Effective home remedies to combat dry cough

It is necessary to pay special attention to the throat and respiratory system when weather changes. Photo: iStock/klebercordeiro

Due to changes in weather and the COVID-19 virus in the air, many are suffering from a dry cough, a malady that can even affect daily activities. Therefore, it is necessary to pay special attention to the throat and respiratory system. There are some effective home remedies to alleviate dry cough. Let us examine what they are:

Drinking warm water
Drinking warm water frequently provides relief and helps keep the body hydrated. Hot water, soups, and herbal teas can all help soothe a sore throat and dry cough.
Ginger-infused water
Ginger possesses anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. It boosts the immune system and aids in the removal of phlegm from the respiratory tract. Drinking ginger-infused water can also relieve cough and relax the muscles. Boil water with a 1-inch piece of ginger in it to prepare ginger-infused water.

Drinking a spoon of honey mixed in lukewarm water
Honey is effective in relieving throat discomfort and cough, with its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties preventing bacterial and viral infections. Mix a spoonful of honey in lukewarm water and sip it. 
Turmeric water
Turmeric aids in maintaining overall health as an antiseptic with anti-inflammatory properties. Its component curcumin helps alleviate cough and asthma symptoms.

Licorice (iratti madhuram)
Licorice helps relieve pain, eliminate phlegm and cough, and is useful for soothing throat discomfort.
Mint leaves
Mint, which contains menthol, effectively relieves persistent dry cough and clears the throat. Mint tea is also beneficial.

Chilli peppers
Despite sounding surprising as a remedy, the compound capsaicin in chilli peppers can help manage sore throats and dry coughs to some extent.
Gargling with salt water
Gargling with salt water is the best home remedy for a sore throat and cough, reducing inflammation and relieving cough.

Salt water gargling is a good home remedy for dry cough and sore throat. Photo: Krakenimages.com/Shutterstock

Adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil to hot water releases steam that when inhaled, helps relieve dry cough.
Steam inhalation
Inhaling steam from boiling water can reduce throat discomfort and dry cough. A humidifier can also be used for this purpose.

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