6 Natural Cough Remedies

Got a nagging cough? Before you reach for an over-the-counter cough suppressant, try one of these natural remedies for a home cure.

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Cough remedy: Steep some thyme

Cough remedy: Steep some thyme iStock/AntiMartina
Thyme is an officially approved German remedy for coughs, upper respiratory infections, bronchitis, and whooping cough, with good reason: Those tiny leaves are packed with cough-suppressant compounds. Thyme flavonoids relax tracheal and ileal muscles, which are involved in coughing, and also reduce inflammation and headaches. For a homemade tea, mix 2 teaspoons crushed leaves in 1 cup boiling water, cover, then steep for 10 minutes and strain.

Cough remedy: Fight with flax, honey, and lemon

Cough remedy: Fight with flax, honey, and lemoniStock/Alasdair Thomson, iStock/IlonaImagine, iStock/Julia_Sudnitskaya
Boiling flaxseeds in water gives you a thick, gooey gel that eases throat and bronchial tract discomfort. Honey and lemon act as mild antibiotics, and make this syrup super-soothing. For this at-home remedy, boil 2 to 3 tablespoons of flaxseeds in 1 cup of water until the water becomes thick. Strain, then add 3 tablespoons each of honey and lemon juice. Take 1 tablespoon as needed for cough suppression.

Cough remedy: Brew black pepper tea for a wet cough

Cough remedy: Brew black pepper tea for a wet coughiStock/Alina Solovyova
This home remedy is rooted in two very different traditions: New England folk medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. The rationale behind it is that black pepper stimulates circulation and mucus flow; honey is a natural cough suppressant and mild antibiotic. To make the tea, place 1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper and 2 tablespoons of honey in a cup. Fill with boiling water and let steep, covered, for 15 minutes. Strain and sip as needed. This remedy works best on coughs that produce mucus and isn't suitable for dry coughs.

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Cough remedy: Suck a lemon for fast-acting cough relief

Cough remedy: Suck a lemon for fast-acting cough reliefiStock/Kovaleva_Ka
This isn't for the faint of heart, but it is one of the more commonly used home remedies: Quarter a fresh lemon, sprinkle it with lots of black pepper and salt, and suck on it for quick relief.

Cough remedy: Sip some warm milk

Cough remedy: Sip some warm milkiStock/AbbieImages
Another popular home cough suppressant is a cup of hot milk sweetened with honey.

Cough remedy: Blend almonds

Cough remedy: Blend almonds iStock/Maya Kovacheva
Some ancient traditions believe almonds help relieve bronchial problems, including coughs. They recommend blending a few teaspoons of finely ground almonds with a cup of orange juice and sipping as a natural remedy.

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13 thoughts on “6 Natural Cough Remedies

  1. Hahaha, at home remedies with things you won’t find at home. What a joke of a list. Anything to make money on advertising.

    1. I have these things handy at home. Anyone that cooks should have most of the ingredients. Shoot I don’t cook a lot and I have them!

  2. 5 Fresh Oregano Leaves to be heated a bit and extract it then squeezed with 1 Calamansi then take it 3x/day until phlegm loosens has been very effective to my kids and even to any member of our family. This is well-known here in the Philippines.

  3. It would be lovely to use this slide show without having an ad pop up on the screen after every picture.

  4. How long does this mixture stay active?? Or do I have to use it the same day?

    1. If you like fresh take immediately or else wait and watch until house flies are invited by its aroma…

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