Ghee Home Remedy For Dry Cough

Let us learn about an herbal ghee home remedy for dry cough. It contains only two ingredients other than ghee. It is prepared as per the traditional Ayurvedic Ghrita preparation. 

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home remedy for dry cough

What you need?
1. Ghee – 50 ml
2. Water – 400 ml
3. Guduchi (Giloy – Indian Tinospora) – 25 grams
4. Kantakari (Solanum xanthocarpum) – 25 grams

Method of preparation

Step 1. Preparation of herbal decoction –
25 grams of each of Giloy and Kantakari powders are added to 400 ml of water.
It is boiled till 100 ml of the Kashayam (water decoction) is prepared. The decoction is filtered.

Step 2. Preparation of herbal ghee –
50 grams Ghee is taken in a wide mouthed vessel.
The above water decoction is added to the ghee.
Half to one tablespoon of fine powders of each of Giloy (Tinospora) and Kantakari are added to the ghee.
This mixture is boiled in mild fire till all the moisture content from the vessel is evaporated.
At the end, loss of total moisture is confirmed by putting the ghee on fire. If there is no sound of water, then it indicates that the process is complete.
At this point, heating is stopped and it is filtered to obtain herbal ghee.

Shelf life, dosage

Shelf life – Once prepared, this ghee can be stored in an air tight container for up to one year.
Dose –
This ghee, half a teaspoon once or twice a day, before food, is administered.
Hot water is advised after taking ghee.
It can be taken for a period of one month.


Both Giloy and Kantakari are very effective against cough and respiratory tract infection.
Giloy is known for its immune boosting and anti inflammatory effects.
This herbal ghee is useful for people suffering from dry cough for a long period of time.

Side effects and precautions

People with diabetes and high BP, pregnant and lactating mothers should seek medical advice before trying this home remedy. 

Dry Cough During Winter

Dry cough every winter for 3 months (living in a cold country). Unable to talk. What are the possible remedies?

Dry cough with hoarseness and weakness of voice is categorized as Vata type of cough, as per Acharya Sushruta.
During winter, there can be an increase of Vata dosha due to dryness and coldness.

One common mistake that is usually done with dry cough is, usage of honey. Honey, as per Ayurveda has astringent and sweet tastes but is drying in nature. Hence, in a dry cough situation, it is best to avoid honey.

Ghee or sesame oil is the ideal co-drink for any medicine, for dry cough. Ghee based herbal medicines that are useful in the treatment of dry cough are –
Kantakari Ghrita – It is a good appetizer, kindles digestive power and cures dry cough.(Cha.Chi.18/35-46)

Pippalyadi Ghrita – Contains long pepper as main ingredient, very useful for almost all chest conditions including cough, dyspnea / asthma, morbidity in heart and flanks

Rasna Ghrita – this is said to cure all five types of cough and can be used in the form of nasal drops, oral consumption and enema.

Apart from the above, Sitopaladi churna with a teaspoon of ghee, followed by a cup of lukewarm water is ideal. Sesame oil – oil pulling in the morning – take sesame oil into mouth, empty stomach. And swish it for 5 minutes and spit it out. Wash your mouth with hot water.

Tryushanadhya Ghrita – Contains Trikatu (long pepper, black pepper and ginger) as the main ingredient. Apart from cough, it cures fever, pain in head, heart and flanks, tastelessness, spleen enlargement, jaundice and emaciation.

7 comments on “Ghee Home Remedy For Dry Cough

  • vimala jagannath

    10/05/2013 - 11:05 pm

    To one glass of coconut milk, add half teaspoon turmeric powder, half teaspoon dry ginger powder, half teaspoon crushed black pepper corns and quarter glass of water. Boil over low heat and simmer for a little while. Cool to bearable heat. Add jaggery or sugar to taste. Sip slowly to arrest dry cough immediately.

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  • GG

    11/05/2013 - 1:17 am

    Thank you, Dr. Hebbar for this post. May I ask a few questions:

    a) How long can this medicated ghee last? What is the shelf life?

    b) Is long standing dry cough always due to Vata dosha disorder or could it also be due to Kapha disorder? Just trying to understand a little more here…

    c) If someone is not able to make this right away, is there something similar available in the market that you would recommend?

    Thank you. Kind regards!

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  • Himanshu Kumar

    11/05/2013 - 7:25 pm

    sorry to digress, Dr Hebbar, could you please give some clarity on the merits of consuming aloe vera juice (popularized as a panacea by a yoga icon) and if so, recommended dose etc?
    thank you and regards

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      11/05/2013 - 10:23 pm

      Aloe vera juice is good for stomach, in skin diseases, has anti-microbial properties.
      It also acts as a blood thinning agent and detoxifies blood.
      Daily dose is – 30 – 50 ml. once or twice a day, before food.

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  • Offerup

    07/02/2017 - 7:30 pm

    What would be a good remedy for people with long standing dry cough who also have diabetes? But no other issues?

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