Cure the Cough, the Natural Way                   by  Janice Kumar


Cough can happen to anyone for multiple reasons. It may be a symptom of a throat infection caused by a bacterial infection or it may be an allergic reaction to the environment or some specific food.

Nature has provided many herbs and foods that help in curing minor coughs and irritations. These home cures work well in cases where the cause of the cough may be indeterminate or allergic in nature. In case of severe bacterial infections of the throat with high fever, these remedies can only provide some relief but the curative solution will lie with antibiotics prescribed by a doctor.

However, these cough cures are an excellent alternative to alcohol based cough syrups and concoctions available in the market which may case drowsiness and at times do more harm than good.

I am giving below multiple herbal home cures for cough. All of them work but you need to find one that works for your specific kind of problem.

Honey is well accepted way of providing cough relief. One way to us it effectively is to combine it with the curative properties of the onion. To get rid of an irritating cough, pour 2 teaspoons of honey on a freshly cut slice of onion. Cover it and let is lie for four to five hours. Then take one teaspoon of this honey after removing the onion piece. You will find immediate relief. Repeat the second teaspoon after three to four hours.

Another remedy effective in cough with a cold is as follows. Take one onion, five basil leaves, two cloves and five peppercorns in 200 ml of water. Boil them together till the water reduces by half. Sip this hot concoction, thrice daily to find substantial relief from cough and cold.

A persistent allergic cough is very irritating. It dies not seem to go away easily and keeps the patient irritated all day long. If you can't find a cause, try this cure. Take a guava (fruit) and bake it in an oven. Eat this baked guava once  a day for three to four days and you will find substantial relief.

Another quick fix for minor coughs is turmeric. Take half a glass of hot water and add a pinch of salt to it. Stir. Then add half a teaspoon of turmeric powder to it. Drink this mixture once daily for three days to find relief. This is also an effective pre emptive way to protect the throat from persistent infections.   

For a sore throat and cough, try turmeric with milk. Add a teaspoonful of turmeric powder to a glass of milk and boil it. Sip this  hot milk, morning and evening to find relief from a sore, painful throat and cough.

Another herb that works well in case of throat problems in ginger. Squeeze one teaspoonful of ginger juice and add an equal quantity of honey to it. Ingest this concoction and then follow up with a cup of hot milk to find relief from cough and minor throat problems.

Another remedy is to take half a cup of hot water, add three teaspoons of fresh lime juice to it, one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of ginger juice. Mix well and sip this concoction, three times daily,  to find relief from cough.


The above remedies are useful in curing minor throat problems. They can also be taken as an accompaniment to antibiotics for relief from cough and can replace commercial cough mixtures.  However in cases of severe problems, try and take the advice of a trained doctor.


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