Coughs, while rarely serious, can be really annoying. Some of these natural remedies can provide great relief from a cough, especially when you’re having difficulty sleeping.
Natural Remedies to Relieve Coughs
- Lemon juice, sweetened with loaf or crushed sugar, will relieve a cough. –The 1852 Old Farmer’s Almanac. Find more household uses for lemons.
- The root of sweet flag was often powdered or sliced and used as a ginger substitute or throat lozenge.
- Mullein with his large, soft leaves makes a wonderful flower tea. (As an aside, it’s fluffy, absorbent leaves have also been used for toilet paper in a pinch!)
- 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!
- Some of these natural remedies might also be helpful to relieve anxiety and stress.
Folk Remedies for a Cough: The Dirt Cure
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!