You've come to the right place for a natural cough remedy. If you have a cold with coughing, make sure you are following my Eight Simple Secrets to treating colds naturally. People often start coughing in later stages of a cold. However, this is not always the case.Remember that coughing is a symptom, not the cause of the cold. That's why you have to continue to rest and take care of yourself with the Eight Simple Secrets.
There are two types of coughs. Productive coughs and unproductive coughs. Basically, productive coughs are bringing up "stuff" that needs to leave the body. Therefore, you do not want to suppress it. In this case, use herbal expectorants. Eventually a cough can become unproductive, meaning you are left with an irritating cough. In this case, remedies that suppress the cough are ok to use. It's good to address unproductive coughs so they do not develop into respiratory infections.
Some of you might remember that my aunt has a thing for conjuring up herbal remedies, like her cold-fighting ginger tea. So when I got hit with a nasty fever last week, I called dear ol' auntie first.
"After I described my ailment, she said one word: sage. I was skeptical, mostly because I have never been a huge fan of the pungent, peppery herb. But since sage has been a longstanding healing plant, I whipped up my aunt's recipe. Not only was my cough suppressed, I could actually breathe for a few hours! Give this tea a try the next time you're feeling sickly.
Honey and ginger are both excellent for your throat and since your throat can become sore and parched when you cough continuously, consuming ginger juice and honey can help soothe the throat. The combination of these two ingredients is especially beneficial for your throat.
You can use ginger for cough and to enhance the effects, the ginger juice is added to some honey. Ginger juice acts as an expectorant and therefore gives relief to your throat almost immediately. You can prepare ginger tea by brewing some tea leaves in water and adding a piece of ginger to it. Once the tea is brewed, you can strain it and add a teaspoon of honey to it. Consume this tea twice a day for relieving discomfort in your throat.
Fever & Common Cold the leaves of basil are specific for many fevers. During the rainy season, when malaria and dengue fever are widely prevalent, tender leaves, boiled with tea, act as preventive against theses diseases. In case of acute fevers, a decoction of the leaves boiled with powdered cardamom in half a liter of water and mixed with sugar and milk brings down the temperature. The juice of tulsi leaves can be used to bring down fever. Extract of tulsi leaves in fresh water should be given every 2 to 3 hours. In between one can keep giving sips of cold water.
Coughs: Tulsi is an important constituent of many Ayurvedic cough syrups and expectorants. It helps to mobilize mucus in bronchitis and asthma. Chewing tulsi leaves relieves cold and flu.