Herbs & Ayurveda to cure cough.


Hello, people! How have you been? I was MIA on my blog for the past week or so. My winged babies chewed off the wire of my WiFi router…Yeah, that’s their favorite pastime–chewing wires–and, now that I have learned my lesson. I am getting all the wires covered.

Anyway, so, after we got a new wire and my wifi started working smoothly, I fell ill. Severe menstrual cramps, a UTI and fever…uff! I have never in my life suffered any such cramps, so I really felt like I was dying!

Thanks, though, for my gynecologist friend who prescribed some meds and today I feel fresh as a lily! It helps to have doctor friends, isn’t it? Just one phone call and your issue get sorted. So grateful for some really wonderful friends!

With the rains playing havoc on our health these days, and cough and cold doing the rounds of every other household, I decided to share with you remedies for cough that I have tried and tested during the few times I have suffered from a terrible throat infection.

And, no, this is not a sponsored post because of the syrup and Ayurvedic medicines I will be talking about (which, I am sure, many of you must have heard of, already).

First of, I would like to share the herbal drink I made for myself a couple years ago, when I had had a really bad cough. And, miraculously, my cough was cured in just a few days! So, do try it out, if you haven’t already. It works like a charm and is extremely soothing.



As you must be aware, our kitchen cabinets hold in them spices that not only add flavor to our food but also have medicinal properties that help in curing some ailments. So, using a few of those spices we are going to prepare the herbal drink for our sore throat.


A glassful of water

Half a teaspoon of fennel seeds

2 – 3 peppercorns

2 cloves

A tiny piece of cinnamon

Half an inch of grated ginger

A few Tulsi leaves

1 spoonful of honey

Keep the water to boil. Then, add the spices and ginger and let boil for a few minutes. Switch off the gas once the water changes its color and you get the aroma of all the spices. Strain in a glass, add a spoonful of honey, stir well and consume it when hot. Take your time, though, lest your tongue gets scalded!

Having this drink twice a day –first thing in the morning and the last thing at night–will definitely cure that cough in a matter of a few days. You won’t need to visit a doctor who will prescribe some cough syrup and medicines that will only make you drowsy and cost you a lot of money.

Gargling with warm salt water, or turmeric water, helps, too. It does provide relief from the itchiness in the throat.



Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and is an antioxidant used for its medicinal purposes.

Gargling with hot water mixed with half a spoonful of turmeric gives great relief to the sore throat.

Another way to use it to cure cough is to consume quarter spoonful turmeric and half a spoon of sugar before bedtime. Chew thoroughly and then have half a sip of water. This will ensure an uninterrupted sleep. It’s something my MIL always believed in and now, so do I.


India is the birthplace of Ayurveda, as you must know. It has been used for ages to cure ailments without any side-effects, provided prescribed by a knowledgable practitioner.

However, the mixture I am telling you about is something that has been passed down to me by my mother. It’s something she always prepared for us when we developed a sore throat during childhood. And, this, too, works…trust me.


1/2 a spoonful of Yashtimadhu (Licorice) powder

1/2 a spoonful of Sitopaladi Churna

1 spoon Honey

1 spoon Ghee

The Ayurvedic medicines are easily available at your local chemist.

Mix well all the ingredients in a bowl and have a quarter of a spoonful (of half a tiny spoonful) every half hour or so. Also, drink the herbal drink twice a day and you will feel better soon.




Adulsa is a medicinal plant found in Asia and is used in Ayurvedic medicine, especially for cough and cold. You will find it at your local chemist. All you need to do is, add 2 spoonfuls of this syrup to a glass of warm water, add some honey and drink this twice or thrice a day. It not only tastes good, but will give you quick relief from cough and cold, and will not make you drowsy.


The ingredients used in the herbal drink are all used in our everyday cooking. These are spices that are also medicinal in nature and have zero side-effects.

Ghee contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help cure not only dry cough but various other ailments.

Did you know that adding a spoonful of ghee to warm milk and drink this before going to bed can relieve you of constipation?

Honey, too, is antibacterial and helps in curing a throat infection.

Ginger has antibacterial properties that help fight infection and treat a sore throat effectively.

Tulsi leaves help fight infections and allergies.

Yashtimadhu, or Licorice, also has anti-inflammatory properties that help cure throat infections.

Sitopaladi Churna–an Ayurvedic medicine–is a commonly used cough remedy that has no side-effects. When added with Yashtimadhu, honey and ghee–all of which have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties–it’s the best cure for a sore throat.

The over-the-counter cough syrups and other drugs that people generally opt for when suffering from a sore throat or a runny nose, offer nothing except temporary relief and that, too, with side-effects.

You feel drowsy all day and hardly find any relief despite consuming bottles of the syrups.

This being the season of coughs and colds, I thought of doing this post so that if any of you are suffering from a bad throat, do give these cough remedies a try.

It’s all a matter of faith, really, which I am sure you will develop once you experience the benefits of these remedies as opposed to the OTC cough syrups.

The Ayurvedic products are all available online, so, if you fail to find these in the area you reside in, you can always shop online.

Do let me know if you found any difference after using the above tried and tested remedies.

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Published by shilpagupte

Do you know the secret to living a happy life? Eat. Pray. Love. Or, watch what you eat, wish well for all and fill your heart with love! That's precisely what I try to do through my blogs: 'Metanoia', the wellness blogazine, and 'Fictionista', my blog for fiction and non-fiction. Welcome to my virtual homes!

22 thoughts on “Herbs & Ayurveda to cure cough.

  1. Sitopaladi is the best available churna for cough and sore throat. I have been using it past for past 4-5 years. It is so effective. You’ll get relief in 2-3 doses. Thanks for sharing this post 👍 Shilpa.

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  2. Wow lovely cures Shilpa. Like you I believe in the magic of Ayurveda too. I usually use turmeric, salt and ghee for cold and cough remedy, but will now stock on sitopaladi.

    Also let me know if you get an Ayurvedic relief or cure for menstrual cramps. Three years ago I suddenly started having them on my second day. I don’t take meds but an Ayurvedic concoction would be welcome.

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    1. I will ask my friend if we can find any Ayurvedic cure for menstrual cramps, too. Meds can have side-effects, so you have to bear both–the cramps and the side-effects. So, yes, using natural remedies or ayurvedic remedies is much better.
      WIll let you know, for sure!

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  3. I never take medicines for treating coughs and colds for myself and D. My motto in life is to resort to allopathic medicines and treatment only when there is no other option. However, cold and cough treatments have many options. Sitoplad churan used to be regularly used while I was in India. Ginger, turmeric, dalchini, gargles, hot lemon water, and lots and lots of steam are my go to treatment in case of cold and coughs.
    I hope you are well now recovered from cramps and flu.

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    1. Oh, yeah, the flu and the cramps did almost take my life (I know I am exaggerating , but that’s how it felt).
      True, it’s ideal to switch to allopathy only if it is something serious. The body can experience that many less side-effects of the meds.


  4. Hey, Shilpa. The first kadha is personally my remedy for cough for me & my child too. We love it & it’s been my own concoction. It’s surprisingly the same except for the fennel seeds part! I’m going to try the remaining too. Bookmarking this.

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    1. Ashvini, I think it is the most common remedy for cough and cold and I am glad more and more people are realising the benefits of drinking these home-made kaadha instead of the cough syrups found at the chemist’s.
      Thank you !


  5. You have shared some wonderful and effective remedies for cough. At our home, we swear by turmeric and sugar. It’s the only thing that we follow for cough and it works like magic. Bookmarking this post and will check other remedies too.

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