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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Comments

  1. on said:

    I'm coughing blood in the morning. I try to avoid taking Citrazine tab daily. What can I do to stop it?

  2. on said:

    Robin, Try taking 3-4 drops of Oregano Oil with at least 75% carvacrol. Carvacrol is known to inhibit the proliferation of many bacteria strains. I hope it helps!

  3. on said:

    I have smoker's cough, what kind of cough oil should I buy and how much do I take? Please help!

  4. on said:

    I was diagnosed with TB last year and took the treatment. Now after two and a half months of completing the treatment course, I am coughing up blood with sputum. I smoke too. Is it still a sign of TB or is it any other disease?

  5. on said:

    My sister is suffering from dry cough for last 2 years. It always occurs at night time just because of this she can't even smile loud or laugh and once that dry cough starts it continues for many hours. Please suggest me something.

  6. on said:

    I have had a dry cough for a week now. I have tried everything - from cough syrups to steam inhalation but nothing is working. I now have acid reflux as well which I take medication for but again nothing works!

  7. on said:

    I hope your dad is feeling better. Coughing with blood is a serious matter. I hope you immediately took him to see his PCP or straight to ER on that incident. If somebody is coughing blood, taking the patient to ER is the best option.
    I hope you got your dad some help! Prayers and meditations your way!

  8. on said:

    Acid reflux from greasy foods? You may wish to stop eating anything high in animal fat or polysturated fats. Do a complete detox of your system. Your gal bladder, pancreas, liver are telling you to stop. The acid reflux goes up to your lungs in lying position. Thus irritates the bronchi n lungs. Avoid fatty foods!

  9. on said:

    My father is suffering from chronic liver disease HCC and he got cough with bleeding (fresh blood). Because of that cough he is not able to sleep even for a minute at night. Please tell me some home treatment which will work for him and make him sleep comfortably at night. Please tell me!

  10. on said:

    Oil of oregano is a life saver! I take 5 drops 3 times a day in a bit of coconut oil (since it's so bitter) and it seems to get rid of the cough during the day. Putting 2 drops of oil or oregano in a pot of just boiled water and doing steam inhalation is the only thing that stops me from coughing at night. I also take a Thera Flu if it won't subside and vicks vapo rub on my chest and throat as well as the bottom of my feet (cover with socks). Good luck!


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