Home remedies to help cure your cough
A cough is a reflex action to clear your airways, and typically falls into one of two categories: a dry cough is caused by a foreign particle irritating the throat and feels like a tickle; or a productive cough caused by phlegm irritating your chest, as a secondary cause to respiratory infection, allergic rhinitis, or bronchitis.
Ayurveda is a medical system that originated in India more than 3,000 years ago, and can help with home remedies for a cough.
For a dry cough, honey is considered a universal remedy for soothing the irritation (but note, honey isn’t recommended for infants under one). Eat a ripe banana with one teaspoon of honey, and two pinches of ground black pepper two or three times a day.
For a productive cough, the simplest home remedy is black pepper. Eat a quarter of a teaspoon of black pepper powder with one teaspoon of honey/ ghee (a form of clarified butter, recommended for a hoarse voice).
Or perhaps prepare a tea by adding half a teaspoon of ginger powder, plus a pinch of clove and a pinch of cinnamon powder, to boiled water.
For children with a cough, try giving them half a cup of pomegranate juice with a pinch of ginger powder and a pinch of pippali powder.