The season of the fall is here and many of us will fall prey to the notorious cold and cough, especially the kids. But you need to know that a cough is the body’s natural way to keep the passages clear from phlegm and other irritants. Prolonged coughing can be symptomatic of a number of reasons, like allergy, infections, or the onset of a serious illness.
From Ayurveda perspective, a cough (Kasa) is the cause of excess Pitta and Kapha Doshas. The aggravated Pitta and Kapha in the bronchial tissue lead to congestion and irritation in the bronchial mucous membrane.
A dry cough (Shushka- Kasa) is the consequence of inflammation of trachea, exposure to pollution, smoking (known as Vatja-Kasa). Ayurveda suggests best treatments, herbs, and home remedies for a cough that can provide instant relief and long-term benefits.
Home Remedies for a Cough:
1. Turmeric Latte: Drinking turmeric latte before going to bed is beneficial for both throat and body. Adding a clove of garlic to the drink can boost its effectiveness multiple times. Turmeric contains curcumin that is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory helping in fighting infections. The garlic helps in relieving congestion. And hotness of the milk liquefies the mucus allowing you to get rid of it easily.
2. Honey Tea: Getting to sip hot tea in the chilly weather is a treat for the soul. Add a tablespoon of honey and you have the recipe for a cough. Traditionally, honey has been in use to relieve a sore throat. The thick and sticky substance acts a soothing agent and leaves a protective layer behind.
3. Giloy Juice: For a chronic cough, trust giloy juice. Mix giloy juice with water and have it every morning until you get relief. Giloy juice builds immunity, balances the three doshas, and its anti-allergic properties cures a cough due to allergy, smoke or pollen.
4. Inhale Steam: If you have a wet cough, which produces mucus or phlegm, it can be cured with steam. Take a hot shower bath and let the bathroom be filled with steam. Soak in the steam for a few minutes. Alternatively, boil water in a bowl, add herbs and essential oil (rosemary), place a towel on your head, lean over the bowl and inhale the steam. Continue to inhale the vapors for 5 minutes.
5. Hot Fluids: Staying hydrated is one of the natural remedies for a cough. Drink lots of hot fluids to ward off a sore throat, chills, fatigue and more. Hot fluids include herbal tea, warm water, warm fruit juice, decaffeinated black tea.
6. Salt Water Gargle: For healing a cough, commit to salt water gargle. Repeat this act daily, it reduces swelling in the throat and loosens mucus, helping flush out toxins.
Herbs for Cough and Its Benefits:
1. Ginger: Ginger is the potent herbs for a cough, nausea, and pain. The anti-inflammatory compounds in Ginger relax membrane of the airways, which help reduces a cough.
● Add fresh ginger slices to a cup of hot tea.
● Garnish your delicacies with ginger slices
2. Thyme: In many countries, thyme is treated as one of the effective herbs for cough, upper respiratory infections and bronchitis. The thyme leaves have compounds that function to relax the tracheal and ileal muscles along with reducing inflammation.
● Drink thyme tea and thyme water (boil thyme leaves in distilled water).
● Consume thyme herbal powder with a hot liquid
3. Black Pepper: Black pepper is more than the spice, it’s the main ingredient of home remedies for a cough. Black pepper has antibacterial compounds that provide relief from cold and cough. The consumption of black pepper also relieves chest congestion and viral infection.
● You can add black pepper to your steam bowl along with other herbs
● You can brew it with herbal tea
● You can take a tablespoon of honey mixed with crushed black pepper.
4. Lemon: Sucking a lemon can be great for a sore throat. In fact, for more potent results, sprinkle salt and black pepper powder on a lemon and suck it. The properties of black pepper and lemon together work towards healing a cough.
● Consider hot buttered lemonade for winters and cough
5. Cinnamon: Cinnamon is an ingredient with antibacterial and anti-viral goodness. The herb works wonders for both children and adult suffering from a bad cough.
● Mix cinnamon powder with honey
● Drink cinnamon tea and elixirs.
Ayurvedic Natural Remedies for Cough:
1. Neti and Nasya: The duo of Neti and Nasya pot are effective in healing the cold and cough. Neti is a nasal irrigation procedure where a saline solution is administered in one nostril through Neti pot and is allowed to drain out from the other. In Nasy, medicated oils are administered in each nostril and are allowed to penetrate. The Neti procedure removes toxins and mucus from the passage while the Nasya balances the vitiated doshas.
We advise you to take proper rest and follow a healthy lifestyle so that these herbs and natural remedies for a cough can produce satisfactory results.