Homemade Cough Remedies

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May 17, 2018

Honey in cut TurnipMy parents have been using this all-natural method to make their own cough syrup since I can remember. Turnips and honey have awesome natural antibiotic qualities to them. When they meld together, they make a fantastic medicine. This is just as effective as store-bought syrups for cough and congestion, yet it has no side effects. You can keep refilling the turnip with honey to make more of the medicine.


You can use a large turnip and cut it in half, or you can use a small turnip and scoop out the top.


  • 1 turnip
  • honey


  1. Cut turnip in half and scoop out a good amount from the middle with a spoon. Place a couple teaspoons of honey inside the hole so there's enough room for the turnip to "sweat" to create the medicine.
  2. Honey in a turnip half
  3. After a few hours, the syrup will be ready in the middle of the turnip. Drink it, then refill with honey as needed.
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January 20, 2011

Some of you may already know this, but believe it or not this really works. Whenever I have a cough, I put Vicks VapoRub on the soles of my feet and then put socks on.


My cough stops. Yes, it really does.

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October 28, 2011

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

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 9, 2017

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.

Lime As Cough Remedy

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February 6, 2012

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.

Woman Coughing

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December 29, 2006

Dry, tight coughs are the worst and they can lead to further bronchial problems. Loosen up that dry phlegm - yes, uck, so you can get rid of it - by breathing in steam deep into your lungs by inhaling the steam of a large cup of hot tea.

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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.

Cindie from South Carolina


By Melissa (Guest Post)
February 28, 20050 found this helpful

My dad used to mix it with a little bit of honey and lemon. I am not sure what the ratio is. Good luck.

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February 28, 20051 found this helpful

In my family we make this remedy, we call it a Hotty Toddy. Heat up about 4 ounces of brandy as warm as you can drink it. Add 2 teaspoons honey, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and either spearmint or peppermint (1 sprig) or if you only have essential oils 1-2 drops.


If it's a real nasty cough add a pinch of cayenne or chili powder.

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By Ela (Guest Post)
February 28, 20050 found this helpful

Why don't you infuse the brandy with some horehound? That's what I use ...

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By syd (Guest Post)
February 28, 20050 found this helpful

Add a little honey to it.

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By dgrams (Guest Post)
February 28, 20050 found this helpful

Try this for hot toddy mix. There are people that swear by this... Good luck. I love it as my grammy use to make it with orange juice.

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By wen1 (Guest Post)
February 28, 20051 found this helpful

My Mom used to give my brother whiskey, honey, and lemon juice, ( i'm sure brandy would be the same) and the ratio is easy, just three equal parts..and the dose would be about the same as regular cough medicine...I'm sure this would brother had asthma very bad when he was young and he would get the nasty croop coughing and the mixture seemed to work great for him..get well soon Wen

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March 1, 20050 found this helpful

If you are only coughing when you lie down at night, and especially if you are older you should seek medical advice.



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June 25, 20070 found this helpful


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September 1, 2009

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 susan from Charleston, SC

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January 30, 2013

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 4, 2017

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

Homemade Cough Drops

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September 1, 2009

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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