Did you know that not all cough syrups work the same? That’s right… especially when it comes to herbal cough syrups. This is because there are a plethora of herbs available but it’s only the right combination of herbs that can create some magic on your respiratory system.
Cough is broadly of two types- dry cough and wet cough. Dry cough can be the result of an environmental pollution and allergies whereas wet cough can be due to a bacterial or viral infection. Every cough has its own characteristics and its own “needs”. The goal is to match the right kind of herbal combination to the type of cough that you are suffering from.
The herbs listed below are some of the classic Ayurvedic herbs used not only to protect the respiratory airways and expel mucus but also to boost your immune system. These are some of the ingredients that make up an all-natural, herbal cough syrup. These type of cough syrups are good for both dry and wet cough. Let’s have a look:
1. Tulsi: The leaves boost production of antibodies thereby preventing infections. It also helps soothe the respiratory airway by helping you cough out the sticky mucus.
2. Mulethi: It is a natural herb used by Ayurveda to treat chronic bronchial conditions. A cough syrup with mulethi will soothe your throat and give immediate relief.
3. Soonth/Sunth/Sukku: Dry ginger popularly known as sukku or sonth has a long tradition of numerous health benefits and is one of the main ingredients of herbal cough syrups as it helps to reduce the phlegm (mucus) produced.
4. Giloy: It is an effective immunity modulator and helps build a strong immune system. Giloy helps to get rid of cough caused due to allergic reactions to pollution, smoke or pollen. It also helps to get rid of cold and tonsillitis.
5. Saunf/Fennel seeds: This is one of the nature’s finest expectorants. A cough syrup with saunf will not only soothe your throat but will also help dissolve the phlegm (mucus) and make it possible to cough it out. It is also good for a dry cough and to reduce hoarseness in the voice.
6. Lavanga/Clove: It boosts immunity and will help you get rid of phlegm if you happen to catch a cold. Just add a few cloves in your morning cup of tea to enjoy a congestion-free day. A cough syrup with added clove if taken before going to bed can help alleviate spasmodic coughs in case of bronchitis.
7. Pippali/Long pepper: This spice is used in Ayurvedic medicine and effectively treats cough, asthma and bronchitis. It helps to rejuvenate the lungs by expelling out the mucus from the respiratory tract.
8. Pudina: It is cool and has a very strong odor. It acts as an expectorant and helps in the expulsion of the phlegm thus helping you to recover faster. One simple way to stay away from cough, cold and asthma attacks is to plant a mint plant outside your window. According to Ayurvedic doctors, this will help keep the diseases at bay.
9. Honey: With antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, honey is not only heavenly for your taste buds but also helps ease sore throat pain. It is also an effective cough suppressant. Take a teaspoonful of honey before going to bed at night to reduce the severity of cough symptoms.
10. Dalchini/Cinnamon: This sweet spice is loaded with many health benefits and one of them is relief from cold and cough. It not only helps to relieve the congestion commonly experienced with a cold but is also great for a sore throat.
Still worried about your lingering cough? Don’t be anymore as herbal remedies are nature’s best friends and extremely safe for your health.