Natural Remedies: Dirt Cure for the Winter Cough | The Old Farmer's Almanac

The Dirt Cure for the Winter Cough


Natural Cough Remedy

The Editors

In 1849, a farmer prescribed a “dirt cure” for a winter cough. Janice Stillman, editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, demonstrates this natural remedy. (Warning: Humor required!)

See the Almanac’s natural remedies for cough relief.

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Anne (not verified)

9 months 3 weeks ago

The soil (hummus) has Beneficial Bacteria; most likley;

Michelle Boucher (not verified)

4 years 9 months ago

At first I was intrigued, then after the third shovel of snow, thought it was a joke. Inhaling the smell of dirt was interesting, but nonsense as a medical or natural cure. Then, you totally lost me at "do this for a quarter of an acre".

Bombshell (not verified)

9 years 9 months ago

its a joke.. they don't really "cure" it.

preacher1981 (not verified)

9 years 9 months ago

it is possible there could be
pro-biotics in the soil or certain fungus that could have made the diff.

farmerboy96 (not verified)

11 years 9 months ago

I'll have to try next winter because right now the ground in my backyard is pretty solid.