My husband recently had a cough which although not serious, seemed to persist.
We don’t like to take medicine when we can avoid it, and have been gradually learning more about Ayurveda. I thought there must be some natural cough remedies used in Ayurvedic medicine, so decided to investigate.
I found the following remedies which almost looked too simple to be effective.
Guess what… Ken tried them and they worked!!!
Apparently the heating quality of black pepper helps relieve congestion and drives out the cough.
For a cough with mucus:
Mix 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper powder with 1 teaspoon of honey.
and eat on a full stomach 2 or 3 times a day.
For a dry cough or a cough without much mucus:
Mix 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper powder with 1 teaspoon of honey and eat with some ripe banana 2 or 3 times a day.
Refer to the excellent book: ‘The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies’ by Vasant Lad for more information.
( For those of you that are wondering, the cause of Ken’s cough was probably the result of breathing construction dust, not a health related issue. )