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Cough Remedies - Easy Home Remedies to Stop Coughing and for Cough Relief

Updated on September 8, 2011

Though it may not feel like it at the moment, coughing is actually a good thing. It is the body’s natural way to rid itself of mucus or foreign material from throat and lungs. This of coarse is the reason why we cough more often when we are sick. Coughing when we are ill would be considered a productive cough.

There are also times however when coughing is considered non-productive. This is when it is a dry cough and does not produce any mucus from the lungs or throat.

Luckily there are some home remedies that are effective for both productive and non-productive coughs.

Please keep in mind however, if your cough is ongoing or persistent, it is always a good idea to visit a doctor to ensure that there is not a more serious underlying problem.

Here are some effective remedies to stop coughing.

Orange Juice and Honey Recipe

Simply put 2 tablespoons of honey in one cup of orange juice and drink down. You can drink this mixture wither warm or cold. Warm works really well if a sore throat accompanies your cough.


Grape Juice and Honey Recipe

Like the remedy above, putting 2 tablespoons of honey into one cup of grape juice is also an effective remedy to stop coughing.

Suck on Hard Candy

This is one of the home remedies that works well for a dry cough, non-productive cough, though it can work for a productive one as well. Simply suck on a piece of hard candy to help produce additional saliva that will help lubricate cough. This is a great daily on-the-run remedy.

Drink a Water and Apple Cider Vinegar Solution

Apple Cider Vinegar is a popular ingredient in many home remedies and this includes cough as well. Add some apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water and drink slowly.

Make a Quick Vicks Vapor Rub Steam

Another quick and easy remedy to prevent or stop coughing is to use good ole Vicks Vapor Rub. Simply boil one cup of water on stove or in the microwave and add one teaspoon of Vicks Vapor Rub.  Put the cup  under your nose and inhale deeply and repeatedly for a few minutes. You can also add clove or mint if you have it available. This remedy helps to relieve your congestion, thus relieving your need to cough.

Try a Bowl Steam with Vicks

A bowl steam with Vicks will also help loosen up congestion and mucus and eliminate the need to cough.

This is simply a larger version of the home remedy for cough mentioned above. This time add 2 tablespoons of Vicks Vapor Rub to a bowl filled with boiling water. Drape a towel over your head and place your head over the bowl. Inhale deeply for at least 5 minutes. (Be careful not to steam burn your face however by putting face too close.)

Rub Vicks Vapor Rub on Your Feet

This is one of my favorite remedies to eliminate cough even though it sounds so unusual. Rub a generous amount of Vicks Vapor Rub on your feet and then cover your feet with a pair of socks. Unbelievably, coughing will usually stop within 15 minutes. This is an especially great cough remedy to use at night.  Its effects will usually last an average of 4 to 5 hours so you can at least get a few decent hours of cough free sleep.

Soothe with Milk With Garlic

While this might not sound the most palatable,  it is very effective. Simply boil 3 cloves of garlic in milk and drink down. This remedy is not for a persistent cough where mucus is present, but it  is a wonderful remedy for a dry, non-productive cough. Also it is a very good remedy to used right before going to sleep because it can prevent you from coughing through the night.

Mix Some Honey With Vodka or Brandy

Another great home remedy to use before bedtime which will help you sleep better is to have a teaspoon of honey with a few drops of brandy or vodka in it.

Combine Warm Water with Garlic and Oregano

Add 3 cloves of garlic and one teaspoon of oregano to a pot of water that is already boiling and continue to  boil the water for another 3 to 4 minutes. You can pour this into cup and drink it alone or even add some  warm milk to it if that is your preference of taste. If your cough contains mucus however, you should avoid the milk.

Combine Honey With Pepper

As you can see, honey is a really great natural cough reliever and can be used two different ways in this remedy.

To get rid of a cough naturally in 2 to 3 days you can add a pinch of grounded white pepper to one tablespoon of honey and consume ....or

To help break up mucus so it is easier do your to spit up and expel, you can add a pinch of black pepper to one tablespoon of honey.

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