It can be quite frustrating to be hounded by persistent dry cough especially when you’re at school, at work, or out and about. Being the one coughing and hacking in a silent room can be quite embarrassing and downright uncomfortable for you and your throat because of the constant itching that doesn’t want to go away. Cough syrup aside, there are other steps that you can take to alleviate this problem and the best part is that these remedies are all natural so fewer side effects to worry about.
- Licorice root tea. Licorice root is considered as a demulcent and an expectorant which not only helps loosen the mucus in your lungs but also soothes your airways to ease any congestion. Another plus to this root is that can reduce inflammation that is causing itching in your throat. For this treatment, you will need 8 oz. of water and 2 tablespoons of licorice root. Boil the water first then place the licorice root in a mug. Pour the hot water into the mug and let the root steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink afterwards to alleviate your cough.
- Honey. This liquid gold is one of the best remedies that you can use to treat your persistent dry cough because it can soothe your throat while at the same time eliminating the mucus present in your lungs. Mix some honey with warm milk and drink to soothe your throat and keep your coughs at bay. You’ll also find relief from the pain in your chest due to your constant coughing with this remedy.
- Steam. This is probably one of the most underrated home remedies that you can use to alleviate your cough. Steam helps loosen any congestion in your airways and lungs plus you can add essential oils to boost healing. If you’re going down this route, you will need a bowl filled with water, 3 drops of tea tree oil, 1 to 2 drops of eucalyptus oil, and a soft cloth or towel. Bring the water to a boil and let it cool for a minute before adding the oils. Stir the solution to mix the scent. Lean over the bowl and inhale the steam. Cover your head with the towel to trap the steam so you can inhale most of the scent to clear up your airways.
- Turmeric. Turmeric is another home remedy that can beat even the most persistent cough there is. This is due to the presence of curcumin which has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties that can combat viral infections such as colds and cough. To use this treatment, you should get a teaspoon of turmeric powder and mix it with a teaspoon of carom seeds. Add them into boiling water and let it boil until only half of the liquid remains. Add some honey then drink the solution three times a day. You can also add a teaspoon of turmeric to warm milk and drink afterwards to alleviate your cough.