Every time dust or allergens enter your lungs, throat, or airways, your body tries to expel the irritants by coughing. While a dry cough may be a natural reflex designed by Mother Nature to protect you, constant coughing can be bothersome or it can be a sign of an illness.
If you want to know the natural treatment for a dry cough, try these home remedies with simple ingredients that you can find right in your kitchen.
These natural dry cough remedies are easy to follow and are really effective in boosting the immune system. These all-natural ingredient home remedies are also safe to use for dry coughs in kids.
What are some common causes of dry cough?
- Infection of the respiratory tract
- Interstitial Lung Disease
- Gastric Reflux
- Allergy to dust, pollen, tobacco smoke, etc.
Symptoms of Dry Cough
- No phlegm present
- Sore and dry throat
- Fatigue or feeling low
- Weakened immunity
Simple Home Remedies for Dry Cough
The Classic Golden Milk
Golden milk is a dry cough treatment that is being used successfully for centuries. Add one teaspoon of turmeric powder to a glass of warm milk before bedtime. The warm milk will calm your throat and help you sleep. You can use coconut or almond milk too for adding flavor. A teaspoon of raw honey can also be added to sweeten the taste.
Turmeric, the golden spice, is a panacea for many problems because it is a natural antibiotic. When you wake up the next day, you will be all rise-and-shiny for sure! You can also garnish or add a different flavor to this drink, check it out in the video below:
Spicey Ginger Drink
Many of us crave a cuppa when we have been coughing all day. Warming spices are natural dry cough remedies that we can easily incorporate into our tea. When boiling water, add a spoonful of aniseeds (saunf) or a stick of cinnamon in your pot, half teaspoon of ginger powder, boiled in water will work well too.
Tulsi or holy basil is a powerful antibacterial and antioxidant that can cure a cough in a jiffy. Chew on some fresh basil leaves or steep them in boiling water and drink up. Alternatively, you can also take tulsi capsules for instant relief. Add a few drops of basil essential oil to a pot and inhale the steam to get rid of that tickly throat.
Homemade Honey Cough Syrup
Honey has cough-curing compounds that will give you instant relief from a dry cough. Mix 5 tablespoons of honey in 2 tablespoons of coconut oil or olive oil and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Heat for two minutes and your at-home cough remedy is ready.
This is an immune-boosting homemade cough syrup that also helps children suffering from dry coughs.
Aloe Vera Mixture
Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties which makes it the perfect choice for a scratchy cough. You just need to add some honey to a glass of aloe vera juice and the mixture is ready for consumption.
The Onion Remedy
Onions contain healing sulfur which makes them a staple of chronic cough remedies. Combine one teaspoonful of raw onion juice with one teaspoonful of raw honey; let stand for 3-4 hours. Take this syrup thrice a day. Drinking warm onion broth is also a magic potion for dry cough.
To further soothe your throat, avoid exposure to irritants such as smoke, dust, or other pollutants. You can also wear a face mask that is appropriate for the exposure. Before trying over-the-counter medication, try these simple natural remedies for dry cough. Say goodbye to irritating, hacking coughs!