Coughs come in two main forms: productive and dry. With a productive cough, mucus or phlegm will be coughed up, unlike the case with a dry cough. A persistent dry cough, otherwise known as tickly cough, can result from different things, including an infection or flu that has recently cleared or such throat-irritating atmospheric pollutants as cigarettes. Stress and the common cold can also be factors.

Here are 10 of what we deem the best ways of tackling this kind of cold.

Gargle salt water

By gargling daily, you can assist in flushing out bad bacteria. You should gargle a mixture that you have created by dissolving a teaspoonful of salt in a glass of warm water. This salt should reduce the symptoms by draining excess fluids out of the inflamed areas. Furthermore, gargling can remove irritants and make the mucus thinner.

Consume garlic

Garlic has antimicrobial properties that make it a great expectorant. Although garlic is delicious, you might struggle to eat it raw; therefore, you could instead put it in foods, salads, and dressings that you eat. You could delight in consuming garlic like this regularly - and that's fortunate, because doing so can decrease the symptoms and duration of colds and also prevent them from occurring in the first place.

Eat spoonfuls of honey

Honey's viscosity and stickiness means it can effectively coat and soothe irritated mucous membranes. If your cough has been caused by bacterial illness, the cough could go sooner due to antibacterial properties that bees add to honey when they harvest it. Thanks, bees! Children aged below two years should never be fed honey, as botulism could arise. Many of us, however, can take a tablespoonful of honey 1-3 times a day, while kids' dosage should be a teaspoon to a tablespoon.

Consume turmeric

Mix turmeric with carom seeds in a cupful of water before boiling it. Stop boiling once the water volume falls to half. Drink the solution and then repeat this entire process twice daily.

Drink carrot juice

Carrots are packed with useful minerals and vitamins for treating coughs. Dilute concentrated carrot juice in water to produce fresh carrot juice. Take this drink roughly four times daily. The relief should be fast - the effectiveness of this drink in treating coughs should not be underestimated.

Eat dark chocolate

Strange but true - chocolate may help to diminish your cough. Well, the right kind of chocolate, anyway. Imperial College London researchers found that theobromine, which is found in cocoa, is almost a third better at halting persistent coughs than codeine. However, you should stick to dark chocolate which is high in cacao, as the sugar content will be relatively low.

Drink ginger peppermint syrup

To make this syrup, add three tablespoons of chopped ginger and a tablespoon of dried peppermint to four cupfuls of water that you can then bring to boil. Reduce the heat to produce a simmering liquid. Once that liquid has been lowered by half, strain it. Leave it to slightly cool before stirring in a cup of honey. Persist until the honey entirely dissolves. Bottle the resulting solution and every few hours, consume a tablespoon of it. You can keep this syrup refrigerated for as long as three weeks.

Drink licorice root tea

Licorice root can ease congestion by soothing the airways and making mucus looser and thinner. You should avoid licorice root if you have kidney problems or are on steroids. However, if licorice root is okay for you to take, here is how you can make licorice root tea. After bringing water to a boil, put licorice root into a mug. Then, cover with water before steeping for 10-15 minutes. Drink this solution and then repeat these steps up to two times a day.

Consume homemade onion syrup

To make this syrup, start by mixing honey, grated onion, and lemon juice in a pot of boiling water. Leave it to boil before letting it simmer over two hours. Then, after the juice is strained, take a tablespoonful of it. This dosage should be consumed every two hours. To get as much benefit from this kind of homemade onion syrup as you can, we urge you to drink it daily.

Take the herb oregano

Oregano has lots of good stuff, including fiber, folate, magnesium, and the vitamins A, C, E, and
K. This herb can act as an expectorant by banishing mucus and clearing airways.


Other things that can be consumed as cough treatment include ginger and black pepper. Alternatively, you could inhale steam from hot water for a maximum of 10 minutes twice or thrice a day. If you have chest pain, difficulty breathing, been coughing up blood, or a cough that has lasted for over three weeks, you should see a doctor as soon as you can.