8 Home Remedies to Cure Dry Cough

: April 30, 2015
Home remedies for dry cough
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One of the most irritating ailments is cough. It causes irritation and inconvenience not only to the one suffering from it but also to others who are around that person. Cough gives you sleepless nights and frustrating days. Cough is of two types; one in which mucous is excreted when you cough and the other one is dry cough. It becomes essential in dry coughs to sooth the mucous membrane and remove the factor that is triggering the cough. In dry cough there is no phlegm and there are attacks of cough especially at night. It is usually an indication of allergy and our body tries to clear the air passages by pushing out the alien particle from the system


Persistent cough without any phlegm. Itching in the throat

Causes of dry cough:

There are several factors that can trigger dry cough. Just to name a few; they are:
Dry air
Pollution and dust
Repercussion of cold
Instead of turning to demulcents it is preferable to opt for home remedies which will soothe the mucus membrane and give relief from the dry cough.

Home remedies for dry cough:

1. Honey:

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Honey has a soothing effect and lubricates the throat due to its thick consistency. Take one tablespoon honey thrice daily to get relief from cough. You can also drink honey and lemon tea to get relief from cough
  • Take a glass of warm water
  • Add one tablespoon of honey
  • Add a little lemon juice
Drink this tea twice daily to get relief from cough.

2. Salt water gargle:

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Salt Water eases the throat discomfort on the principle of osmosis and gives relief by bringing down any inflammation.
  • Take warm water
  • Add one teaspoon of salt
  • Stir well
  • Gargle using this solution.

3. Cinnamon and honey milk:

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Cinnamon and honey have antioxidant properties which gives relief to the throat. They also fight infections. Milk helps in keeping the throat moist.
  • Take a glass of milk
  • Add cinnamon powder
  • Simmer the mixture
  • Remove from the flame
  • Add honey
  • Drink the warm mixture
  • Follow the remedy daily till you get relief from cough.

4. Oregano Tea:

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Oregano helps reduce dry cough. Oregano tea can be prepared as follows:
  • Take a cup of water
  • Add a tablespoon of oregano
  • Boil the solution
  • Strain and have the tea daily

5. Home made cough syrup:

Fennel, ginger and orange peel work well on coughs and are hence used in making cough syrup.
  • Take water in a container
  • Add one tablespoon of fennel, ginger and orange peel
  • Boil well
  • Cool the solution
  • Add honey and mix well
  • Have this cough syrup thrice daily till you get relief from cough

6. Steam:

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Steam is know to give relief from nasal congestion and throat irritation
  • Take a vessel with water
  • Boil the water
  • Remove from the flame
  • Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil
  • Inhale this steam
  • Cover your head with a towel while inhaling the steam.

7. Basil leaves, ginger and honey:

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Basil leaves have antimicrobial properties which help fight infection. Even ginger has anti inflammatory properties
  • Make paste of basil leaves
  • Make paste of ginger
  • Mix the paste with honey
  • Have this mixture twice daily

8. Turmeric and ajwain powder:

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Turmeric has healing properties and helps fight infections. Turmeric and ajwain help reduce cough.
  • Take a glass of lukewarm water
  • Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • Add 1 teaspoon of ajwain powder
  • Mix well
  • Drink this mixture twice daily


In addition to the above home remedies follow the below tips to get relief from dry cough:
  • Drink pineapple juice which is as effective as cough syrup. Even grape juice is of great help. Make sure the juice is at room temperature
  • Don’t eat or drink anything that is too cold.
  • Do not shout or speak loudly as it strain the throat
  • Have a bowl of chicken soup. The protein rich hot soup relieves the throat and also makes you fell rejuvenated.
  • Stay away from perfumes that cause irritation, smoke dust and pollution.
  • If the symptoms persist see a doctor. Also if you are pregnant seek medical advice before using the home remedies
Don’t leave any stone unturned to get rid of the irritating dry cough. Resort to home remedies but as mentioned earlier don’t take any chances and delay medical help if things start going from bad to worst.


Sarjita Pradhan

Sarjita Pradhan

Sarjita Pradhan born and brought in Mumbai has a degree in Masters in Analytical Chemistry and a wide work experience in various fields...

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