Top 9 home remedies for cough and congestion for kids and adult

Cough is very much normal thing. Coughs keep our throat clear from phlegm and help us in clearing irritants and infections from the body. But persistent coughing can be annoying. There are many possible causes of coughs, including colds, allergies, and sinus infections and acid-reflux.
Sustained coughing can also be symptom of a number of conditions, such as an allergy, flu or bacterial infection.Bacterial infections will require medicinal treatment. However, people who prefer to avoid medicines, there are several home remedies for cough that may help them.

home remedies for cough and congestion

Honey : home remedy for cough

Honey could be effective at reducing the symptoms of acute coughs due to upper respiratory tract infections (infections of the airways), including how often people coughed and how bad their cough was. The guidance applies to adults and children over 5 years of age. It’s important to note that honey is not safe for children under the age of 1.

Take 2 teaspoons of honey with herbal tea or warm water and lemon. The honey does the soothing, while the lemon juice can help with congestion. You can also simply eat the honey by the spoonful or spread it on bread for a snack.


Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties. It may also relieve nausea and pain. Some anti-inflammatory compounds which are present in ginger can relax membranes in the airways, which could reduce coughing.

Cut ginger into few pieces.Now add these ginger pieces into hot water.Allow it to steep for a few minutes before drinking. Add honey or lemon juice to improve the taste and further soothe a cough.

Ocimum Sanctum Or Tulsi

Tulsi increases immunity and energy in our body.
The antiseptic and analgesic properties in tulsi helps relieve dry cough. Eat 5 tulsi leaves in the morning or take it as tea.

Justicia Adhatoda Or Vasaka

It is an effective herb in the management of respiratory congestion like cough, bronchitis, asthma, etc. The medicinal herb expands the airways and provides great relief to the bronchitis patients. It is a well known Ayurvedic medicine for expectorant and helps to ease out the phlegm.

Take adequate amount of fluid

Staying hydrated is key when you’re down with dry cough,congestion,runny nose and sneezing.Warm fluid alleviate even more symptoms, including a sore throat, chills, and fatigue.

Turmeric milk

Turmeric has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which help in treating infections.The mixture of turmeric and hot milk can brings relief in throat infections and dry cough.


The leaves and roots of the herb have been used to treat sore throats and suppress coughs.The marshmallow herb contains mucilage, which coats the throat and soothes irritation.
Add hot water to marshmallow and then drink it immediately or allow it to cool first. The longer the marshmallow root steeps in the water, the more mucilage will be in the drink.


Bromelain is an enzyme which is found in stem and fruit of pineapple. It has anti-inflammatory properties and may also have mucolytic properties.That means that it can break down mucus and remove it from the body.
Eat a slice of pineapple or drink 3.5 ounces of fresh pineapple juice three times a day.

Salt-water gargle

Salt and water gargle can help soothe a scratchy throat that causes you to cough.It reduces phlegm and mucus in the back of the throat which can lessen the need to cough.Mixing 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of salt with 8 ounces of warm water can help to relieve irritation.
Avoid giving salt water to younger children as they may not be able to gargle properly, and swallowing salt water can be harmful.

Tips to prevent cold

It is not always possible to avoid getting a cough, but few tips can reduce the risk.
1. Maintain a safe distance from the people who have flu or cough.
2. Always wash your hands with soap and warm water to remove bacteria and viruses from the skin.
3. Take supplements such zinc, vitamin C, and Probiotics during cold and flu season to increase immunity of you body and keep illness away from you and your family.
4. Reduce allergy flare-ups by avoiding triggers such as pollen, dust mites, animal dander, and mold.

If you can read Bengali ,Here is the symptom wise homoeopathy treatment of cough & cold. Click on the link below…