Half a large onion, sprinkle with sugar. Tilt slightly and let the juice drain into dish. Drink. Wonderful home remedy for cough and breaking up phlegm.
By Nanasuegibbs (02/15/2005)
Get about half a shot of whiskey, add about 10 crushed up peppermints. Put in small jar, like baby food jar, and let set until it forms a syrup. Take 1 tablespoonful every 6 hours. WOW what a relief! My Great Grandmother who was a full blooded Cherokee Indian SWORE on this. I have tried it. IT WORKS. (02/15/2005)
By vicky hunt
(b)(/b)Well the best I have found is Hot Toddy. Oh wow does it help.
This is an old Indian (Canadian) remedy that I have used for 30 years and my mother used it longer than that. Buy a bunch of fresh beets. Cut them in half and place in a large shallow bowl. Sprinkle one half of a bag of brown sugar (2 lb.) over the beets and let sit overnight covered with plastic wrap. In the morning, drain off the juice (syrup) and then cover them again with the other pound of brown sugar, cover and let sit over night. Pour off the syrup and discard the beets. It's actually quite pleasant to taste and will knock a cough dead in it's tracks. We call it Kick A-- Cough syrup and it never fails. Keep Refrigerated and it will last and last forever. Use as needed. (02/15/2005)
My grandmother and mother use to fry onions wrap them in a towel and put them on my chest. As far as I can recall it worked every time. I stopped coughing and fell asleep. Woke up those next mornings feeling a lot better. Gargling with salt water was another thing they got me to do. It wasn't my favorite but my throat always felt better. (02/16/2005)
By Mr. Thrifty
An old family remedy which is Romany (gypsy) in nature, is to take two cups of brandy, peel and place one clove of garlic in it. Add the juice of one lemon and 2 tablespoons of garlic. Set for at least one hour and take by the tablespoon whenever necessary. Keep sealed in a tight jar and store in a cool, dry place. (02/17/2005)
By Suzanne S.
My Mother and grandmother use to cook 1 cup of turpentine and 1 cup of lard on the stove. After it cooks for an hour, let it cool slightly. Take a wash cloth and soak it and ring out and put it on your chest. They use to safety pin it to our pajamas. Worked great. (02/26/2005)
If you are not opposed to alcohol, my father swore by apricot brandy, just a sip. (02/26/2005)
I do make one by cutting an onion in half and putting two teaspoons of sugar over the onion. Place in a glass container with wrap over top. Take the juice left in the morning by teaspoons the next day.
Donna Marie (03/20/2005)
Get a teaspoon of honey, mix with some lemon juice, and a cup of tea. ENJOY! (12/28/2005)
Someone once gave me "Cheyenne pepper pills". I ate like four capsules he filled with red pepper on the first night and followed the next day with the same. It loosened my congestion and helped my cough become more productive.
Eat one table spoon of honey with crushed black pepper. (10/09/2006)
Chop up an onion, and pour honey over it. In a saucepan, heat on low for a little while. Then take like 6 tablespoons of the honey, and let it sit in your throat. Don't drink water for at least a 30 min. (12/06/2006)
Soak almonds overnight and remove their skin. Make a paste of the soaked almonds with little butter and sugar. This is very useful for dry cough.(quote)(/quote) (12/08/2006)
(b)(/b)Take 1/2 tsp onion juice n 1/2 tsp of ginger juice add a tsp full of honey. I've tried it so I know it WORKS! Hope it works for you too. (12/11/2006)
By farisa ahsan
Have a cup of boiled water, add honey and squeeze a fresh lemon in. This should help.
These remedies have all been really useful ideas but I also like to fill a large bowl with hot water then put a towel over my head to stop the steam from escaping and take deep breaths in. At first it makes you cough but after 10 minutes it seems to stop (02/14/2007)
ginger juice and honey....mix it and take a tablespoon (03/10/2007)
Honey, lemon juice & salt works immediately for my 4 year old girl and honey & salt for my 6 month old boy. (05/30/2007)
By Rehana Perveen
I noticed that the first post stated that she gives her 6 month old salt and honey. Your doctor should have informed you that honey is never recommended to children under the age of 1 years old. A baby can have a severe allergic reaction. (06/15/2007)
Cut an onion into bite-sized pieces, and chew a piece every now and then. Yuck! But, so worth it. (06/17/2007)
Another remedy which I found effective is rubbing on Vaporub ( Vicks ) on the feet and covering them with socks before going to sleep. It relieves the cough during sleep. (08/26/2007)
By Sapna Mallavoolu
Mix honey, water, and green tea together, for some it helps and for others it doesn't. It could help if so, its great and leaves you feeling hydrated and fresh! (08/27/2007)
My grandmother used to swear by an old West of England remedy. First she would put tripe in a bowl with a quart of gin and rest overnight in a cool, dry place. In the morning she would pour the liquid into a jug and add prunes, honey, lemon, onions and Bisto. It tasted revolting but it worked. (My mother said she used to add cough mixture when we weren't looking).
I've tried most home remedies they do not work for me (sorry, but true). Therefore I came up with my own remedy! Go to just about any pharmacy and purchase their brand of Nyquil, works like a charm, no mess, no fuss and "It WORKS" ;) (09/06/2007)
By NotMartha Stewart
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, 1 Tbs. honey, 1 Tbs. apple cider vinegar, and 2 Tbs water. Mix and take by the teaspoon. I haven't slept in almost a week now due to a terrible cough, I found this home remedy and thought anything is worth a try. It tastes horrible but it seems to be working so far. I took 3 teaspoons at once. There are no side effects besides the horrible face you will make right after taking it. I also put the remaining mixture in the fridge, I'm not sure if it's necessary but I figured it couldn't hurt. (09/16/2007)
In a coffee filter, put 2 chicken bullion cubes (for salt and flavor), ginger (fresh is best), turmeric, cayenne pepper (as much as you can stand) and, if you have any, some fresh onion - just a bit. Wrap up the filter and tie or staple it closed. Put this in the bottom of a coffee pot (if you don't mind washing it afterwards), or a cooking pot, and add hot water (or cold and make it hot). You can add garlic, too, if you want - there's already a little in the bullion. Let the broth steep for a while to strengthen. Drink while warm.
It has a lot of the elements of other "cures," but it tastes good enough to drink in the quantities needed for helping an illness. (11/13/2007)
Vicks Vaporub on the bottoms of your feet and put on socks at bedtime. I have also tried this on myself - I have just gotten over a cold. It really did work. I was amazed! (11/18/2007)
My mother made a syrup with honey as the base (about 3 oz.) to which she added a crushed aspirin and about a tablespoon of Listerine. I was a "croupy" kid and got this in the middle of the night more nights than I can count. Worked for me! (12/01/2007)
If you mix some honey, lemon juice and sugar with some boiling water (to your liking but put quite a lot of honey in it) it will stop a cough in its tracks! (12/04/2007)
By (enter name)
Hot tea with honey and lemon and stir in a cough drop. Doesn't stop completely but it helps tremendously!
For those who are seeking home remedies for children under a year, please note that Honey is *never* ok for children under a year to a year and a half. It is not an allergic reaction, as someone stated previously, but botulism that babies can get from honey. The bacteria are commonly found in honey (a natural product) and cannot be eliminated or removed, not even by boiling. If you feed a child honey in any form, and they get botulism, their muscles will stop working and they will become quite limp. After a while, their rib cage and diaphragm stop functioning, and they can no longer breathe. There is a treatment, if it is diagnosed properly, and in time, but it typically costs something on the order of $40k, even if you have insurance it may or may not cover it. Much cheaper and safer to just not give honey to a baby. (12/14/2007)
Take a couple tablespoons of vinegar. Tastes nasty, but cuts the phelm. (12/14/2007)
My grandma used to mix baking soda and honey together. Makes a cough productive when you cough. Plus it doesn't taste nasty like vinegar.
As far as VapoRub, I rub it on my chest then put a hot rag on it. That helps, plus helps me breathe as I often get coughs and stuffy nose. (12/24/2007)
I just tried a spoonful of apple cider vinegar for my hacking cough, and it worked. This cough I've had for several days has calmed right down. Thanks to whoever suggested that home made remedy. Maybe I can get some rest now! Happy New Year. (01/04/2008)
Sniff the hot tea.
delsym is the only thing that works (01/10/2008)
In winter a lingering cough often follows a cold which often keeps me from sleeping at night for weeks. For years I've know I have weak lungs from living with a smoking father. I've tried many of these and the best one is the Cayenee, ginger honey, vinegar, water one. From my research over the years, anything with sugar of any kind just feeds the germs in our throats. But, honey for some reason has different properties that does not affect spread germs. I found this very interesting. I've found this recipe comes out of India. (01/17/2008)
By Jeri Mick
About half a shot of whiskey. Add about 10 crushed up peppermints. And let set until it forms a syrup. Take 1 tablespoonful every 6 hours. This really works. (01/20/2008)
My mom still makes this. It's simple and easy. Put a spoonful of lemon juice in a cup. Then put in 2 spoonfuls of honey. Stir. This helps with minor sore throats too. Take 1 tsp for kids and 2 tsp for adults. The only problem is it works the first couple times you take it, but if you take it too often it won't work anymore. This is a common problem with some prescriptions too. (01/24/2008)
This works: Drink Warm water as often as you can with honey and a dissolved cough drop. Put a warm heating pad on your chest and get as much rest as you can. Also, you can try warm milk with honey and a squeeze of lemon. That tastes great and works too. (02/12/2008)
I live in Brazil and have learned a home remedy used by many here. I have a 2-year old and a 3-year old, and it worked wonders on their colds. All you need is a fresh red beet and sugar. Peel and slice the red beet. Put the red beet slices in a strainer one by one, sprinkling a generous layer of sugar between each layer. Put the strainer over a bowl and let it set in the refrigerator. Within an hour, you should already have some syrup in the bowl. Give a few teaspoons every few hours. My daughters had terrible colds with coughs, and just a few doses in the evening and by the next morning they were almost 100%!! It's super easy and you know exactly what you are giving your young child! (02/13/2008)
A few teaspoons of vinegar works good. It clears your throat and relieves the scratchiness. (02/19/2008)
What works for me is boiled water, 3-4 squeezes of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of honey and 2 teaspoons of sugar. You just put it under your mouth, close enough to breathe in the steam, then breathe it in through your mouth, and out through your nose. Do this for 10 minutes and this will temporarily soothe your throat and stop your coughing for about 1-2 hours. (04/17/2008)
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