Ginger from a cough

, medical expert
Last reviewed: 19.06.2018

All iLive content is medically reviewed or fact checked to ensure as much factual accuracy as possible.

We have strict sourcing guidelines and only link to reputable media sites, academic research institutions and, whenever possible, medically peer reviewed studies. Note that the numbers in parentheses ([1], [2], etc.) are clickable links to these studies.

If you feel that any of our content is inaccurate, out-of-date, or otherwise questionable, please select it and press Ctrl + Enter.

Ginger has long received a well-deserved recognition as a remedy: traditional Chinese medicine calls it "a drug for vomiting," and Indian healers have used ginger for coughs for centuries.

Acute and burning taste, it has an antimicrobial effect, improves blood circulation, is a preventive against colds and flu, has a certain anti-cancer activity. It is especially recommended to add to fish and seafood dishes, as well as to use in the cold season.

Does ginger help cough?

Essential oil, polysaccharides, organic acids, macroelements (potassium, calcium, manganese, iron), trace elements (magnesium, copper, zinc, cobalt, chromium, aluminum, vanadium, selenium, nickel, strontium, lead, boron, iodine, zingerol) and starch - the combination of these biologically active substances in the composition of the root of ginger gives it a multitude of medicinal qualities.

Pharmacological properties of ginger:

  • expectorant, antipyretic, bactericidal, disinfectant, anti-inflammatory, analgesic effect;
  • has hypotonic, sedative, anti-spastic properties, it reduces breathing.

In addition, it stimulates the appetite, promotes digestion and improves immunity.

This is not a complete list of properties of ginger, and all of the above - convincing arguments in favor of the thesis that ginger helps with coughing. Moreover, it is directly indicated for use in pharyngitis, laryngitis and bronchitis - catarrhal diseases and inflammatory processes caused by an upper respiratory tract infection.


Treatment of cough with ginger

Ginger drink, so simple in preparation, can serve as an excellent preventive agent in the epidemic of acute respiratory viral infections, because it strengthens the immune system. Tea from the root of ginger not only reduces the risk of "catching the flu", but also warms in the cold season, thereby leaving him the slightest chance to overcome your body.

Those who are not lucky enough to get cold or bronchitis, ginger will help to alleviate the symptoms, including quickly eliminate the annoying heavy cough.

Let us dwell on the essential features, which should be remembered when treating ginger. Firstly, despite the fact that any drink from the "miracle root" helps with coughing, the most effective is a prescription, selected according to the indications with the appropriate form of cough. So, a dry cough will soften the ginger-honey drink, and from wet will save milk-ginger tea, but about them a little later. Secondly, when choosing ginger as a medicine, one should remember about contraindications. It is not recommended for use in: peptic ulcer of stomach and duodenum, hepatitis, esophageal reflux, high body temperature, arrhythmia and admission of cardiac and diabetic remedies, as it enhances the effect of the latter. Before you prepare a cough medicine for ginger, also make sure that you do not have an allergic reaction to it. At home, it's impossible to diagnose it, therefore, if you are exposed to other types of allergies and (or) for the first time you try the root and do not know what the reaction will be, start with a very small amount of ginger.

How to prepare ginger from cough?

To make a drink from ginger, you need to buy a quality fresh product. When choosing, pay attention to the peel: it should be smooth, smooth, undamaged, beige in color with a slight golden tinge. Old ginger is easy to identify by thickening, tuberosity and the presence of eyes, very similar to potato. Such a root is not suitable for therapeutic purposes. Take it in your hands: ginger should not be too light and dry to the touch. The fresh and younger the root, the more delicious and healthy ginger will be. Fresh ginger easily spoils. Smell the root - it should not smell musty. And, of course, it should not be moldy. Do not buy excess - fresh, and, moreover, cut root does not "live" for a long time. Store ginger is recommended no longer than 4-5 days in the lower vegetable compartment of the refrigerator, during this period, it will not lose its healing properties.

Ginger should be cleaned gently, cutting a minimal layer with a knife, in the direction of the fibers. Such caution is important in order to maintain the greatest amount of nutrients.

Ginger from cough is most often taken in the form of a drink. To make ginger tea, fresh root should be finely chopped. The drink also adds other useful ingredients: honey, lime, lemon and orange.

Ginger from cough for children

Year after year, statistics show that children are more susceptible to colds than adults. All because children's immunity is weaker, it is at the stage of development, like the child himself. Such "immature" immunity does not know how to cope well with viral infections, so one of the main tasks of parents is to help strengthen it. Effective methods, such as hardening, healthy eating, medicinal vitaminization and mineralization, are not known for the first day. But to such a powerful immuno-elevating agent, as ginger, many mothers are still cautious. And in vain. Of course, ginger should not be given to children under the age of two, but if your child is older, then the root is not only possible, but it also needs to be used in baby food to strengthen immunity. Moreover, it rarely causes allergic reactions and sensitivity, which is another argument in favor of a curative natural remedy.

There are several ways to prepare ginger for children:

Ginger tea

A special advantage of the drink is that it is simple enough to prepare, and, thanks to the presence of other delicious ingredients, does not cause the child to disgust. 4 tbsp. Spoons of finely grated fresh ginger root should be filled with two liters of boiling water. If you use ground dry ginger, the amount of ginger should be 2 times less, and boil it should be 20 minutes on low heat. Cook the drink for 10 minutes. Ginger is rather sharp - sweeten the child with honey (6 tablespoons), orange juice (4 tablespoons) and fresh mint. If desired, you can also add any herbal tea. Stir everything and let it brew for 5 more minutes. Ginger tea obtained should be drunk in a warm form. The proportions of the ingredients may vary depending on the taste preferences of your child. To children of younger age it is better to make a drink not strong and if there are no contraindications, it can be diluted with milk.

Inhalation of ginger from cough and cold

Rub the roots on a grater and pour with hot water. Under the supervision of an adult, throwing a towel over his head, the child should breathe a few minutes of ginger in a couple of minutes. Inhalation is best done before bedtime. This remedy is suitable in case the child has already fallen ill - to alleviate the symptoms of the cold and strengthen the weakened immunity.

Gingerbread Cookie

Of course, with the help of this recipe, cough and cold can not be cured, but the cookies are very popular with children, which makes it possible for mom to gently instill her child into the special taste of ginger root. In addition, when heat treated, the useful properties of the latter are not lost. One of the delicious recipes, which exactly like a child is the American ginger biscuit. Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of candied ginger,
  • 3/4 cup sugar,
  • 6 tablespoons of butter at room temperature,
  • 1/4 cup black molasses. Unfortunately, in our grocery stores to find treacle - a great rarity, but perhaps in the nearest hypermarket it is sold. If not, prepare its analog, mixing 5 tbsp. Brown sugar and 1 tbsp. L. Honey, and then warming them in a water bath until the sugar is completely dissolved. Patoku can also be replaced with maple syrup;
  • 1 egg,
  • 2 cups of flour,
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda,
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger,
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon,
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg,
  • powdered sugar (optional).

Finely grind candied ginger and 1/3 cup of sugar in a food processor (you can also use a blender for this purpose). Pour the resulting mixture into a bowl. Without rinsing the bowl of the combine, put oil in it and pour 1/3 cup of sugar, beat them until smooth: the resulting mass should be light and airy. Then add the contents of a bowl, treacle, and egg. Beat until smooth. In another container, mix the flour, baking soda, ground ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, all this, too, pour into the bowl of the combine, mix. Get the dough for the biscuit: it needs to be wrapped in a food film and placed in the refrigerator for an hour. In the meantime, mix sugar with sugar powder. When the dough cools, form balls of it, about 2.5 cm in diameter, sprinkle each of them with sugar. Preliminarily laying the baking sheet with parchment, put balls of dough on it at a distance of 5 cm from each other. Bake the biscuits in a preheated to 180 degree oven, for 12-15 minutes. As you can see, prepare quickly, and eaten, believe me, even faster!

In baby food, ginger is recommended to use fresh, and not in the form of a dry powder, since the use of fresh root is more effective in two times. It is also worth noting that pickled ginger - a good accompaniment to Japanese cuisine, but not a therapeutic tool: it should not be given to children.

Ginger from a cough during pregnancy

It is known that during pregnancy, most drugs for medication for colds are contraindicated. There is a contradictory situation: it is dangerous to start the disease for the fetus, and it is impossible to be treated with the usual medications. Here, the recipes of alternative medicine come to the aid, which can be easily prepared at home.

One of the most effective, and at the same time, safe means for treating cough and other symptoms of ARVI in pregnant women in early terms is ginger. As already mentioned above, this natural product, a storehouse of vitamins and trace elements, has a lot of medicinal properties. It has an antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory effect, and the antioxidants that make up it will help to strengthen the immunity of the future mother, which will positively affect the baby.

Methods of treatment of ginger from cough during pregnancy:

  1. Inhalations. With the first symptoms of a cold with inhalation, you can quickly achieve a therapeutic effect even in the treatment of severe cough during pregnancy. In this case, inhalations are perhaps the safest way to treat colds and cough in pregnant women (see the recipe above)
  2. Ginger drink. Useful and tasty, it will ease not only the cough, but also other symptoms of colds. You need to drink it several times a day, warm. Women who consume ginger tea in early pregnancy are less likely to suffer from colds and infectious diseases.

By the way, light tea from the fresh ginger root, helps to relieve the toxicosis, removing the nausea, often tormenting pregnant women.

However, using ginger as a remedy, it must be remembered that it has a strong effect. Because of the warming properties, it is not recommended to take it in large quantities, as well as at high temperature and bleeding. While ginger in "reasonable" doses is harmless to the future mother and fetus and provides important help to a woman in bearing, experts still recommend that pregnant women take some care with the "miracle root": women who previously had a miscarriage, and also women in late pregnancy, it is forbidden to apply ginger.

Recipes for ginger from cough

Variants of preparation of ginger from a cough are various enough. All you need is to choose the recipe that matches your taste preferences. This section is devoted to the author's favorite methods of making drinks from fresh ginger.

Lemon-ginger beverage

With the help of a juicer or manually squeeze out two lemons juice. Mix it with a liter of water, add grated ginger and lemon grass (dry lemon grass). Cook on low heat for ten minutes, after - let it brew. In a strained drink, drip some more lemon (or lime) juice.

Mulled wine with ginger

Mulled wine has a healing warming effect, so a cold person should drink it before going to bed, lying under a warm blanket. You will need: 250 grams of red dry wine, 2 tangerines, fresh ginger root, ¼ lime, a pinch of grinded as much ground nutmeg, 1 head of dried cloves, a quarter of fresh pear, art. L. Raisins and honey. Pour wine into the kozanok. From one mandarin squeeze the juice and add to the wine. Slice a small slice of ginger - thin strips, a quarter of the pear - along and in half, and a mandarin - as you like, and it is better to cut straight with a skin. Fruits, raisins, spices and ginger throw in the kazanok to wine. Preheat the mixture over a low heat until the steam starts to rise and a thick aroma appears. Take care that mulled wine does not boil. Turn off the fire and allow the drink to infuse for about 10 minutes. When the mulled wine is a little cool, add honey. Drink it for medicinal purposes only warm.

Tea with ginger and cinnamon

Ginger harmonizes in this drink with cinnamon, which has antipyretic effect and stimulates expectoration of sputum. Ingredients: per liter of water - cinnamon stick, art. A spoon of honey and pine nuts (to taste). Pour the water into a thick-walled pan, pour the cinnamon and finely chopped ginger, bring the mixture to a boil, and then cook on a small fire for another half hour, remembering to stir it. At the end of this time, remove the pan from the plate and remove from it a stick of cinnamon and ginger. Honey should be added to the cooled beverage. Peel the pine nuts right in the cup before use. Drinking this tea should also be warm.

Root of ginger from cough

For the treatment of cough, the root of ginger can be taken as a basis for the following, less popular, but also effective, remedies for catarrhal diseases:

  1. ginger bath. Prepare it in the following simple way: grated root of ginger is put in cheesecloth and falls into a bath full of water. Wait 10 minutes, let the ginger "give" its useful substances. This bath will warm and relax the body before going to bed, but remember: it is not desirable to take it at high temperature and low pressure;
  2. ginger tincture. Finely cut 250 grams of peeled ginger, place its half-liter glass jar, then pour it with vodka. For two weeks put the jar in the kitchen cupboard, but do not forget about it - every three days shake the tincture. This drink is enough for two weeks, that would be infused. Be sure to strain the medicine and add honey to it. To drink tincture from ginger from a cough it is necessary in small doses: on 1 ch. L. After breakfast and lunch, planting in a glass of clean water. Children aged 3-5 years - 5 drops 2 times a day, and from 5 to 12 years - 10 drops. If the patient is contraindicated in medicine based on alcohol, pour into the tablespoon the right amount of tincture, and then add a steep boiling water: the alcoholic vaputsuchatsya.

Tincture is one of the most effective ways to combat colds with the help of ginger. However, it takes time to prepare it. If the disease suddenly arrived suddenly, and there was no ready-made medication at hand, use one of the recipes described below.

Ginger, lemon and honey from cough

Dry cough is a dangerous symptom of upper respiratory tract diseases: repeated seizures shake the entire body, while harmful viruses, bacteria and their decay products remain on the surface of the bronchi. To prevent deterioration of the patient's health, it is necessary to attenuate the dry cough. With this task will help to cope with a ginger drink from 1 tsp. Fresh grated ginger juice, 1 tsp. Honey and 1 tsp. Lemon juice. Ginger and juice mix and let stand for half an hour. Pour 1/2 tbsp. Boiling water and cover. Honey can be added when the drink has cooled down a little, so as not to destroy its beneficial properties with boiling water. Drink the obtained product from ginger from a dry cough is necessary for 1 tsp. Every half hour. Healthy person, this tea will also benefit, because it relieves fatigue and tension, increasing the overall tone of the body.

Milk with ginger from cough

An effective remedy for eliminating diseases of the respiratory system is milk with ginger from cough. Ginger has many useful properties, the main ones of which are:

  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • Immunostimulating.
  • Antibacterial.
  • Expectorants.

Recipes with ginger:

  • Take two spoons of freshly sliced fresh ginger root, ½ cup of milk, a spoonful of honey, a couple slices of lemon and a pinch of mint. In a saucepan or a large bowl, put lemon, ginger and mint, pour boiling liquid. Let it brew for 10 minutes and add honey to taste. Take the drink warm 1-2 times a day.
  • Prepare 500 ml of milk, a teaspoon of dried ginger root, a tablespoon of honey and turmeric. The liquid must be well heated, but do not bring to a boil. Add the ginger and mix well, then honey and turmeric. It should be taken immediately before bedtime.

Before using the above medicinal prescriptions, you should make sure that there are no allergic reactions to their components. This will avoid a lot of painful symptoms, including intoxication of the body.

Tea with ginger from cough

Take in the habit of cold weather to always keep ginger at hand. At the first symptoms of a cold, after hypothermia, or, if you accidentally wet your feet in puddles, brew your favorite tea and put a little ginger in it.

Green tea with ginger and cloves: pour green leaf tea, dry ginger and three heads of spicy cloves (1 tsp) on the bottom of the kettle or French press, and fill with boiling water. Let the tea be infused for half an hour.

Black tea with ginger and freshly ground black pepper: throw thin slices of ginger into boiling water, cook them on low heat, adding a bit of ground black pepper. After 10 minutes, add black leaf tea, turn off the heat and cover the drink with a lid. Let it brew, then strain, pour the tea into a cup and drink in small sips. If desired, you can add lemon, honey and even milk.

Ginger with lemon from cough

Lemon, like ginger, is the strongest weapon against the cold that nature has given us. As you know, it contains phytoncides - plant components that can adversely affect viruses. Ginger, strengthens the immune system, so a drink that combines both these products helps to avoid the use of medicines in the first stage of the common cold, and also helps to remove irritation of the mucous membrane and calm the cough.

It's very easy to prepare. Fill the kozanok or thick-walled pan with clean water. Scrub a piece of fresh ginger root and add to boiling water. Without covering the lid, cook the drink for 15 minutes, or even 20 minutes, add the lemon juice. Finished tea, pour into a cup, and when it cools down, add a spoonful of honey: this will make the drink even tastier and more useful. There are no exact proportions in this recipe, you can vary them, starting from your taste preferences. If you just "get acquainted" with ginger, start with a small amount, because it has a rather specific smell and a sharp taste. Ginger tea is drunk two or three times a day, so it is very convenient to prepare it in a French press: that's enough for the day. Just do not forget to warm up.

Ground ginger from cough

Ginger is an indispensable ingredient of the so-called "Bengal mixture" - a drink, long known in northern India as a remedy for colds and hypothermia. For the preparation of exotic tea you will need: dry ginger, cloves, green cardamom, cinnamon, mint and turmeric.

Pour 6 cups of water into a pan with a spout or into a kettle, put on a large fire. Add 1 small cinnamon stick, 3-4 pcs. Green cardamom (use slightly slightly opened seeds), 2-3 buds of cloves, 2-3 small pieces of dried ginger (or 1 tsp of dry ground root), 1/4 tsp. Turmeric and a little mint. Bring the water to a boil, and turn off the fire as soon as the water begins to boil noticeably. Wait 2 minutes, then carefully mix the contents of the pan. Using a sieve, pour the drink into the cup. Add hot milk, let the tea cool, and then dissolve the honey in the cup. To drink "Bengal mix" you need a little, not hurrying, 4 times a day. Just a few sips of this tea - and you will feel how the throat warms, getting rid of painful sensations.

Dry ginger can also be used as a basis for warming mustard plasters: it must be diluted with warm water to a mushy state and rubbed into the skin of the feet and calves, then put on woolen socks. You can make a small cake out of the same slurry and put between the scapula for 7-10 minutes. With sensitive skin, pre-lubricate the back with a fatty nourishing cream.

Decoction of ginger from cough

You can remove sore throat and cough with another means - decoction from the root of ginger. Preparing it is very simple: 2 tea spoons of dry root are poured into the pan and filled with a glass of water. Cook need 15 minutes, no more. The resulting mixture is slightly cool, because gargle is better than a warm broth

With angina, consider that the proportion should be "weaker": half a teaspoon of a glass of steep boiling water. And in this case it is necessary to cool the broth.

Rinse 3 times throughout the day and 1 time before bedtime. Sufficiently aggressive for the sore throat, rinse with ginger should alternate with soothing, - for example, a decoction of chamomile. The finished product can be stored in the refrigerator, tightly closing the lid. Before use, the broth should be heated to room temperature or even slightly more. Ginger broth can be added to herbal teas.

trusted-source[2], [3], [4]

How to drink ginger from a cough?

Ginger from cough should be prepared and consumed, following a few simple recommendations:

  1. if you are preparing tea for the treatment of colds, water with ginger boil for 10 minutes in an open dish;
  2. if the recipe shows grated fresh ginger, and if available - only ground dried, you can simply determine the amount by dividing it by 2 (for example, a spoonful of grated fresh ginger - a teaspoon of ground ginger), while warming the drink needs 20 minutes on a small fire;
  3. in marching conditions, you can brew ginger in a thermos, insisting for several hours;
  4. to start drinking ginger tea is necessary at the appearance of the first signs of a cold;
  5. It is recommended to drink tea from ginger only with warm, small gulps; during the day you need to drink at least 3 cups;
  6. Ginger is poured into tea at the time of brewing, after which it should be allowed to infuse in a teapot or thermos for at least 5 minutes.

In addition, remember that consuming ginger in large quantities can cause heartburn, so it is best to take it moderately, with food or after eating.

Reviews about ginger from cough

Reviews about the properties of ginger from cough are very flattering. Below are quotes from the forums about the benefits of the "miracle root."

"In India I fell ill: when I had already taken time off, I did not have any medicine for a cold, I thought it would not be useful. But nevertheless, I fell ill decently, I lost my voice. Cured for three days ginger drink with lemon, honey and black pepper! This tool puts on its feet very quickly, and also returns the voice. Now here too I am ill or sick and I am flied or treated to it or him. I advise everyone. "

"I know from my mother about this method of treatment: with a sore throat or cough, you can put a piece of ginger root under the tongue. In a frost the best means, than tea with ginger, it is difficult to think up ".

"When I feel that I'm getting sick - I immediately brew ginger in a large thermos bottle and drink it very much! It helps me"

"My mother, and she is more than 50 years old, says that overall health after the appearance in her life of a drink from the root of ginger was better, more spirited, and overall health improved."

"With a sore throat and a cough, I save them only. Honey and lemon add to the cooled beverage, because they lose their properties already at a temperature above 40 degrees. "

"I have recently become a real fan of ginger. It's hard to imagine, but when I first tasted pickled ginger, it seemed to me that it tasted like soap. Now I'm happy to eat it and not only from the land. I advise everyone to ginger tea for a cold. All elementary! I put ordinary black tea in the teapot. I take a little bit of ginger root, cut it and throw it into the kettle. I brew and drink ginger from cough, like ordinary tea. Very tasty and useful! ".

You are reporting a typo in the following text:
Simply click the "Send typo report" button to complete the report. You can also include a comment.