Homemade Cough Remedies

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.

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

January 20, 20110 found this helpful

Just remember, the base for Vicks is a petroleum product & it is going right into your body. There is plenty of info out there about just what this can mean for your body. The main ingredients in vicks can be made at home. I've done it & this stuff works, too.


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January 20, 20110 found this helpful

This is a very old remedy and everyone says it works. If you can stand the smell of Vicks. I have very little sense of smell but I can smell this and I can't stand it.

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January 20, 20110 found this helpful

I am glad this is getting around. I have done this for myself and my kids when they were kids, grandkids too. Anyone I tell this too seems shocked. Also good to put lightly on a sick baby's feet too.

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January 21, 20110 found this helpful

October 28, 2011 Flag
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When my son was little, I always gave him 1 teaspoon of honey with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice for his cough syrup. It always worked!

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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.

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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

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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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. http://www.m.webmd.com/allergies/neti-pots

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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 27, 2005 Flag
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I am looking for a natural cough remedy using brandy. I've been pretty much using it mixed with water. It's the only relief I have found yet. Could anyone suggest other ingredients to add to this mixture? I've had this cough for a week and as soon as I lie down the coughing begins. The brandy works for about 4 hours and then it begins again.

Cindie from South Carolina

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November 27, 20070 found this helpful

Put some honey & lemon juice in it. Also, you can crush up peppermint candy & put it in there as well.

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April 28, 20090 found this helpful

Hi, do you use this for children? I have a 2 year old daughter with a nasty cough. Would this be used for her? Thanks, Mary.

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Colds, 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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November 15, 2004 Flag
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My son has coughed for a month. He's been to the doctor twice, on antibiotics twice. He has no other symptoms other than a cough so bad that he either throws up or has bronchial spasms and can't breath air in or out.

His doctor gave him codeine cough medicine which I hate to give him. It doesn't work at all and makes him groggy. His doctor said it just has to run its course.

Well, in the meantime, he's missing (a week so far) school. Anyone know of a strong natural cough medicine or anything to stop the spasms when he coughs?

Since I know it isn't bronchitis, pneumonia, or asthma, I just need a good natural cough medicine or homemade remedy. Thanks!

Alica from Missouri

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September 1, 20150 found this helpful

If you haven't already, Please take your son to a different doctor - for example a specialist in Pulmonary Medicine, an Allergist or a Cardiologist for further evaluation. A persistent cough (longer than a few days) is not a normal condition and indicates symptoms of a condition that can worsen if not addressed.

The best way to suppress a cough is to Cure or Treat the underlying cause.

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September 1, 20150 found this helpful

Although a humidifier may be used if you live in a dry environment (sometimes used with external vapors or vapor rubs) - just make sure the reason for his cough is identified and treated.

It may take some time so Good luck, GodSpeed and May it turn out well!!

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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.

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