A cough is a natural reflex that protects your lungs. Coughing helps clear your airways of lung irritants, such as smoke and mucus (a slimy substance). This helps prevent infections. A cough also can be a symptom of a medical problem.
Prolonged coughing can cause unpleasant side effects, such as chest pain, exhaustion, light-headedness, and loss of bladder control. Coughing also can interfere with sleep, socializing, and work.
Natural Cough Remedies Tips
Onions have a strong vapor that is effective in stopping coughs. You can use onions to make your own cough syrup, use either honey and comfrey tea or baked onion juice. It is effective if taken on a daily basis.
To make an onion cough syrup: Mix lemon juice, honey, grated onion and boil in a pan over a pot of boiling water. Cover and let simmer for 2 hours. Strain the juice and consume 1 tbsp every alternate hour.
Ginger is known to have antiviral properties. You can crush fresh ginger or chop it into small pieces, add a pinch of clove, cinnamon powder and put them in a cup of hot water, this ends up forming a herbal solution. This herbal solution reduces congestion, sore throat and non-stop coughing. It is good practice to drink the herbal solution about 4 times daily. Ginger can also be chewed to subsidize any cough symptoms.
Garlic has been known to have both antimicrobial and antibacterial components that are efficient in treating coughs.
To prepare a garlic solution, take at least two cloves, boil in water, add one spoonful of oregano. When the solution is at room temperature, add a small quantity of honey. You can now drink it.
The solution aids in alleviating cough symptoms and improves breathing. Another way of consuming garlic is by crushing one clove of garlic and mixing it with one or two drops of honey and clove oil. You can then eat it to relief any throat complications you may experiencing. For those who love garlic, you can also add it as part of your food ingredients when cooking.
Turmeric is one of those herbs is mostly used by a lot of people. It is essential in getting rid of dry coughs as it has therapeutic effect. One of the easy and simple ways of using turmeric to treat coughs is to mix carom seeds and turmeric.
Take a single teaspoon of each and add in one cup of water. Boil the mixture until the water level reduces to half. Add several teaspoons of honey to the solution and take it at least two times daily.
You can also make turmeric powder by roasting turmeric root then grinding it. It forms a smooth powder that can be taken twice daily after adding honey and water to the powder.
Mix cloves with honey and store in the refrigerator overnight. Remove the cloves in the morning and consume 1 tbsp of the honey. This soothes the throat pain and reduces inflammation.
6. Mustard Plaster:
Mix mustard powder (1 part), flour (2 parts) with water or egg and spread the paste on a dish towel, fold the towel and press it against the skin. This is a natural chest rub that loosens up the chest congestion.
7. Gargling with hot Water & Salt
gargling with hot water and salt
Gargle saltwater to ease your cough. Take some luke warm water, add a pinch of salt. The best way to get results from this is by doing this a number of repeated times during the day. Saltwater eases inflamed and irritated throat complications and helps in loosening mucus.
During winter use a humidifier to moisten the air in your room to prevent nocturnal coughing.
Peppermint and thyme are effective in clearing congestion in air passages. They also have antispasmodic and antimicrobial properties. Licorice and mullein help in soothing irritated membranes and lessen any possible inflammation. It is possible for you to make your own herbal syrup that contains peppermint, licorice, thyme and mullein.
Simply take two teaspoons of each and add in one cup of boiling water. Steep and cover for about 30 minutes. Afterwards strain and mix with honey, about half a cup. In case the honey does not dissolve, heat the syrup gently while stirring. Refrigerate the syrup for a maximum of 3 months. Take a teaspoon of the syrup when needed.
Persistent coughing can result to painful chest pains; cayenne is effective in reducing this pain. Cayenne pepper increases blood circulation to the area which hastens the healing process. It is also stimulating and warming which is a pleasant remedy when one is suffering from cough and cold.
To make a healthy cayenne syrup, mix together cayenne pepper- ¼ teaspoon, honey-a single tablespoon, water-2 tablespoon, apple cider vinegar- a single tablespoon, ground ginger- ¼ teaspoon. You can take the syrup at least 2 times daily.
lemon juice with honey
Lemons are high in Vitamin C which helps in fighting infections. It also helps in curing coughs by reducing throat inflammations.
You can boil lemons with honey to make simple syrup to treat coughs. The syrup can be taken daily at intervals depending on the severity of the cough.
Another effective way of using lemons as cough treatment is to make lemon juice mixed with cayenne pepper and honey.
Mix honey, lemon juice and cayenne pepper and consume orally. The honey has antiseptic properties and also acts as a gel and coats the throat, soothing the irritated tissues.
Almonds have nutritional properties that help in the treatment of coughs. You can make an almond paste by soaking at least 5 almonds for a minimum of 8 hours. A smooth almond paste is formed. Add one teaspoon of butter to the paste. You can eat it about three times daily to relief some of the cough symptoms
13. Carrot juice
Carrot is rich with nutrients and vitamins that are efficient in alleviating cough symptoms. You can make fresh carrot juice by using at least four carrots, dilute the fresh juice with water. To get fast relief from your cough, drink this carrot juice about four times daily. For those who are not allergic to honey, you mix the juice with one teaspoon of honey.
14. Poached Pears with Cinnamon:
Poached Pears with Cinnamon
Wash pears, cut them length wise and make them into 2 halves, sprinkle cinnamon powder, put a pyrex glass baking dish with the fleshy part, add ½ water to the pan and bake till the pears are soft and peels easily come out. Store it in the fridge for 4 days and consume. This is good for curing tickly, constant dry coughs.
Licorice is good for cough as it loosens phlegm and relaxes bronchial spasms. Add licorice tincture (50 drops) to a cup of hot water and sip.
16. Saffron and Betel Leaf:
saffron strands and betel leaf
Make a paste out of the saffron strands and betel leaves. Apply on the soles of the feet and forehead. This is the best cough relieving home remedy for infants.
17. Herbal Tea:
Boil herbs like mullein, wild cherry bark, licorice root, sage leaves and slippery elm in water for 20 minutes and make an herbal tea. Mix 1 tbsp of honey to it and drink as often as possible to get rid of cough naturally.
18. Horehound leaves tea:
Boil horehound leaves or flowers in 1 cup of water and boil for 15 minutes, strain and drink thrice daily.
19. Marshmallow tea:
Steep the dried herb in a cup of hot water and consume thrice daily. When combined with water, it yields a mucilage that coats the throat and thinks the mucus in the lungs making it easier to expel out.
20. Milk with honey
milk & honey
Honey added in hot milk aids in reducing dry cough. The combination of honey and milk reduces chest pains that are experienced during prolonged coughing. Hot milk offers better results. You can take the combination every night before retiring to bed. Honey has analgesic properties that help in soothing your throat and clearing mucus in the throat.
A lot of cough medications have a certain percentage content of alcohol. The reason is because alcohol is highly effective in killing bacteria and is a counter-irritant as it creates a burning sensation in the throat. One liquor shot is enough to calm your cough. Whiskey can also be taken as an option.
22. Suck a Candy:
suck a candy
Suck a horehound candy or a bittersweet herb. This acts as an expectorant and helps in bringing up phlegm. This is good for wet cough.
23. Essential Oil Chest Rub:
Essential Oil Chest Rub
Instead of using petrochemical chest rubs like Vick’s vapor rub; you can rub a mixture of essential oils such as sage oil, eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil and organic olive oil on your chest and neck to clear up nasal and chest congestion.
24. Essential Oil Steam Bath:
Essential Oil Steam Bath
A warm steamy bath with a few drops of eucalyptus oil or sage oil can soothe a nighttime cough and open up the chest. While taking the shower close the bathroom door so that the vapor does not escape away and the room gets steamy.
To conclude, all of the above natural remedies are effective in giving you cough relief and alleviating cough symptoms without purchasing any cough syrup or pills. However, as much as the natural cough remedies are effective and have great health benefits, you should seek medical attention if you have persistent coughing for about two weeks or more.
How to Get Rid of a Cough Fast
A lingering cough can make you feel absolutely miserable, and you probably want to get rid of it as fast as you can. Look for ways to soothe a dry cough into oblivion. For a wet cough, the quickest way to get rid of your cough in the long run actually involves bringing up more mucus faster. No matter what type of cough you have, however, there are a few common tactics you should use to put an end to your misery faster. Here are a few of the most beneficial.
Natural Cough Medicines
1. Drink warm, clear fluids. Hydration is important for wet and dry coughs alike. Aim for the equivalent of eight 8 oz (250 ml) glasses of water per day, at least while you suffer from your cough.
If you have difficulty drinking that water, clear or light juice, like apple juice, could be mixed in, as well.
For wet coughs, hydration thins out the mucus causing your cough, thereby weakening it and helping you to get rid of it.
For dry coughs, hydration allows you to keep your mucous membranes moist, thereby preventing the throat dryness that leads to most dry coughs.
Note that this is the only treatment you should use for children between the ages of three months and one year. Only give the child 1 to 3 tsp (5 to 15 ml) of clear liquid up to four times per day.
2. Use honey. Honey is an effective way to suppress a cough and soothe a sore throat.
Some studies suggest that honey is as effective as a cough suppressant as dextromethorphan, an ingredient commonly used in many over-the-counter cough suppressants.
One option is to take the honey directly. Try 2 tsp (10 ml) every few hours while your cough persists.
Another option is to add 2 tsp (10 ml) or more to a glass of warm tea with lemon.
Do not give honey to children under the age of 1, though, since it could increase the risk of infant botulism.
3. Enjoy a piece of hard candy. If you do not have any cough drops on hand or would prefer to stay away from medicated lozenges, you can usually soothe and stop a cough by sucking on a piece of hard candy.
A dry cough that produces no phlegm can be halted by nearly any piece of hard candy. Hard candy causes you to produce more saliva and to swallow more, thereby suppressing your cough.
If you have a wet cough that does produce phlegm, lemon drops tend to work well
4. Dissolve peppermint candy in lemon juice. Add honey to this mixture for an even more effective remedy.
Drop 1 piece of peppermint candy into 1/2 cup (125 ml) lemon juice. Heat it in a small saucepan until the candy dissolves.
Add 1 Tbsp (15 ml) honey to this mixture and stir to combine.
Swallow 1 to 2 Tbsp (15 to 30 ml) of this remedy as needed to calm your cough.
5. Make a bourbon-based cough syrup. If you’re interested in an effective cough syrup that is strictly for adults only, you can mix a little whiskey into your mug of warm lemon water.
Mix 2 oz (60 ml) of bourbon whiskey, 2 oz (60 ml) of lemon juice, and 2 to 4 oz (60 to 125 ml) of water in a microwave-safe mug.
Heat in the microwave for 45 seconds.
Whisk 1 Tbsp (15 ml) of honey into the mixture and microwave for another 45 seconds.
The benefit of this cough syrup is that it also leaves you feeling drowsy, making it an effective way to halt your cough and help you to fall asleep even if your cough returns.
6. Try a traditional Korean folk remedy. If you have a cough caused by the cold or flu, you could try making a batch of this traditional Korean cold remedy. It combines dried jujubes with spices, honey, and several other beneficial ingredients.
Combine 25 dried jujubes (sliced), 1 large Asian pear (quartered and seeded), a 3-inch (7.6-cm) piece of ginger (sliced), 2 to 3 cinnamon sticks, and 3 qt (2.8 L) of water in a large saucepan. Cover and heat on medium-high until it begins to boil.
Reduce the heat to medium-low and let simmer for 1 hour.
Strain the juice and discard the other ingredients.
Tbsp (15 to 30 ml) of honey to sweeten the tea. Enjoy a warm mug of this remedy to soothe your throat and stop your cough within minutes.
Natural Lifestyle Remedies
1. Inhale warm water vapor. Take a hot shower and inhale the steam. At night, run a humidifier and breathe in the warm vapor.
This method is helpful for coughs caused by colds, allergies, and asthma.
Humidifiers need to be cleaned out regularly. Otherwise, they may cause more harm than good. Mold, other fungi, and bacteria can build up inside the machine and get transferred into the air alongside the steam.
2. Change the way you cough. You may instinctively start with large, hearty coughs as soon as a coughing fit comes on, but building up to these large coughs slowly can actually help you get rid of a coughing fit faster. This is especially helpful if you have a moist cough.
When a coughing fit begins, start by taking a series of small, light coughs. These coughs will not produce much mucus.
At the end of your series of small coughs, do one big cough.
The small coughs move the mucus toward the top of your air passage and the large cough has enough force to bring the mucus out.
Coughing in this method will prevent your throat from becoming more irritated. Since an irritated throat is more likely to cause continued coughing, making your throat less irritated should help you get rid of your cough faster.
3. Remove airborne irritants. Chronic coughs are often caused or worsened by airborne irritants. These irritants can cause chronic sinus irritation, leading to chronic coughing due to the excess mucus.
The most obvious irritant to avoid is tobacco smoke.
Perfumes and scented bathroom sprays are also known to trigger chronic coughs, however, and should be avoided at least for the duration of your cough if you want your cough to leave quicker.
1. Try medicated throat lozenges. Menthol cough drops tend to be the most effective. These lozenges numb the back of your throat, restricting the cough reflex and putting an end to your coughing fit sooner.
Cough drops are only recommended for adults and children 6 years or older.
For moist coughs, horehound lozenges often prove helpful. Horehound is a bittersweet herb with expectorant properties, so it brings up more phlegm faster, allowing your cough to be over with sooner.
For dry coughs, you could also use slippery elm lozenges. These lozenges are made from the bark of the slipper elm tree. The substances they contain coat the throat, thereby limiting the coughing reflex and putting an end to your hacking.
2. Use a medicated chest rub. An over-the-counter medicated chest rub containing menthol or camphor should be able to halt most dry and moist coughs.
These substances are known as topical “antitussives.” In layman’s terms, they are substances capable of stopping a cough in its tracks.
These rubs should only be applied topically and are not safe to ingest.
3. Try a cough suppressant. An over-the-counter cough suppressant is best used for moist coughs that occur during the middle of the night.
Cough suppressants halt the flow of cough-causing mucus and tell your brain to restrict the coughing reflex. They are a good idea if you need to stop your cough temporarily to sleep at night or for another reason, but you should not rely on cough suppressants for the duration of a cough-causing illness since they can cause mucus to stay trapped in your lungs, increasing your risk of developing a bacterial infection.
Look for a cough suppressant containing dextromethorphan, pholcodine, or antihistamines.
4. Use an expectorant. An expectorant will actually cause your cough to become more violent and more productive in the short-term but should help shorten the duration of your cough in the long-term.
If you have a wet cough, an expectorant will thin the mucus out, making it easier to cough up. Coughing up the mucus faster will usually shorten the duration of the cough or cough-related illness.
Take an over-the-counter expectorant like guaifenesin, ammonium chloride, squill, sodium citrate, and ipecacuanha.
Do not give cough medicine to children under 4 years of age.