A cough is a sudden and often repetitively occurring reflex which helps to clear the large breathing passages from secretions, irritants, foreign particles and microbes. The cough reflex consists of three phases: an inhalation, a forced exhalation against a closed glottis, and a violent release of air from the lungs following opening of the glottis, usually accompanied by a distinctive sound. Coughing is either voluntary or involuntary.
The cough is nature’s way of clearing out our lungs and respiratory system. Some coughs are productive, and bring up mucus or phlegm, while other coughs are dry and nonproductive. In both cases a cough is a reflex action that is difficult to control. For those who suffer from a dry cough that is preventing them from sleeping or is just plain annoying, there are plenty of all natural, homeopathic treatments that very effectively provide relief.
A dry cough is a type of cough which does not produce any mucus or phlegm. It is closely related to tickly coughs and often, these terms are used interchangeably.
Both dry coughs and tickly coughs are known as non-productive coughs, as distinct from chesty coughs where mucus is produced.
A dry cough is most often the result of infection by cold and flu viruses. It can also be triggered by atmospheric pollutants (such as cigarette smoke) irritating your throat. In most of these situations, dry coughs occur because the back of your throat (or pharynx) becomes irritated or inflamed, but may also arise from deeper in the chest.
Dry Cough Home Remedies
These are some of the most popular, most effective natural dry cough remedies.
Run your shower with very hot water long enough to create a very steamy environment, then spend fifteen minutes there, taking deep, calming breaths. The very humid air will hydrate your lungs. A humidifier or vaporizer can also be very helpful.
Fresh betel leaf (also known as paan) makes a great cough suppressant. Take basil leaves, ginger and some whole cloves, roll the betel leaf around it, and chew on it for about five minutes. Swallowing the juice that is released provides immediate relief.
Ginger on dry cough
Another great home remedy for dry in cough in adults is the use of ginger root. Now, this is where an acquired taste is usually the issue. Not everyone likes the strong taste of raw ginger, but you can use this remedy a couple of different ways. The first way is to make tea from the ginger. Slice or grate approximately a ½ tablespoon for every cup of water. Drink a cup of the tea whenever you feel the cough coming on.
The second, less delicious, yet better performing method is to chew a slice of ginger straight up. Personally, I love the taste of ginger, raw or cooked, so I prefer this method as it works great. If you’re not very keen on the taste, you can always sprinkle a little sugar or salt on the ginger to help with the taste. I would recommend doing this 2 – 3 times a day as necessary.
Eucalyptus and mint to treat dry cough
The last of our list of simple home remedies for coughs is the use of mint and eucalyptus leaves. This is the use of boiling water and the inhalation of the fumes. Use 3 – 4 leaves each of eucalyptus and mint and drop them into a small pot of boiling water. Hold your face over the steam, making sure to not be so close as to can yourself any burns, and gently inhale the mild vapors. An alternative method is to drape a small towel over your head so you can catch more of the steam. This method is very effective but obviously not as handy to administer as the previous two as you may not have access to pots and a stove if you’re at work, etc.
Garlic for dry cough treatment
Garlic, as we all know is a powerful herbal medicine. Now, as a dry cough remedy, it possesses antibiotic properties that would certainly be helpful especially if you’re developing an infection. To consume this, you must mince a clove of garlic, drizzle it with honey and marinate it overnight. When you wake up in the morning, take 1 tablespoon of it then repeat it all throughout the day as needed.