BY PRACHETA GUPTA, NEW DELHI: Cough is a common symptom of many respiratory infections, allergies, and other medical conditions. It is the body’s natural mechanism to clear the airways of mucus, irritants, and foreign particles. Cough can be acute or chronic, and it can be productive (with mucus) or non-productive (dry). In this report, we will discuss how an individual can cure cough and cold with home remedies.
Home Remedies for Cough and Cold:
Honey: Honey is a natural cough suppressant and has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It can help soothe a sore throat and reduce coughing. Mix one or two teaspoons of honey in warm water or tea and drink it two or three times a day. Children under the age of one should not consume honey.
Ginger: Ginger has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which can help alleviate cough and cold symptoms. Add a few slices of fresh ginger to boiling water and let it steep for a few minutes. Strain the liquid and add honey and lemon juice to taste. Drink this tea two or three times a day.
Saltwater Gargle: Gargling with salt water can help relieve sore throat and cough. Add half a teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water and gargle for 30 seconds, then spit the water out. Repeat this process several times a day.
Steam: Inhaling steam can help loosen mucus and relieve congestion. Boil a pot of water, then remove it from the heat and place it on a stable surface. Lean over the pot and drape a towel over your head to create a tent. Breathe in the steam for 10 to 15 minutes. Be careful not to burn yourself.
Turmeric Milk: Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, and milk can help soothe a sore throat. Mix one teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of warm milk and drink it before bedtime.
Soup: soup has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties, and it can help relieve cough and cold symptoms. Soup cooked with plenty of vegetables and drink it two or three times a day.
Essential Oils: Essential oils such as eucalyptus, peppermint, and tea tree oil have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and they can help relieve cough and cold symptoms. Add a few drops of essential oil to a bowl of hot water and inhale the steam.
Cough and cold can be treated with home remedies. Honey, ginger, saltwater gargle, steam, turmeric milk, soup, and essential oils are all effective in relieving cough and cold symptoms. However, if symptoms persist or worsen, it is important to consult a healthcare professional.
When you have a cough and cold, there are certain things that you should avoid as they may make your symptoms worse. Here are some things that you should not have during cough and cold:
Cold Beverages: Avoid drinking cold beverages such as cold water, iced tea, or soda. These can irritate your throat and make your cough worse.
Alcohol: Avoid drinking alcohol as it can dehydrate your body and weaken your immune system, making it harder for you to fight off infections.
Caffeine: Avoid consuming caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea, or energy drinks as they can dehydrate your body and worsen your cough and cold symptoms.
Sugary Foods: Avoid eating sugary foods such as candy or desserts as they can weaken your immune system and increase inflammation, making your cough and cold symptoms worse.
Fried or Processed Foods: Avoid eating fried or processed foods as they can increase inflammation and weaken your immune system, making it harder for you to fight off infections.
Smoking: Avoid smoking or being exposed to secondhand smoke as it can irritate your throat and worsen your cough and cold symptoms.
In summary, when you have a cough and cold, it is best to avoid cold beverages, alcohol, caffeine, sugary foods, fried or processed foods, and smoking to help alleviate your symptoms and promote healing.