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Desi Remedies: Cough & Cold

Home remedies coming to you from South Asian pharmacists, experienced mothers, and years of tested tradition and treatment! The biggest advantage: no side effects (and much lower prices!)




For common cough and cold:

Drink a teaspoon of turmeric powder (haldi) in warm water every 6 hours.

If accompanied by congestion, and/or for productive coughs:

Drink a teaspoon of turmeric powder, with a pinch of salt, in warm water. DO NOT mix with milk.

Mix turmeric powder into a spoonful of unprocessed honey, and take 3 to 4 times a day.


For congestion:

Boil a handful of carom seeds (ajwain) in water, and do a steam. Optional: add Vicks

Boil fresh ginger, then strain out the water, add a teaspoon of honey, and drink it warm (but slowly).


For babies with a cold:

Burn carom seeds (ajwian), and allow the baby to smell it. You can also pack a small amount of it into cloth, tie it tightly, and place it on the baby’s chest.

AVOID giving a baby milk when their chest is congested; give fluids instead.


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2 Responses to Desi Remedies: Cough & Cold

  1. alisha August 10, 2011 at 4:59 am #

    your magazine has become more interesting. Nice of you to share these easy home remedies.

  2. Suparna August 11, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    I’ve boiled cloves for congestion (which also works well), but never tried carom seeds. Will try it next time, thanks!!

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