A cough is the most common yet frustrating health issue that outburst with seasonal changes, infections, and many other conditions. Coughing is actually our body’s natural way of removing any irritants like mucous and others present in the throat. A cough is of two types namely dry cough and wet cough. A wet cough is a productive cough i.e. mucus gets developed in the throat. Whereas, dry cough is a non-productive cough i.e. it is not accompanied with mucus. Several factors like cold, viral infections, bacterial infections, asthma, allergies, smoking, and dust can trigger a cough. Severe persistent cough can be uncomfortable and can even lead to symptoms like chest pain, itchy throat, pain in throat and headache. Hence treating the cough is very essential. Though a cough is not contagious, it can be a method of spreading the infections or airborne diseases. The droplets formed due to coughing can easily transmit infections from infected person to non-infected person.
Most of us commonly use cough syrups and tablets to get relief from a cough but do you know you can treat different types of coughs with just a simple and easily available herb called Ginger. Yes, you heard it right, ginger is one among the most effective home remedies for cold and cough.
Ginger, a seasoning herb native to India is used abundantly to treat several respiratory conditions like a cough, asthma, and others since ancient times. Health benefits of ginger are amazing. The anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral and antihistamine properties present in ginger offers relief from a cough by treating several roots of the problem and improving immunity. Ginger not just provides relief from different types of coughs but also soothes pain in throat and chest caused due to a persistent cough and also treats its symptoms. Ginger also helps to loosen and remove sticky mucus from the lungs.
Tips on how to use ginger to treat a cough
Here are few tips on how to use ginger to get rid of a cough
- Chew Ginger- You can simply peel and a great little piece of ginger, add little honey to it and chew it raw. You can chew this honey-coated grated ginger root throughout the day to get relief from severe dry cough. If you do not like honey, you can just avoid it by adding a little salt to the ginger and chew it.
- Ginger Tea- Ginger tea works incredibly in controlling cough, it also soothes throat pain and sore throat.
To make ginger root tea, peel and grate 1-inch ginger, add this to a cup of water and bring it to a boil. After few minutes strain the solution and keep it aside to cool down a little. When this solution is lukewarm add little honey and squeeze lemon juice and consume it while it is lukewarm. Consume this honey ginger tea twice a day to get relief from a cough. Adding honey also adds few additional health benefits. Instead of lemon juice, you can even add little cinnamon to this warm ginger solution. Adding cinnamon makes it tasty and also improves the aroma.
- Inhale aromatic ginger vapor- Add few slices of ginger to boiling water and add a drop of ginger oil. Now inhale this aromatic ginger water vapor to get relief from a sore throat and congested chest.
- Ginger with Tulsi- Crush 10-15 Tulsi leaves and take juice from grated ginger. Now mix these crushed leaves of Tulsi with ginger juice and add little honey to it and consume it. You can do this 3 times a day to control a cough.
In order to get relief from cold and cough, you can even consume ginger in different forms like ginger capsules, ginger cookies, and others. It is always advised to consult your doctor if you don’t get relief from a cough even after trying these home remedies for 2-3 days. Conceived women, children below the age of 2 years and people who are under medication for any chronic disease should confirm about their dosage of ginger to be taken from professionals.