Friday, 12 July 2013

Home made remedy for cough

With monsoons comes a lot of giggles, laughters, naughtiness, wet kids, wet noses ,sneezing and coughing. I normally do not rely on medicines for simple cough and cold however I do use an age old remedy passed on in my family through generations. I am sharing the details of it below:

3-4 cloves
1-Black cardamom
4-5 black peppercorns (Crushed)
1 bay leaf/Tej patta
1 inch ginger (grated/crushed)
1 inch fresh turmeric OR ½ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp saunf/fennel
1 Ajwain/carom leaf (crushed) OR 1 tsp ajwain seeds
3-4 Tulsi leaves (crushed)
Honey- 1tsp OR sugar 1 tsp
Water – 2 cups

Method- Crush together all the ingredients that are supposed to be crushed. Add all the ingredients in the water (except honey/sugar) and bring it to boil. Reduce the temperature and let it boil till it remains approx. 1/4th cup. Turn off the gas, add honey or sugar. Stir to mix.

Things to be considered before having it-
  • 1/4th cup makes for two portions. 
  • This can be prepared and kept for a day. Warm it before having it.
  • This can be taken in continuation for days. 
  • It is advisable to have it warm, similar to the temperature of tea/warm milk. 
  • Do not have it in empty stomuch. After a meal is advisable.
  • Should not be taken immediately after eating anything too cold, like icecream, cold water etc

Do note that I am not a medical professional and in no way I recommend replacing any medicine with this remedy. Also please check for any allergies/reactions before using any of the spices mentioned above.


  1. Sounds nice. Will try it for my cough. The babies are grown. I have a lot of cough though. :)

    1. Thanks Madhu, do give it a try. Works like magic on my elder one!

  2. homemade remedy for cough is lot better than those intoxicating syrups !! bookmarked this :) .

  3. Great Remedy...and Homemade remedy always fare better than purchased medicine

  4. Very good remedy. Do you give it to your kids? It seems like it will burn throats. I used to give mine ginger juice mixed with honey. It was hard enough convincing them to have that.

    1. Hey I do give it to my 4 year old. It will be slightly spicy but with honey/sugar and fennel, it gets subdued. Also hot spices like peppercorns and clove I put in minimum quantity...

      Mine has been having it for a year now, infact he doesn't dislike it at all. Do give it a try, if it feels too spicy, in the starting reduce peppercorns and clove further and don't boil it too much.Hope it helps!

  5. Home made things are not harmful to health. Thanks a lot for the info

  6. This is very useful!! Added it to my 'Delicious' account!

    1. Thanks let me know if it was useful.


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