6 Best Ayurveda Home Remedies for Cough

by Monica Gisella
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This is a list of the 6 best Ayurveda home remedies for cough.

You know what’s funny?

You probably don’t have to buy anything.

I bet your cupboards already have the stuff you will need to prepare these herbal medicines.

If your cough is hanging pretty strong, then for God’s sake try one of the following.

Or share it with a loved one.

This is the season to have these handy.

WHAT AYURVEDA SAYS ABOUT COUGH

Ayurveda says that most respiratory conditions are due to a kapha – one of the three main ayurvedic constitutions – aggravation.

If you are a Kapha type of person, then you normally tend to suffer from colds, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, or pneumonia. Respiratory ailments are your achilles heel!

How it happens?

Well, phlegm is formed in the stomach and then it gets stagnated in the lungs. That same phlegm often gets to the rest of the body producing, what is called in Ayurveda, Kapha diseases.

Sites of Kapha - Remedies for Cough
The organs where Kapha is accumulated

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CAUSES OF COUGH

The other day, my friend said: “Can you believe I coughed at the 711 and this guy did a quick turn? I was thinking, really I’m not allowed to cough…” I know, the struggle is real, especially during coronavirus times! And even the National library of Medicine recognizes that cough reduces your quality of life.

Check this out.

You don’t have to bark out loud to cover the cough in public.

These natural potions will make you feel better in no time.

But, you know what?

I think before we get to the home remedies for cough that Ayurveda recommends, you should be aware of the reasons WHY you might be experiencing it:

  • You are probably having a bad diet
  • You are exposing yourself way too much to water or wind
  • Maybe there are some seasonal changes?
  • You are not breathing correctly
  • You might be feeling sadness, grief, or fear

Listen,

These Ayurvedic remedies work really well.

But,

It’s worth trying to improve directly your diet and lifestyle to prevent the cough from happening again. That will truly do magic!

This study on “Botanicals in Dietary Supplements” from Hindawi, for example, places an important role on nutraceuticals. Nutraceuticals are a food or food component and they can help in the prevention and treatment of disease. As the authors mention, they do more than just supplement your diet.

Another way to feel cough relief is by practicing breathing exercises – like pranayama. This can go a long way for the treatment of respiratory diseases.

See these steps to understand how it works:

Pranayama steps: Remedies for cough

AYURVEDIC TYPES OF COUGHS

Even though Kapha dosha plays a major role in respiratory ailments, you must consider the other doshas as well.

Allow me to explain.

Vata – other Ayurvedic constitution – is also located in the lungs, in the form of Prana, when breath enters your body. So, if the cough is dry it might have a Vata aggravation.

Now, if the condition is more serious, involving infection or inflammation, then Pitta, the third main constitution, might be the one responsible.



VATA COUGH

Vata constitution

The characteristics of a Vata cough are:

  • Dry cough
  • Dry mouth
  • Might have some expectoration
  • Cough is constant
  • You might hear a sound
  • Pain while coughing
  • Pain on chest and heart
  • Possible headache

VATA COUGH TIP

Have warm soups and milk preparations as the base of your diet.

Ayurveda tips for cough - Vata


PITTA COUGH

Pitta constitution

If you are having cough mainly caused by Pitta aggravation, then you might be feeling the following:

  • Expectoration of phlegm
  • Phlegm is yellowish or greenish
  • Phlegm might contain blood
  • Burning sensation in throat and chest
  • Fever
  • Thirst
  • Also, dryness of the mouth
  • Mouth will have bitter or pungent taste

PITTA COUGH TIP

Use ghee and honey.

Ayurveda tips for cough - Pitta

KAPHA COUGH

Kapha constitution

Kapha cough looks something like this:

  • Expectoration of thick and slimy mucus
  • Mucus is whitish
  • Infrequent cough
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mouth will have a sweet taste
  • Cold sensation in the body
  • Lungs full of phlegm

KAPHA COUGH TIP

Avoid iced, cold water and beverages.

Ayurveda tips for cough - Kapha


Now that you know a little bit more about how Ayurveda sees cough and some ways to treat it from the root of the problem, let’s dive in the home remedies.

AYURVEDA HOME REMEDIES FOR COUGH

Nothing beats these home remedies.

Why?

Because they will alleviate the cough symptoms without causing the nasty side effects that traditional medicines bring to your body.

Okay. Let’s start.

REMEDY NUMBER 1

Mix together and eat:

  • a pinch of ground cardamom
  • a pinch of himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp ghee
  • 1/4 tsp honey

Recommended for: Pitta and Vata

REMEDY NUMBER 2

Combine and have after meals:

  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp organic honey

Recommended for: Tridoshic (Good for Vata, Pitta, and Kapha)

REMEDY NUMBER 3

Try:

  • Pinch of cloves powder
  • 1 tbsp organic honey

Recommended for: Tridoshic (Good for Vata, Pitta, and Kapha)

REMEDY NUMBER 4

Combine:

  • 1 cup rice wash water
  • 1/2 tbsp coriander seed powder
  • A pinch of coconut sugar

Recommended for: Pitta

REMEDY NUMBER 5

Mix:

  • The juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • A pinch of himalayan salt

Recommended for: Tridoshic (Good for Vata, Pitta, and Kapha)

REMEDY NUMBER 6

Make a cup of tea with:

  • 1 tsp dry ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
  • A pinch of black pepper

Recommended for: Kapha



Now, I Want to Hear From You

Had you heard about Ayurveda before?

Do you already know your Ayurvedic constitution?

Have you tried any of these remedies?

If not, which one would you try?

Let me know by leaving a comment below right now.

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