The best home remedies for a dry cough

Honey - Honey has antibacterial properties and can be used to treat day and nighttime dry coughing. 

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Honey - One of the oldest home remedies around, you can try taking honey by the teaspoon several times daily, or add it to tea or warm water to drink.

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Ginger - Ginger has long been used thanks to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

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Ginger - You can make ginger tea from ginger root by steeping the peeled or cut root in warm water. Adding honey makes a great combo for dry cough.

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Marshmallow root - Marshmallow root is a type of herb that has been used in cough syrup to soothe dry cough. It also has antibacterial properties.

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Marshmallow root - One survey found that marshmallow root is an effective treatment for soothing the throat and reducing the irritation caused by dry cough.

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Peppermint - Peppermint contains menthol, which helps numb irritated nerve endings in the throat that trigger coughing. 

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Peppermint - There are a number of ways to take peppermint for a dry cough. These include drinking peppermint tea, especially before bed, to help alleviate nighttime coughs.

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Garlic - Garlic has mild antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties, which are believed to relieve cough associated with the common cold.

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Garlic - On top of that, consuming garlic on a regular basis is said to lower blood pressure and boost the immune system.

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Thyme - Thyme contains a compound called thymol, which is believed to have antispasmodic effects that can help relax the smooth muscles of the throat.

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Thyme - Make a thyme tea by infusing the dried herb in a cup of boiling water. Sweeten with honey for an added cough-relieving benefit.

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Masala chai tea - A popular drink around the world in recent years, in India chai is used to treat conditions such as sore throat and dry cough.

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Masala chai tea - Masala chai contains several antioxidant ingredients, including cloves and cardamom. It also contains cinnamon, which has anti-inflammatory properties.

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Licorice root - Sipping tea made from licorice root has long been advised for its soothing effect on the throat. 

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Licorice root - Referred to as gancao in traditional Chinese medicine, licorice root tea can be found in many grocery and health food stores.

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