Cough Remedies

Coughing not only annoys you but also irritates anyone nearby - time proved cough remedies are always good to have on hand. Best solution is always close to nature and mother nature provides us a great selection of natural cough remedies. They stop coughing fast.

 

What is cough exactly? Cough is an explosive release of air from the lungs which is a reflex action of the air passages (bronchi). Coughs are designed to clear the airways of obstructions such as dust, pollen or phlegm. As such coughing is useful and should not be suppressed by cough suppressants.

What causes coughing?

There are either too much or too little mucus in the air passages and both conditions might cause coughing. The first results in productive cough or phlegm cough, the second irritating, dry coughs.

Most common causes of coughs includes:

There are many serious health problems which include coughing among different other symptoms. Pneumonia, asthma, whooping cough, croup, heart failure, ailments of the vocal cords, laryngitis etc are all accompanied by coughing. Outside pressure on the windpipe caused by enlarged lymph nodes or thyroid may also cause coughing. If your cough troubles you mainly after meals or while lying down your problem might be acid reflux. Stomach acids back up into your lower oesophagus, irritating the delicate tissue - which can lead to dry coughing. Therefore coughing after eating combined with night cough indicates acid reflux in many cases.

Types of coughs

Coughing can be long lasting, for several weeks or months which is called chronic cough or persistent cough. If coughing lasts only for a couple of days or one week it is called acute cough.

Coughs can be unproductive, irritating dry cough, without coughing up any mucus or phlegm. On the other hand it can be a wet, productive cough that brings up mucus or phlegm of different colour and amount. The colour of phlegm can vary in shade from white to green. Coloured mucus generally indicates a bacterial infection. If the mucus is white, gray or transparent it can be an allergic cough or viral infection or just the self cleaning act of the airways.

Most coughs clear up on their own within a week to 10 days. But if your lasts more than 4 weeks or is accompanied with other symptoms see your doctor. Visit a medical specialist sooner if the cough affects a baby or a weak elderly person.

Natural Cough Remedies

There are loads of different natural cough relief which can stop coughing fast and effectively. Last but not least they are cheap, simple and most likely the ingredients hide in your kitchen cupboard.

Cough Home Remedies

One of the traditional, old home remedies for cough is Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) which is praised by many. ACV diluted in some warm water, green tea or fruit juice - such as apple juice or orange juice or pineapple juice - work wonders. Apple Cider Vinegar can be mixed with equal amounts of honey which makes a nice cough syrup. If you like experiencing you may add to ACV-honey mixture some cayenne pepper and/or crushed garlic and/or lemon juice and/or ginger juice. If you find the mixture too strong you can dilute it with some hot water or fruit juice.

cough remedy

Find below a lovely cough syrup based on kitchen remedies:

Sip from the mixture every half an hour or as needed. If you can not stand the taste - suck down quickly with a straw.

The onion family such as red onions, garlic or ramsons are excellent cough remedies. In case of emergency, for example in the middle of the night when nothing else is available eat just a piece of raw onion or garlic. It can stop coughing immediately. It is often unbelievable how fast simple home remedies work. I share here an ancient cough cure from grandma's treasury,

cough syrupOnion coughs syrup:

  1. slice one red onion horizontally
  2. place in a large bowl
  3. and layer it with organic honey (or sugar)
  4. cover and leave it overnight (8-10 hours) on a cool place
  5. it will yield a juice
  6. and next morning you get a syrup

Take one teaspoon every 15 minutes until cough is subsided.

If you prefer garlic you can eat a clove of raw garlic or cook a garlic tea or garlic soup which brings relief quickly.

It is more a tip then a real cough remedy: dark chocolate with high amount of cocoa is a quick help for coughing. Cocoa contains the substance theobromine which acts similarly to the well know cough suppressant codeine. However theobromine is more effective against coughs than codeine. Of course chocolate will not cure your coughing but it suppresses and stops dry cough for a while.

Cough mixtures

I give you a few examples of cheap, easy access natural cough mixtures and syrups however feel free to experiment yourself with the ingredients. Discovering your own home remedies for coughing can be a great experience.

cough mixtureHomemade cough mixture:

Take one teaspoon as often as needed.

Natural cough syrup:

Use one teaspoonful of the cough syrup every now and then.

Cough relief mixture for chronic cough:

Mix all ingredients well, place in a glass jar and cover. Store in a cool place. Take one teaspoonful 4-5 times a day for 7-10 days.

 

Cough Treatment with Essential oils

Using essential oils is very pleasant form of treatment. They can help loosen excessive phlegm so that expelling becomes easier and at the same time they also soothe the throat and bronchi. Lets see some of the most effective cough cure aromatherapy oils:

Best form of treatment is definitely steam inhalation. Boil 2 litres of water and pour the boiling water into a heatproof bowl. Add a few drops essential oil(s) and cover your head and the bowel with a large towel. Inhale the steam for 10-15 minutes. Be careful not to burn yourself. Alternatively you can massage or rub your chest-throat area with any of these oils mixed in a carrier oil. Take 15 ml grapeseed oil and mix well with 1-2 drops of essential oils above. For young children you might put a drop of the oil on the collar or pillow. Thyme is extremely useful for bronchitis caused by bacterial infection as it is great pulmonary disinfectant and expectorant. Sandalwood is excellent for irritated, dry coughs - helps stop coughing fast. Benzoin has the ability to soothe irritated airways and to clear mucus. Eucalyptus has germ killing properties which fight respiratory infections and at the same time it breaks up nasal and chest congestion.

Herbal Cough Remedies: Cough Calming Teas

Humans brew healing teas since Biblical times and the ingredients are countless. Various herbs, spices, fruits are used for teas which bring relief for coughing. I give you here two examples of herbal tea mixtures. The first one is an expectorant tea it helps for phlegm cough and clears up mucus fast. The second contains mucilage, a gelatinous substance that soothes irritated airways and calms dry coughing quickly.

Herbal expectorant tea - Helps to expel and coughing up mucus

Take one tablespoon of each herb. Boil 500ml water and simmer with cowslip root and aniseed in a covered pot for 10 minutes. Infuse the coltsfoot leaves with the decoction and steep for 5 minutes, strain and drink one cup with honey three times a day.

Herbal tea for dry cough - Soothing, mucilage containing, coating tea for irritated airways

Infuse 1 tablespoon of elecampane root in 500ml cold water for 8-9 hours and strain. Pour 250ml boiling water over 1 tablespoon of dried and powdered marshmallow root and 1 tablespoon of mullein leaf. Cover, steep for 15 minutes and strain. Mix with the elecampane infusion and drink hot three times a day. Add honey if desired.

Ayurvedic spice tea for coughing

According to Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India, this spice tea below can be consumed several times a day in order to reduce mucus formation and coughing.

To make a tea, add half a teaspoon of ginger and a pinch of clove and cinnamon powder to a cup of boiling water. Steep for 2-3 minutes and enjoy.

Coltsfoot Cough Syrup

Herbal cough syrup below is an old folk remedy from Germany: Take a handful of fresh coltsfoot leaves and wash them thoroughly. Layer the leaves with brown sugar in a big glass or clay bowl. If the bowl is full cover it with several layers of cling film. In the garden on a safe place dig in the bowl. Leave it underground to mature for 8 weeks. After 8 weeks dig the bowl out, pour the arisen syrup in a pot, and simmer for a couple of minutes. Cool down, pour into a glass jar, cover, and store on a cool place. Use as a sweetener for herbal cough teas or alone as a home cough remedy.

Homeopathic Remedies for Coughs

There is a big variety of cough remedies available however to find the right one is quite difficult. I listed below three efficient and time proved homeopathic cough remedies useful for everyday situations.

Bryonia alba 12C: Irritating, dry, racking cough in fits, disturbing sleep, must sit up. Painful cough, holds chest on coughing. Often accompanied by headache and little or no expectoration. Worse for slightest movement, eating, drinking, at night. Better for fresh air, for lying on painful side.

Rumex crispus 6C: For throat tickling with cold air. Spasmodic dry cough preventing sleep. Hoarseness. Phlegm tough. Coughing worse for talking and cold air. Better for covering the mouth.

Drosera 12C: Great remedy for any severe cough, whooping cough and childhood croup. Barking cough, deep, hacking, in violent fits, suffocative, tormenting. Tickling of larynx. Often with nosebleeds, hoarse voice, retching, vomiting. Worse after midnight, after drinking, for lying down, for talking.

After choosing the right remedy, take 3 pills at once and let them dissolve under your tongue. Do not eat or drink 10 minutes prior and after the intake. Take the cough remedy once or twice a day for one week.

Home Remedies for Persistent Cough: Chest Wraps or Poultices

If your chest cough does not improve by any home treatment above and it still persists: chest wraps are worth a try. A chest poultice or wrap has a deep effect on the lungs and airways. Read and follow the instructions carefully as a chest poultice might burn your skin.

Chest poultice for chronic dry cough: mustard seed flour wrap

Mustard poultice is able to loosen up chest congestion and stop coughing. Mix 1 teaspoon of mustard seed powder (preferably freshly ground) and 2 teaspoons of flour in a bowl. Add one egg white and make a paste with the ingredients. You can add some water to make the paste thinner if needed. Spread the paste on a tea towel or white handkerchief (dye free if possible) and fold towel in half. Alternatively you can apply the paste between two pieces of gauze. Protect you skin with a layer of petroleum jelly as mustard can burn your skin. Place the poultice on your chest or to make it more effective also onto your back in the lung region. Fix it with a cotton cloth and woolen scarf in order to keep it warm. Lie down dressed warmly and keep the poultice on for 10-15 minutes. Remove the poultice earlier if your skin becomes too red or irritated. You may repeat the poultice daily for 3-5 days.

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Diet tips for coughing

For all respiratory problems a daily bowl of garlic soup is invaluable, as it is both decongestant and antibacterial. Eat plenty of celery, parsley to increase your urinary output and get rid of toxins - onions, leeks and oily fish for their anti-inflammatory properties. Cut down salt intake in order to prevent fluid retention. Reduce the consumption of all dairy products to help lessen mucus formation.

By now as we reach the end of my cough remedies page I strongly hope you are able to find your personal cough home remedy from the long list of natural cough remedies above. Best of luck with experiencing and I wish you well.

Related pages on my site:

About the ancient method of oil pulling that may help stop coughing.

Natural treatments and information on pollen allergy which is one of the causes of chronic cough.

Find loads of heartburn remedies as acid reflux is a frequent cause of persistent cough.

Everything about ear pain.


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