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Some Natural Home Remedies For Cough

Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

Home remedies for cough have been in existence for thousands of years much before modern-day medicines came on the scene. Traditional healing systems like Naturopathy and Ayurveda have used ingredients, like fruits, spices, herbs etc that are commonly available in a home.

These ingredients being natural are devoid of the side effects normally associated with allopathic medicines which are severe in some cases but are almost always existent in some degree in all cases.

Some natural home remedies for cough are presented below.

ORANGES

Oranges are quite effective at relieving coughs and colds. However, drinking an orange juice mixed with cold water in summer while in winter drinking it mixed with hot water benefits.

Sweet Limes (the bigger of the two) & Limes

SWEET LIME

To a cup of sweet lime juice add 1/2 cup of hot water, a little cumin seed powder and a little dry ginger powder. It relieves cough and asthma.

APPLE

Take out the juice of a ripe apple. To a glass of this juice add some candy sugar. Drink in the morning daily.

If the cough is dry, eat a sweet and ripe apple every day.

Currants

Piper longum ( Long Pepper )

SULTANAS / CURRANTS / LARGE RAISINS ( MUNAKKAS in Hindi )

These are very effective for coughs and colds. Those who suffer from repeated attacks of colds and coughs take it as detailed below.

Take 11 sultanas (dried), 11 black peppercorns and 5 de-skinned almonds. (The almonds have to be soaked overnight in water and the skins removed the next morning). Grind all these together and mix in 25 grams of butter. Eat this just before going to bed.

In the morning to a glass of milk add 2 long pepper ( photo shown alongside ), 10 black peppercorns and a little dry ginger powder. Boil the milk, strain and drink.

This is a wonderful remedy.

GRAPES

Grapes give strength to the lungs. They relieve cold and cough and also remove the accumulated phlegm.

However, do not drink water after consuming grapes.

AMLA

Take 1 tsp each of amla powder and honey. To be licked once a day.

POMEGRANATES

Take 8 parts of pomegranate skins (dried) and 1 part rock salt. Grind together and add just enough water to make pea sized pills.

Suck 1 pill 3 times a day.

Guava

GUAVA

In Cough with expectoration, bake guava in fire and eat.

SPINACH

Gargle with spinach juice for relief from cough, burning in throat and swelling in lings.

Garlic

GARLIC

  • To 60 ml mustard oil put all cloves from 1 garlic pod after deskinning them. Cook for some time on the heat. When it is cool, strain and fill in a bottle. Massage the chest and throat with this oil.

    Also, eat 2 sultanas and a clove of garlic 3 times a day.

    Avoid sour things.
  • Add 20 drops of garlic oil to a glass of pomegranate juice and drink. This gives relief from all types of cough.

WHOOPING COUGH

  • Soak 5 almonds in water at night. Next morning remove the skins, add 1 garlic clove and some candy sugar. Grind all these together. It cures whooping cough in a few days.
  • Take 10 drops of fresh garlic juice, 1 tsp honey and 2 tsp water. Mix well and take 4 times a day.

Turnip

TURNIP

Boil a turnip in water. Strain the water, add sugar to taste and drink.

It provides relief from asthma, cough and sore throat.

FENUGREEK SEEDS

Boil 4 tsp fenugreek seeds in 200 ml water till water reduces to half. Strain out the seeds and drink it hot.

Black Peppercorns

BLACK PEPPER

This works for both dry and wet cough.

  • Keep 1 black peppercorn and some candy sugar in the mouth and suck on it. This opens up the throat too.
  • Grind equal quantities of black peppercorns and candy sugar. Add just enough ghee to make pills half the size of a pea. Suck one 3 -4 times a day. It relieves all types of cough.
  • Grind 10 peppercorns, add 1-2 tsp honey and take it in the morning. Repeat it in the evening.
    At night, add 1 or 2 black whole peppercorns to a glass of milk. Boil and cool it just enough to drink.
  • To 1 tsp of hot ghee add 10 crushed black peppercorns and lick this mixture.
    It relieves dry cough.
  • Take 5 crushed black peppercorns and 1/4 tsp ginger powder. Add 1 tsp of honey. Consume by licking twice a day.
    It relieves cough with expectoration.

Ginger

GINGER

  • Take 30 ml of ginger juice. Add 30 ml honey which has been slightly warmed. Mix and drink 3 times a day for 10 days.
    It benefits in asthma, sore throat and cold too.
    Avoid yoghurt and sour things for this duration.
  • Fry a few pieces of ginger in ghee and eat.
  • Drink ginger tea. Add at least 10 gms of ginger while preparing this tea. Let the contents simmer for 2 minutes before taking it off the heat.
  • Add jaggery to ghee. heat till they liquefy and mix well. Add 2 tsp dry ginger powder. Take this every morning on empty stomach.
    It removes phlegm too.

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Disclaimer

The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2012 Rajan Singh Jolly

Comments

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 26, 2013:

Au fait, I prefer to take natural foods for relief of various health issues as far as possible. so I avoid medicines most of the time. I'm glad you like these natural remedies. Thanks for stopping by.

C E Clark from North Texas on January 25, 2013:

Lots of recipes for natural cough remedies one can make themselves instead of buying expensive cough syrups and lozenges. This should be a very popular hub right now with the flu and cold season making so many people sick. Voted up and useful!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 15, 2012:

Ebonny, natural remedies work great at solving a lot of health issues. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Ebonny from UK on September 15, 2012:

I recall a relative using a combination of garlic and ginger for a persistent heavy cough. Great information here.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 29, 2012:

@ Archana - Thanks for reading and appreciating.

@ Tina - Natural remedies are so useful in day to day health problems minus the side effects. Glad to see you. Thanks for sparing time to read, comment and vote the hub up.

Christina Lornemark from Sweden on May 29, 2012:

I also use honey as a remedy for cold but here is so many more tips! I will try some of them next time anyone in my family get a cold or a sore throat. Personally, I am more than willing to try something against a sore throat since I find it very annoying! Voted up, useful! Thanks you so much for sharing all these tips

Tina

archana srivastav on May 29, 2012:

very useful hub.thanks for sharing this hub.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 29, 2012:

ssiddhanta, I appreciate your visit and read. Thanks for the vote and share.

ssiddhanta on May 29, 2012:

Very useful hub. Thanks a lot :) . Voted up + share

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 29, 2012:

Ginger and honey is a common remedy for cough and cold in our countries. I've personally used hali-dudh. It works very fast too.

Thanks for all the votes and shares.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 29, 2012:

Jainismus thanks for reading, appreciating and sharing the hub.

Mahaveer Sanglikar from Pune, India on May 29, 2012:

Well written and useful Hub. Voted up and shared with my followers.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on May 28, 2012:

I have used ginger and honey for cough since childhood. My parents have tried to administered haldi-dud, but I don't like the taste.

Useful and informative! Voted up, Socially shared.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 22, 2012:

Hi Michael,

Nice to see you here and I really appreciate all your comments. I'm glad you agree that our traditional remedies do work. Thanks for stopping by and voting it up too.

Micheal from United Kingdom on May 22, 2012:

Hi Rajan,

Another excellent hub. It is good that you are putting all these remedies out to the world. Sometimes these remedies can be lost in time. Thank you for sharing.

I know what to do now. Natural home remedies have worked for our ancestors so why not us?

Voted up 3/5 buttons

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 20, 2012:

Absolutely right, ovidiucb. I'm glad you liked the hub and I appreciate the time you spared to read and comment.

ovidiucb on May 20, 2012:

Highly informative. Natural remedies do wonders! Unfortunately few people are aware of this. Most people just run down to the closest pharmacy and buy powerful medicines for a running nose or a cough that can be treated with a bit of milk, honey or plant tea.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 18, 2012:

Thanks wewillmake for reading and commenting.

wewillmake from kerala-INDIA on May 18, 2012:

Nice hub , very useful.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 18, 2012:

Marcy, I hope you find these helpful. Home remedies are the way to go first and may be, if the need arises, the conventional drugs later.

thanks for the vote and share.

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on May 18, 2012:

What a great hub! I've heard of some of these, but many were new to me. I thoroughly believe we can cure many things with basic herbs and remedies such as these. I often get mild bronchitis in the winter, and I need to try these tips.

Voted up and sharing!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 13, 2012:

NP.QUEEN, thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments.

NP.QUEEN from Dubai on May 13, 2012:

Very useful and heighly informative. Thanks for sharing.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 13, 2012:

Paul, thanks for adding your remedies. This makes it better. Thanks for reading, voting and sharing.

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on May 13, 2012:

Rajan Jolly,

This is a very interesting and useful hub. I have two other things to add for home remedies which have helped me when I had a bad cough. While I was living in Taiwan, I learned that loquat syrup will help stop a cough. While in Thailand, my wife introduced me to sucking on a lemon which gave me instant relief. Voted up and sharing.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 13, 2012:

@ Christy & barbergirl - drinking water after consuming grapes has been found to cause diarrhea in some people. Hence the caution! Thanks for reading and appreciating, voting and sharing.

@ Dana - glad you like the info. Thanks for stopping by.

@ rebecca - thanks for reading and leaving your comments.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on May 13, 2012:

I will tries these next time I have a cold. Thanks, rajan jolly

Dana Strang from Ohio on May 13, 2012:

Wow. What a variety of remedies! And what perfect timing for me. I just came inside out of frustration from my hacking cough (allergies and sensitivities) and this was the first hub to pop up. I refuse to take the reccomeneded pills and sprays. Time to stock up on some ingredients.

Thanks for some great info.

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on May 13, 2012:

Definitely gonna keep these in mind. I have been sick for the better part of the last 3 months... the last month which is mostly cough and cold stuff. That being said - I wish I would have read this awhile ago. However, they finally got the meds to work and the cough is mostly gone. I must ask though - why shouldn't you drink water after grapes? Great hub - useful and sharing!

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on May 13, 2012:

I had an apple this morning as I have had a cough. I wonder, why do you write not to drink water after eating grapes? Thank-you for another useful hub Rajan, well done.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 12, 2012:

Changing seasons especially spring time allergies are most common due to the spread of pollens through the air. The high numbers of pollen at this time of the year and their mode of dispersal is the cause.

Thanks for reading, appreciating and voting.

Ruchira from United States on May 12, 2012:

excellent hub, Rajan.

I am a big fan of honey and ginger every morning 'cause of pollen allergies here (springtime)

I was also told to roast some cloves and grind them and mix them with honey when dry cough.

btw...Rajan could you do a hub on pollen allergies pls. You are so wise...feels good to come from you.

Thanking you!

voted up as interesting as ALWAYS!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 12, 2012:

John, nice to see you here again. In India, the government has been stressing to get a diagnosis done in case there is persistent cough for over 15 days.

It's good to know it's being advertised in the UK too.

It would certainly be better to go for medical evaluation in such cases. Thanks for this input. It would certainly benefit readers.

Glad you chipped in with this info. I appreciate your interest and involvement. Thanks.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 12, 2012:

Aurelio, my friend! It's always a pleasure to have you here. Your comments sure do lift my spirits. I'm glad you found something to your liking in this hub, though I wish you'd rather enjoy them as fruits!

Glad for the votes. Thank you so much.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 12, 2012:

CloudExplorer, I'm glad you are so very conscious of what you eat. Great to know that you also are writing on topics like health which benefit others while increasing one's knowledge. It's good to be aware of what one eats and try to consume foods that are healthy.

I truly appreciate your sharing, the votes and the time you spared to read and for your extremely kind comments. I am just a drop in the ocean

JCielo from England on May 12, 2012:

Brilliant Hub Rajan! You constantly produce the highest quality content.

Folks might be interested to know that the UK Government (Health) are running a series of TV ads just now about persistent coughing.

They are making the point that if you have had such a cough for 3 weeks you should check with your doctor right away, since this could be a sign of the early onset of lung cancer. And, of course, the earlier it can be diagnosed the higher your chances of beating it.

Voted up and awesome.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on May 12, 2012:

Another useful compendium of uses for my favorite foods like garlic and orange. The black pepper one sounds intriguing and I'll try that next time I have a throat problem. Voting this Up and Useful.

Mike Pugh from New York City on May 12, 2012:

I always use lemon and honey, but ever since I've been discovering the truth about much of the health we can get from fresh organic foods, I've rethought my diet, and entire out look on consumption of things overall @Jolly.

I love how you display your useful info and relevant content it goes to show how much you truly know about natural remedies, and shows your attention to details in every way.

I appreciate that part of you as a writer for sure, because you go the extra distance, that other may not have done with hub writing, awesome job here.

I use all organic and raw whole food items now, like raw honey with organic lemons, and I use no dairy at all for the natural remedies I prefer to prescribe for myself today. I use to eat chicken noodle soup as well, and put a great deal of hot sauce in it to get rid of a cold entirely, and at time I thought it worked, but I think I was doing more harm then good, because it was canned processed soup I was using, and the hot sauce had high fructose corn syrup in it.

I read all labels today, so that if I do in fact purchase a food item it can be more closer to natural as I can get it, hopefully salvaging what ever nutrients is left, since its not in its truest natural form anymore or connected to a vine, stem or tree anymore.

Awesome hub! Rajan Jolly, you always bring the best informative health hubs, and even inspire me to write many of my own, since I'm into it all myself today, but I'm just an amateur at it all, your more of an expert for sure. Voted up and getting shared everywhere.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 12, 2012:

Hi Kris, I have written a hub on the benefits of Amla berry. The link is

https://hubpages.com/health/Amazing-AmlaThe-Indian...

You will find it informative.

Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate the interest.

Kris Heeter from Indiana on May 12, 2012:

Very interesting! I'll have to bookmark and keep some of these in mind. I've never heard of "Amla" - can you tell me a little more about it? I'm wondering if it's something that can be found here.

Great hub!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 11, 2012:

@ Vellur - I'm sure you are aware of most of these remedies. Thanks for reading and commenting.

@ A Schwartz - Glad you found this useful and informative though I pray no one needs to try them out.

Thanks for stopping by.

ASchwartz from Kentucky on May 11, 2012:

Thanks for the informative hub. I can honestly say I learned a lot. I'd never heard of several of these remedies before. Hopefully I don't have to try them out anytime soon.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on May 11, 2012:

Thank you, great home made recipes for cough.Informative and useful.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 11, 2012:

Mary, these remedies are little known in the western world, I agree with you. But here in India these have been traditionally used since centuries.

Thanks for reading.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on May 11, 2012:

I have to admit: some of these things I've never heard of doing: gargle with spinach juice....doesn't sound good to me. Interesting Hub, I must say....

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 11, 2012:

Hi Nell. You are welcome to add the link. Thank you for reading and appreciating.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 11, 2012:

Sudheesh, thank you for reading and commenting.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 11, 2012:

Kaili, I hope you don't need to but in case you do, please do give your feedback. Thanks for giving the hub a read and I appreciate the votes.

Nell Rose from England on May 11, 2012:

Hi rajan, this is really helpful and has added a few that I didn't know about, and thank you once more for the link, I will add yours to mine to if you don't mind so that it will be helpful to readers, thanks nell

itsvssudheesh from kochi,kerala, india on May 11, 2012:

This was a great help to me I was suffering with cough contiguously for few days. Thank you Rajan jolly

Kaili Bisson from Canada on May 11, 2012:

ty rajan, voted up and useful. I will try the sweet lime next time I have a cough.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 11, 2012:

Bill, nice to see you! Am glad you enjoyed the information. Thanks for stopping by.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 11, 2012:

Harsha, thanks for giving the hub a read. Cough sure is an irritant so we'd rather get if off our chest with some simple remedies.

I'm glad the VCO worked for you. That's a great feedback.

Thanks for reading.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 11, 2012:

Purnima, all of us at some point of time suffer from cough and cold. These simple natural remedies will work but not make you suffer. Thanks for reading, appreciating and following.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 11, 2012:

Well that was interesting. I had no idea that these were natural remedies other than the orange. Great hub, one I will remember the next time I have a cough.

purnimamoh1982 on May 11, 2012:

A very informative and useful hub. Cough and cold are most common form of ailments most of us go through. Your methods are simple and most of the materials are readily available in any Indian kitchen. Congratulations for such a useful hub. Voted up and followed.

Harsha Vardhana R from Bangalore on May 11, 2012:

Thanks, Rajan. Cough is a constant irritant for many for prolonged durations.

It is really new for me that guava can be useful during cold/cough. Till now, I heard that it is cough/cold causing food.

Also for me, virgin coconut oil has acted as a miracle during this winter