Dry Cough
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Dry CoughDry cough is extra painful because it does not produce phlegm. Without phlegm as a lubricant, your throat becomes dry and irritated, and tissues can get damaged. Dry coughing or hacking is caused by infection, inflammation, lung ailments, and the inhalation of dust, smoke or other irritants.

As a symptom of the common cold, it’s often accompanied by fever, shortness of breath, and chest pain. You’re about to learn how to treat dry cough at home using simple remedies with familiar ingredients that won’t make you drowsy or cost you and arm and a leg.

Home Remedies For Dry Cough

1. Turmeric

Turmeric is a natural antiseptic, so it kills the germs that cause dry cough.

Process 1:

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder with 1 teaspoon of honey to make a paste.
  • Consume this 4 times a day.
  • Consume regularly to get relief from the dry cough.

Process 2:

  • Boil 4 cups of water and add 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder.
  • Stir well and steep for few minutes.
  • Stir in lemon juice and honey.
  • Drink this tea regularly to cure dry cough.

2. Honey

Honey is a natural antibiotic. It kills germs that cause infection while soothing the throat and reducing irritation.

Process:

  • Mix teaspoon of honey in a glass of warm water.
  • Stir well and drink regularly twice a day.
  • Note: You can add honey to tea or lemon juice.

3. Gelatin

Gelatin soothes the throat and gives relief from dry cough.

Process:

  • Heat a glass of water.
  • Stir in 5-10 grams donkey hide gelatin.
  • Let it cool for few minutes
  • Drink this warm liquid regularly.

4. Thyme

Thyme acts as an expectorant and helps to relax the respiratory system

Process:

  • Boil a cup of water.
  • Stir in 1 tablespoon of dried thyme or 2 tablespoons of fresh thyme.
  • Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let steep 10 minutes.
  • Strain, stir in honey, and drink regularly.

5. Marshmallow Root Tea

Marshmallow root reduces inflammation and acts as a pain reliever. It also protects mucous membranes and throat tissue from damage.

Process:

  • Boil a cup of water, and then stir in 2-3 grams of dried marshmallow leaves.
  • Let steep for 10 minutes.
  • Strain and drink.
  • Drink 3 cups of marshmallow tea every day.

6. Slippery Elm

Slippery elm, made from the bark of the slippery elm tree, contains a gel-like substance which coats the throat and minimizes coughing.

Process:

  • Stir in 1 tablespoon of powdered slippery elm bark in a cup of warm water..
  • Mix well and steep for 10 minutes.
  • Drink this warm tea to get relief from throat irritation and dry cough.
  • Also try slippery elm bark lozenges to moist throat by increasing saliva.

7. Steam

Steam reduces irritation by moisturizing your throat and nasal passages.

Process:

  • Boil water.
  • Drape a towel over your head and lean over the pot.
  • Breathe the steam for a few minutes.

8. Raw Onion

Onions blocks the compounds that trigger the cough reflex and helps to expel phlegm.

Process:

  • Mince one onion.
  • Blend them and extract the juice.
  • Stir in a tablespoons of raw honey and Let it sit for 4 to5 hours.
  • Take 1 teaspoon as a cough syrup twice a day.
  • It also helps to cure sore throat.

9. Hot Milk and Honey

Hot milk helps to produce mucus to lubricate the throat and respiratory system while honey soothes the throat and kills the bacteria that cause infection.

Process:

  • Mix 1teaspoonof honey in a glass of warm milk.
  • Drink regularly to get relief from dry cough.
  • Drinking at night will promote better sleep.

10. Oregano

Oregano helps to loosen phlegm so it can be more easily expelled from the respiratory system.

Process:

  • Boil a cup of water and stir in 1 tablespoon of dried oregano or 2 tablespoons of fresh oregano.
  • Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let steep 10 minutes.
  • Strain and drink.

11. Green Tea with Honey

Green tea soothes the throat while honey fights the bacteria that cause dry cough. Make tea using a store-bought green tea bag and add honey to taste, or follow the recipe below.

Process:

  • Boil a cup of water and add 1 tablespoon of green tea leaves.
  • Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let steep for 10 minutes.
  • Strain, stir in raw, organic honey to taste, and drink regularly.

12. Aniseed

Aniseed helps to loosen the mucus and expel it from the respiratory system.

Process:

  • Boil a cup of water and stir in 1 teaspoon of dried aniseed leaf or 3 teaspoons of fresh aniseed leaf.
  • Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let steep for 10 minutes.
  • Strain and drink.
  • Or you can try fennel and licorice spice tea

13. Raisins

Raisins are full of natural sugars which help to soothe the throat and treat dry cough.

Process:

  • In a blender, mix ½ cup of raisins, 1/3 cup of sugar, and 1 tablespoon of water to make a paste.
  • Pour the mixture into a sauce pan and heat to a sauce-like consistency.
  • Let it cool for few minutes.
  • Take 2 tablespoons every night before bed.

14. Ginger and Basil

Basil is a natural pain reliever, and ginger helps to soothe the throat and fight the germs that cause dry cough.

Process:

  • Take 2 teaspoons of chopped ginger root and 4 fresh basil leaves in a tea mug.
  • Pour a cup of boiling water and let steep for 10 minutes.
  • Strain and drink.

15. Sea Salt Gargle

It soothes the throat and absorb bacteria that cause dry cough.

Process:

  • Heat a mug of water and stir in 1 tablespoon of sea salt.
  • Gargle a mouthful for 2-3 minutes.
  • Spit, do not swallow.

16. Gentle Coughing Technique

Violent non-stop coughing irritates your throat, causing damage and further coughing. When you feel a cough coming on, try to control it. Take a few small, gentle coughs in order to move mucus toward the upper part of your air passage, then take one big cough in order to expel as much of that mucus as possible.

Other Tips to Prevent and Treat Dry Cough

  • Elevate your head while sleeping while sleeping. It helps to reduce dry cough.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, especially water and organic fruit and vegetable juices.
  • Use a humidifier to add moisture to dry air.
  • Take vitamins A and C to support your immune system and prevent dry cough.
  • Eat grapes or drink grape juice with a tablespoon of honey.
  • Eat slices of ginger sprinkled with sea salt.
  • Soak 10 almonds in the night and remove skin next day morning. Grind them and add 20 grams each of sugar and butter 2 times a day.
  • Carrot contains nutrients and vitamins which give relief from dry cough. Eat carrots ot drink carrot juice 4 to 5 times a day.
  • Mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and honey and take 2 tablespoons before going to bed.
  • Drink herbal teas regularly to sooth throat.
  • Eat garlic regularly.

If your dry cough persists longer than 10 days, consult a doctor. Use these treatments preventatively after your cough goes away.

Have you tried any of these home remedies for cough or dry cough? Which ones worked best for you? Share your experience with us!

 

4 comments
  1. I have had a sore throat and dry cough for 10days now I have taken cough mixture honey Strepcils eaten oranges plenty of fluids etc what can I do now

    1. Honey can provide relief from both sore throat and dry cough. It coats the oesophagus to reduce the dry cough and sore throat. It soothes the mucus membranes, glands present in the throat. Its antibacterial properties deal with the bacteria causing the problems.

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