Ayurvedic Treatment for Cold and Cough: 7 Popular Home Remedies You Can Try

Dr. Shubham Kharche

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Shubham Kharche


4 min read

Key Takeaways

  • Following Ayurveda for cold relief involves making herbal drinks
  • Ayurvedic treatment for cold includes having tulsi tea
  • Pure honey is another popular Ayurvedic medicine for cold

Be it skin rash cures or cold medicine, ayurvedic treatments are effective as they come from one of the oldest traditional systems of medicine [1]. This ancient Indian approach takes a natural and holistic path towards overall health [2]. It usually starts with a process of internal purification followed by the right diet, herbal remedies, therapies, yoga, and meditation [3]. Did you know one of the earliest uses of Ayurveda was to treat cold and related issues? It’s true! Ayurvedic treatment for cold and cough combines products mainly derived from plants. These natural herbs and spices work effectively against cold and cough. Ayurveda for cold and cough is beneficial if you know what to try. Read on to learn more.

Additional Read: 5 Crucial Ayurvedic Health Tips to Take Care of Your Respiratory Health

Ayurvedic treatment for cold and cough

  • Tulsi 

Tulsi is an ideal ayurvedic treatment for cold and dry cough. It is also known as Holy basil and helps increase your antibodies. Thus, it improves your ability to fight infections. Due to its multiple benefits, it is referred to as ‘The Mother Medicine of Nature’ and ‘The Queen of Herbs’. The leaves of tulsi are safe to consume. Simply chew 5 leaves in the morning or add them to your tea or kadha (herbal drink).

  • Honey 

Honey is an effective cough suppressant. It is rich in antimicrobial properties. It is an effective ayurvedic medicine for cold and helps ease a sore throat. It loosens thick mucus, thereby helping you cough it out. It also provides relief from chest congestion. Along with its medicinal properties, honey is absolutely delicious! You can consume it as it is, mix it with ginger juice or add it to herbal tea.

  • Ginger 

Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties effective for curing a sore throat and cough. Dry ginger is often used as an ingredient in herbal cough syrups. You can consume ginger in its raw form or as dry powder. The combination of ginger and honey is also very effective in soothing cough and cold. You can prepare ginger tea and drink it as an ayurvedic medicine for cold and sore throat.

tips to cure cold and cough
  • Pippali 

Pippali or long pepper is an herb that is used as a cold medicine in Ayurveda. It helps you breathe properly by loosening mucus and helping you cough it out. It has an expectorant property that provides relief from congestion, headaches, and other common cold symptoms. Swallow pippali powder by adding it to a spoon of honey or mix it into herbal tea.

  • Mulethi 

Mulethi or licorice is a bitter-tasting herb that is also known as sweet wood. Under popular practices of Ayurveda for cold relief, it is consumed by adding it to warm water. You can also gargle with its extract or drink tea made with it. Licorice is effective for colds due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It helps reduce sore throat pain and cough by helping clear the airways. It thins the mucus in your airways and helps manage the congestion you feel.

  • Cinnamon 

Cinnamon is an aromatic spice used in Indian kitchens. This woody spice has antiviral properties that help eliminate the virus responsible for the common cold. It also provides relief from sore throat due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Its various benefits make it an effective ayurvedic medicine for cold and cough. Add a pinch of cinnamon powder to your regular cup of black tea and drink it twice a day. You can also mix cinnamon poweder with a spoon of honey and have it as it is. 

  • Giloy 

Giloy is a plant with heart-shaped leaves that looks similar to betel leaves. It gained popularity in India, especially during the spread of COVID-19. This is because the herb has anti-inflammatory properties that are very effective in boosting your immunity. This herb helps to manage colds caused by pollutants and allergens, reduces sore throat and helps cure tonsillitis [4]. To enjoy its benefits, drink its juice, add it in teas or take giloy tablets.

Additional Read: 7 Impressive Health Benefits of Giloy You Need To Know!

Sometimes, Ayurvedic care at home is all you need to say goodbye to cold and cough. However, if your ailments persist, you should seek medical help. You can conveniently go for an book online doctor consultation on Bajaj Finserv Health. To know which medicine for cold in Ayurveda is recommended for you, book an appointment now with doctor with a speciality in Ayurveda. 

Published on 11 Oct 2021Last updated on 12 Apr 2023
  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5198827/
  2. https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/ayurvedic-medicine-in-depth
  3. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/Ayurveda
  4. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/tonsillitis/

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Dr. Shubham Kharche

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Shubham Kharche

, BAMS 1


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