Nothing can be more irritating then an itching or a sore throat. Coughing is our body’s natural mechanism to expel excess mucus, bacteria ,allergens or irritants. A cough could be caused due to common cold, infection, flu, allergy or sometimes some other serious medical issues. Therefore consulting a doctor is extremely important incase of a persistent cough. But for non-serious causes like common cold there are a number of home remedies to soothe the annoying symptoms of a cough.
Honey has been used since ancient times to soothe sore throat and calm cough due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. The viscous nature of honey coats the throat and creates a soothing effect. Honey is thus an active ingredient in a number of OTC cough syrups. Honey can be either consumed by itself or mixed with tea for treating cough.
Anti-oxidant rich Ginger is hailed in Ayurveda for its many health benefits. It eases dry cough and soothes an irritating throat since it has anti-inflammatory properties. Not only that , it also boosts immunity. Ginger extract can be either mixed with a tablespoon of honey and consumed to relieve cough or it can be had in the form of tea.
Tulsi has anti-microbial , anti -septic and anti-inflammatory properties that destroys microbes responsible for causing throat infections and allergies. It also helps clear congestion since it has expectorant properties. Tulsi leaves can be crushed and its extract can be mixed with a tablespoon of honey and consumed to soothe sore throat and calm cough. Alternately it can be also had as tea.
Turmeric milk or ‘Haldi wala Doodh’ is an age old elixir in Indian households to treat cough and cold. Turmeric’s active compound cucurmin dissolves mucus and relieves chest congestion. It’s anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties kills bacteria and virus responsible for causes cough and cold.
Anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric soothes sore throat.
5. Pine Apple
Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain that has strong anti-inflammatory properties and thus soothes sore throat. It also helps in breaking up and expelling mucus. It can be consumed either by itself or in the form of juice with a tablespoon of added honey for more effectiveness.
Additonal note : Natural Remedies are a great way to treat minor ailments but we understand your busy schedule seldom permits you the time to prepare these concoction. Which is why at Bibo we have come up with the completely natural Bibo Herbal Cough Syrup - a blend of therapeutic herbs ,spices and honey that relieves you from cough, soothes sore throat and clears congestion.