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27 Natural Remedies for a Cough

A cough is defined as a condition where unwelcomed tiny particles enter the respiratory pathway and irritate the airways when breathing. This blockage causes issues with the normal flow of air from the lungs to the nose and vice versa. Fortunately, there are many natural remedies for a cough that you can try that really work.

This condition is not prejudiced, it can happen to any person of any age group.  So, a person suffering from a cough can find trouble in breathing, speaking, or even have a difficult time sleeping. If a cough persists for more than 15 days, it is recommended that you should immediately seek medical attention.  This is because there may be a more severe underlying disease or illness going on.

A cough is a natural reaction, designed to expel irritating, toxic material and mucus accumulations in the bronchial tubes. However, as everyone knows, even repeated coughing is sometimes ineffective at ridding the body of these irritants, and itself become fatiguing and debilitating.

Fortunately, for coughs, there are many herbs that have a specific affinity (healing effect) to the chest and lung area (pectorals). Some herbs are true antitussives or cough-suppressants. Below are several fantastic herbs that can act as natural remedies for cough and also effective antispasmodics (muscle relaxers for spasms).



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Many are demulcents, which means they soothe irritated bronchial tubes while others are expectorants, helping expel tough, adherent mucus. The powerful antibacterial and antiviral properties of many of these same plants makes them an excellent choice for getting at both symptoms and causes.

Many herbal cough formulas are available that combine these various properties and are often superior to a single herb. The herbs below represent the best of literally hundreds of herbal cough medicines. Note that demulcent herbs are more applicable to dry coughs which are licorice, slippery elm, mullein and althea.  The astringent (slightly acid or bitter) plants like anise, eyebright, cowslip, thyme, eucalyptus is more suitable to moist, rattling or congested coughs.

So, what causes a cough anyway?  The major causes of coughs are, sinus, flu, virus, asthma, heart disease and lung cancer. Some other less common possibilities for a cough may be from an inflammation of the larynx or the pharynx.  A cough can develop in the chest due to change in weather or seasonal changes.

The real underlying cause of this disorder, however, is clogging of the bronchial tubes with waste matter. This is due to unhealthy eating habits. The reason for higher incidence of cough during winter than in other seasons is that an average person usually eats more of mucus forming foods such as white bread, meat, sugar, stews, puddings, and pies during the colder months of the year.

Being over clothed with heavy undergarments and other garments during this period also prevents proper aeration of the skin.

27 Natural Remedies for a Cough

1. This is good to use for a persistent, stubborn cough. Pour 2 1/2 cups of boiling water over

two tablespoons of Dried Agrimony flowers or leaves, and 1 tablespoon dried parsley. Cover

and steep until the mixture is cool. Strain. Use as a gargle to soothe sore throats. To stop

persistent coughs take 2-3 tablespoons of the infusion morning and evening.

2. Grapes are one of the most effective home remedies for the treatment of a cough. Grapes

tone up the lungs and act as an expectorant, relieving a simple cold and cough in a couple

of days. A cup of grape juice mixed with a teaspoon of honey is advised for cough relief.

3. Almonds are useful for dry coughs. Seven kernels should be soaked in water overnight

and the brown skin removed. They should then be ground well to form a fine paste. A

quantity of twenty grams each of butter and sugar should men be added to the paste. This

paste should be taken in the morning and evening.

4. Haldi (Turmeric) powder – Turmeric powder is not only a perfect remedy for Cough and

cough, science has proved that turmeric powder is helpful for the cancer patients as well.

Take a tablespoon of carom seeds or ajwain to a glass of water and add one tablespoon of

turmeric powder to it. When the water reduces to half of its quantity, add honey to it.

Take this syrup 2-3 times a day. This loosens the chest congestion and improves

breathing. Take 2 teaspoon full of turmeric powder and add it to warm milk. This has a

magical effect in loosening the cough and clearing the mucus membrane. This is one of

the best home remedies for cough.

5. Onion – Onion plays important role in the treatment of cough. The juice extracted from

finely chopped onion helps in loosening the cough and clears chest-congestion. cough

syrup prepared by mixing onion juice with honey is highly recommended. Take 1-2

teaspoon of onion juice and add 1-2 teaspoon of honey into it. Keep this mixture aside for 5-

6 hours, and then give a teaspoon of it to the patient at least two times in a day. Another

cough syrup made from onion juice contains lemon juice mixed in water along with

honey. Take 1-2 teaspoon of onion juice, add 1-2 teaspoon of lemon juice into it. Pour

little amount of water and allow it to boil, later add 1-2 teaspoon of honey into it. Keep

this cough syrup aside for 5-6 hours and give a teaspoon of it to the patient at least two

times in a day.

6. Adrak (Ginger) syrup – Ginger is one of the most used and effective home remedies. It is

used for the cure of several diseases including cough. Prepare cough syrup by mixing a

half tablespoon of ginger paste, and a half tablespoon of pepper powder. Further add

equal amount (one tablespoon) of vinegar and honey into it. Mix with 2-3 tablespoon of

water and keep it aside. Take this cough syrup 2-3 times a day. This is one of the widely

accepted home remedy for the treatment of cough. This is one of the important of home

remedies for cough.

7. Ginger, garlic tea – Like ginger, garlic too is a very old home remedy. Doctors all over

the world has admitted the usefulness of these two natural doctors of mankind. Ginger,

garlic tea not only sooths the throat, it also loosens the mucus membrane, and clears chest

congestion. Prepare a tea by adding small piece of ginger cut in small slices, 1-2 garlic

seeds, and small amount of lemon juice into the boiling water. Boil it around 15-20

minutes. Strain the liquid and keep it aside. Add a little amount of honey into it and give

it to the patient. The lemon juice added to it loosens the cough and makes breathe easy.

8. Kali Mirch (Black pepper) – Home remedy for cough is incomplete without black pepper.

It loosens the mucous membrane, opens chest congestion. Patient may take 2-3 black

pepper seeds and chew it or fry it little in oil. If patient finds difficult in chewing it

because of its strong bitter taste, add 2-3 pepper seeds in a glass of milk. Another way of

taking black pepper is with cumin seeds. Take both black pepper and cumin seeds in

small amount and add 1/2 spoon of salt to it. Chew it slowly.

9. Long (Clove) – Take 2-3 cloves and fry in little oil. Chew those cloves; patient may also

take little water after chewing it. Anise – Pimpinella anisum

• Helps expel mucus, while being anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic.

• For colds, coughs, bronchitis; also reduces nausea, gas, bloating.

• Safe for infants and children; a popular colic and indigestion remedy.

• Often mixed with other herbs for above effects and sweet licorice taste.

10. Coltsfoot-Tussilago farfara

• Expels mucus, soothes irritated membranes and suppresses coughs.

• Coughs related to upper respiratory infections (colds), acute and chronic bronchitis, asthma, hoarseness, whooping cough and emphysema.

• See Dosage. Should not be used excessively or for prolonged periods.

11. Cowslip-Primula veris

• Strong antispasmodic and expectorant for rattly coughs, chronic bronchitis with thick

white mucus. Warming and sedative effects.

12. Elecampane-Inula helenium

• For coughs and bronchitis, including chronic cough; gentle for children.

• Soothing expectorant; helps expel excess mucus, antibacterial effects.

• Relieves bronchial spasm in asthma, emphysema, bronchitis.

13. Eucalyptus**—Eucalyptus globulus

• Expectorant, natural decongestant often used in rubs and liniments.

• Opens bronchial passages, clears mucus during colds, flu, bronchitis.

• Natural antiseptic. Use as an inhalant or lotion; high toxicity internally.

14. Grindelia-Gumweed/Grindelia camporum

• For coughs of bronchitis and asthma, whooping cough or viral coughs.

• Clears tough mucus, improves breathing and smothering tendency on falling asleep.

Slows rapid heartbeat and reduces high blood pressure.

15. Horehound***—Marrubiurn vulgare

• Loosens mucus, soothes coughs; aids stuffy nose, sore throat and colds.

• For bronchitis, wheezing, congested chest, with inability to expel mucus.

• Treats asthma or chronic lung conditions with poor expectoration.

16. Hyssop-Hyssopus officinalis

• Relieves coughs, bronchitis; loosens and expels mucus accumulations.

• Best in chronic coughs; a tonic, stimulating herb that speeds recovery.

• Asthmatic coughs in adults, children. Promotes sweat in colds and flu.

17. Irish Moss*–Chondrus crispus

• A mucilaginous, jelly-like seaweed used in many respiratory conditions.

• A soothing demulcent used for irritating coughs, inflamed membranes.

• An expectorant for phlegm and mucus, encourages a productive cough.

18. Licorice-Glycyrrhiza glabra

• A powerful cough suppressant, soothing expectorant, demulcent and anti-inflammatory.

Treats bronchitis, coughs, asthma, sore throats.

19. Lomatium-Lomatium dissectum

• Powerful antiviral, antibacterial herb, kills at least ten bacterial strains.

• Eliminates a broad range of acute and chronic viruses.

• For flus, cold, chronic bronchitis, viral pneumonia. Expels hard mucus.

20. Lungwort-Sticta pulmonaria

• For cough and bronchitis. For dry hacking night cough, preventing sleep.

• Treats lingering coughs after measles, flu, colds, whooping cough.

• Soothes tickling in throat, bronchi, where one cough incites another.

21. Maidenhair Fern-Adiantum cappillus

• Used for coughs, bronchitis, asthma and general respiratory disorders.

• Soothes sore throats, expels mucus, helps chronic sinus congestion.

22. Mullein-Verbascum thapsus

• Traditional cough remedy that soothes dry and inflamed throat and bronchi, clears

mucus, allays bronchial spasms, shrinks swollen glands.

• Useful in colds, flu, bronchitis, asthma and even emphysema.

23. Sesame seeds (Til) and Sugar candy (Mishri) boiled in water for 10 minutes filtered and

this decoction taken thrice a day helps to cure Cough.

24. Aniseed (Saunf), Carom seeds (Ajwain) boiled in water, filtered and this decoction mixed

with Honey taken thrice a day helps to get relief from Cough.

25. Equal quantities of Harad (Haritaki), Gooseberry, Glycyrrhiza glabra (Jyeshta madhu)

powdered and one spoon of this powder taken with one spoon of Sugar with Milk thrice a

day cures severe cough.

26. Maalbar (Abdulasa, adusoge) leaf juice with Honey and Rock salt taken twice a day helps

to cure severe cough.

27. Add a gram of turmeric (haldi) powder to a teaspoon of honey for curing dry cough. Also

chew a cardamom for a long time.

In conclusion, the above list of natural remedies for a cough should be more than sufficient to pointing you in the right direction for helping to resolve the condition.

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