A viral cough can be irritating, especially if you need to concentrate on your work, travel or spend time with family and friends!
Along with a cough, other symptoms of infection may also develop, including headaches, body pain, and fever. Symptoms usually peak after two or three days and disappear on their own.
However, post-viral cough follows a viral respiratory tract infection may last for several weeks after the virus has gone. Luckily, you can try natural treatments that are readily available in your home to soothe your throat!
Natural Remedies and Tips for Relief
Apply any of the treatments below to get rid of persistent cough and other symptoms caused by viral infections.
1. Ginger Tea
One of the most commonly Ayurvedic medications used for treating cough is ginger. Crush a small piece of ginger and mix it in a cup of boiling water. Drink this solution three times daily to get relief from coughing, sore throat, and congestion.
2. Honey Lemon Syrup
Lemon contains vitamin C that helps the body combat the infection and reduce inflammation. Honey, on the other hand, excels when it comes to soothing the agitated throat.
To prepare this syrup, mix two tablespoons of honey with the juice of one lemon. Consume two teaspoons of the mixture three to four times a day.
3. Drink Plenty of Water
Keeping your body hydrated is essential to expel mucus from the lining efficiently, allowing you to cough it out. Drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of pure water daily.
Turmeric is another readily available ingredient effective against coughing. Prepare a herbal tea by mixing one teaspoon of turmeric powder with a cup of water. Add one teaspoon of carom seeds and bring it to boil. Add honey and enjoy this concoction three times a day.
5. Onion Juice and Black Pepper
Mixing onion juice with black pepper makes a powerful remedy for a viral cough. To prepare this solution, chop one onion into small pieces and grind it using a blender. Strain the juice and add one teaspoon of ground black pepper. Stir it well and consume one teaspoon of it three or four times per day.
Garlic contains powerful antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that can help treat infection and coughs. You can eat a clove of crushed garlic mixed with some honey or prepare garlic tea. Consider adding more garlic to your dishes as well – eating it fresh, however, is always the best way to go with garlic!
The capsaicin in cayenne can trigger cough reflex and soothe your throat. Mix one-fourth teaspoon cayenne pepper, one tablespoon honey, one-fourth teaspoon ground ginger, two tablespoons of water, and one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Consume this syrup twice or thrice daily.
These 7 home remedies can help you eliminate a cough while boosting your immune system in the process. While most viral coughs disappear without any complication when these methods are applied, a bacterial infection sometimes develops in addition to the existing viral infection. See your doctor if you develop breathing difficulties, cough up blood, become confused or drowsy, and if your symptoms are becoming worse.
– Amit Vaidya
Amit Vaidya is the best-selling author of the memoir Holy Cancer and the upcoming Food Is Medicine cookbook series. He is the in-house health & wellness expert for Kapiva Ayurveda, advocating for the empowerment of all individuals to be in the driver’s seat of their own lives. He chronicles his life on Instagram under the handle @live4todayamit.
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