Easy Home Remedy For Cough With Trikatu

Trikatu is a very famous Ayurvedic combination of three spices, used extensively in numerous home remedies. It is a simple combination of three spices – black pepper, long pepper and ginger. Let us learn a home remedy for cough using this simple spice blend. 

What you need?

Home remedy for cough

Shunti Churna – Dry Ginger powder – 10 grams
Maricha Churna – Black Pepper powder – 10 grams
Pippali Chruna – Long pepper powder – 10 grams
Cow ghee (clarified butter) – 5 grams
Jaggery – 5 grams

How to make?
Mix ginger, black pepper and long pepper powders thoroughly. This combination is called as Trikatu in Ayurveda. Make sure to use fine powders of these three. You can also get ready-made Trikatu powder in market. But if you can make on your own, better. You can use a small mortar and pestle to powder it. Or you can use a mixer.
Keep jaggery and ghee ready.

How to use?
Half a teaspoon of each of Trikatu powder, jaggery and ghee – take them and mix together.
This is taken twice a day after food for 15 days to one month to relieve cough.

To whom it doesn’t suit?
It does not suit to people with gastritis and diabetes.

How does it work?
Jaggery and ghee relieve throat irritation.
All ingredients of Trikatu are powerful anti inflammatory spices.
Long pepper is a powerful antitussive (useful in cough) and expectorant (expels phlem out of lungs).

Side benefits:
Aside from cough, this also helps to improve digestion strength.
This remedy is also very good for chronic respiratory disorders (people with long term lung problems).

Caution: Consult your doctor before taking up this (or any other) home remedy.

Read more about Trikatu Churna


  • Once you prepare Trikatu Churna, it can be stored for upto 3 – 6 months, if you keep it closed air tight, without allowing moisture contact or direct sunlight.
  • Once you prepare Trikatu, Jaggery and ghee mix, you can store it moisture-free for upto a couple of weeks.
  • There are Trikatu capsules and tablets in the market. But better to use Trikatu churna (powder) only for this home remedy.

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  1. Sweta Chandran says:

    Hello Dr,
    Is this concoction suitable for 4 year old children? If yes, what is the dosage?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Yes it can be used for a 4 year old. Make sure to add double of ghee. Only half teaspoon twice a day 10 minutes after food – for not more than 5 days.

  2. Gaurav. says:

    The article has some ambiguity about ‘honey’. It’s confusing whether honey should be added or not. The “How to Use” section mentions honey. But other places only mention ghee not honey. Can you please clarify?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, sorry for the confusion. This remedy does not contain honey. It was a mistake, now corrected.

  3. Vanita ambwaney says:

    Sir can I use it for my 2 yrs old… He is suffering from chronic cough since a month nothing seems to be working … Pls help

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      It is always better to take extra precaution and consult an Ayurveda doctor for kid’s health issues. It is best to avoid this remedy in a 2 year old.

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