Ameliorate Dry Cough Naturally
Coughing up a storm is hard on the throat and chest. Continuously coughing and not expelling irritants is called dry cough or unproductive cough. Contrary to productivity, wet coughs, dry coughs can’t remove mucus, phlegm, or other particles from your lungs or nasal passages. Unproductive coughs can be quite stubborn and remain for weeks post-flu. Besides the common cold, dry coughs can be stemmed from a variety of conditions including postnasal drip, asthma, acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Then there’s also exposure to environmental toxins such as cigarette smoke that could lead to unproductive cough as a side effect. While there are numerous clinical treatments you can use to treat it, consider the following homoeopathic remedies which can be just as effective.
Herbs and supplements
When it comes to herbs and natural supplements, you must first understand that it’s not a one-size-fits-all situation. Just like looking for the right skincare product, you first have to experiment before sticking with the right product that works for you. We have to forewarn you that not all these remedies are proven effective and some may even be inappropriate for babies or children.
Nature’s sweet bounty — honey can be used to treat children aged one and above and adults, especially for day and nighttime dry coughing. Boasting antibacterial properties, honey soothes irritated throat, evident in a study that proved it fared better than dextromethorphan, a cough suppressant ingredient, to reduce nighttime coughing in children. To consume, take a teaspoonful several times daily or mix it into your tea or warm water. Never give children under one year old honey to prevent infant botulism — a rare complication which can occur in infants.
Turmeric, naturally potent with a compound called curcumin beams with anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial properties. This means that it’s beneficial for various ailments, including dry cough. The best way to reap the benefits of curcumin is to pair it with black pepper to promote absorption into the bloodstream. Simply add 1 teaspoon of turmeric and 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper into beverages like cold orange juice, water. or warm tea. Turmeric has been a vital proponent in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, used to treat upper respiratory conditions, bronchitis and asthma. Turmeric is available in the form of capsule or powder.
Asians have been incorporating ginger in their cooking for centuries and there’s a reason for it. Besides adding flavour, ginger is packed with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, while also boosting immunity and relieving pain and discomfort. Ginger tea is the most comforting way to consume ginger. If it’s too potent for your tastebuds, add a teaspoon of honey which makes it a fortified concoction in battling dry cough. You can also take ginger in capsule form or chew on ginger root.
4. Marshmallow root
It’s nothing like the confectionery, but marshmallow root is a type of herb native to Europe, Western Asia and Northern Africa thought to possess antibacterial properties. It’s an ingredient used in cough syrups and lozenges to soothe dry cough. In fact, studies have found it’s effective in reducing irritation caused by dry cough.
5. Masala chai
Masala chai or chai tea in India is as common as teh Tarik in Malaysia, however, it has been making waves world over in recent years. In India, chai is used as a remedy for conditions such as sore throat and dry cough thanks to its antioxidant ingredients, including cloves and cardamom, the former being an effective expectorant. Masala chai also comprises cinnamon, which is an anti-inflammatory.
Aromatherapy — a holistic healing treatment using essential oils can be beneficial in soothing dry coughs. Lavender and Rosemary essential oils can help alleviate dry cough by working as a decongestant. Use the aforementioned essential oils through diffusing, spritzing around a space or inhaling from the palm of your hands. You can also add a few drops to hot water in a bowl and inhale the steam. Another benefit of scenting your room with Lavender is getting a better night’s sleep, especially if you suffer from restless sleep or insomnia.
7. Gargle with salt water
The tried and true method of gargling with warm salt water has been practised for generations and works wonders on irritated throat by killing the nasty bacteria in the mouth and throat. Start by dissolving 1 teaspoon of table salt in a tall glass of warm water and gargle several times a day. This remedy is not recommended for children for the fear of them swallowing the drink. After a disturbed night of coughing, gargle with salt water immediately after brushing your teeth to soothe your inflamed throat.