Looking for a few home remedies for dry cough? In adults especially, this affliction can be especially annoying and hard to deal with. Here are a few simple cough remedies that will hopefully get the tickle out of your throat and get you back into your normal routine.
Honey and Lemon
Probably my most favorite dry cough home remedy is lemon, honey and warm water. This is a delicious and refreshing way to soothe your dry cough and is really easy to make. Recommended mixture is 2 – 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice (1 tablespoon of concentrate), ¾ – 1 cup of pasteurized honey and ½ – ¾ cup of warm water. You can play around with the measurements to find what tastes best for you; I personally like a stronger honey mixture as it does a better job at coating the throat. This mixture should yield just over a cup and then you should drink anywhere from a tablespoon to ½ a cup whenever you feel the dry cough coming on.
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
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.
Dry coughs for adults don’t have to put you out of commission or have you running for privacy when you have an outbreak. These three simple home remedies should keep your dry cough at bay.