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10 Incredible Indian Herbs To Fight Cough And Cold


They are herbs used in the kitchen that helps to prevent cough and cold. These herbs helps to boost immunity, prevent sickness, shorten suffering life and support the body.

Your kitchen holds the key of remedy to fight cough and cold. Here are some herbs that helps to treat cough and cold and how to use them

1. Clove

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Clove is an herb that helps to eliminate phlegm and boost your immune system.

How To Use

  • Add some cloves in your cup of tea every morning and enjoy congestion-free day

2. Garlic

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Garlic reduce and prevent the degree of common cold.It had antiviral properties that help to boost immunity.


How To Use

  • For Raw Garlic: Take 1 to 2 cloves, chew and drink with water
  • For Chopped Garlic: Add the same 1 to 2 cloves of chopped garlic with one teaspoon of honey or add the chopped garlic to your soup.

3. Chamomile

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Chamomile is full of antibacterial properties & antimicrobial benefits. It owes properties(antibacterial precisely) to Chamazulene.

How To Use

  • Do have chamomile tea at least 3 to 4 times in a day. It helps to relieve the signs and symptoms of cold.

4. Ginger

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Ginger blocks the growth and development of many types of bacteria. It decreases the risk of infections and diseases.

How To Use

  • Add ginger to water to drink or
  • Add ginger to your tea i.e ginger-honey tea

5. Peppermint

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Peppermint reduces body ache, breaks phlegm and kill viruses including bacterias. This is due to the presence of decongestant–menthol.

How To Use

  • Add peppermint powder to salads for additional benefits or
  • Have it as lukewarm mint lemonade to the best of the herbs.

6. Cinnamon

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Do you know cinnamon works perfectly in relieving the signs and symptoms of common cold. It is full of antibacterial and antifungal properties.

How To Use

–Add cinsmin to curries or gravies or

– Add cinnamon with a teaspoon of honey or vannila and have it especially during winter.

7. Turmeric

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Turmeric contains a chemical compound called “Curcumin” which has lots of antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties.

How To Use

  • You can add turmeric to your cooking everyday
  • You can crushed tumeric into powder form and have it with a warm glass of milk especially during winter.

8. Thyme

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Thyme contains essential oils, immune boosting properties and pulmonary disinfectants. Inhaling thyme helps to treat chronic infections that stat and remain in the sinuses.

How To Use

  • You can roast the seeds and inhale the aroma.
  • You can also crackle a teaspoon  of the seeds and add to pulses or vegetables.

9. Black Pepper

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The black pepper helps to remove phlegm and mucus via coughing or sneezing. It provides relief from nasal congestion and sinusitis.

How To Use

  • Add ⅙ teaspoon of black pepper (powdered/crushed) with one teaspoon of honey 2 to 3 times in a day.
  • You can also add black pepper to  gravies.

10. Basil/Tulsi Leaves

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Basil leaves enhance the production of antibodies, lowers high temperature , hence, preventing infections.

How To Use

  • Add 3 to 4 basil leaves to glass of hot water(boiling)
  • Wait and let it simmer for some minutes–Have the drink 2 to 3 times a day.

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Dr Ifthi Ifthikhar Hakeem
Dr Ifthi is a consultant and physician at Unani Herbal Hospital, A Herbal Biotechnologist, LCHF Diet for lifestyle Diseases & Auto Immune Disorders

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