Cough (khansi) is a common health problem which disrupt every ones 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 at home by applying some simple natural remedies.
Home Remedies to Cure Cough (Khansi):
1. Ginger (Adrak) and Jaggery (Gur) to cure Khansi:
Ginger is one of the healthiest spices, loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds. Its main compound- ‘Gingerol’- is able to treat various health problems. It can cure any type of cough by loosening phlegm (balgam).
If you are suffering from cough, take some ginger (adrak) and grind it to make paste. Then, cook it with some jaggery (gur) and ghee on heat. Let it to be cool and make small balls of it; suck this ball whenever needed. It is a good home remedy of getting rid from cough (khansi). You can take these balls 3-4 times a day as per requirement and can store these balls for few days.
2. Ginger (adrak) with Cinnamon (Dalchini) for Cough:
For getting relief in cough, home remedy of ginger (adrak) and cinnamon (dalchini) tea is also very effective.
Ginger (adrak) 10 gm
Cinnamon Powder 1/4th tsp
Honey 2 tbsp
For making ginger tea, pour a cup of water in a pan and add crushed ginger (adrak) in it. Then boil the water for 8-10 minutes on medium heat. Add cinnamon (dalchini) powder and honey (shahad) in it and leave for few minutes to be cool. Now strain into a cup and drink lukewarm. Drink ginger tea at least three times a day; it will help to loosen phlegm (balgam) and give relief in coughing.
3. Black Pepper (Kali Mirch) and Ginger (Adrak):
Mixture of black pepper, ginger juice and honey is also helpful to cure cough within a day.
Take 1/4th tsp of black pepper (kali mirch) powder, 1 tsp ginger (adrak) juice and mix them well. Ingest this mixture 4-5 times a day. It is an amazing natural home remedy that cures cough rapidly.
4. Basil (Tulsi) Juice with Betel (Pan) Leaf:
Basil or Tulsi is an amazing herb which has many health benefits. If you are suffering from cough (khansi), consume basil leaves with betel leaf (Pan patta) and cloves (laung). Take 5-7 basil (tulsi) leaves, 2 cloves and a betel leaf (pan); grind all the three ingredients 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. It is too good to cure cough without medicine.
To control dry cough, chew a betel leaf (paan ka patta) with 1/4 tsp of thyme seeds (ajwain) and swallow its juice slowly; it is a traditional home remedy of curing cough, especially dry cough (sookhi khansi).
5. Indian Gooseberry (Amla) to Cure Cough:
Amla or Indian gooseberry is a wonderful fruit which is used almost all the Ayurvedic medicines. By consuming amla or Indian gooseberry juice (15-20 ml) with equal amount of honey, you can get relief even in chronic cough.
In case of curing dry cough, take amla with coriander (dhania) leaves. Grind 2 medium size of amla with 25 gm of coriander (dhania) leaves after cleaning with water properly. Then mix some honey and consume for two times a day.
6. Milk Decoction (kadha) for Khansi:
Milk with ginger, black pepper and basil leaves also cures cough naturally. Black pepper (kali mirch), ginger (adrak) and basil– all have medicinal properties and used as active ingredients in multiple of home remedies to cure various diseases including cough (khansi).
Milk 1 Glass
Black Pepper (Kali Mirch) 1/4 th tsp
Basil Leaves (Tulsi) 7- 9 leaves
Cloves (Laung) 2 Pods
Mishri (Candy 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.
7. Black Pepper (Kali Mirch) and Sugar Candy (Mishri):
Black pepper helps to loosen mucus or phlegm (balgam) and removing from the lungs. Take equal quantity of black pepper and mishri and grind to make fine powder. Mix some butter to make paste and prepare pills. Now suck out one pill on an full stomach thrice a day. This will help to ease the dry cough.
8. Piper Longum (Pippali) and Black Pepper for Cough:
To cure cough naturally, take equal quantity of piper longum (pippali), black pepper (kali mirch) 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. This home remedy is most effective and cures cough within 1 or 2 days.
9. Liquorice (Mulethi) and Raisin (Kishmish) for Coughing:
Liquorice (mulethi) is an important herb, popularly used for throat and cough problems. It can even cure chronic cough effectively.
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 (kishmish) and mix well all the three ingredients. Ingest 1/4 tsp of this powder three times a day for 3- 5 days or as per requirement.
10. Decoction of Liquorice (Mulethi) for Curing Cough:
For the treatment of cough, you can also give decoction (kadha) of liquorice or mulethi. To prepare decoction (kadha), take a small piece of liquorice (mulethi), 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.
11. Piper Longum (Pippali) with Almonds (Badam) to cure Coughing:
Piper Longum or pippali is a kind of herb that has many medicinal properties and also used in Ayurvedic medicines for curing various health problems. It is a part of traditional home remedies since the time of our ancestors.
To treat cough problem, collect Piper longum, Almonds (Badam), Black pepper (kali mirch) and Sugar candy (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.
12. Fennel seeds (Saunf) and Carom seeds (Ajwain):
To cure cough (khansi), decoction of fennel seeds (saunf) and carom seeds (ajwain) is an effective natural remedy. 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. Let it to be cool and drink lukewarm with 1 tbsp of honey thrice a day; it will give relief from cough within a day.
13. Alum (Fitkari) to Cure Coughing:
Alum or fitkari can cure cough without medicine. Take 10 gm fitkari or 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. It is a good home remedy and can cure even chronic cough.
14. Fenugreek Seeds (Methi) and Carom Seeds (Ajwain):
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 methi and ajwain. Boil 1 tsp of fenugreek seeds and 1 tsp of carom seeds (ajwain) in a cup of water thoroughly and strain into a cup. Mix 1 tbsp of honey in it and consume lukewarm twice a day.
15. Baheda or Terminalia bellirica for Coughing:
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 or baheda, 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.
16. Sesame Seeds (Til) and Sugar Candy (Mishri):
For curing cough naturally, drink decoction (kadha) of sesame seeds and sugar candy. 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 consume this decoction lukewarm three times a day.
17. Rock Salt (Sendha namak) 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 and drink this water before going to sleep in night. You will get immediate relief in coughing but continue its usage for some days. It is a very simple but effective home remedy.
However, you can use decoction (kadha) of rock salt (sendha namak) 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 naturally.
18. Ginger (Adrak) and Honey (Shahad) for Coughing:
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 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. Ginger juice with honey helps to loosen phlegm or mucus and cures cough.
19. Raisin (Munakka) with Black Pepper for Cough or Khansi:
Use raisin (munakka) for curing any type of cough. Remove the seeds of munakka, put a black pepper in it and chew. It also gives relief in cough (khansi).
Besides, you can take munakka (raisin) with kishmish and honey too. Take 3-4 munakka, 1 tsp kishmish and 1 spoon honey and eat.
20. Borax (Suhaga) and Liquorice (Mulethi):
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.
21. Black Chebulic myrobalan, Amla & Liquorice:
Harad or haritaki is an amazing herb that has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. To treat cough, you have to collect harad (black chebulic myrobalan), Indian gooseberry (amla) and liquorice (mulethi.
- Simply, collect harad, amla and mulethi in equal quantity.
- 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 or rock sugar powder in the place of honey too.
- It is a very effective remedy that can even cure chronic cough.
If your cough 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.