Cough is one of the most common of common ailments and can crop up and disturb you any time of the year. Catching a cough can bring along with it fever, sore throat, chest congestion, nasal blockages and general weakness and irritability.
Mostly antibiotics are resorted to in order to destroy the bacteria and the virus that cause cough. This is in fact not needed as they are several phenomenal home remedies that can give almost the same result as antibiotics if administered at the right time. Here are a few of them.
Ginger helps in treating cough within a few hours. Intake of ginger will heat up the body and this will help in melting the phlegm and easing the process of respiration. A tea prepared form ginger is much more effective than chewing a stalk of ginger when you have cough.
The hot tea too contributes to the process of melting the phlegm. Take a one inch piece of ginger root and crush it. Boil one cup of water and add this to the water. Simmer for ten minutes. Add a tablespoon of lemon juice or honey and drink it hot.
Grape juice is a natural expectorant and its vitamin C content will help in kick starting the immune system response as well, thereby taking care of your cough in a couple of days. Take two glasses of grape juice, sweetened with sugar or honey to reduce the bacterial action as well.
Pepper too makes your body hot and reduces the action of germs in your body. Crush a few pepper berries and take it along with some honey, lemon or water or just chew them on their own.
They help in removing bacteria from the respiratory tract and also in melting the phlegm. When your nose starts running after the intake of pepper, you can blow your nose and cough the phlegm out for fast relief.
These medicinal seeds are known to relieve phlegm from your body and also remove the bacteria that are causing the cough. Take some cumin seeds and chew themdown your throat. The vitamin C and iron that contain in cumin seeds will also increase your immune system response to the bacteria and help in fighting the bacteria off as well.
Garlic has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory and this can easily treat the symptoms of cough and chest congestion before it turns worse. As soon as the cough surfaces, chew some garlic cloves to suppress the bacteria and remove the cough as fast as it has started.
Garlic can also be taken as tablets and as an infusion if you want to prevent the bad odor to a certain degree. Take a few cloves of garlic and add this to one cup of boiling water. Simmer for ten minutes and then take it hot along with some honey.
The sulphur globules that are released by onions when we cut them are known to be a healing agent and will help in treating cough and other ailments. Take an onion and grate it.
Boil a cup of water and add the grated pieces along with it. Simmer for fifteen minutes. This can then be taken hot 3-4 times a day. Sweeten with honey if needed and add a few drops of lemon as well.
Lemon is rich in vitamin C and is also known to dry the phlegm and relieve the cough and chest congestion. Vitamin C has antioxidant properties and the boost in the immune system will also help in warding off the infection as soon as possible. Drink warm lemon juice all throughout the day after sweetening it with honey.
Basil leaves too are medicinal in nature and excellent for destroying germs and relieving the infection. 3-4 leaves can be chewed in the morning and evening along with pepper berries and honey.
Basil leaves can also be boiled along with a cup of water and the infusion taken while it is hot for relief from respiratory tract infections, chest congestion and cough.
Betel leaves are known for its antiseptic properties. It is used for curing digestive as well as respiratory ailments. Take a betel leaf and wash thoroughly. Add two cloves and chew it.
This will help in relieving the bacteria inside the throat and respiratory tract. Persistent cough can be treated by taking one teaspoon of turmeric powder along with a betel leaf. Night time cough can be treated by adding one tablespoon of ajwain to betel leaf and chewing it down your throat before going to bed.
One of the best grandma’s remedies that still work like a charm, taking turmeric along with a glass of warm milk is known to cure cough.
Turmeric has antibacterial properties and also reduces inflammation in the respiratory tract. Alternatively, take a teaspoon of turmeric and drink with a spoon of honey or lemon. Turmeric can also be added to a cup of hot water and consumed several times a day.
Mustard oil has many medicinal properties and has been in use for centuries for treating several ailments of the body. Warm mustard oil and massage on the neck and backside of your chest for a few minutes to relieve cough. Mustard oil can also be massaged on the sole of your feet before you head to sleep for treating nighttime cough.
Black tea when taken hot is an excellent way to treat chest congestion and cough. The heat from the tea will melt the phlegm and the tannic acid in black tea will relieve the inflammation a well. You can squeeze the juice of a lemon and sweeten it with honey to increase the effect of this remedy.
Aniseeds are excellent treatments for dry cough. Take one teaspoon of aniseeds and add a few sugar candies to this. Leave it overnight and the next day morning you can have this water to treat dry cough.