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10 Cough and Cold Herbal Remedies

herbs10 Herbal Remedies for Cough, Cold and Sore Throat

Tip 10 of 100: Herbal remedy for Sore Throat

Black Peppers are very effective at treating sore throat. Boil a quarter teaspoon of black pepper powder in milk. Add sugar if needed. Drink the mixture while it is warm twice a day for three days.

Tip 9 of 100: Herbal remedy for Cold

For infants with cold, do not use vicks or other such medicines. Tie up one clove of garlic and a teaspoon of ajwain in a clean handkerchief. Smash the garlic in the pouch with a hammer. Keep this pouch where the baby can smell but cannot get to it like inside a pillow case. Stuffed nose opens up for a good night's sleep.

Tip 8 of 100: Herbal remedy for Cough

Soak 15 raisins (Manuka) in 250 ml water over night.  Before eating anything else in the morning, eat the soaked raisins chewing them thoroughly. Drink the remaining water. This also prevents coughs.

Tip 7 of 100 : Herbal remedy for Cough

Cut Open raisin (Manuka) and fill it with black pepper powder. Eat such pepper powder filled raisins for 5 days and say bye bye to cough.

Tip 6 of 100 : Herbal remedy for Cough

Take a quarter teaspoon of turmeric powder and mix little table salt. Throw the mixture in your mouth and drink warm water over it without tasting the mixture. It loosens the phlegm and the cough is more efficient in throwing it out.

Tip 5 of 100 : Herbal remedy for Cough

Ginger juice : grate the ginger on a fine grate and squeeze out the juice by putting the grated ginger in a fine cloth

Honey : local wild honey if possible. This is often available at the Whole Foods or Farmers markets

Take 1 teaspoon of ginger juice and 1 teaspoon of honey. Warm it over hot water in case the honey has gotten cold. Eat the mixture 3-4 times in a day for 3-4 days. For kids 1 year and older, give 2 finger full of this mixture 2-3 times in a day for 3 days.

When taking this medicine try to avoid yogurt, banana, ice, rice, cold food and drinks and fried food.


Tip 4 of 100 :  Another Herbal remedy for Dry Cough

Take a plain 'paan' (betel leaf) and put 1 gram of ajwain(Trachyspermum copticum) in it. Chew the mixture to suck on its juice.

Side Note: Betel leaf or the Paan is often available at most Indian Grocery Stores. This leaf has slight spicy taste and is an excellent source of natural digestive enzymes.

If betel leaf is unavailable, chew 2 grams of ajwain and drink warm water over it.


Tip 3 of 100 :  Herbal remedy for Dry Cough

Ginger is a good remedy for a dry cough that wakes you up at night.
Keep a peeled piece of ginger in the mouth and suck on it before going to bed.

Tip 2 of 100: Herbal remedy for Cold and Runny Noses
.....contributed by Madhura Deshpande

Want to get rid of cold and runny nose? Try ginger-pepper water in your coffee and tea. This is also a safe remedy for babies and kids to help avoid ear infections.
Heat a bowl of water in microwave for a minute, add a small piece (about half an inch) of dry ginger and 5 to 6 whole black peppercorns. Let it stand for about an hour. Strain the liquid and store in refrigerator. For adults, add a couple of tsps to warm beverages or about 1/2 to 1 tsp to baby/kids milk.

Tip 1 of 100 :  Herbal remedy for Cough

Honey works as good as Robitussin on cough.  A word of caution, do not give honey to children younger than one year old which can cause in rare cases often fatal form of botulism.