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You can develop a cough in conjunction with a cold or flu or even as the result of allergies. There are a plethora of medicines you can buy at the pharmacy, but often a homemade remedy will work just as well. This is a guide about homemade cough remedies.

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January 20, 2011 Flag

Some of you may already know this, but believe it or not this really works. Whenever I have a cough, I put Vicks on the soles of my feet and then put socks on. My cough stops. Yes, it really does. If you don't believe me, try it on yourself or someone in your family. Good luck, and no coughing.

By logcabinlady from Woodland Hills, UT

September 1, 2009 Flag
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I have nasal drainage and a bad cough, when I cough it gets to the point of choking. I can't get oxygen to the brain, what do I do?

By semi714 from Charleston, SC

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December 3, 20090 found this helpful

The sure way to stop coughing is to turn on shower, hot water, let steam up bathroom, sit for 15 min, It will stop the cough. Got this tip from a nurse, when my then 5 year old granddaughter was coughing and would not stop. Called the hospital, and I was told to do this. It really worked. Put her to bed, she never coughed the whole night.

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December 4, 20090 found this helpful

My 18 month old daughter had a chronic cough for months. The doctors gave us so many different times of medicine and nothing worked. She would stay up all night coughing and crying. One day I decided to do research on home remedies, I noticed that a lot of people used honey so one night, she was crying and absolutely miserable and of course I wasn't getting any sleep, i decided to give her a tsp of honey, within 2 hours she fell asleep and didn't cough for the rest of the night! The 6 month cough finally came to an end!

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February 6, 20100 found this helpful

My three year old son had been coughing alot in bed. I had heard from a friend and my dad about rubbing Vicks on the feet and then putting on socks. I tried it and no kidding it worked! After about 15 minutes or so, coughing stopped. He slept through the night without a single cough.

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April 14, 20100 found this helpful

For kids younger that 1 year old there is a type of honey you can use. its more like a syrup called "Karo" is corn syrup and it works like honey for babies I use it and it works great. My Daughter began with a very dry cough last night and I gave her the syrup with little lemon and she hasn't coughed since then. She's 9 months old.

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January 30, 2013 Flag
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My father has been suffering from cold and cough from 30 years with lots of phlegm. Due to the cough, my father is now having a pain in his chest and stomach. They did not find any types of problems, such as BP or blood sugar issues. Please can someone suggest a solution, any supplement, or syrup that might help.

By Geeta

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January 31, 20130 found this helpful

There are a number of reasons he may be coughing. The only way to offer a remedy is to find the cause. Is he a smoker? Does he have allergies, and if so, what is he allergic to? In the meantime, hot water with lemon will help to clear mucus from the throat. No sugar! Make sure he is getting enough water, it helps his body thin the mucus so he will be able to cough it up easier. Have his lungs, throat, and sinuses checked. A Neti Pot can also help.

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February 1, 20130 found this helpful

Do be sure and check all the suggestions in the previous response. It does sound like allergies or smoker's cough. Be sure he has a really thorough exam as my husband had a cough for years, was not a smoker, but they finally diagnosed him with having lung cancer. Do not wait to have this checked out.

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February 1, 20130 found this helpful

Sounds like post-nasal drip, possibly from allergy. Does he smoke, or someone else? Once a day,for about 3 days make a bouillon with Knorr cubes.Use about a 1/3 cube, add chopped fresh garlic, red pepper flakes and any herbs you have like oregano, basil, rosemary.Sprinkle with black pepper. Make it with boiling water so it's really hot. Use 3 cloves garlic. After it's steeped, squeeze in half a lemon juice.Strain or let settle. Drink while it's as hot as coffee. The spicier the better. It should clear his sinuses and throat in about 1/2 hour. I wouldn't recommend it every day because it is salty.

Believe it or not, I just learned after decades of ignorance, that a sip of water [sip, not drink] will stop a cough, sometimes 2 or 3 needed. Just like that.

Then, begins the hard part....what is causing the phlem? Household chemical, something at work, detergent, dust mites [old rug, old furniture?],food allergy?Smoke, furnace filters not being cleaned often enough, oil heat [diesel causes lots of breathing problems]. Something is causing that allergic reaction. Pollen? I have a grandson who has pollen reactions every year. Allergy shots help.

Saline solution spray? Got to be careful about contaminating the bottle though. Have it at Dollar Tree.

For pain of sore muscles I'd like to recommend to all Absorbine patches [red packet] at the Dollar Tree to everyone.

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February 4, 20130 found this helpful

Have his doctor check him for cystic fibrosis.

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September 8, 2009 Flag
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If you get any cough while you are sleeping, try to wash your throat with any salt water. You can make salt water that adding 1 teaspoon of salt with 1/2 a glass of water. Also salt reacts against germs. It gives immediate relief and you can continue your sleep without disturbances. This has been experienced by my family and friends.

By butterfly20 from Bahrain

February 6, 2012 Flag
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Woman CoughingColds, coughs and sore throats are among the most common seasonal complaints. Although coughing sounds unhealthy, it is actually the body's highly effective way of keeping our lungs and airways clear. Coughing flushes out mucus when we've caught colds and helps us to catch our breath when food or drink goes down the wrong pipe. Unfortunately, many of today's over-the-counter cough medications serve to hinder our body's natural ability to eliminate toxins. For example, nose drops dry up nasal secretions - our body's way of excreting germ-laden mucus. Cough syrups suppress our cough - another natural way of getting rid of toxins and clearing air passages. Homemade cough remedies are designed to offer short-term relief of uncomfortable symptoms, without interfering with your body's natural ability to heal itself. They should always be used in conjunction with medical care and with your doctor's approval.

When to See Your Doctor:

Because coughs can also be a sign of a more serious underlying condition, you should seek medical attention immediately if:

Avoid Mucus Producing Foods:

Certain foods can aggravate your cough by stimulating mucus production. If you are suffering from a cough, avoid the following foods:

Foods that help with the reduction of mucus include garlic, onions, watercress, horseradish, and mustard.

Home Remedies:


The application of pressure on specific points on the body can help control certain symptoms. Acupressure (similar to the concept of acupuncture, but without needles) on the chest can help relax the body and relieve coughing. Just below your throat, there are two protrusions of the left and right sides of your collar bone. Using the middle fingers of both hands, apply pressure to depression points directly below these protrusions. Continue pressing on these points for a few minutes until your cough subsides.


Ayurveda is India's traditional, natural system of medicine. Practiced for over 5,000 years, it provides an integrated approach to preventing illness through natural therapies. If your cough is accompanied by a hoarse voice, mix 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper into 1 teaspoon of ghee of clarified butter (see recipe below), and take the mixture on a full stomach. For a cough without hoarseness, mix 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper with 1 teaspoon of honey instead, also taking the mixture on a full stomach. Take the mixture appropriate for your symptoms, 3 times a day for 3 to 5 days.

Recipe for ghee:

  1. Melt two pounds of unsalted butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat.
  2. As soon as the butter begins to boil and foam, reduce the heat to a simmer. Keep the heated butter at a steady simmer until it is golden in color and no foam remains on top.
  3. Stir occasionally after the whitish curds sink to the bottom. When these curds turn light tan, the ghee is ready.
  4. Cool the mixture and strain it into a sterile quart jar. Discard the curds from the bottom, as they are almost pure cholesterol.

Herbal therapy:

Certain herbal teas, including eucalyptus, fenugreek, peppermint, anise and fennel, stop coughing by increasing saliva production, causing you to swallow more frequently and suppressing the cough reflex. To make a tea from one of these herbs, steep one to two teaspoons of the herb in a cup of boiling water for the appropriate amount of time:

Roots: steep for 15 minutes
Seeds: steep for 10 to 15 minutes
Leaves: steep for 3 to 10 minutes

After steeping for the appropriate time, strain the mixture to remove the dried herb, and let the tea cool to a drinkable temperature. Drink 3 to 4 cups a day, or if using a tea bag, follow the dosage recommended on the product.

Slippery elm is another anti-cough herb that stops the cough reflex by forming a protective and soothing layer around the irritated mucous membranes of your throat. Another remedy for dry coughs is to combine the juice from 3 garlic cloves with some honey and milk, and warm the mixture on the stove (do not boil). Take two teaspoons of the liquid in morning and evening. A few other anti-cough herbs, like horehound, are what herbalists call expectorants - herbs that thin the cough-causing mucus so that you can expectorate (spit) it out. You can find slippery elm teas and horehound lozenges, as well as the herbs listed above, in most health food stores.


Inhaling steam can help relieve throat irritation and loosens mucus in the lungs. Boil a pot of water on the stove and remove it from the heat. Let it cool long enough so active boiling is no longer taking place, plus an additional 1 to 2 minutes. (Caution: If the water is boiling or still too hot, you can scald your face and respiratory tract.) Hold your face 12 to 18 inches above the pot, and cover your head and shoulders with a towel to trap the stream. Inhale for up to 30 minutes. For a soothing effect, add a few drop of eucalyptus oil to the water. Other options include sleeping with a warm humidifier running or taking a steamy sauna.

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September 1, 2009 Flag
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My son is 2 years old. I am looking for a homemade cough remedy. He coughs when he cries and he gets a cough during the day that can last about an hour. I took him to the doctor and he said it was allergies. He gave him medicine but it didn't work. Please help.

By Sheetal from Hyderabad, AP


Homemade Cough Remedies

One thing that is typically used is honey, but please be careful with this since his cough is caused by allergies. Bees make honey from the plants that may be causing his allergies, and giving him too much may cause a serious reaction. If you choose to use it, build up the amount very gradually over a period of time. Use raw honey native to where you live. If he can tolerate it, it will help him build a tolerance to what he is allergic to, similar to getting allergy shots. It is a folk cure for hay fever and known to work, but must be begun cautiously. Again, if too much is taken in the beginning, he may have a major reaction. (04/05/2009)

By susanmajp

Homemade Cough Remedies

I should have posted this the first time, but have you cut out all dairy products? Dairy products cause mucus to build up in the body, causing coughs. Some people have a harder time dealing with it than others. Try to quit eating and drinking all dairy products for a couple of weeks and see if that helps.

When my son was younger, we had to cut way back on dairy all the time and totally cut it out anytime he got sick. We also gave him cod liver oil to help build his immunities. He went from being sick all the time to playing outside constantly. Today he's 27 years old and still takes the cod liver oil. New studies show how effective fish oils can be. (04/05/2009)

By susanmajp

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This helps our great granddaughter, she is 5. But it also helps DH, my daughter, and I. Rub Vick's (it now comes in a grease-less tube and the new baby Vick's has a pink lid. I like it myself.) on the bottoms of his feet, put clean socks on over that. It will help to lay down with him to get him to stop crying. That may help him to sleep also.

Our neighbor is a pediatric nurse practitioner, she told me to take a cup of milk and warm (as hot as he can stand it) it with a spoonful of honey in it. Let the boy sip it to help his cough. I hope this helps. (04/05/2009)

By Great Granny Vi

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If you've only tried one allergy medicine, then I would tell the doctor and ask him to prescribe/suggest something else. The Dr. should know it didn't work anyway, so that it can be noted on your son's chart.

You can also find homeopathic remedies at a natural foods/health-food store or on-line. One good place to start is: (04/05/2009)

By Maryeileen

Homemade Cough Remedies

An old-fashioned cough medicine would be honey and lemon. The honey coats the throat. I'm not sure what the lemon does but people used to always pair them up so there must be some benefit aside from the vitamin C. Another way to go might be to use a saline (salt) solution nasal spray. There are no side effects and the saline solution may prevent some of the irritants from adhering to the nasal membranes. (04/18/2009)

By Goldie2

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The honey and lemon treatment is great and most kids will drink it. I want to just suggest that if this persists, have your child tested for asthma. When my oldest daughter was 2, she would have bad bouts of coughing. I thought she had a cold, but it would not go away! Her doctor diagnosed her with having bronchial asthma. This can cause chronic coughing fits. Crying makes it worse because they are already having problems getting enough air. Check it out just to be safe. (04/25/2009)

By bizzymom

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Buckwheat honey is the way to go. My 3 1/2-year-old son has been suffering w/ a cough for 6 months. I was told it was possible asthma, allergies, some combination thereof. He was on Singulair, Claritin, Pulmicort nebulizers, and I found myself still very dissatisfied. Like most parents, I don't want my kid on daily medication if I can help it. 2 weeks ago, I found myself reading these posts and willing to try just about anything.

I tried the Vick's on the feet (no success), then went on to honey. I worked him up to 1 tbsp of honey twice a day (locally-made stuff) and it worked. I haven't yet weaned him from the Claritin, but his cough has lessened dramatically even from what it was with the Claritin alone (which was the one drug I couldn't get away from. Off the Claritin, coughing all night!).

We talked to our pediatrician this a.m. and he said honey is great because not only does it reduce inflammation, but it also increases the ciliary action in the lungs. However, he said I should switch to the Buckwheat variety instead of locally made. I highly recommend this to anyone whose kid is suffering through a really bad cold or even if they're like mine and have this unexplained chronic cough. (09/01/2009)

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