ough Remedies In Your Kitchen

Cough Remedies In Your Kitchen

With a change in season, our health is sure to suffer from either a viral infection, or cold and cough. Allergies due to pollen, dust, animal-fur also cause cough. The irritation you feel in your throat, sometimes, and which you try to clear by coughing, is common and does not need medication. However, the cough caused due to the above-mentioned allergens, or seasonal changes, is what does require care and treatment. A medical practitioner can help you with the allergies and prescribe medications for the same. But, the cough caused due to seasonal change is something that can definitely be treated at home. There are cough remedies in your kitchen that you can use.

Cough Remedies In Your Kitchen

Home remedies for cough or cold can be found in your kitchen, in spices and herbs you use for cooking. These are quick and easy to prepare and do not have any side effects, as opposed to the cough syrups that are usually obtained as OTC drugs at your neighborhood chemist and which do exhibit side effects that often worsen the situation.

Cough syrups contain alcohol that is the culprit—the reason you feel drowsy with even a teaspoon of the syrup. You notice hardly any change in your cough, but you do end up sleeping all day. These also fail to thin the mucus that you find difficult to cough up.

Home remedies, therefore, make for the best way to tackle cough, thin the mucus and fight the problem easily and without any discomfort.

Cough Remedies In Your Kitchen

Homemade Cough Syrup

A homemade cough syrup is the easiest way to treat a sore throat and give it the relief it needs.


  • Water – 2 cups
  • Fennel seeds – 1 tsp
  • Black peppercorn – 3 or 4
  • Cinnamon – about half an inch
  • Cloves – 2
  • Grated ginger – 1 tsp
  • Honey – 1 tablespoon
  • Tulsi leaves – 3 to 4


Keep the water to boil.

Add the tulsi leaves.

Crush the fennel seeds, cloves, peppercorns and cinnamon in a mortar with a pestle.

Add these crushed spices to the water.

Add the grated ginger

Allow the water to boil for a good few minutes till it changes its color.

Switch off the burner. Add the honey and some cool water to make it drinkable.

Drink this concoction twice of thrice a day, especially before going to bed.

This helps thin the mucus, relieves the irritation in the throat and helps cure the cough without making you drowsy.

Additionally, you can have half a teaspoon of turmeric powder mixed with half a teaspoon of sugar if the cough bothers you when you lie down to sleep. Chew the mixture well and have a small sip of water over it.

Homemade Cough Solution

This is a combination of two Ayurvedic powders, honey and ghee, or clarified butter that helps reduce dry cough as well as chesty cough.


  • Sitopaladi Churna – 1 tablespoon
  • Yeshthimadhu (Jeshthimadh) – Half a tablespoon
  • Honey – 1 tablespoon or as much is required to mix the two powders
  • Ghee – 1 teaspoon

The two Ayurvedic powders are easily available at every chemist’s. Homemade ghee is advisable, but if you do not prepare ghee at home, select one from the store that belongs to a trusted brand.


Mix the powders in a glass jar.

Add honey and mix well till you get a paste.

Add ghee.

Cover with an airtight lid and store at room temperature.

Having this solution every half an hour, or anytime you feel like, will help reduce the cough. Its taste makes it a favorite with the children as well as adults because it doesn’t taste like the bitter cough syrup.

Home Remedies versus OTC Cough Syrups

Home remedies do not have any side effects.

They do take some time to work their magic, but at least they do not make you sleepy!

And, finally, home remedies for cough can be trusted because they have been passed down from generations and also because they are prepared using everyday ingredients and not a chemical formula.

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Shilpa Gupte is a health and wellness blogger at Metanoia. Through her posts she tries to spread awareness about mental health and the need to speak openly about it, as well as women's health and the importance of self-care. She also writes on food through healthy recipes and her posts on nutrition. She finds comfort in books and art and her pets provide her with endless entertainment and insights on Life.

8 Comments on “Cough Remedies In Your Kitchen

  1. I am always keen on trying home remedies first for treating mild sickness and coughs are the one for which I never use OTC cough syrups. This post is extremely helpful. I am making a note of the first home made cough syrup since the Ayurvedic powders will not be available at my place.

    1. Those powders are really good and effective, Anu. It’s a blessing not feeling drowsy after having these to get relief from cough, or cold. too.
      Thanks for reading! 🙂

  2. I just needed to read this. Been down with cold and cough for the last 2-3 days and it’s draining so much energy.
    I am all in for home remedies so this helps. Thank you!

  3. My go-to home remedy for cough is a mix of honey, grated ginger and pepper powder. I also like drinking hot coffee with lots of pepper added to it. Helpful post, Shilpa and Corinne. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks for sharing your home remedy, too, Vinitha! 🙂
      Adding black pepper to coffee is something I haven’t heard ever. But, I wouldn’t mind the hot coffee for my sore throat, even though I have given up coffee.

  4. OTC cough syrups only put me to sleep, so I switched over to these home remedies, Anu. And, I am glad I did! 🙂
    The ayurvedic powders and honey mixture is the best! Tasty and effective!

  5. A nice and detailed article, thanks for sharing. Coughing can also be a sign of a more serious illness. An acute cough that lasts no more than 3 weeks may be caused by a common cold or other respiratory infections (flu, whooping cough, etc.). For more than 8 weeks, it is a chronic cough, which may be caused by asthma, bronchitis or acid reflux.
    Michael´s Post Natural treatment for dry cough at home

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