In this article, I’m going to help you with home remedies for cold and cough, especially in winter. So, let’s get straight to the point.
While coughing can be highly annoying (typically at night), it helps clear out irritants and certain infections from your body.
When it comes to best home-based cough remedies, I would say that depends on the underlying causes. There can be many causes of a cough, including allergies, acid reflux, and infections.
Note: If a cough lasts for a few weeks, you must see a doctor.
Best Home Remedies For Cold And Cough
A large number of cough syrups and other medications as a cure for cold are available in the market. However, using natural remedies are always the best and most appropriate choice.
Do your research to be aware of natural herbs and supplements that can hinder your medication and cause side effects. You can always practice these home remedies for cold and cough.
1. Drink Honey Tea
Honey is the best natural ingredient to cure or relieve a cough as per some researchers.
A recent study compared the benefits of dark honey and cough-suppressant dextromethorphan on the treatment for night time coughing. The researchers found honey to provide significant relief from coughing if taken before dextromethorphan.
While the benefits of honey, as a cure for coughing, were small, parents rated honey has the most favorably used ingredient among the two.
In order to use honey for the treatment of a dry cough, mix 2 teaspoons of honey with a little bit of warm water or herbal tea. This mixture can be taken once or twice a day.
However, make sure you do not give honey to children below 1 year of age.
2. Ginger Drink
Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, which are great to relieve a dry or an asthmatic cough.
It can also relieve nausea at the same time.
Another study found that anti-inflammatory properties of Ginger are greatly helpful in relaxing membranes in the airways and reducing coughing, especially at night.
To prepare your Ginger drink, you need a ginger slice of 20 to 40 grams and add it to a cup of hot water. Now, allow it to steep for a minute or two, and then you can drink it.
You can also add Honey or Lemon for a better taste.
Make sure you do not drink this tea on an empty stomach, as it may cause heartburn or upset stomach.
3. Steam Can Help
Steam helps you relieve a wet cough, the one that produces mucus.
To relieve a wet cough, take a hot shower or bath until the bathroom is filled with steam. You can stay in this steam until the symptoms subside.
Once you come out of the bathroom, drink a glass of water in order to prevent dehydration.
As an alternative to a steam bath, you can make a steam bowl.
For this, fill a large bowl with hot water and add essential oils like to Rosemary or some herbs, as these are known to relieve congestion.
Now, lean over this bowl and place a towel over your head. This will trap the steam within and you can inhale the vapors for 5 minutes or so.
In case stream affects your skin and triggers itching or any other allergy you may have, immediately discontinue taking steam until your skin cools down.
Anyone with a wet cough or chest congestion can use this home-based technique to instantly relieve a cough.
4. Consume More Fluids
Experts suggest staying hydrated, as it pretty much helps those with a runny nose, a dry cough, or cold. Their researches indicate that these liquids at room temperature can alleviate a dry cough and other related issues.
On the other hand, people with additional symptoms can also benefit from warm beverages like homemade vegetable soup.
Try the following hot beverages to relieve a dry cough:
- Herbal teas
- (Room temperature) fruit juices
- Decaffeinated black tea
- Warm water
In some individuals, these hot beverages may alleviate main symptoms like fatigue, sore throat etc. If yous is such a case, do avoid them.
5. Salt Water Gargle
This is one of the best and most effective home-based treatments for a wet cough and sore throat.
In fact, saltwater significantly reduces mucus in the back of your throat and helps lessen coughing.
To prepare this, take half a cup of warm water and add a teaspoon of salt into it and stir until it completely dissolves. Let the solution cool down a bit so that you can use it to gargle.
Now, take a sip of the mixture and allow it to sit at the back of your throat for a few seconds, and then spit it out.
Try this several times a day until you experience relief from a cough.
However, make sure you do not allow younger children to use this technique. They may not be able to gargle properly and end up swallowing the salted water instead, which can be dangerous.
6. Bromelain-rich Fruits
Bromelain is a well-known enzyme, which is found in the core of fruits like pineapple. Its anti-inflammatory properties help break down mucus in your throat and easily remove it.
In fact, pineapple juice is recommended to reduce mucus in the throat and relieve symptoms. However, it is better to eat pineapple to leverage the presence of bromelain enzyme.
You can easily find bromelain supplements in the market; however, you must consult your doctor before taking any of them.
This is because some people are allergic to bromelain and this herb often causes side effects when interacts with certain medications.
To be precise, those who take blood thinners or certain antibiotics should stay away from bromelain.
7. Thyme Herb
Thyme is an aromatic perennial evergreen herb used to prepare medicines and found in many cough syrups. It helps relieve a sore throat and some digestive issues etc.
Based on a study, it was found that cough syrups that contain thyme and ivy leaves help better relieve a cough as compared to others that don’t. These benefits of thyme maybe because of antioxidants present in the plant.
Therefore, you should always look for a cough syrup that contains this herb.
Alternatively, you can prepare thyme tea at home by simply adding 2 tablespoons of dried thyme into a cup of hot water. Wait for 10 minutes and you are good to go.
8. Suppress Acid Reflux
You probably already know that acid reflux is one of the common causes of a cough.
You can avoid or suppress acid reflux simply by cutting down on certain foods and beverages, such as
- Tomatoes and Tomato Ketchup
- Garlic and Onions
- Citrus foods
- Spicy foods
- Fried and Fatty Foods.
Today, every individual has certain reflux triggers that they need to avoid. Those who are not sure what causes reflux can simply start eliminating these foods and beverages one by one and strictly monitor their symptoms. This will help them avoid or control their reflux.
How To Avoid Common Cold
While it may not be possible to avoid getting a dry or wet cough, you can certainly try and follow these tips to minimize your risk of getting one. Follow these home-based tips to avoid cold:
9. Stay away from People who are Sick
As cold and cough are contagious, you should maintain a safe distance from those who already have a cold, cough, or flu.
10. Use Disinfectant for Cleaning
In case one or more members in your family are ill, you should regularly clean kitchen and bathroom with a disinfectant as a precautionary measure.
Also, wash bedding, pillow covers, towels, and soft toys in hot water.
11. Wash Hands Regularly with Soap
When you are ill, you must wash your hands multiple times a day using soap and warm water. This helps remove bacteria and certain viruses that could be present on your skin.
Teach your children the exact way of washing their hands using soap and warm water.
If you are traveling, make sure you carry an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to use it on the go, typically before eating anything.
12. Reduce Stress and Live Freely
Taking excessive stress directly affects your immune system and simultaneously increases your risk of catching these symptoms.
To reduce stress, incorporate a workout into your everyday schedule or start with deep breathing, meditation, and learn certain muscle relaxation techniques.
13. Stay Hydrated; Stay Active
Irrespective of winter or summer, you should always drink plenty of water to stay hydrated throughout the day.
You can drink and carry along herbal teas and other homemade beverages to stay hydrated even on the go.
14. Boost Immune System
You can always start taking vitamin C, Zinc, and other Probiotics, especially in winter to maintain a safe distance from cold and flu.
15. Get Enough Sleep
Your aim should be to get at least 7 to 9 hours of sound sleep every night to stay healthy and fit.
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