August 23, 2013

Homemade Recipes For Dry Cough

I had written a fairly long post on dry cough a while ago. In that, I have extolled the virtues of a certain home-remedy with Yashtimadhu (Liquorice) as one of the chief ingredients. I still reiterate that this homemade Kashayam / herbal tea is the most effective remedy that cures dry cough within a span of 3-4 days, that is, if your dry cough isn't a symptom of another health condition that needs a doctor's intervention. By the way, did you know that certain some medical drugs like ACE inhibitors which contain captopril, lisinopril, and enalapril maleate can trigger dry cough? Also for the women working in the kitchen, I am sure they are aware how while doing the tadka (tempering) or when spices are burnt, it triggers a bout of persistent cough? If one is already suffering from dry cough, one has to be very careful while in the kitchen. Some other allergic triggers are dust, fumes, pollen, perfumes etc.

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Now, when I have already blogged about extremely effective, tried and tested remedies such as Yashtimadhu Kashayam and Turmeric Milk, why the the necessity of sharing some other homemade recipes? Well, when I came across the recipes of an Ayurvedic dietician whose concoctions have worked for me in umpteen other issues, I thought I might as well share his DIY recipes for dry cough.

cough syrup funny

Recipe #1 --> Amazing Tea for Dry Cough
  • Tea powder
  • Salt
  • Garlic
  • Jaggery
  • Henna Powder
Tea powder salt garlic pods Jagagery
In a mortar and pestle, take 5 cloves of garlic, 2 tsp of onion slices and 1 tsp of jaggery and beat it to a paste. Now heat a glass of water in a vessel and add the beaten mixture to it Let it boil on a low flame. Then add 1 tsp of tea powder and a pinch of salt and 1/4 tsp of pure henna powder and stir well. Let it come to a boil. Strain it in a glass. Have this steaming hot beverage twice a day, once after your breakfast and once before going to bed at night.

# Recipe 2 --> Another Type of Turmeric Milk Or  Homemade Pills for Dry Cough
Turmeric powderJagagery Black Pepper cumin jeera Milk dry ginger powder

Beat 1 tsp of Jeera, 1/2 tsp of black pepper and 1 tsp of jaggery in a mortar and pestle. Ad 1/4 tsp each of of dry  ginger powder and turmeric powder and beat again. Mix 1 tsp of this mixture in a glass of hot milk and have it once during the day and once before retiring to bed. Alternatively you may make small round pills out of this mixture and have such 1-2 such pills after meals as dry cough usually gets triggered after having food.

- Smitha

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  1. Anonymous2:04 PM

    Wear a dust mask to bed. They trap moisture which significantly raises the humidity of the air you breathe...high humidity helps a cough. It should also raise CO2 a little if that's a factor.

  2. Dhruva2:06 PM

    Aniseed, pepper, cloves and oranges are beneficial for cough and can be used in different forms and mixtures to help relieve cough. Grapes combined with honey are an effective home remedy for dry cough.

  3. Anitha2:07 PM

    Having a paste of soaked almonds and honey twice to thrice a day will help.

  4. take a fresh betel leaf (paan), put in 5 basil leaves (holy basil), a small piece of ginger (sliced), 1-2 cloves. Roll up the betel leaf and chew on it and let the juices flow in. You will feel better instantly. This is an excellent remedy for dry cough which I have tried and tested personally. Try it!

  5. Rekha2:13 PM

    Nothing beats fresh and natural warm water in treating respiratory discomforts. The warmth of the water plus its moisturizing effect is a very potent dry cough remedy that soothes the airways and respiratory membranes. You may also add some salt to it for more efficacies.

  6. Kajol2:16 PM

    Great home remedies. I've only used the honey and lemon and will have to try some of the others next time I have a cough. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Great information! Now I know what to do instead of reaching for unhealthy cough syrup when our family gets that nasty, dry cough in the winter
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  8. Dry cough is a real headache for me. I have tried so many syrups. But still I’ve cough. I will try your remedies. Thanks a lot.


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