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How to Cure Coughs

Updated on December 27, 2017

Orange with salt


How to cure coughs the natural way

Coughs are a nuisance. Whenever I caught a flu, usually it would end up with irritating coughs. There are lots of over-the-counter remedies for sale. Personally I found them not to be very effective.

There are also many home-made recipes. Let me name them here. Ginger and honey, cinnamon and honey, cinnamon and lime, apple cider vinegar, tea with lemon and honey, warm milk and honey, and even turmeric. If the above methods don’t work, you can add, taking hot bath or shower, chewing ginger condiment, and chewing peppermint leaves. There is even a breathing technique where you reduce the intake of oxygen to reduce or stop coughing. I am sure you have tried some of the mentioned methods with a degree of success.

If you like to add another in your list of home-made cures for coughs, here it is. I hope it is as effective as the others, if not more effective.

Cut top of orange, and cut flesh


Put salt on top of orange and close the top, and put in bowl and pot to steam


Steam an orange with salt

The method is quite simple and easy. Please follow the instructions below and take a look at my photos on the right. You won't go wrong.

The Method:

Step 1. Wash a fresh orange and cut the top off.

Step 2. Cut through the flesh inside and around the orange.

Step 3. Add a teaspoon of salt on top of the orange.

Step 4. Cover back the top part with the cut piece.

Step 5. Place the orange in a bowl.

Step 6. Put the bowl inside a pot with enough water to steam the orange for 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 7. When cooled, eat the flesh and the juice, including the water in the bowl.

The juice and flesh are quite tasty, with the sweetness of the orange and saltiness of the salt.

Enjoy the fruit and juice; and I hope your cough will also stop for good.

You can follow another home-made remedy, perhaps as a supplementary treatment. Read my article " Homemade cure for cough".


The information provided in this article is sourced from the internet, from friends and contacts, and from personal experience. As I cautioned in my article, not every remedy will work on everyone. So is conventional medical treatment. It very much depends on the constituents of the person and the conditions peculiar to that person. Whatever the reasons, this article does not claim the information provided is totally accurate and reliable and will cure everyone. The purpose of this article is merely to inform visitors that there are alternative cures for all ailments.

You are therefore advised to consult your registered medical physicians as a matter of due diligence.

After steaming, let it cool and eat the flesh and drink all the liquid in the bowl



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    • Good Guy profile image

      Justin Choo 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Osman,

      Happy for you that it works.

      Once you are ok, you can stop taking it.

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      Z.K. Osman 4 years ago

      Dear Sir,


      I read about this steam orange for cough. I am suffering for almost 2 months now from severe cough. I have already started and it's working.

      Please kindly let me that I should continue for how long ?

      All the best for this finding and success. God bless.

      Faithfully yours,

      Zaitun Osman

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      Zubair Ahmed 4 years ago

      Hi, another very helpful hub, I'll have to try this suggestion. do you think it will work on dry coughs caused by cold weather?

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      frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

      Just came from your cucumber/salt remedy and this one sounds even more delicious...but a little more work. Very interesting remedy here.

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      Justin Choo 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi CrisSp,

      Thanks for the link, go ahead.

      And thanks for visiting and vote.

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      This is very interesting, perfect for this cough season. I knew quite a lot about other natural remedies mentioned here for cough but not this specific steaming of orange. I should link this to my hub on oranges. I hope that's alright with you.

      Voted up and sharing. Thank you.

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      Justin Choo 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Thelma Alberts,

      Hope you will never get to try it! (LOL)

      But you can always prepare this just for the fun of it, as a refreshing orange juice with salt!!

      Thanks for vote up and useful.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Great advice! I have just recovered from coughs and drunk a lot of selfmade ginger teas and lemon juice. I like the orange remedy on this hub. I´ll try it next time if I have coughs. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.

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      Brittanie Pervier 5 years ago from Seattle WA

      Great hub I hate getting coughs. I have a reactive air way so when I cough to much it causes asthma attacks. I really don't like using cold medicines though. Thank you for sharing I will definitely try these next time I get a cough.

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      Justin Choo 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Cathy Fidelibus ,

      Hope it works.

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      Justin Choo 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Prasetio30

      I am surprised to see you here! Long time no see!

      Thanks for visiting and vote up.

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      Wow! Great information, I will make sure to use them next time someone in my family get a cough.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love herbal remedies and this hub is useful for me. Thanks for writing and share with us. Vote up!

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      Justin Choo 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi philliden ,

      You are welcome.

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      philliden 5 years ago

      Hi GoodGuy! This absolutely a new information for me. I may try this next time when colds attack me. Or better yet, I will try it now. The orange and the salt kinda look good, they stimulate my taste buds. Thank you for sharing this.