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Cough - Home Remedies for Cough

Updated on August 20, 2013

Coughing is the body’s mechanism of removing phlegm, mucus and irritants from the airways and lungs. Cough indicates that there is something wrong with the respiratory system, either congestion or some other irritants. Persistent coughing that does not resolve, needs to be treated by a doctor.

There are over-the-counter cough medicines which are very helpful in relieving cough. Cough suppressant lozenges like Ricolla will relief cough and has a very soothing effect on throat. Home remedies are very effective in treating cough.

Some home remedies for cough are described below:

Warm pad over the chest
For a very dry persistent cough that keeps awake at night, put a warm pad over the chest for ten minutes. Make a pad with a small face towel and warm it over the stove (not too hot that will burn the skin) and put it over the chest. Cough will stop instantly.

Mix half teaspoon of ground ginger with one teaspoon of honey and eat it. It will relieve cough. A hot ginger tea is very soothing for cough and cold symptoms.

Apple Cider Vinegar & Honey
Apple Cider Vinegar and honey has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties which will relieve the cough. Mix half tsp of apple cider vinegar with half tsp of honey and drink.

Garlic syrup
Four cups of water, two and a half cups of fresh garlic cut or mashed, two tablespoons each of carraway seed and sweet fennel seeds, one cup of sugar, vinegar and honey. Mix all together and boil until garlic is soft. Put it in a container for twelve hours. Put Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey to make it a syrup. Boil it again and then cool. Take one teaspoon as needed. It really helps in loosening the phlegm.

Aloe Vera
Mix equal amounts of Aloe Vera juice and honey. Take it as needed for cough. There is no side effects of herbs.

Rose Hip Tea
Make a cup of tea with two teaspoon of Rose Hip. Put one teaspoon of honey in it and drink. It will sooth the cough.

Grape Juice
Mix one teaspoon of honey with a cup of grape juice and drink it as needed. This will stop coughing.

Lemon and honey

Mix one teaspoon of lemon juice and one teaspoon of honey. Take this four times a day or as needed.

Onion and honey
Cut some onion and simmer it until soft. Mix with honey and drink it every four hours.

Basil tea
Put one teaspoon of basis in one cup of boiling water, then strain it. Put one teaspoon of honey in it and drink it. This will relieve cough symptoms.

Homeopathic medicine
Homeopathic medicines are very effective for treating cough. The homeopathic treatment has no side effects and can be used even with other medicines like cough syrup. It is always better to consult a homeopathic doctor about this.

Some of the homeopathic medicines for cough are:
Hepar Sulph

These are some of the home remedies for relieving coughing.


The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical help. Please consult your physician before using home remedies.


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    • sfshine profile image

      sfshine 6 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you for the comment. Garlic is the most powerful natural antibiotic. I will look at your hub too.

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      Katina Davenport 6 years ago

      Excellent hub. I wrote a hub about the benefits of garlic! Voted up!