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Ayurveda's Kitchen Cupboard Remedies - Coughs


Someone has just asked me about natural cough remedies for children, here's my reply:

The simplest and most effective remedy I know for a persistent cough with mucous is to mix a pinch of black pepper with a teaspoonful of honey and lick the mixture from a spoon. This works best if taken after meals.


For young children, a gentler solution would be to replace the black pepper with powdered clove and give it to them after breakfast and again after dinner.

For dry tickly coughs, try a cup of boiled milk with a good pinch of turmeric and ginger in it - let it cool until a it's comfortable drinking temperature. Night time irritating coughs are easily soothed by drinking this before going to bed.

Tip: for chesty coughs with mucous it is important to avoid eating any cold dairy products (including chocolate) as these create mucous in the body which will only aggravate the cough further.


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Reader Comments (5)

Honey reduces sore throat and persistent cough. Honey forms a protective coat in the throat, and reduces irritation due to its anti-bacterial properties. Six Oz. of liquid honey, can be mixed with lemon juice (2 lemons) and 2 Oz. glycerin and stored in a sealed bottle and be used as and when required. Even having one teaspoon of raw honey, helps in easing the raw inflamed tissues as it trickles down the throat.
Dec 21, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAyurvedic Talk
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Apr 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterboltnika1984

Hi, I always enjoy reading what others have to say about Natural Remedies.
I myself write on a daily basis on Ayurveda and am the author of "Natural Ayurvedic Cures," which your readers are welcomed to download a copy for free.

Jun 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterD. More

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