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Home Remedies For Cough

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Coughing is one of the most common health problems. When there is a blockage or irritant in your throat or upper air passages, your brain thinks a foreign element is present and tells your body to cough to remove that element.

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Coughing can also be due to a viral infection, common cold, flu, and smoking or health problems such as asthma, tuberculosis, and lung cancer.

Some of the symptoms of a cough are itchy throat, chest pain, and congestion. Instead of using over-the-counter cough syrups, you can try some natural cough treatments using readily available ingredients in your kitchen.

home remedies for cough

Here are the top 10 home remedies for a cough.

(Out of the 10, we have covered 3 highly effective home remedies in this video as well.)

1. Turmeric

The herb turmeric has a therapeutic effect on coughs, particularly a dry cough.

cough turmeric home remedy

  • Heat half a cup of water in a boiling pot. Add one teaspoon turmeric powder, and one teaspoon black pepper. You may also add cinnamon sticks. Boil this for about two to three minutes. Add one tablespoon of honey. Drink this daily until the condition improves.
  • Alternatively, make an herbal tea by adding one teaspoon of turmeric powder and one teaspoon of carom seeds to a cup of water, and boil it until water reduces to one-half cup. Add some honey and drink this herbal solution two to three times a day.
  • Another way to use turmeric is to roast turmeric root and grind it into a smooth powder. Mix it with water and honey, and drink it twice a day.

2. Ginger

Ginger is one of the most popular natural cures for a cough.

  • Cut fresh ginger into small slices and crush them slightly. Put them in a cup of water and bring to a boil. Drink this herbal solution three to four times a day for relief from a sore throat, non-stop coughing and even congestion. You can also some lemon juice and honey to it.
  • Another option is to chew fresh raw ginger on and off throughout the day to reduce your cough.

3. Lemon

Lemons can be used in a variety of ways for curing coughs. Lemons have properties that reduce inflammation and also provide a dose of infection-fighting vitamin C.

  • A simple cough syrup can be made by combining two tablespoons of lemon juice and one tablespoon of honey. Drink this healthy syrup several times a day.
  • Another way to use lemons is to blend lemon juice with a little honey and a pinch of cayenne pepper and then drink it.

4. Garlic

Garlic has both antibacterial and antimicrobial components that help treat coughs.

  • Boil two to three cloves of garlic in a cup of water and add a teaspoon of oregano. Allow it to cool to room temperature, add some honey and drink it. This will help your breathing and alleviate other cough symptoms.
  • Eat a clove of crushed garlic mixed with a few drops of clove oil and some honey for sore throat relief. You can also use garlic in your cooking.

5. Onion

One of the simplest home remedies for a cough is to cut onions. Breathing in the strong vapors can help stop coughing.

  • You can also make a cough syrup from baked onion juice, comfrey tea, and honey. Drink it daily to get relief from a dry cough.
  • Another option is to combine a one-half teaspoon of onion juice with one teaspoon of pure honey. Swallow this solution at least twice a day to alleviate a cough and soothe your throat.

6. Hot Milk with Honey

Hot milk with honey can relieve a dry cough and reduce chest pain you may be experiencing from continuous coughing. For best results, drink it before going to sleep. For added benefits from the analgesic properties of honey, swallow a teaspoon of plain honey on empty stomach. This will help clear the mucus and soothe your throat.

7. Cayenne

Cayenne helps reduce chest pain due to continuous coughing. It is also warming and stimulating.

  1. Make a healthy cough syrup by mixing one-fourth teaspoon cayenne pepper, one-fourth teaspoon ground ginger, one tablespoon honey, one tablespoon apple cider vinegar and two tablespoons of water.
  2. Drink the syrup two to three times a day.

8. Carrot Juice

Carrots have many vitamins and nutrients that can help relieve various symptoms of a cough.

  1. Make fresh juice from four to five carrots and add some water to dilute it. For taste and added benefits, add one teaspoon of honey.
  2. Drink the juice three to four times a day until your symptoms improve.

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86 thoughts on “Home Remedies For Cough”

  1. cant wait to go to grocery store n try some of these home remedies they seem to make sense ! actually quiting smoking at same time of having caught a cold that helps too , but the coughing doesnt help with job since i work in the food industry ! wish me luck on quiting smoking and home remedies !

    1. Hi Jackie hope you have quit smoking by now. It feels great to have successfully quit myself. I also use many of the suggestions given above to control my coughing.

    2. Hey Jackie, the honey actually works for me & you can also put Vicks vapor rub on bottom of your feet and cover with socks at night….hope you haven’t started back smoking…

      1. Hi..my dad is a chain smoker. Every night have prob of seviour cough which leads to breathing prob too. Can anybody suggest home remedy for created cough through smoking and please suggest any idea to quit smoking

  2. Hi also try to add tea and 1/3 tablet of vitamin C into your tea cup and keep warm without exposing body to cold.you can even drink 1spoon of pure olive oil before that

    1. Always nice, personal experiences are quite helpfull xp ex: most delicious way to eat that ginger is to just make indian tea (masala chai) with it, type the bracketed name into youtube and you’ll immediately find it ^_^

  3. Great Home remedies! I am doing many home remedies for me and my family, with excellent results! Thank you so very much!
    Elsa ,Alan and Family

  4. Hi can somebody help me? My son is coughing for about 3weeks.he’s finished with salbutmol + guaifenesin and antibiotic.but until now he’s still coughing…thank you..

    1. @erin.. if ua son is coughing widout mucus den give him a cough supressant..like syrup containing codiene salt..it ll dfnty work…steam inhaling will olso cure it

    2. hi Erin, I have read of a splendid cure. I tryed it out & was very surprised at how fast it worked on me. All I did was mix an eigth of a teaspoon of Cayenne pepper in a quarter glass of hot water and drink as hot as you can; then go to bed with a scarf wrapped around the neck. Two hours later you will be really surprised of the result – I was! Good luck.

    3. My father experienced that also. I search to google and find out only vitamin c can cure. So I gave him an ascorbic acid twice a day. And it works. He stop coughing and he become energetic again

  5. Take half a cup of fresh lemon juice and half a cup of olive oil. Have 1 spn of olive oil and 1 spn of lemon juice alternately. This way Within 15 -20 mins you gotta finish the whole half cup of lemon juice and olive oil.
    Next day u go to the doctor abd take scan. You ll find the result astonishing. This has been tested and has been successful to all people

  6. Very very awesome priscriptions … using natural medicines is excellent…..I am worried becuz i am anchoring on my schools annual function#?:!thanks

  7. raw honey can really really help in curing colds and cough as my experienced, and I used also ginger for sore throat.

  8. Onion’s Juice three to four spoons a day will cut down throwing up, vomitting during air travel, bus trips, or even useful for weight loss.

    1. Gargle with warm water and salt crystals I heard for sore throat , but never a packet salt straight in mouth. Impossible.

    1. I reaaly found the home remedie
      Ies web site. very usefull in offering helpful unknown home remedies which were unknown to me. Thank you so very much for these great tips. Ronnie Marie Rocha. ( A California Resident )

  9. I really suffering from cough even i have finished a lots of cough syrup.but still not getting relief.
    Now ur natural remedy,i am going to use..ma last hope:(

  10. i am only 12yrs old and have a severe chest pain when i breathe,i would tell my mom to use some of the remedies.:D thank you 10homeremedi!i would recommend this all remedi’s to my friends,family,kallies,etc

  11. My wife got a bad cough and ran out of cough syrup today and we live in a small town in the mountains in Ca. and all the stores are closed by 10p.m a little after 2 a.m. she started to cough real bad,I read this page,so I took 3/4 cup of water in a small pot and boiled it,sliced some ginger real thin,then chopped it up and put it into the water,I then added a 1/4 cup of honey to the water,as it started to boil I pressed the ginger down on the bottom of the pot and the ginger started to boil until I removed the spoon,I kept pressing down on each piece until the water came to a boil,then I add a 1/4 cup of lemon juice then cooled it down more,gave it to her in a cup,with in 3 or 4 minutes she stopped coughing,she did drink the whole cup and has went to bed,as of this very minute she is sleeping peacefully,thank you for your help

    1. you missed reporting one more ingredient called l-o-v-e. i think that was the part of the recipe that made this work. Good husband!!

  12. I tried de troat one wit lemon n honey ,it works well for ma kid but wit de cough one will also try de ginger wit honey. tanx

  13. My husband is really having this bad cough and as a result he got a headache! I’ve given him this mixture ginger,honey and lemon and walla it works!!!

  14. Thanks for this home remedy. I’m going to try it right away. I just started coughing with sore throat and earache. Feeling sick.

  15. Hi am currently full of cold and have the cough to go with it iv had a few sleepless nights due to the cough I going to try some of these remedies

  16. All the above tips are true for the cough. I used to have another variant, which can be easily given to the kids too. Take half bottle of honey, add ginger pieces and garlic to make up to 80% of the bottle. Keep it room temperature. This mixture is ready to use in a week. When someone getting the symptoms of sour throat or cough, have one spoon of honey from the mixture. Repeat two three times if required. This mixture has a long shelf life, so this could be very handy when required. I stopped giving antibiotics to my children after trying this.

  17. If u have a cold got a tickle in ur throat sick juice out of a lemon wedge. It works. And if u have a cold and ears hurt put proxide in ur ears let it fizz 5 mins eat pain will go away.

  18. I was suffering from cough for so many days but can’t get rid then I tried lemon juice & honey ….home remedy…in one day I got relief
    Thanx fr putting these home remedies on this site

  19. Comment:ive been coughing more than 3weeks now using different kind of coughin syrup kind of tablet but still i have a bad cough afternoon its worse i cant sleep,my cousin use to say maybe i have ammonia but coz ive seen this im gonna try it.

    1. Hi Lydia you’ll never have AMONIA because it’s what you clean floors with but people tent to confuse it, as you did with NEUMONÍA. I also have a cough and bought at WALMART a ginger tea made in Australia which seems to be stronger than others when you don’t have ginger root handy. So I added honey. Always part of our staples and added lemon juice, always also part of our staple and drank tea hot after I let it steep in covered cup and I’m getting better. It beats taking meds that have horrible side effects.

  20. I’m gonna try the ginger with honey and lemon juice – sounds promising. I’m currently having a bad cough (very dry) for about 2 wks now. I know for sure it’s not pneumonia or other serious infections because I’m physically active and fit with no breathing difficulty except this coughing which is so annoying. Have been trying various forms of cough medicine from clinics but no help at all. Thanks for sharing these remedies.

  21. I was coughing until my throat hurts. I started searching and came across this page with all these wonderful natural remedies. I am chewwing the ginger now. It seems to be getting rid of my constant coughing. Thanks a million

  22. Tried the turmeric, black pepper, cinnamon and honey and it worked! My husband has had a terrible cough for 2 days along with a bad cold. His chest is very sore from coughing so much. Before bed last night gave him the turmeric concoction to drink and NO COUGHING all night! So thankful for this website.

  23. Heat half a cup of water in a boiling pot. Add one teaspoon turmeric powder, and one teaspoon black pepper. You may also add cinnamon sticks. Boil this for about two to three minutes. Add one tablespoon of honey. Drink this daily until the condition improves.
    PL MENTION HOW MANY TIMES A DAY.

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