Home Remedies for cough

Cough is a reflex mechanism to expel any irritant from the trachea or wind pipe. Coughing can be due to number of conditions like cold and flu and more serious conditions like chronic bronchitis, asthma and whooping cough.

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Coughs must not be suppressed and should be allowed to run its normal course. In fact ‘coughs’ are good for the lungs. The phlegm should be expelled out.

Try out these few simple home remedies to get relief from cough. It's always best to prepare your own cough formulation at home, instead of relying on those over-the-counter pills and drugs.

Best Indian cough Home Remedies

1) Mix 1-2 tsp of pure home made turmeric powder in warm milk and take it twice a day for coughs of a bacterial origin. Addition of a few black pepper corns makes it more potent. This is the infamous Turmeric milk or Turmeric latte. Read more about it in Dry cough? Try these home remedies.

2) a) Mix 5ml fresh Tulsi (basil) juice in 10 ml pure honey and take it twice a day.
b) Mix a quarter spoon of each of the juice of tulsi (holy basil), mint, fresh ginger (adrak), betel leaf and honey. This recipe gives instantaneous relief in cough.
c) For severe cough, mix tulsi juice with garlic juice and honey. A teaspoonful of this mixture taken once in every three hours will cure excessive cough.

3) In chronic coughs, crush 1 to 2 garlic cloves, add to a glass or milk. Then boil the milk, till it reduces to ½. Filter it add a little sugar if desired and take this decoction twice a day. Do this for a week and see for yourself the remarkable results.

4) a)  Mix 5 ml of onion juice with 10 ml of pure honey and take it twice a day for relieving cough.
b) A syrup of 1 teaspoon raw onion juice with 1 teaspoonful of honey kept over 3 to 4 hours serves as an excellent cough syrup.

5) Roast 4-5 cloves and chew them with jaggery. It is also an effective remedy for coughs.

6) Intake of equal parts of lime juice and honey is also beneficial.

7) A cup of grape juice mixed with a teaspoon of honey is also helpful.

8) Soak almonds overnight and remove their skin. A paste of these almonds with little butter and sugar is very useful for dry cough.

9) Add turmeric to boiling water and inhale the fumes. It is also good for controlling cough.

10) Steam inhalation with few drops of tincture benzoin or 1/4th teaspoonful camphor water for 15 to 20 minutes is often helpful.

11) A classical Ayurvedic preparation ‘Sitophaladi churna’ available at any ayurvedic drug stores is also an effective medicine for cough.

12) You may also gargle with warm water to which salt is added as many times as possible during the day to clear the phlegm.

13)  Rubbing the chest, back, throat and nose with camphor water provides some relief. 
a) For young kids, sprinkle a few drops of menthol extract on handkerchief and place it near the face of the child. This remedy is soothing and will result in uninterrupted sleep.
 b) An older child can reduce the cough considerably by sucking on a lump of sugar or sugar candy.

14)  Chewing betel leaf with 3-4 black Tulsi (Krishna Tulsi) leaves, a clove and a small quantity of menthol thrice a day provides relief from severe cough.

15)  For dry coughs, start eating apples each day for 2-3 weeks until your cough is cured. Avoid sour apples, though.


Avoid sour things like curd, lemon, pickle etc. Intake of very cold water, soft drinks and ice creams should be avoided.

Juice Therapy:

Take a glassful of carrot juice to which a tbsp of garlic juice, onion juice and basil juice for relief. This should be done everyday, preferably on an empty stomach and early in the morning.

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  1. Anonymous9:37 PM

    Use a netty pot. Or use saline spray when you wake up and before you go to bed to get rid of allergens. Wash your hair before you go to bed to get pollen out of your hair so it does not get on your pillow. Euclayptus in a humidifer at night to open you up. A teaspoon of local honey everyday. These will help allergies but will not cure a cold.

  2. Anonymous6:33 PM

    An easy way to stop coughing without the use of cough syrups or medication is to keep some ice cubes in your mouth. This works because the cold numbs the nerves supplying the throat. The ice must be kept continuously in the mouth. If you want to re-mineralize your body during this time, or make the technique more acceptable to children, you can freeze one of the sports drinks into ice cubes.

  3. Anonymous4:27 PM

    Here are some ideas to rid of the cough.

    Natural Cures

    Aromatherapy: Steam with thyme, benzoin, eucalyptus, frankincense, myrrh, peppermint, sandalwood, chamomile, or juniper essential oils. Add a few drops of the essential oil to water, bring to a boil, then allow to simmer. Place your head over the pan of simmering water, covering your head with a towel and inhale for 10-20 minutes.

    Diet: Eat whole foods, especially lots of raw fruits and vegetables. Also avoid mucus-producing foods, such as sugar, salty foods, dairy products, and starches. In cases of dry cough unrelated to other conditions, umeboshi plum paste can be very soothing.

    You can also make a cough syrup from eight ounces of warm pineapple juice and two teaspoons of honey. The bromelain in the pineapple juice is activated by the honey. As an alternative, mix the juice of one lemon with two tablespoons of glycerine, then add 12 teaspoons of honey and stir before each use. Take one teaspoon every 30 minutes, reducing as needed. (Do not refrigerate.)

    Another useful kitchen remedy is to slice an onion into a deep bowl and cover in honey, letting stand overnight. The next morning, strain the mixture of juice and honey and take one teaspoon four or five times a day.

    Herbs: Coltsfoot, horehound, and mullein are safe and effective for children and adults. Use as an infusion at least three times a day until your symptoms abate.

    For a dry irritating cough, use an infusion of marshmallow leaves.

    For cough with mucus, make a tea of 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder, a pinch of clove, and a pinch of cinnamon powder in one cup of water. In addition, gargle a solution made from one pinch of salt and two pinches of tumeric powder added to glass of water.

    For chronic coughs, make a confection of one part sesame seeds (black seeds if possible) and 1/2 part shatavari. Add ginger and raw sugar to taste and take one ounce daily.

    Flower Essences: Crab Apple can be helpful if your cough is due to infection.

    Homeopathy: For dry coughs: Belladonna, Aconite, Drosera, Bryonia, Phosphorus, Hyoscyamus, rumex, and spongia. These last three remedies must be taken alone, not in combination with other remedies.

    For loose coughs: Ipecac, Merc sol., Pulsatilla, Kali bich., and Kali carb are all useful remedies.

    Juice Therapy: Drink lots of fresh-squeezed, organic fruit and vegetable juices. Hot pear juice with cinnamon stick and added cardamon and cumin is a very useful juice remedy for coughs that are not serious in nature.

  4. Srisharan6:24 PM

    Grapes are one of the most effective home remedies for the treatment of a cough. Grapes tone up the lungs and act as an expectorant, relieving a simple cold and cough in a couple of days. A cup of grape juice mixed with a teaspoon of honey is advised for cough relief.

  5. Anonymous6:39 PM

    you will need honey and fresh garlic crushed. Take a tea spoon of honey and sprinkle 2-3 drops of ginger with the honey. After taking this do not have water for almost30-60 minutes. I try this with my 5 year old son and it helps a lot.

  6. Swastika6:41 PM

    Half a lemon chopped roughly, one large clove garlic chopped, one teaspoon honey half cup boiling water. Put the contents in a mug and drink as hot as can stand it, try to swallow some pieces of garlic I found this useful when I had glandular fever, laryngitis, and any bad cough infections

  7. Shreyas10:11 AM

    Take glassful lukewarm water and add 2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar and 2 teaspoon of honey into it. Consume the concoction 2 times a day, each time one glass, once in morning and second glass at bedtime. This simple remedy will help in ebbing out phlegm from respiratory track and will provide comfort against chocking at nose and throat.

  8. Varsha9:44 AM

    Take the rind of pomegranate tree. Make a powder with 1/8 of rock salt mixed with little water and prepare small tablets. Taking one tablet 2-3 times a day relieves cough.

  9. Prithvi10:27 AM

    First cut an onion or several flakes of garlic into thin slice. Cover the slices with honey and leaves for two to three hours. Drink a spoonful of the resulting juice throughout the day.

  10. Just take a tblspoon of honey directly from the jar without diluting it. It will coat your throat and works instantly. The darker the honey, the better. Also, I have heard mixing it with cinnamin powder works well too. I haven't tried that yet, but have used just plain honey.

  11. Meenakshi8:56 AM

    Roast a few cloves and powder them. Add sufficient honey.Just keep on licking this mixture from time to time.This is my mom’s home remedy for cough.

  12. Chidu9:09 AM

    A combination of honey with grape juice is highly beneficial for cough.

  13. Preetish9:13 AM

    The root of turmeric should be roasted and grind ed to form powder. This powder should be taken twice daily in a doze of 3 grams. This is good cough remedy.

  14. unknown7:14 PM

    In the case of a severe cough, orange juice and water can be taken till the severity is reduced. The procedure is to take the juice of an orange diluted in a cup of warm water, every two hours

  15. Anonymous6:09 PM

    Take an onion, slice it, add lemon juice and honey, put in close container (the more you put in of the ingredients the more syrup you'll have). Let stand for couple hours until onion juice is released, take a teaspoon of it every couple of hours. Make more if needed.

  16. Mukund9:15 AM

    boil ginger, lemon, pepper and chamomile and drink this preparation 5 times a day.

  17. Susheela8:28 AM

    Ginger juice with honey one spoon take after 1 hour untill cough is gone.
    Drink HOT Milk
    Keep your head & ear Covered until cough is gone.
    Dont drink pop/soft drinks.
    Dont eat ice

  18. Bishak4:38 PM

    garlic yes, the orange juice has vitamins...good too!! for the cough try this... squeeze some ginger juice, mix it with honey, boil it, cool and store.use it for frequent and persistent coughs. keeping a clove in the mouth can be a relief too.

  19. Trupti11:47 AM

    turmeric is a fantastic organic way to combat that cough that has been troubling you for so many weeks? Lose those expectorants and just mix a spoonful of turmeric in warm milk and drink it . The hot milk eases the throat and the turmeric fights infection in the throat.

  20. Maruti5:49 PM

    HyssopHyssopus officinalis is a very beautiful plant with blue flowers . it is used for several medicinal remedies, especially as an expectorant, cough supressant and in mouthwash and eyedrop formulations.

  21. Giridhar6:46 PM

    Use disposable tissues and empty garbage frequently so the germs are not sitting around for long periods of time
    Wash hands often
    Use warm water for bathing

  22. Anonymous6:47 PM

    Keeping warm, especially the extremities, is very important; do not worry about sweating as this is seen as a good thing
    *Several times a day drink half a cup of warm water to which one teaspoon each of lemon juice and honey has been added
    You can also try this home recipe: take one teaspoon each of cardamom, ginger powder, black pepper and cinnamon, four teaspoons of sugar; grind until you have a very fine powder; twice a day after your meal, take half a teaspoon with some warm water or honey

  23. What a great resource of information. I am so glad that I found this site.

  24. hot teas
    licorice root herbal tea go buy bulk herbs at an herbs store that sells them for best medicinal properties to be effective.
    anything with peppermint.

  25. For curing a persistent cough is chewing mulethi herb and ingesting its juice. Two parts of honey mixed with one part of fresh onion juice also works wonders in alleviating cough.

  26. Spinach juice is also found effective.

  27. Kousalya9:10 AM

    Onion juice with honey is useful for colds, coughs, bronchitis and influenza.

  28. Ateendra8:57 AM

    Thing to avoid when you have a cough are fried foods, meat, and dairy products, as they increase the production of mucus.

  29. Sujala9:31 AM

    Start with having a cup of onion juice with two tablespoons of honey and a dash of ginger juice added to it daily. Onion juice will remove phlegm and thereby reduce irritation.

  30. Brij Mohan9:06 AM

    Cough drops or hard candy will help stop the tickle if you have a dry cough and will moisten the throat. Avoid foods that increase the production of mucus, such as dairy products, meat and fried foods.

  31. Anantkrishna9:08 AM

    Vitamins A, C and E are beneficial with conditions that cause coughs.

  32. Prashanti3:11 PM

    Any time I feel like I am catching a cold or starting to feel sick I drink allot of pineapple juice or orange juice and vitamin c. I hardly get sick.

  33. Saket3:17 PM

    Take 1-2 gm powder of black pepper, long pepper, and dry ginger in equal proportions and make a mixture. Taking this mixture of powder with honey 2-3 times a day give relief from cough and is one of the useful cough remedies.

  34. Jalaja3:40 PM

    Mash around 8-10 garlic cloves and cover it with enough honey. Refrigerate it overnight and take a teaspoon of it every time an urge to cough tickles. If the smell is too pungent for your liking then boil and tender the cloves and then mix it with honey. Or mix a teaspoon of the above solution with a teaspoon of lemon juice.

  35. Aravind3:42 PM

    Take 100 grams of raisins and grind it with some water. Add 100 grams of sugar and heat the mixture till it turns saucy. Intake about 20 grams of this every day before sleeping at night.

  36. Pallavi9:27 AM

    keep a bottle of water by your bed. I have a cold and so my nose is too stuffed up to breath out of. My throat gets incredibly dry as a result and I wake up coughing and hacking until I can get some water down me to wet it.

  37. Arshana10:35 AM

    Take Mucinex or the generic Guaifenesin which will help to loosen up the mucus in your lungs and make your cough more productive, so it will go away much more quickly.

  38. You might need a humidifier.
    But to temporarily help out, try gargling with
    some lemon and honey in water.

  39. Shekhar3:39 PM

    drink plenty of water and highly recommended to go to your nearest hospital or health center to have a chest xray


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