Natural Remedies for Cough

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Cough is your body's defense reflex that clears the airways, prevents infections and protects the lungs. Home remedies for cough are highly effective in treating dry cough as well as cough with mucus. Here are some of the most effective natural remedies for cough.

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Natural Remedies for Cough

Most of the ingredients mentioned here are very much a part of the kitchen cabinet.

1) Turmeric

Curcumin present in turmeric possesses antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is highly effective in relieving phlegm as well as dry cough. No wonder, turmeric is hailed as one of the best natural remedies for cough.

Add half a teaspoon of turmeric to a glass of water and bring to boil and drink.

Burn dry turmeric and inhale the fumes for relief from cough.

2) Honey

Honey possesses antiviral and antibacterial properties. It relieves phlegm and heals cough. It also coats the throat and cures irritation.

Add a teaspoon of honey to a cup of hot milk and drink before bedtime.

Add 3 tablespoons of flax seeds to a glass of water and bring to boil. Filter the content and add 3 tablespoons each of honey and lemon juice, mix well and drink.

3) Pepper

மிளகுக்கு சளியைக் கரைத்து வெளியேற்றும் ஆற்றல் உள்ளது. அதன் antibacterial தன்மைகளால் பாக்டீரியா தொற்றால் ஏற்படக் கூடிய சளி, இருமலைப் போக்குகிறது.

Being an expectorant, pepper is effective in relieving phlegm. Its antibacterial properties aid in curing cold and cough caused due to bacterial infections.

Take about 5 pepper, powder it and add some honey. Mix well and consume before bedtime. Take about 5 pepper, coarsely grind it, add to a cup of water and bring to boil. Simmer till the water reduces to half in quantity, filter, add some honey and drink.

Chew about two to three pepper once or twice a day.

4) Fenugreek

Fenugreek contains antibacterial properties. It relieves excess mucus in lungs and heals cough.

Soak one teaspoon of fenugreek in a glass of water and consume it on empty stomach the next morning for relief from cough.

5) Ginger

The antiviral properties of ginger aid in relieving cough. Gingerol in ginger relieves mucus in airway passages.

Take an inch of ginger, rinse well, peel the skin and crush it slightly. Add it to a glass of water and bring to boil. Filter and have it once or twice a day.

6) Garlic

The antibacterial and antimicrobial properties of garlic aid in relieving cough.

Crush about 5 garlic cloves, add a teaspoon of honey and clove oil and consume.

7) Onion

The antibacterial and antifungal properties of onion aid in relieving cough. Onion juice helps with expulsion of mucus thereby relieving cough and hence ranks among the best natural remedies for cough.

Add one teaspoon of onion juice to one teaspoon of honey, mix well and consume.

8) Lemon

Lemon is effective in healing throat infections. Vitamin C in lemon fights infections and also is an immune booster.

Extract juice from one lemon, add a tablespoon of honey and pepper powder, mix well and consume.

Essential Oils for Cough Relief

Given below are some of the most effective essential oils for cough relief.

1) Eucalyptus Essential Oil

2) Thyme Essential Oil

3) Peppermint Essential Oil

4) Lavender Essential Oil

5) Cinnamon Essential Oil

6) Geranium Essential Oil

6) Rosemary Essential Oil

7) Tea Tree Essential Oil

8) Frankincense Essential Oil

Ways to use essential oils:

1) Add 2 to 3 drops of essential oil to hot water and do steam inhalation.

Add 2 to 5 drops of essential oil to a diffuser and diffuse it in your room.

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