Saturday, March 5, 2016

9 Natural Home Remedies For Dry Cough - Relief from Bad Cough

Occasional coughing is quite normal. It helps to keep your throat clear from phlegm or mucous, so known as productive cough. However, a persistent coughing may be the symptoms of some problems. The persistent hacking dry coughing is very uncomfortable to the person coughing and to others sitting nearby which is irritating to them.

No body wants a person coughing in a lecture room or cinema theater. Even once a lady sitting near me in a bus told me that I was annoying as I was clearing my throat quite frequently.

What Causes Coughing and What are Its Symptoms?

natural remedies for dry cough
Natural remedies for dry cough
Coughing may be due to viral infections in the respiratory tract leading to common cold, flu, or sinus infection. This creates short-term coughing lasting for 2-3 weeks. The symptoms of common cold are nasal congestion, a runny nose, body aches and fever.

Allergens such as pollen can cause cough. Cough due to allergies arises in a certain season or environment. This coughing last for three weeks or more. Allergies do not produce fever or body pain.

High fever or feeling chills may be the sign of a lung infection like bronchitis. You should consult your Doctor, if your cough is too violent or you produce thick, bad-smelling phlegm.


The Best Natural Cough Remedies & Treatment

The over-the-counter medicines contain ingredients which soothe the irritated mucous membranes and remove the irritant triggering the cough. Most of these contain dextromethorphan, a cough suppressant.

Why take chemicals, you can try some of the following 9 home remedies which are effective to treat dry cough. They taste a lot better than most cough syrups and as effective in getting rid of bad cough. After trying the natural cures, you can known which works best for you. The natural remedies are effective for adults, infants, toddlers and children.

1. Honey, The Age-old Remedy

Honey can relieve coughs and soothe your throat more effectively than over-the-counter drugs. Honey with antibacterial properties, is a high viscosity and sticky creates a coating that provides soothing to the irritated mucous membranes.

In a study it has been concluded that honey is better than dextromethorphan (DM) in cough and upper respiratory tract infection, and it may be a preferable treatment for the cough and sleep difficulty for childhood upper respiratory tract infection.

Honey is an excellent remedy for both children and adults. However, due to the risk of botulism it should never be given to children under the age of 2 year.

Eat some raw honey 2-3 times daily to control coughing. If cough is disrupting your sleep, take just before going to bed.

Mix some raw honey and lemon juice in your tea or just warm water and sip slowly 2-3 times a day for a soothing effect and to clear congestion.

2. Peppermint

The menthol in peppermint acts as a decongestant which helps to break down the mucus and help relieve the irritating dry cough.
  1. Drink peppermint tea to soothe and heal the throat. Just add some mint leaves in your tea, black or green.
  2. Inhale steam from hot water containing peppermint oil.

3. The Friendly Ginger

Ginger is an expectorant, which helps loosen and expel mucous from the lungs and stopping the tickle in the throat that triggers a cough.
Just keep a small piece of fresh ginger root in mouth and slowly sip its juice.
Add chopped ginger in your regular tea to help ease dry cough.

4. The Ginger, Peppermint & Honey Tea

In order to take advantage of the healing properties of ginger, peppermint and honey make a tea of these super natural food.
Just add some chopped ginger, honey and peppermint leaves in boiling water and cover for 5-10 minutes. Drink this soothing mixture 4-5 times a day.
Ginger, peppermint and Honey for cough relief.
Ginger, peppermint and Honey for cough relief.

5. Eucalyptus Oil

The eucalyptus, like peppermint soothes the throat and acts as a decongestant but to its menthol content, helping to break down mucus.
Inhale the steam by adding some eucalyptus oil in hot water to ease out the dry cough.

6. Black Pepper & Honey

Black pepper is a great remedy for coughs relieving mucous and chest congestion.
Add some black pepper powder and ginger powder in your regular tea to cure dry cough. You could also add some honey to advantage of its antibacterial properties.

7. Licorice Root

Licorice root (Mulethi), an expectorant and demulcent can ease the congestion and loosen the mucous, soothing your airways. It can also ease any inflammation that may be irritating your throat. Licorice contains glycyrrhizin, which is responsible for its healing properties.

Just keep a small stick in mouth and slowly chew it and swallow its juice.
You can add some licorice powder in your regular tea.
Licorice for sore throat and cough
Licorice for sore throat and cough

8. Thyme Tea

Thyme contains flavonoids that relax the throat muscles, opens up airways and also reduces inflammation, increasing comfort.

Add some crushed thyme leaves into a cup of boiling water and cover for 5 minutes. Drink this thyme tea slowly. You can add some honey and lemon juice.

9. Eat Some Pineapple

The presence of bromelain, an enzyme in pineapple can help suppress coughs as well as loosen the mucus in your throat.  The bromelain has anti-inflammatory properties.

The ingestion of bromelain can cure sinusitis and allergy-based sinus problems, which can contribute to coughs and mucus, and also burns and skin rashes, according to the National Library of Medicine. However, this needs further study, according to the National Institutes of Health.

The benefits of pineapple when you have a cold or cough are the same as those of orange juice, but the the additional advantage comes from bromelain found in pineapples to help suppress coughs and loosen mucus.

References

  1. Debnath, P. et al.,  A survey on pineapple and its medicinal value. Scholars Academic Journal of Pharmacy, 1, 24-29, 2012, saspublisher.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/SASP11-24-29.pdf 
  2. Kemmerich, B. et al., Efficacy and tolerability of a fluid extract combination of thyme herb and ivy leaves and matched placebo in adults suffering from acute bronchitis with productive cough. A prospective, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, Arzneimittelforschung, 56, 652-660, 2006.
  3. Paul, I. M. et al., Effect of honey, dextromethorphan, and no treatment on nocturnal cough and sleep quality for coughing children and their parents, Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med., 161, 1140-1146, 2007, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18056558
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