Almost all Indian household believes in home remedies for common problems. Ayurveda and basic knowledge about kitchen ingredients are passed from one generation to another.
Even today, traditionally known home remedies are considered effective. So when it comes to seasonal colds & coughs, most look for home remedies.
There are traditionally known ingredients that are considered to be good to give relief during seasonal colds & coughs.
(1) Holy Basil (Tulsi) and Honey Tea -- Honey helps to soothe the throat and Tusli contains antibacterial properties
(i) Boil Tulsi leaves in water, (ii) Add 1 teaspoon of honey and a pinch of black pepper, (iii) Drink lukewarm tea
(2) Turmeric and Honey Milk (Saffron Optional) -- Honey helps to soothe the throat and Turmeric is anti-inflammation and contains antibacterial properties
(i) Boil 120ml Milk and add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder (1-2 strands of Saffron optional), (ii) Transfer to a mug and add 1 teaspoon of Honey, (iii) Drink lukewarm
(3) Cardamom and Honey -- Honey helps to soothe the throat and Cardamom is anti-inflammation
(i) Slightly burn 2-3 green cardamom and hand-beaten to fine powder, (ii) Add honey and mix with cardamom powder, (iii) Take a teaspoon
(4) Ginger and Honey -- Honey helps to soothe the throat and Ginger is anti-inflammation.
(i) Grate ginger and mix it with honey to get a thick consistency, (ii) Take a teaspoon
There are plenty of traditional recipes available but the above recipes are used by us. We use the same for our 5-year-old son.
Do remember, not all colds & coughs are seasonal. Home remedies are great but they may not help when the cold & cough is extensive. In the case of children, it could persist or even worsen when colds & coughs also have symptoms like high fever, chest pain, or difficult breathing.
Timely medication is required for a higher degree of cold & cough. So, always consult your healthcare professional for timely treatment.