Health 101: Home Remedy for Cough

Being someone who likes to choose herbal remedies when I’m sick, this happens to be one of my favorites for when I have that horrible cough; Kalonji (Black seeds) in honey.

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Kalonji (nigella sativa or black-cumin), is an annual flowering plant in the family Ranunculaceae, native to south and southwest Asia. Kalonji (oil) also has various other benefits such as prevention of hair loss, pimples removal, ease of headaches, lower blood pressure, curing of joint pains, and many more.


Honey can be the all-natural cure when it comes to those persistent coughs that won’t go away. Children between the ages of 1 and 5 with nighttime cough can be given two teaspoons of honey 30 minutes before bed.

The thick consistency helps coat the throat while the sweet taste is believed to trigger nerve endings that protect the throat from incessant coughing. Honey is believed to be as effective as the common cough suppressant ingredient dextromethorphan. It can also be used in treating upper respiratory tract infections.

The mix of Kalonji seeds (one pinch) in honey (1 tsp), when taken twice a day helps in the prevention of cough.



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