Dry cough

Cold and cough is something that visits a person’s life many times. Cough, especially dry cough, can be very irritating. You might feel like something is stuck in your throat and how much ever you try coughing, you won’t be able to get it out. There is no phlegm coming out from your throat, so there is no easy relief.

Instead of taking medicine very frequently, you can try using easily available ingredients in your kitchen. Let’s see what can help you get rid of dry cough.

Foods that cure dry cough


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Honey is traditionally used to fight sore throat and dry cough. The analgesic property in honey, helps to soothe your burning throat. It also helps to get rid of mucus. Honey is one of the important components in most of the cough syrups.

How to consume

  • Honey can be consumed directly. A spoon twice a day will give you good relief.
  • Honey can be mixed in warm milk and consumed twice a day.
  • Honey can also be mixed in warm water along with lemon juice. The Vitamin C in lemon extract, helps to build immunity to fight cold.

Honey can be consumed by adults and children. But be careful in the quantity of honey you feed your kid, because of the risk of botulism.


The anti-inflammatory property in ginger helps to soothe the infected/ sore throat.

How to consume

  • You can directly chew on freshly cut ginger
  • You can add ginger in your tea
  • For kids, you need to boil pieces of ginger in water and cool the water completely. Feed 3 spoons only per day
  • You can mix ginger extract with freshly crushed tulasi leaves and honey. Consume one spoon every day for good results.
Ginger tea
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Garlic has an active component named “Allicin”, that is responsible for the smell in garlic. It has anti-microbial, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, which can help you relieve irritation caused by dry cough.

How to consume

  • Garlic can be boiled in water for 5 minutes. You can add oregano spice (either dried or fresh depending on what is available) to the water. Consume once the water has cooled down.
  • Freshly crushed garlic can be consumed directly by chewing on it.
  • You can boil freshly crushed garlic in milk. You need to cook it until the milk becomes thick
  • Garlic can be included in your daily diet by adding them in your cooked food or salads.
  • You can fry garlic in ghee and chew on it.
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Turmeric is a highly effective remedy for dry cough, cold and throat infection because of its anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory properties.

How to consume

  • Turmeric powder is useful to cure cough and cold by consuming it along with warm milk. You can add freshly crushed pepper to the milk too.
  • You can mix turmeric powder in a pinch of cinnamon and honey, and consume this like a paste twice a day.
  • You can inhale the smell of burnt turmeric root, which can relieve you from irritation nd congestion

Techniques to cure dry cough


You must have heard of gargling very frequently from many people, as it has a good effect in alleviating cough.

How to Gargle

  1. Warm a tall glass of water and add one teaspoon of salt to it.
  2. Once the salt in dissolved in water, take a mouthful of water and gargle.
  3. Gargle in such a way that the salt water touches your throat as much as possible. It will be easy if you make sound A as in Apple, and gargle.

You can do this many times as you prefer. But make sure that you do it at least twice a day.

Inhale steam

Steaming is a popular way to treat cold.

How to steam

  1. Boil one big potful of water until you see water bubbling.
  2. Add few drops of benzoin (easily available in medical shops) to the water.
  3. Cover your head with a thick towel along with the rim of the container.
  4. Inhale the steam and breathe smoothly.

Make sure that your face does not touch the hot water!!

You can also use electric steamers that are available in the market.

Steaming can give you great relief, if you have a running nose or head ache because of a sinus condition and cold or cough.

Note : Build your immunity by consuming more of Vitamin C to ward off cold and cough.

Ramya Srinivasan, PDGBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. As a result of her passion in native medicine, she got her Diploma in Traditional Siddha Medicine from Bharat Sevak Samaj registered under the Indian Planning Commission. She is certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.