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Coughing - Natural Relief for a Cough

Updated on June 02, 2013

Why We Cough

Whatever the reason for the cough, it is a signal that your body is trying to remove blockages such as mucus or impurities from your lungs. This could be a response to allergies to thinks link dust, pet dander, cold, flu, asthma, bronchitis, pollen or toxic cleaning chemicals. The first thing is to determine the cause, and then address the methods that will help of lessen or heal you.

Coughing also makes the throat sore not to mention, spreading germs at a rate of up to 500 miles per hour. If it is persistent, and have not had success in finding relieve. I suggest you try some of the remedies in this article. There are many natural remedies that have passed down through the ages, that can successfully help you. So, needless to say what ever the reason, I know you want it to stop, or at least get some relief . Let's look at the methods.

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Types of Coughs

Productive coughs, are useful in that they expel phlegm. It can be symptoms associated with TB, pneumonia, bronchitis, COPD and sinus problems. Someone with a viral infection or a smoker will also experience a chronic, productive cough. These should not be prevented and when choosing a cough syrup, you should use an expectorant. A Non-productive cough is a dry hacking cough that produces no phlegm. This can be caused by dust, allergies, smoke or chemical irritants inhaled.

Natural Relief

Lemon and peppermint: When I was a child and had a cold or a sore throat my mother would give us a half of lemon with a peppermint as a straw. As you suck on the peppermint, it mixes with the lemon to both sooth the throat and help break up congestion.

Natural cough syrup: Mix equal parts of chopped onion, ginger and dehydrated cane sugar in a jar. Cover and let sit for four hours. The moisture in the onion and ginger begins to dissolve the cane sugar and the sugar draws out the properties in the onion and ginger and you will have a natural cough syrup.

Hot steam: Using a humidifier can be very helpful in administering moist air the the nasal passages and throat relieving the need to cough.

Raw Manuka Honey: For thousands of years people have known of the benefits and the healing power of honey. Honey was used centuries ago because of its antibacterial properties to prevent a wound from becoming infected. Take a teaspoon of manuka honey every few hours, to help stop a cough.

Ginger Tea: Ginger works well to suppress a cough. Cut a few slices of fresh ginger in 8 ounces of water, bring to a boil and let sit for three minutes.

More Natural Remedies

Thyme Tea: Thyme works well to stop a cough. Use the seasoning or fresh thyme to brew a cup of tea to help stop a cough. A half teaspoon in 8 ounces of water, bring to a boil and let sit, then strain and drink.

Honey and ginger: To stop a cough, grade a wedge of ginger root and extract a half teaspoon to a tablespoon of ginger juice. Mix with a tablespoon on honey and mix. Take a little of the money and ginger mixture as needed.

Ayunrveda cough remedy: Mash one ripe banana, add a teaspoon of honey with a pinch of black pepper. Eat twice a day to stop a cough with no side effects.

Bee Propolis: Propolis seeps from buds of some trees. It is collected by bees and carried to there hive where they break it down. It has been discovered that propolis has anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and boosts the immune system. Propolis is good for colds, flu, coughs and soar throats caused by virus. Add 10 drops of propolis to a teaspoon on honey three times a day.

Water: Believe it or not, water is an excellent lubricant for the lungs and will help loosen up mucous that is hindering breathing. Alkaline water is particularly excellent in hydrating the body.

Other Methods to Stop a Cough

Benadryl, is an over-the-counter antihistamine that helps address allergies, colds and even motions sickness. If your cough is due to an allergy, this medication can be of some help to the user.

Robotussen, is a syrup, that can also help with symptoms caused by post nasal drip; which can cause coughing.

Cough Drops, can be used to heap sooth and irritated throat and help lessen the tickle response, and give relief.


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      Pamela Lipscomb 7 weeks ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I don't blame you especially if the cough is productive. A dry hacking cough I would take something myself. Also look for natural methods to relieve a cough. So a trip to the holistic store may b e in line.

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      Rachel L Alba 13 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      This is the season for coughs here. I like seeing natural remedies for a cough. I don't like giving too much cough medicines to my granddaughter. Thanks for the information.

      Blessings to you.

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      Asia lo 5 years ago

      Ginger works miracles thanks

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      lex123 5 years ago

      Cough is something everyone experiences sometime or other. Glad to know the easy and natural remedies. Thanks for writing such a hub.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Mark, it doesn't taste bad at all! Apple cider vinegar is not as bitter as white vinegar. That mixture is also used to burn fat and lose weight.

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      MehreenM 6 years ago from Pakistan

      Such an insightful hub! I'll keep these tips in mind next time I catch a cough. Thanks a lot 2besure!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Yes, pennyofheaven, there are many helpful remedies of which these are only a few.

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      pennyofheaven 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Wow I didn't know there were so many remedies. Excellent Hub! Thanks

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      Karen N 6 years ago from United States

      Eating a spoonful of mustard also helps.

      But I have to admit that it really tastes awful. :)

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      I use the honey and ginger or honey and lemon in hot water and it seems to work wonders. Thanks for all the other remedies.

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      Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

      Thanks a lot for your advice. Natural remedies are the best. I've been coughing a lot at night (yeah, only at night when I lie down). Not sure why. I'll try the ginger tea and manuka honey. :)

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Great tips that I'll be needing in a couple of months!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Thanks for the tip katiem2! I have asthma and allergies. I am sure this will help. Thanks.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Yeshuan, those old remedies worked for some reason. It put you to sleep and by the time you woke up, the cough was gone!

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      I can confirm this does work, I've used honey and mint for years and in fact I carry Arctic chill peppermint gum in my purse and if you ever get that tickle cough that keeps you from speaking without coughing chewing a piece of this gum stops the cough and bring quick relief, I'm never without it as I have allergies and a cough could hit at any given time. Great topic, love this hub and rating it up and book marking. Thanks :)

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      Yeshuan 6 years ago from North Carolina

      I'm not sure how natural it was. My Dad would give me honey and lemon mixed in a shot of bourbon(yeah, i know it seems inappropriate to some). It worked wonders for a cough.

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      dreamreachout 6 years ago

      Wonderful suggestions because once or twice a year we all get afflicted by cold and cough!! This hub is all the more relevant in the age of pollution as bronchiol problems have gone up more with this new-age problem!!


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      Haydee Anderson 6 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      thanks for the natural recipes of cough remedies. its good to know that there are lots of ways to stop cough naturally

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Joan try the propolis! I was told it works very well.

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      joaniemb 6 years ago from New York

      Thanks for sharing. I always suffer from bronchitis so I am going to try some of these. And yes a cough is so annoying.

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      pb3847 6 years ago

      Great info, I hate when I can't stop coughing. Thyme tea sounds pretty good, I'm going to look for it next time I'm shopping!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      This is good to know my Dr. told me that there's an anonvirus (adnoids)going around. She told me there was nothing that can be done, that it had to go away by itself. I will research and add propolis to my list.

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      telltale 6 years ago

      Thanks for all the different remedies on how to stop a cough. I have used Propolis before, and it helped some of my friends stopped their coughs which started for more than 2 months. Taking cough mixtures from doctors did not help. But after 2 days of taking Propolis, the coughs stopped. Just thought I let you know about this. Thanks for the hub.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I am too! Hope one of these remedies helps.

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      John Harper 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Thanks for this, especially as I'm dealing with a cough at the moment.... good advice.


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