Home Remedies for Dry Cough

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home remedies for dry cough

While coughing is one of your body’s natural defenses against foreign matter, and helps remove mucus from the lungs and upper airway passages, it can also cause distress and dryness in the throat. A dry cough can also alert an individual that a problem has developed that needs attention. When looking to ease the discomfort of a dry cough, home remedies can certainly provide the relief you seek.

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Causes of a Dry Cough

A dry, hacking cough may develop toward the end of a cold or after you’ve been exposed to an irritating substance, such as cigarette smoke or dust [1]. Accompanying the itchy throat and watery eyes that come with allergies, a dry cough can make your sneezing and nasal congestion feel worse.

Other causes of a dry cough include:

  • Asthmatics can battle a dry, nagging cough that comes and goes as it pleases.
  • Certain medications can cause a dry cough, including blood pressure medications called ACE inhibitors.
  • Rooms that present low moisture levels can dry out the mucous membranes and irritate the throat.
  • When acid from your stomach makes contact with your esophagus, your throat often becomes irritated. This condition is called gastroesophageal reflux (also known as GERD) and it can cause a dry cough to develop in the middle of the night.

Dry Cough Home Remedies


If you’ve battled the symptoms of a dry cough for longer than two weeks, it’s highly suggested that you pay a visit to your doctor to get to the bottom of your condition. In the meantime, treat your cough with the following home remedies:
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a) Raw Onion:

Finely chop one onion and extract its juice. Mix one teaspoon of onion juice with one teaspoon of honey. Allow the mixture to sit for four to five hours, as it will create an effective cough syrup that should be taken two times per day. If you are battling a cold, you should know that the onions also work to remove phlegm when combined with lemon and boiling water.

b) Salt Gargle:

Treat a dry cough with a gargle consisting of lukewarm water and a teaspoon of salt.

c) Oregano:

Boil oregano in a cup of water, filter, and drink to lessen the intensity of a dry cough.

d) Green Tea with Honey:

Soothe not only your throat but also a dry cough when you add honey to a cup of green tea.

e) Aniseed Tea:

Dry coughs plagued by thick mucus will respond to a regular cup of aniseed tea – a spice with a flavor much similar to licorice and fennel.

f) Raisins:

Create a healing sauce with raisins[2] to soothe a cough by grinding 100 grams of raisins with water. Blend in about 100 grams of sugar and heat the mixture until a sauce-like consistency is achieved. Preserve the sauce and take 20 grams before going to bed on a daily basis.

g) Humidifier:

Add a humidifier to your bedroom to combat a dry cough that comes at night.

h) Hot Milk:

Before retiring for the night, drink a cup of hot milk with honey, which will not only deliver relief for a dry cough, but also encourage a sound night of rest.

i) Ginger Tea:

Place ginger in a pot of boiling water before adding it to your regular amount of tea leaves. Lastly, put in a pinch of pepper along with three to four basil leaves. Drink hot to soothe the throat.
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j) Cinnamon:

Gain relief from a bothersome cough by adding cinnamon to a cup of tea.

k) Almonds:

Soak seven almond kernels overnight and remove the brown skin in the morning. Ground the almonds to create a fine paste. Add 20 grams each of butter and sugar to the paste, which should be administered in the morning and evening.

l) Grapes:

Did you know that grapes have a reputation for strengthening the lungs and acting as an expectorant? Within a couple of days, you will notice a difference in your cough when you drink one cup of grape juice mixed with one teaspoon of honey on a daily basis.

Resources

[1] http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/tc/coughs-topic-overview

[2]Β http://www.sunmaid.com/products-details/raisins.html

SIMILAR ARTICLES

  • SHERRY

    I HAVE HAD THIS DONE FOR YEARS AND IT WORKS WONDERS WHEN YOU HAVE A BAD COUGH THAT GETS WORSE WHEN YOU LAY DOWN GET YOU SOME VICKS CHEST RUB AND PUT A LAYER OF IT ON THE BOTTOM OF YOUR FEET AT THE ARCH AND PUT ON A PAIR OF SOCKS YOU WILL NOT COUGH ALL NIGHT IT REALLY WORKS

  • rj

    take half teaspoon of ajwain [carom seeds] and 1 inch peice of jaggery[gur] . boil them in 50 ml water till it remains as 1 teaspoon . seive it and drink it. repeat 4-5 times a day.

  • bhavana gupta

    i had a very bad dry cough i did all kind of home remedies but fail yestarday night i had some hot wheat flour halwa(SHEERA)n it worked

  • padmaja

    hot milk with turmeric & Pepper , drink before going to sleep.

  • shilpa

    Put two cloves in your mouth before going to sleep. The juice that comes out of it will lessen your cough in the night.

  • mp das

    For getting relief from dry Cough, take 1 tea spoon of honey and ginger cut into small pieces. Chew the ginger and keep inside the mouth for sometimes. it will give relief.

  • Jimmy

    Roast a piece of ginger for a while and then clean it up with filter water and then chew it and keep it inside the mouth, it will give relief

  • anu

    put 2-3 garlic flakes in 2 teaspoon mustard oil and boil them together till garlic became black. Keep it aside for a while to become lukewarm. Apply this oil on chest at night. It really works

  • Sagar

    Just go to a good ent specialist rather than any home remedies, he will go to the root cause if you have long dry cough for more than 1 month

  • sumer

    keep ginger soaked with salt in your mouth for sometime…it will really work

  • smita garg

    Chew mulathi sticks(used in paan).Juice of it is really soothing.

  • shazia

    i use to sleep with strepsils in my mouth just holding it by the side of my cheek and it slowly soothens my throat.but i do that at the first sign of cough.u can even try that in day time

  • ash

    you can have i tablespoon of honey and pepper paste!
    have this at night!It really woeks!
    but if the cough gets serious,go to meet a doc!

  • FARIAH

    RUB VICKS ON YOUR NECK AND COVER YOUR FACE

  • Carrie

    Hot Water, Honey, and Cinnamon

  • chris

    Tried the Vicks on the feet, then socks on – this really does work. Also hot lemon drink with honey, ginger, cayenne pepper and cinnamon to sooth the aggrevation in throat.

  • Hyomy

    Actually I’m trying the above remedy of hot water, honey, cinnamon but added Ginger and it’s certainly calming it down πŸ™‚

  • JR

    HI, MY NAME IS JR AND I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE SOMETHING WITH WHOMEVER WOULD BE INTERESTED. I HAVE NOT HAD A COLD IN MORE THAN 4 YEARS SINCE TAKING A MULTIPLE VITAMIN. HOWEVER, JUST A FEW DAYS AGO I CAME DOWN WITH A TERRIBLE COUGH DO TO CATCHING A COLD, WHICH TOTALY BUMBED ME OUT, SO I DECIDED TO USE MY OLD GRANDMAS HOME MADE DRINK, HOT MILK WITH HONEY BEFORE GOING TO BED. WELL, IT REALLY WORKS. I DID NOT COUGH ALL NIGHT AND THE MILK LET ME SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGH. END OF STORY. THANK YOU. JR

  • Shrabanin Dasgupta

    In a bowl take one small piece of ginger,one piece of mischri,few raisins,tulsi leaves and 2 or 3 bay leaves. Add 2 cups of water. Now boil all the ingredients in water. Boil it until the water becomes half in ratio. Strain it and consume it 2 or 3 times a day for best result.

  • DINESH

    I HAD DRY COUGH FROM 3 YR CONTINUOUS. I VISITED MANY DOCTOR, BUT NOBODY HELP ME.

  • Kristen

    I’m trying the Vick’s baby rub on my daughter’s feet. She’s still coughing a little, but definitely can tell a difference already. She was able to fall asleep; that’s for sure!

  • mehari

    i want to heal from my dry cough

  • aditi

    i face a bad dry cough at night over the 30 years in cold season.plz give me some suggestion.

  • Leena bharadwaj

    For anybody who’s been suffering from dry cough for long time this medication will help 100% but is not available over the counter HYDROCODONE HOMATROPINE syrup.Try to take this medication during night cuz it might make u feel dizzy.Dry cough is a nightmare, very hard to deal with…all the best guys n grand mothers recipes are always great,so don’t forget them with modern medication.

  • maria

    The application of vicks then wearing the socks really helps n so does drinking warm water with a tbs of honey and a tbs of apple cider vinegar.

  • Erick

    just try a minimum remedies in your homeΒ  if not work immediately go to the doctor for the proper way…

  • Angel

    My husband was suffering from dry cough for more than a week. I just asked him to follow 3 tips.
    1. A spoon of pure honey and a pinch of white pepper and have it.
    2. Have a cup of hot milk with honey before sleeping.
    3. Apply vicks on foot n then wear the socks while sleeping.

    He just did these 3 things and he was able to sleep properly without coughing. Thanks to the site and the person whoever posted this tip.

  • yvette

    Vicodin should do the trick

  • Prakash

    My daughter was suffering from Dry cough and was not able to sleep properly since 3 days. Thanks a lot for all the valuable tips posted here, she was able to have a good night sleep. I followed :
    1- Spoon Honey + Ginger
    2- Apply vicks vaporub on feet and wear socks
    3- Switch off Heater and switch on Humidifier

    Hope these tips come handy to some needy parents.

  • Gajanan

    My father is 78 years old, He is suffering from dry cough its come through air,moister,smell,oily food and he is not smoker, drinker or Asthma ….only DRY COUGH

    Please Suggest me ……..

  • wayne

    try taking ginger root, boil it, then strain it,
    put some table spoons of honey, and lemon,

  • Soni

    Diabetes: bitter gourd + gooseberry juice . 2 spoons in the morning

  • Dr Tejal Vaishnav

    Boil a cup of water with haldi, salt, ghee and pinch of soda (soda bicarbonate) and drink it hot. Cough will get break and immediately you vill find cough coming out.

  • Mak

    Avoid fried stuff and starchy food. Increase intake of luke warm water. Take steem early in the morning and before going to bed. It will definitely help.

  • Sudesh

    Hot Milk with turmeric Powder Before Bed & Before Breakfast in Morning it will surely work.

  • Bex

    Fresh lemon juice, cinnamon,ground ginger,cayanne pepper,honey and boiling water. Mix together and let sit for 5 minutes. Stir again and drink. Also vicks on the feet with socks actually WORKS!

  • Keleigh

    I currently have a dry cough and I’m using home remedies I used when I had bronchitis last year and one I’m using right now.
    The one I used last year was garlic, lemon juice and warm water or tea,
    The one I’m currently using is warm milk with turmeric, with garlic and honey. It’s already working, thank god. I was about to lose my voice, LOL.

  • bharwaj yogeshwar

    In boiling water , add onion juice+ 2-3 green cardamom +ginger juice+ pinches of nutmeg+ aniseed . and allow them to boil for few minutes. finaly add little honey and stir. best remedy for cough and cold as it is a home made cough syrup …… try it .. πŸ™‚

  • Nayan kumar

    Milk with turmeric and ginger along with honey is awesome. I got cured in 1 day. I ts great!

  • Sanjna

    Boil a mixture of spinach in a cup of water …gargle..(add salt if u want to get rid of the taste) very effective πŸ™‚

  • shailja Sharma

    Rost dry carom seed(ajwain )nd wrap it in a cotton cloth ….placed it near ur head benith pillow …bd u can sleep calm with dry cough whole night …

  • Coy Capson

    Been up most of the night with cough. Put Vicks on my feet sweet seems to be working. I am also sipping on a cup of hot water with cinnamon honey and cayenne. Both have really helped!!! Going back to bed now to get some rest!!!

  • soniya

    MY MOTHER SUFFERING FROM DRY COUGH AND WAS NOT ABLE TO SLEEP FORM SINCE 5 OR 4 DAYS PLEASE GIVE THE TIPS TO ME.THANK YOU

  • Jess

    Cloves of Garlic, chewing Ginger, Warm Milk, Virgin Coconut oil works for me.

  • maryam

    Omg, I literally just tried the vicks rub on the feet and socks, and it just decreased my coughing by 75%. Thank you guys!

  • karthika

    Hot milk with turmeric powder and little sugar for taste works wonders at the beginning stage of your dry cough. Also chew a teaspoon full of pepper and it helps if you have cold and phlegm.

  • Harry

    OMG!! I just tried that vicks rub on the feet. It really works. Thanku guys!!

  • arjun

    m suffering from allergic dry cough which increases during nite plz sugest tips to get rid

  • Malie

    Hello, my daughter been having this dry cough for over a week now , but she doesn’t cough at night only during the day I’ve tried honey with lemon and onion . Do anyone have any suggestions.

  • Skip

    I do agree the vicks works and I drink hot tea with lemon, cinnamon, honey and a dash of black pepper works wonderful. Sleep tight tonight

  • jenny

    Just tryed the milk,cinnamon and honey…AMAZING! thanks to who put that up

  • amazo

    Try this: Mix one garlic clove, one orange and one lemon in a blender , extract the juice and drink that… you will feel better the next day.

  • umesh

    My mother is suffering from dry cough for last two years, and under treatment from a renowned ent of the city, but the doc says that it’s due to some allergy and thus there is no permanent cure.please advise me if there is any breakthrough.