicin (a compound in hot peppers) required to trigger a cough.

  1. Steam Inhalation:

Inhaling steam helps reduce inflammation in your respiratory tract and this helps in the treatment of a dry cough. It also aids in mucus drainage. Steam adds moisture into the air which goes inside the throat as you breathe. The moisture soothes your throat and scratchiness, providing you relief from dry cough.  Not only does the steam quite literally loosen mucous and phlegm, almost immediately, but you can add numerous essential oils that will impart wonderful healing benefits.

  1. Salt water gargle:

Gargling with warm salt water gives you temporary relief from dry cough and sore throat. A high salt barrier is formed around your throat which sucks in all the waste in the form of fluids from the tissues which you later spit out.  Salt water gargle also removes the irritants like allergens, bacteria and fungi from the throat.

  1. Basil leaves:

Holy basil, better known to most Indians as Tulsi, is regarded as the most sacred plant in any herbalist’s arsenal. The immunomodulatory properties of tulsi leaves enhance immunity against several dry coughs causing factors and provide relief to your respiratory system.  You can simply chew on some fresh basil leaves or take tulsi capsules for quick relief. At other times, you can add a handful of basil leaves to boiling water and steep for 15 minutes.

  1. Onion Juice remedy:

Although the intake of onions is generally restricted in Ayurveda, it has also long been recognized for its therapeutic value. Onion consumption increases ushna veerya (the fire component), acting as an appetite stimulant and energy booster. Extract raw onion juice and mix with an equal amount of raw honey. Allow the mixture to stand for at least 3-4 hours before using. You can have a tablespoon of the concoction thrice a day.

  1. Turmeric milk:

Traditionally, this ingredient has been used in combination with milk or ghee to treat a dry cough or sore throat. Turmeric has been used in traditional medicine by Indians for millennia. This simple dry cough remedy provides quick relief and it can also help treat some common throat infections.

  1. Peppermint leaves:

The peppermint herb contains a minty compound called menthol. The sensory cooling that it offers a dry, troubled throat can suppress coughs. Add a few peppermint leaves to boiling water. Cover your head with a towel and inhale the cool vapors for a couple of minutes. Alternatively, you may add 3–4 drops of peppermint oil to boiling water and do the same.

  1. Pepper & honey:

Black pepper is the world’s most traded spice, but most of its use is limited to the culinary world. What people don’t know is that it can make a great remedy for coughs that are accompanied by a lot of mucous or chest congestion. Place the pepper and honey in a mug and then cover with boiling water. Give it stir to disperse the pepper flakes and melt in the honey. Steep for 10 minutes, stir once more, and drink in its entirety. Repeat 1-2 times a day as needed to loosen mucous.

  1. Get a chest back massage:

An uncontrollable, recurrent cough can make your chest and back muscles sore. To feel better, ask someone to massage your chest and back muscles a couple of times a day.

Hot beverages rehydrate the tissue around your throat. The hot drinks numb and soothe your throat, allowing throat tissue to relax after an excessive dry cough.

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