Natural Remedies: Cough Relief

Coughs, while rarely serious, can be really annoying! Some of these herbal remedies can provide great relief from a cough, especially when you're having difficulty sleeping.

  • Lemon juice, sweetened with loaf or crushed sugar, will relieve a cough. –The 1852 Old Farmer's Almanac
  • The root of sweet flag was often powdered or sliced and used as a ginger substitute or throat lozenge.
  • Drink mullein flower tea.
  • Catnip tea helps reduce mucus.
  • To suppress a night cough, put 1 teaspoon black pepper and 1 teaspoon sugar into a mug. Pour in boiling water and let steep. The pepper will settle to the bottom. Sip, as needed.
  • Horehound drops, made with the extract of the leaves of the bitter mint Marrubium vulgare, can be combined with honey for a soothing cough drop, or served as a tea with lemon.
  • Hot and spicy foods act as expectorants, loosening up the lung's secretions.
  • A reader told us that a teaspoon of mustard will relieve a cough for up to four hours. See if it works for you!

Now here's a cure for a severe winter cough that comes from The Old Farmer's Almanac archives: The Dirt Cure! Here's how it works:

  • Find a piece of land covered with bushes and small stones.
  • When the land has a foot of snow but is not frozen solid, shovel off the snow.
  • Then cut down the bushes and dig out the stones, turning up fresh and pure soil.
  • Bring fistfuls of soil to your face and inhale the scent of fresh earth.
  • Continue until you have cleared half an acre, and you will find yourself strong and hale, and entirely rid of your cough!


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Apply Vicks to the bottom of

Apply Vicks to the bottom of your feet and cover with socks to soothe a cough.

I find that Tiger Balm is

I find that Tiger Balm is better than Vicks as Vicks is petroleum based and tends to clog the pores while balm is absorbed by the skin and brings faster relief. It works well for a sore throat and fever.

This remedy works better than

This remedy works better than most OTC cough syrups!

I've read that boiling onions

I've read that boiling onions and honey together makes an amazing cough syrup.

An old family tip for nagging

An old family tip for nagging coughs is to make a cup of hot tea and add a tablespoon of honey and the juice of half a fresh lemon. Stir well and enjoy.

Rub your feet with Vicks

Rub your feet with Vicks Vapor Rub, put on socks and get in the bed and feel the warmth seeping up your body. After a quiet night of sleep,wash your feet first thing in the morning.

add 2 teaspoons each of apple

add 2 teaspoons each of apple cider vinegar and honey to 8 ounces hot/steaming water, stir till well combined. Breathe in the steam (loosens phlem)and take 1-2 Tablespoons full as needed to stop cough. can be used room temp or reheated as desired.

I use thyme honey lemon tea.

I use thyme honey lemon tea. 1 tsp dried thyme, honey and lemon to taste. Steep thyme in 1 cup hot water. I use a tea ball like is used for making loose tea in a pot, add honey and lemon and sip away. I do this three times a day. A cold or flu always settles in my chest and this will break it up. I found this about 4 years ago and have yet to buy any kind of OTC remedy for a cough or congestion.

ingredients: 1lt Stone

1lt Stone Ginger
1 packed Med-Lemon
2 Pills of Disprin

Bring Stone to the boiling, add med-lemon and disprin to a bowl... And. In your bed. This works 99%. Try it