The other name of turmeric Curcuma longa and it is a rhizome. To try a remedy using turmeric, follow the instructions given below:
- Step 1: Take a teaspoon of finely made turmeric powder and mix with the same amount of carom seeds.
- Step 2: Have a bowl of water boiled to the maximum and pour the turmeric & carom seeds powder slowly into the bowl.
- Step 3: Cover the bowl.
- Step 4: Let the water boil for another fifteen minutes.
- Step 5: Allow the mixture to become warm. Then, add a little honey to the solution. Consume the mixture thrice every day.
How Does This Work?
Turmeric’s magical component is curcumin, which is a well-known anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral properties. There is one more too, which is called diferuloylmethane. It keeps cough and cold at bay.
Turmeric Is Not Good, If:
- You have problems with the gall bladder.
- You have a history of diabetes.
- If you are going to undergo or, have had surgery recently.
- You are taking medication for blood thinning. Blood clotting will become slow in case of suffering a bruise or cut.
Ginger is a natural analgesic and is found in almost all cough syrups (similar to honey) and even lozenges. Hence, to treat your cough using ginger, follow the steps given below:
- Step 1: Grate a three-inch ginger into small pieces.
- Step 2: Have a bowl of water ready and add the ginger.
- Step 3: Boil the water. Once the mixture is cool, you can have it three times every day for getting relief from a cough.
- Alternate method: Rub your chest with ginger oil or chew ginger slices. Note that the ginger has a sharp taste. Be careful if you have mouth ulcers.
How Does This Work?
The medicinal component in ginger is gingerol, which has antibiotic properties.
Ginger Is Not Good, If:
- You are allergic to ginger, as it increases the risk of bleeding in some users.
- You are pregnant. There are some contradictions regarding the use of ginger during pregnancy. It is known to harm the sex hormone of the fetus. There is also a possible risk of low birth weight or early labor.
- You have a heart problem. A Large dose of ginger can put heart patients at risk.
Although the medicinal properties of this herb were known, it gained prominence during ‘The Black Death’ – the plague where Europe was affected in the years 1346 till 1353. People would gather at one place to burn thyme in large bundles to keep at bay the disease. Some also used to carry thyme in their pockets. For a cough, this herb gets into action by relaxing the muscles of trachea, bronchi and opens up the airways.
- Step1: Take half a handful of this herb sprigs (fresh) and two cups of water
- Step 2: You should make the thyme into small pieces either with a pestle and mortar or any other method.
- Step 3: The powdered contents have to be boiled in water for ten to fifteen minutes. Close the bowl with a lid.
- Step 4: Steep the mixture and let it become warm.
- Step 5: You can also add honey to the mixture and consume it slowly.
How Does This Work?
The leaves have been found to cough suppressant components. The main active component is thymol, which has antifungal and antiseptic properties. The other volatile oils found are borneol, geraniol, and carvacolo. The other antioxidants found are naringenin, thymonin, and luteolin. It also contains vitamin A, beta carotene and folic acid.
Thyme Is Not Good, If:
- You are allergic to Lamiaceae species or Oregano.
- You suffer from bleeding disorders. It might enhance the risk of bleeding if used in large amounts.
2. Pepper & Honey
Popularly called the “King of Spice” and also the spice that is traded first in the world, it also retains a remarkable position in the culinary world. A combo of these two ingredients can do amazing wonders in treating cough. Just try the steps listed below:
- Step 1: Take one spoon of freshly ground pepper (black)
- Step 2: Take two cups of water.
- Step 3: Mix the pepper and water in a pot and boil for fifteen minutes.
- Step 4: The mixture can be steeped, and the pepper separated. Add one teaspoon of honey and stir well.
How Does This Work?
The main component is piperine, known for its medicinal properties. The other monoterpenes hydrocarbons it contains are limonene, terpinene, sabinene, pinene, and mercene. There are also antioxidants in the form of vitamins – Vit A and Vit C. Some of them are in the form of zeaxanthin, lycopene, and cryptoxanthin.
Pepper & Honey Is Not Good, If:
- You have high blood pressure.
- You have mouth and stomach ulcers.
1. Herbal Tea
Licorice root when made as an herbal tea can be effectively used to treat simple ailments such as sore throats, coughs, bronchitis, and colds.
- Step 1: You can take one teaspoon of this dried herb.
- Step 2: Have two cups of water and boil the herb for more than ten minutes.
- Step 3: You can strain the mixture after allowing it to cool and then consume it slowly.
How Does This Work?
The key medicinal compound of licorice is glycyrrhizin, and it gives benefits to the body. One of the major benefits is that the immune system chemical, interferon gets a boost. There are also phytoestrogens, which heals, soothes, and helps relieve symptoms of a cough.
Herbal Tea Is Not Good, If:
- You have high blood pressure. You may suffer from headaches, kidney disease, and cardiovascular problems.
- Any form of licorice should not be given to children.
Symptoms Of Cough
- Symptoms indicate the presence of illness in the body. The signs depicted by the infected person include fever, chills, sore throat, body aches, vomiting, headache, nausea, runny nose, postnasal drip, sinus pressure and night sweats. The Infectious and non-infectious are indicated by the presence of phlegm or sputum in some of the cases, and it may differ in some other cases.
- Some of the signs that are non-infectious include certain key chemicals, environmental irritants, coughs with the wheezing and more. In almost all these cases, a person when exposed to the chemicals or perform the activities in the foul smell environment will develop these kinds of problems. With the intake of certain allergy medications and inhalers, some of the body systems may react negatively while increasing the illness to a further stage.
When To See A Doctor?
If you are aware of your health-related problems, then you can go for your remedies. Otherwise, you should seek a right advice from the practitioner. And you have to do this if you observe the below-mentioned changes in your health.
- If you have a high fever.
- The unwillingness of the cough to subside even though other symptoms have lost their impact.
- The change in the character of cough.
- The treatment to reduce cough fails.
- The appearance of the blood in the cough.
- Interference of the cough in the day-to-day activities such as sleeping, eating, talking and more.
- Seeking the consultation of the doctor when you feel your breath is falling short.
Go for the quick medical counsel and the best way to get rid of a cough, if you observe these changes;
- If you are suffering from chronic disorders, then you should discuss all these things with your General Health Practitioner.
- If your cough has increased and you start to experience chest pain and other serious illness, then your health requires immediate intervention.
- If you are already suffering from cough and lung disease, and home remedies are not working for you, seek medical advice.
Natural Remedy vs. Pharmacy
The term ‘expectorant’ is given to the medicine that assists in thinning the mucus so that it comes out while coughing. One of the preferred types of this medicine is Guaifenesin (brand name – Mucinex & Robitussin Chest Congestion).
The other drug known for preventing and suppressing cough is antitussive, and it contains the medical ingredient dextromethorphan (brand names: Robitussin Cough, Triaminic Cold, and Vicks 44 Cough and Cold).