Home Remedies and Natural Cures

Cough Home Remedy

Signs and Symptoms of a Cough

A cough occurs when there is inflammation or irritation in the lungs, throat, larynx, or bronchial tubes. There are two main types of coughs: congested and dry. A congested cough typically occurs when you have a cold, and is often accompanied by a stuffy nose or sore throat. A dry cough, however, will have a more raspy feel to it without any phlegm.

Causes of a Cough

A congested cough often occurs due to a cold, flu, or sinus/bronchial infection and is often called bronchitis. In this situation, you must usually wait at least 7 to 10 days until your body fights off the infection. However, a number of home remedies listed below can help boost your immune system to shorten an episode of bronchitis, while others can help to thin the mucus so that it is easier to cough up.

A dry cough often occurs due to smoking, asthma, dust, or pollution. Rapid temperature changes can also lead to a dry cough. In this case, the best solution is to moisturize your throat by drinking warm fluids, which helps sooth your mucus membranes.

Note that if your cough persists for more than a week, or if you are coughing up blood, you should see your doctor immediately.

Home Remedies for Coughing or Bronchitis

Treat a Cough With Fluids

Drinking lots of fluids is a great way to help relieve a cough, since fluids make the mucus easier to cough up. Warm liquids or water at room temperature work best. However, caffeine or alcohol should be avoided since they are diuretics, which cause you to urinate more often and actually lose more fluids than you gain.

Inhale Steam and Aromatherapy to Treat Bronchitis

A simple home remedy to help moisten your throat and loosen the mucus is to inhale steam. An effective way to do this is to fill your bathroom sink with hot water, and then drape a towel over your head while you lean above the sink. Inhale the steam from the sink for 5 to 10 minutes every few hours throughout the day.

Adding 5 to 10 drops of certain essential oils to the hot water can also help stimulate your lungs to expel phlegm. Some effective oils are Thyme Essential Oil and Peppermint Oil.

Use a Humidifier to Treat a Cough

During the winter, a cool-mist vaporizer or humidier is a great way to help thin the mucus that leads to coughing. The best time to use a humidifier is during the night while you sleep. Be sure to clean the vaporizer/humidifier often to prevent the build-up of harmful bacteria.

Foods to Help Soothe a Cough

Some people have found that eating hot chili peppers, horse-radish, or other spicy foods can help loosen the mucus that leads to congested coughing. It is also important to avoid foods that lead to extra mucus production, such as meat, dairy products, and fried foods.

Increasing your intake of Vitamins A, C and E is also beneficial, since they help to boost your immune system and fight off infections that lead to coughing/bronchitis.

For dry coughs, a teaspoon of honey has been found to be very beneficial in soothing the lining of your throat.

Garlic and Honey to Relieve a Cough

Garlic and honey are effective natural foods which can help relieve coughing. Therefore, a simple cough remedy using these everyday items is the following:

  • Take 3 or 4 cloves of garlic.
  • Peel the cloves and then chop them into small pieces.
  • Mix the cloves in a cup of honey and let the mixture sit overnight.
  • Take one teaspoon of this honey and garlic mixture twice daily.
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  1. on said:

    I have visited doctor for cough problem but no improvement what to do doctor said I shud fry the garlic & drink with water so will that help I did that also but still my coughs is not reduced pls help me out in my job main think is shud talk so

  2. on said:

    I get instant cough every time I eat fried food. My throat gets itchy straight away follow by a very bad cough. Any one knows what is wrong and any remedies for it.

  3. on said:

    I have been suffering from cough for the last 12 years (4 to 5 times in a year about 10 to 20 days each time). I've taken lots of antibiotics but they can't relieve me permanently. My chest xray & sputum for AFB is normal, but when coughing starts I get lots of sputum/mucous passing. I don't smoke but drink occasionally. When I feel something irritate my throat, the cough starts from that. This is my biggest problem in my life! Is there any medicine to cure my cough?

  4. on said:

    Arun Kabra, try taking 3-4 drops of organic Oregano Oil twice daily for a week or two. Oregano oil acts as a natural antibiotic. Hope you feel better!

  5. on said:

    I have a dry cough problem for past year and I consulted a doctor. The doc says my chest is clear and he wrote some prescriptions but my cough problem is still there. During the day its normal but it's a problem for me in the early morning and late evenings for some reason. Please help!

  6. on said:

    I have been coughing for weeks like a dog and it causes choking, especially at night and it disturbs my sleep. I lost track of my sleep. please help me.

  7. on said:

    @Manoj Kumar, try taking Oregano oil 3-4 drops daily. It's a natural antibiotic and helps with different kinds of infections and coughs. Hope it helps!

  8. on said:

    I have been suffering of cough and khansi at an interval of almost every 20 day since one year,if I take antibiotic and syrup then cough and khansi stop but as I take cold water or cold things then it again initiates the cough and khansi.
    kindly suggest me to cure completely.

  9. on said:

    i am suffering from dry cough since 4-5 days and even i took the medicine its not working so am having strepsils now.will it be better?and also i smoke daily.help me please

  10. on said:

    For Radhika, I think if your dad's cough is lingering for 3 years, you should get him checked for Tuberculosis. If he's clear of TB or any other lung infection, then I've found that taking 3-4 drops of organic Oregano Oil everyday helps with bad cough. Also inhaling vapors of Tea Tree Oil or Eucalyptus oil can help too. For inhaling the vapors, put a few drops of Tea Tree or Eucalyptus Oil in a boiled steaming bowl of water and cover his head and the bowl with a big towel. And he should inhale the steam/vapors with slow, long and deep breaths. Doing it regularly once or twice daily can help with bad cough and nasal congestion. Good luck!

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