20 Home Remedies for Cough (Khansi)

cough or khansiCough (khansi in Hindi) is a common health problem which disrupt everyone’s life. It can disturb your sleep, work and make you feel just miserable. This cough may be dry or productive. Though it is not serious in all cases and can be treated at home with the help of ingredients. But in some cases, where bacterial infection is occurred, it will require proper medication and supervision.

Cough is a common reflex action that occurs when mucus drain down. In simple words, coughing is occurred when there is a irritant or blockage in throat or upper air passages. Either it may be due to viral infection or due to some bacterial infection.

Generally speaking, coughing is perfectly normal which can help to keep your throat clear from mucus or phlegm (balgum) and other irritants. Normally, people treat cough due to cold, allergy, and sinus infection with a number of over-the-counter medicines. Bacterial infections will require medicines such as- antibiotics. However, you can treat it at home by applying some simple natural remedies.

Home Remedies for Cough (Khansi):

1. Ginger for curing Cough:

Ginger is one of the healthiest spices, loaded with nutrients and bio-active compounds. Its main compound- ‘Gingerol’- is able to treat various health problems. It can cure any type of cough by loosening phlegm (balgam). You can treat cough by applying any of the following remedies-

a. Ginger and Jaggery for Khansi:

To treat cough, grind some ginger (adrak) after cleaning and peeling. Cook the paste of ginger in a pan over flame with some jaggery and clarified butter (ghee). Let it to be cool and make small balls of the mixture after cooling. Whenever you have cough, put a ball in your mouth and suck. You can take these balls 3-4 times a day as per requirement and can store these balls for few days.

b. Ginger and Cinnamon Tea:

For getting relief in cough (khansi), ginger and cinnamon tea is very effective; it helps in loosening phlegm (balgam).


Ginger (adrak)                                                                  10 gm

Cinnamon (Dalchini) Powder                                           1/4th tsp

Honey (Shahad)                                                              2 tbsp

For making ginger tea, boil a cup of water with crushed ginger in a pan for 8-10 minutes on medium heat. After that, put it off from the flame and add cinnamon powder and honey in it. Let it to be cool and strain into a cup. Now, drink ginger tea lukewarm at least three times in a day.

c. Ginger and Black Pepper:

To treat cough, mix 1/4th tsp of black pepper (kali mirch) powder in 1 tsp ginger juice and ingest. Repeat this formula 4-5 times in a day; it cures cough within a day.

d. Ginger and Honey for Khansi:

To cure productive cough (balgami khansi), squeeze the juice of fresh ginger (adrak) by grating or grinding it. Consume 1 spoon of ginger juice mixing with 1 spoon honey 3-4 times in a day. It will cure cough within 3- 4 days completely. It is a completely safe home remedy and you can apply it on small children too. For small children, give very little amount of ginger juice mixing with honey only twice a day.

2. Basil Juice with Betel Leaf:

Basil or Tulsi is an amazing herb which treats many diseases. If you are suffering from cough, consume basil leaves with betel leaf (1) and cloves (laung). Grind 5-7 basil leaves, 2 cloves and a betel leaf all together and ingest twice a day. You can mix some honey in it, if required.

Even by taking basil leaves juice with honey thrice a day, you can get rid of cough (khansi) naturally. Simply, crush 7-9 basil leaves and squeeze its juice; mix some honey and ingest.

In the same way, chew a betel leaf with 1/4 tsp of carom seeds (ajwain) and swallow its juice slowly; this remedy is very effective in dry cough.

3. Indian Gooseberry for Khansi:

Amla or Indian gooseberry is a wonderful fruit which is used almost im all the Ayurvedic medicines of cough. To treat dry cough, grind 2 medium size of amla pieces with 25 gm of coriander leaves after cleaning with water properly. Ingest this mixture with some honey for twice a day.

Even you can take amla juice directly (15-20 ml) with equal amount of honey to treat chronic cough.

4. Milk Decoction to cure Khansi:

Black pepper, ginger and basil– all have medicinal properties; use them with milk to cure cough.


Milk                                                                 1 Glass

Black Pepper (Kali Mirch)                              1/4 th tsp

Basil Leaves (Tulsi)                                       7- 9 leaves

Cloves (Laung)                                              2 Pods

Mishri (Rock Sugar)                                      10 gm

Firstly, crush tulsi leaves, laung, kali mirch and mishri properly; then pour a glass of milk in a pan and add all the above ingredients into the milk. Now boil the milk for 10 minutes on medium heat. Let it to be cool and drink lukewarm. After drinking milk decoction, take rest for some time by covering your body with a comforter or bed sheet. You can continue to take this milk decoction for 7-10 days.

5. Black Pepper and Rock Sugar:

Black pepper helps to loosen mucus or phlegm (balgam) and removing from the lungs. Grind equal quantity of black pepper and mishri to make fine powder. Mix some butter to make paste and prepare its pills. Now suck out one pill on an full stomach three times in a day. This will help to ease the dry cough.

6. Liquorice for Cough:

Liquorice (mulethi) is an important herb, popularly used for throat and cough problems. It can even cure chronic cough effectively. (2) You can try any of the following remedies for curing cough-

A. Liquorice and Raisin for Khansi:


Liquorice (Mulethi)                                                                 20 gm

Raisin (Kishmish)                                                                   20 gm

Black pepper (Kali Mirch)                                                      20 gm

Grind liquorice and black pepper with the help of mixer grinder to make fine powder. Now add dried raisin and mix well all the three ingredients. Ingest 1/4 tsp of this powder three times in a day for 3- 5 days regularly (or till required).

B. Decoction of Liquorice for Khansi:

To prepare decoction (kadha) of liquorice, take a small piece of liquorice, 5- 7 basil leaves and 3-5 mint leaves (pudina); crush them and boil into a cup of water on low flame for 10 minutes. Strain and drink as warm as you can.

7. Long Pepper for curing cough:

Long Pepper or Piper Longum (pipali in Hindi) is a kind of herb that has many medicinal properties and also used in Ayurvedic medicines for curing various health problems. (3) It is a part of traditional home remedies since the time of our ancestors.

a. Long Pepper with Almonds:

To treat cough, collect long pepper, almonds (Badam), black pepper and rock sugar (Mishri) in equal quantity and grind them to make fine powder. Consume 1 tsp of this powder with lukewarm water daily for 5-7 days or till required; it helps to loosen mucus or phlegm (balgam) and cures productive cough naturally.

b. Long Pepper and Black Pepper:

To cure cough naturally, take equal quantity of long pepper (pipali), black pepper and dry ginger (sonth) and grind them to make fine powder. Keep the mixture into a jar and ingest 1 tsp with honey thrice a day. (Very good remedy, cures cough within 1 or 2 days).

8. Fennel seeds and Carom seeds:

Decoction of fennel seeds (saunf) and carom seeds (ajwain) is also good to cure cough. To make decoction (kadha), boil 1 tsp of fennel seeds and 1 tsp of carom seeds in a glass of water on medium heat for ten minutes. Sieve it and drink lukewarm with 1 tbsp of honey three times in a day.

9. Alum for Cough:

Do you know, alum (fitkari) can cure cough without medicine. Take 10 gm alum and grind it. Put it on a pan to roast on heat; when it is melted completely, put off the gas flame and let it to be cool. It will be fluffy, then grind it to make powder and mix 100 gm sugar powder or mishri powder in it. Keep it into a jar; now take 1 tsp of this powder with a cup of milk before going to bed at night. Continue its usage for 5- 7 days.

10. Fenugreek Seeds and Carom Seeds:

Fenugreek seeds (Methi) and carom seeds (ajwain) are important spices which have many medicinal properties. If you are suffering from cough and don’t prefer medicines, you can try decoction (kadha) of these spices. Boil 1 tsp of fenugreek seeds and 1 tsp of carom seeds in a cup of water thoroughly and strain into a cup. Mix 1 tbsp of honey in it and consume lukewarm twice a day.

11. Terminalia Bellirica for Khansi:

Terminalia bellirica or baheda (Bibhitaki) is a type of herb which is used in many Ayurvedic medicines. For curing cough, take 10 gm Terminalia bellirica, remove its stone (guthali) and roast its peel (upper layer) slightly on a pan (tawa). Then grind it to make powder; now consume a pinch of this powder with honey twice a day. It gives immediate relief in coughing.

Terminalia bellirica or baheda is laxative in nature, therefore take a very little amount of it. Even by sucking a little piece of its upper layer, severe coughing can be controlled immediately.

12. Sesame Seeds and Rock Sugar:

For curing cough, drink decoction (kadha) of sesame seeds and rock sugar. Boil 1 tbsp of sesame seeds (til) and 1 tbsp of mishri in a 200 ml water for 10 minutes. Let it to be cool and drink lukewarm (three times in a day).

13. Rock Salt for Curing Cough:

To cure any type of cough (khansi), take a small piece of rock salt (sendha namak) and put it on gas flame. When it became hot and red, put it into a cup of water. Remove the salt piece and drink this water before going to sleep in night. You will get immediate relief in coughing but continue its usage for some days.

However, you can use also use its decoction by boiling 1 gm of rock salt powder in a cup of water till it remains half. Consume this water twice a day to cure cough without medicine.

14. Raisin with Black Pepper for Khansi:

Use raisin (munakka) for curing any type of cough (khansi). Remove the seeds of munakka, put a black pepper in it and chew.

Besides, you can take munakka (raisin) with kishmish and honey too. Take 3-4 munakka, 1 tsp kishmish and 1 spoon honey and eat.

15. Borax and Liquorice for Khansi:

Borax or suhaga is very good to cure any type of cough (khansi). Take equal amount of borax and liquorice; crush borax (suhaga) and put it on a pan to roast on heat thoroughly. It will be fluffy; put it off from the flame and grind it after cooling. Grind liquorice (mulethi) too to make fine powder and mix with borax powder after sieving. Keep it into a jar and consume half gram of this powder with lukewarm water or honey twice a day.

16. Terminalia Chebula, Amla & Liquorice:

Harad (Terminalia chebula) or haritaki is an amazing herb that has antibacterial and antiviral properties. To treat cough, you have to collect harad, Indian gooseberry (amla) and liquorice (mulethi).

  • Grind all the three ingredients one by one to make fine powder.
  • Then, mix them well after sieving.
  • Now, add some honey in 1 tsp of this powder and consume with warm milk three times in a day. You can use mishri (rock sugar) powder in the place of honey too.

17. Carom seeds for Chronic Cough:

If you are suffering from chronic cough (‘kali khansi’) and don’t want to take medicine, try this natural medicine –

Mix 10 gm ajwain powder and 3 gm rock salt (sendha namak) with 40 gm of honey (shahad) and make a paste (chutney). Keep this paste into a jar and lick a small quantity of this paste 3-4 times in a day. Use it regularly for 2-3 days to get cured completely.

Or simply chew one tsp of carom seeds for curing cough thoroughly and drink some lukewarm water after it.


If your cough (khansi) lasts longer than a week, or it is sustained coughing, consult your doctor. Though all the above remedies and the ingredients used are quite safe but individual differences may be there. If someone is allergic to particular ingredient or it doesn’t suit you, don’t try.

These home remedies are for information purpose only; it is neither to be construed as a diagnosis, treatment, or cure for any disease nor to be considered as a substitute for medical care from a doctor. Remember to consult your doctor before trying these natural remedies; results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person.