Coughing is a common action done by the body for removing any blockage or irritant in the throat or upper air passages. It is caused due to any viral or bacterial infections in respiratory track, smoking, stress, dust pollen or any other irritants.
Coughing causes itchy throat, congestion, throat pain, headache, and chest pain. It attacks people in two ways i.e. dry coughs and productive cough. Other than using over the counter medicines or cough syrups for each time, just give a try to natural remedies that give long lasting relief without side effects.
Ginger is one among those natural remedies used from centuries to treat cold, cough and stomach related problems. Here we are going to learn about how it works and how to use it as a cough suppressant.
Does Ginger works for Cough?
Yes, it works very effectively for treating cough. Here are some of the proof’s to make you know how it cures coughs.
- It has an anti-inflammatory property that reduces the inflammation in the throat and chest caused by cough.
- It has antibacterial and antiviral property that relieves you from cold, flu and other respiratory problems to get rid of coughs.
- It promotes salivation, inhibits airway contraction and stimulates the secretion of mucus to relieve coughs and its symptoms.
- It has an antihistamine property that effectively treats allergies causing respiratory ailments which in turn cures coughs.
- It contains oleoresin, an antitussive ability that relieves and suppress coughing.
- It has essential oils and antioxidant property that soothes the throat and relieves pain caused in throat and chest.
- It contains aromatic compounds like gingerols, shogaols and zingerone that has many amazing medicinal qualities and has the ability to soothe coughs.
- It works as an expectorant that helps to loose and expel the mucous from the lungs.
Want to know how to use ginger as a cough suppressant. Then discover these 3 excellent ginger methods for getting quick relief from cough and its symptoms.
Method – 1: (Ginger Tea)
This process is used to treat cold, flu and thereby cough. This hot herbal tea soothes the throat and relieves from sore throat.
Steps to be followed…
- Add 2 tablespoons of fresh and shredded ginger root in 1 cup of hot water.
- Let it steep for 10 – 15 minutes and then add some honey and lemon juice to enhance the taste.
- Stir it well and drink ginger tea while it is warm.
- Continue drinking ginger tea for 2 – 3 times daily to get complete relief from cough and its symptoms.
- Or simply place finely chopped ginger pieces in a teapot filled with water. Boil the mix till the volume reduces to half and strain to drink it by adding honey.
- Alternatively, prepare ginger brew by adding 1/2 pound of thinly sliced ginger and 4 cups of water in a pan. Simmer it by covering for 20 minutes and strain the water. Then add 1 cup of honey, 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice and 4 cups of water. Stir well and drink this warm to get relief.
- Or else mix 3 tablespoons of chopped ginger, 1 tablespoon of dried peppermint in 4 cups of water. Boil it till it reduces to half and then strain it to get cool. Add 1 cup of honey to this mix and consume 1 tablespoon for every few hours.
Method – 2: (Ginger)
Ginger has many amazing properties that can be used alone to cure cold and dry coughs.
Steps to be followed…
- Cut 1-inch piece of fresh ginger into slices.
- Sprinkle some salt over it and chew it for few minutes.
- The strong taste of ginger will provide relief from respiratory problems and thereby cough.
- Repeat it as needed.
- Or simply consume ginger slices throughout the day.
- Alternatively include ginger in your daily diet like in curries, salads, soups, rice items, cookies, bread, etc. to get relief from coughs.
- Or drink ginger juice that is extracted from crushed ginger pieces, either alone or by adding some lemon juice or honey or tulsi juice.
Method – 3: (Ginger with Honey and Lemon)
Honey soothes the irritated throat, lemon boost up the immune system and ginger clears the bacteria or any blockage in respiratory system. This combinational process is very effective in treating cough and other respiratory problems.
Steps to be followed…
- Chop 2 – 3 inch piece of fresh ginger root into slices.
- Cut a lemon into fine slices.
- Place these lemon and ginger slices in a jar.
- Then pour enough of raw honey till it covers the slices in the jar.
- Stir it well and put a lid on the jar.
- Keep it aside for overnight or a whole day.
- Then add 1 teaspoon of this honey mix in 1 cup of hot water.
- Stir well and drink this cough syrup to get rid of coughs.
- Do the same regularly for 2 – 3 times a day till you got complete relief from coughs.
- Or simply add small grated ginger root, few lemon drops and some honey in a cup. Pour hot water over it and stir to prepare the above mix instantly.
- Alternatively, mix 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of grated ginger in a saucepan, simmer it for 10 minutes and strain the mix it in a bowl. Then add 1/4 cup of honey and stir well. Allow it to cool and pour this syrup in a small bottle with a tightly closed cap. Now consume 1 teaspoon for every 3 – 4 hours.
Tips and Precautions:
- It contains certain plant compounds called phenols that interact with certain medications. So, consult your doctor before using ginger.
- It has blood thinning property, so avoid ginger while using medicines like aspirin or warfarin to avoid further damage to the health.
- Avoid using ginger and honey to the children under 2 years of age. Also, intake of too much lemon juice or ginger might cause intestinal upset or mouth irritation in adults.
- Add a drop of ginger oil or few ginger slices in a hot water and inhale the aromatic vapors through steaming process for soothing the sore throat and to relieve any block in respiratory track.
- You can also take ginger in the form of its extracts like ginger snaps, cookies, ale, lozenges, tincture, capsules, etc. for getting some relief from cold, cough and sore throat.
- Make sure to consult your doctor if you didn’t get any relief from cough after a week or suffering from productive coughs, for getting proper diagnose and treatment as per your health condition.
- Pregnant or nursing women or children or people who have nearby surgeries won’t consume ginger. Talk with your doctor before taking ginger as a cough remedy and know your ginger dosage.
That’s all for now about Ginger for Cough, try these methods and share your experience with us.