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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.
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February 9, 2017 Flag

Cough associated with itch in the throat can be very annoying. Sometimes coughing gives you a headache and makes you restless, especially at night. Based on personal experience, I have tried using lime to relieve myself from this annoying itch which I think could be a type of allergy, maybe. It keeps coming and it makes me cough most of the time.

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What I did was grill the whole lime in an open fire for about 2-3 minutes, just like how you put marshmallows on bonfire. Then I cut it open and squeezed the juice in a tablespoon. I took it directly just like a cough syrup and, after a few minutes, the itch went away and I was able to sleep well. I also found out after a few search on google that it is also good with honey.

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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.

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By logcabinlady from Woodland Hills, UT

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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 4, 20170 found this helpful

Homemade Cough Drops

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These little drops are easy to make and come in handy during cold season. This is a guide about making homemade cough drops.

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October 28, 2011 Flag

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!

By Sweezykay from Knightstown, IN

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July 27, 20160 found this helpful

We use a similar version but with some additions:

Honey, pinch of salt, clarified butter (ghee, I suppose half a teaspoon of butter would work too.) topped up with very hot water to make up a half a cup of tasty, smoothing, drink. A teaspoon or two of brandy for adults gives an additional boost.

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September 8, 20093 found this helpful

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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February 6, 20120 found this helpful

Woman Coughing

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Colds, coughs and sore throats are among the most common seasonal complaints. Although coughing sounds unhealthy, it is actually the bodys highly effective way of keeping our lungs and airways clear.

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September 1, 2009 Flag

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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February 27, 2005

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.

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Cindie from South Carolina

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November 2, 20160 found this helpful

One oz of Brandy and one oz of honey mix and cut one lemon to small pieces and mix it. Keep in the refrigerator. Use one spoon every hour or half hour and see how it works

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January 7, 20170 found this helpful

Yes but a very small amount for a 2 year old. My mother made for me when I had the flu with nasty cough on top of chicken pox. I was very ill. She's give me a 1/2 tsp every 2-3 hours pending on the intensity of cough. I have given it to my children when they were young and had nasty cough. It definitely helps them sleep. But use half of what it calls for the brandy. Don't wanna comatose your child.

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January 21, 20170 found this helpful

OK first time I am trying this with my kids, they are 14 and 15, both have this horrible cough, they have been to the dr been on antibiotics and the cough medicine (tried both, recommended by dr....delsym and mucinex) hasn't touched this cough, it is just a dry hacky cough, and the cough hasn't stopped at all while on there store bought cough medicine, so I am going to try this and see if it helps, it cant hurt for sure.

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January 30, 2013 Flag

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.we  ergies/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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April 2, 2009 Flag

Looking for an old recipe for a cough remedy that has whiskey and rock candy, but not sure what else if anything?

Zan from Charlotte, NC

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Homemade Cough Remedies

To answer your question, it is Jim Beam Rock and Rye Whiskey. Make up a tea using a tea bag, honey, fresh lemon, and rock and rye. Heat it as hot as you can stand it and drink it as fast as you can, then get under the covers. It really helps stop the night coughing. (06/10/2008)

By Butterfly

Homemade Cough Remedies

A spoon of honey melted into warm lemonade with a tsp of sugar. Clears that cough right up and cheap and soothing. I have it all the time. Tastes nice too. (07/06/2008)

By NAT

Homemade Cough Remedies

A guaranteed cure to stop coughing is to rub Vick's salve on the bottom of your feet (while laying down, or in bed), then put socks on over you feet. It won't be long and the cough will disappear. I'm not sure how it works, but it does. Now you won't have to worry about your child's cough anymore. (08/02/2008)

By Bill R

Homemade Cough Remedies

Take 1 tsp of honey with 1 tsp of brandy, heat and have in the night before sleeping. This works for kids as well as adults. Also you can boil 1/2 cup coca-cola and drink it 3 times a day. (08/18/2008)

By Suresh A

Homemade cough remedy

When I was a small girl and had laryngitis, my mother's Mennonite maid made a syrup from onion, sugar and I think some honey. I took a spoonful or so and my voice came back to normal in no time at all. A miracle.
(08/27/2008)

By Jeanne C

Homemade Cough Remedies

Warm milk, honey, and rock candy (09/24/2008)

By jasmine

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Mix Aloe Gel, honey, 1/4 onion and Lime in a blender. Drink a large tablespoon every 2 hrs. Make some green tea with lime, drink it hot. Vapor rub in chest, back, and feet and you will sleep like a baby. For those of you hooked on the whiskey and rum, be careful if you have a fever with dehydration, lots of orange juice with pulp is the best. Do not drink milk if you have a cough. (10/04/2008)

By Jesus

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Scroll to Patricia and her husband's Grandma. Wet, cold washcloth on the neck, hand towel around it and I'm telling you that stuff works! My girl (7) was hacking away the 2nd night in a row. My husband, a medic, of course tried the OTC and to no avail. 15, yes, 15 minutes after I tried this, as a last resort before going to squeezed lemon, honey, thyme and all the other good stuff. IT WORKED! 90 min later and she is still asleep, not a beep out of her. I am so grateful! Thanks so much for another great remedy that was delivered from the past. (11/12/2008)

By sparklestoo

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Very good one. My hubby got the flu after taking the flu shot & got Claritin from the Dr. I made him this; 1/3 cup of lemon juice,1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Mix well in a 16 oz water bottle, finish filling it with water. Drink as needed day & night, good luck. (11/30/2008)

By kffrmw88

Homemade Cough Remedies

Mexican people use this, and it's very effective: my child and I had a very loud cough in 2007 winter. Our neighbor (an old Mexican lady) told us to boil 2 cinnamon sticks and then serve in a cup with lime juice (not lemon) and drink it hot! That remedy works. I use it every time. (12/24/2008)

By jimmy.

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You should not give honey to any child under the age of two. (12/27/2008)

By me

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My 8 year old son has had a hacking cough for 3 days. After giving him the maximum dose of cough medicine with no relief, I tried Patricia's recipe from her husband's grandmother (scroll down). I placed a cold wet cloth on his throat and covered it with a dry towel. He stopped coughing instantly and has not coughed once since. Amazing! (12/28/2008)

By Lynn

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I am absolutely amazed at the results of Patricia's remedy! I've had a chesty, congested cough for about two days now. Tonight, none of my prescribed meds worked at all. So about an hour ago, in desperation, I crawled out of bed and Googled HERBAL REMEDIES. ha ha. I ended up eating some honey, but the cough still lingered. In even more hopeless desperation, I tried Patricia's remedy as a last resort, and it works. By gum, Does it work. I'm amazed. Patricia, I owe a good nights sleep to you! (01/08/2009)

By Caitlin

Homemade Cough Remedies

Patricia's remedy doesn't work for everyone. Tried it on my 7 year old and she's coughing worse than ever. Different strokes for different folks. (01/14/2009)

By compubuff

Homemade Cough Remedies

My 7 year old started coughing earlier this evening and I tried to have him sip hot water with a little sugar, honey and lemon but he didn't want to drink it. So I just put a tablespoon of honey and a few drops of lemon juice mixed in and had him swallow it in one spoonful and here we are about 15 minutes later and no cough! It really did work immediately. I didn't have fresh lemon so I had to use the sour juice in the container that is shaped like a lemon, but it worked. At least now he can get some sleep. (01/31/2009)

By Tara

Homemade Cough Remedies

My mom has been coughing for the past 2 weeks, turns out that she has pneumonia. The doctors have her on about 4 different prescriptions, and they all work fairly well. But at night, it's really bad, she can't lay down or she will start coughing. She has tried some of the home remedies and they have worked pretty well, but I am desperately seeking help from anyone who is willing to give me some. So thanks to everyone who has posted some of your own home remedies, I will be making a list of some of the ones she should try. Thank you so much!

If you can help me, you can E-mail me at SaraMuFFin88 at(@) AOL dot(.)com
(sorry my E-mail address looks kind of weird, but I was following the directions for putting your E-mail on this comment thing.) (02/02/2009)

By Sara From WI.

Homemade Cough Remedies

In warm milk, add turmeric powder and salt, drink it right before going to bed at night. Let it sit, do not drink water for couple hours. It works and it's safe. (02/12/2009)

By pinal

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Mr. Boston Rock and Rye. I bought it at my local liquor store. This is the drink with the rock candy in it.
Tammy. (02/14/2009)

By Sally_Admin

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I have been reading the comments and suggestions concerning the coughing regarding specifically 6-7 year olds. I tried the spoonful of honey first. I'm waiting 15 min. Not working yet. Okay on to the next, cold wash cloth on neck with towel over it..okay I'm waiting to see, it's a no go. I think this is weird but I'm desperate. Baby chest rub on her feet with socks...waiting, 10 min. later, thank you Jesus! Poor thing, I know she was going to start coughing blood any moment from how hard she was coughing. Oh, I forgot to say that before all of this I gave her a teaspoon of prescription cough syrup that of course did not work. 15 mins, still nothing from the bedroom. All is well. Thanks to all! (02/17/2009)

By Lori

Homemade Cough Remedies

The mixture of 1 tsp ground ginger, 1 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp cider vinegar, and 2 tbsp water is the best remedy I've found. Just made it for my son (it's 3am) who has been coughing every night for weeks now. Tonight was the worst. Within minutes of taking 2 tsp of this mixture he was asleep. He wouldn't let me rub the Vick's on his feet, though I know it works quite well. And we did not want to use OTC commercial products. HURRAY! (02/19/2009)

By Cathy, AZ

Homemade Cough Remedies

It's a miracle, thank you thank you. My 2 year old grandson has had a bad cough for two days now and has had no sleep from coughing so bad. My daughter and I just tried the remedy of putting Vick's Vapor rub on the bottom of his little feet and covering them with socks. To our amazement he stopped coughing within 15 minutes and has finally fallen asleep. What a wonderful and safe remedy. (02/21/2009)

By Suzanne

Homemade Cough Remedies

A lot of great ideas! Just a note, never, ever give little children raw honey (under 1-2 years). Raw honey often contains botulism bacteria. The levels are quite low so that an older person's natural intestinal bacteria wipe them out before they cause harm. But babies haven't developed their natural flora yet and can't protect themselves.
(02/21/2009)

By Paige

Homemade Cough Remedies

I've had a horrible and constant cough for about a week. I tried a tsp of sugar, a big glob of honey and a few squeezes of a fresh lemon and poured boiling water over. I'm sitting here 10 minutes later not coughing at all and I think I've found my new favorite drink. It tastes so yummy. (02/25/2009)

By Kait

Homemade Cough Remedies

When I was a child, we were pretty poor. My parents always got the generic version of Vick's and smeared it on a long tube sock. They safety-pinned it to my neck, like a scarf. When I woke up, I almost always never had the symptoms. This worked for cough and cold (and especially chest congestion). This also ensures your child won't get any Vick's in his or her eyes or mouth through the night. (03/04/2009)

By cortneyh

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July 15, 20160 found this helpful

You won't believe....I coughed and coughed and tried it all...Out of desperation I tried a tablespoon full of Karo thick syrup....I stopped coughing immediately....I am going to sleep..ct

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September 1, 20090 found this helpful

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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