Cough Home Remedies

"Let food be your medicine and your medicine be your food. Each one of the substances in a person's diet, acts upon the body and changes it in some unique way, and upon these changes the whole life depends, whether in health, in sickness or convalescent."  

Hippocrates 2 000 years ago.

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A very warm welcome to our website page for Cough Home Remedies.

A cough is a normal reflex reaction to irritation and congestion in the throat and lungs and it's purpose is to remove and expel the irritant.

Causes of Coughs

  • Allergies
  • Acid Reflux
  • Sinusitis
  • Viral infections of the nose and throat.
  • Clearing the throat - nervous habit.
  • Croup
  • Some Blood Pressure Pills
  • Irritation to the airways by dust or gasses
  • Asthma
  • Smoking
  • Runny Nose and post nasal drip

Before we tackle the reason for this page with our cough home remedies, let's take a moment and see what herbs can be used to help relieve irritating coughs.

Slippery Elm

  • This herb is recognized by the FDA as a safe and effective medicinal option for sore throats and respiratory symptoms such as coughs.

  • Slippery Elm contains mucilage, (see herbal dictionary) which suppresses coughing and soothes the throat.

  • Get the Slippery Elm from your local health shop and make a tea from the dried herb.


  • Ginger is an excellent expectorant  which means it is an agent that dissolves thick mucus and is used to help respiratory difficulties.

  • Ginger is also anti-bacterial which in turn means that it is a compound or substance that kills or slows down the growth of bacteria.

  • Thinly slice a piece of ginger root, usually about 5 slices, allow to steep in a cup of boiling water for about 5 minutes, sweeten with honey and sip.   You can leave the root in the cup and chew on a little while drinking the tea.


  • Flax seed is both  demulcent and expectorant.   Expectorant,  means that it helps increase the flow of mucus which in turn helps to expel mucus from the lungs.
  • Demulcent helps to soothe irritated tissue and moisten mucus membranes.

  • Get some Flax seed from your local health shop and make a tea from 2 tablespoons of the seed in a cup of boiling water, once again add honey to sweeten and also some fresh lemon juice.

How Do You Get Rid of a Cough Quickly?

  • Mix one tablespoon each of lemon juice and honey in a small glass of warm water, and drink regularly.
  • You can also trickle a teaspoon of honey down your throat at bedtime.
  • Honey encourages the production of saliva, which helps to soothe dry irritated throats.   It also contain a substance called propolis which is one of nature's natural antibiotics.

Neti Pot

Want to flush out your nasal passages (good idea if you have a niggling cough) then use a neti pot (available from your health shop) to make things easier, otherwise do it yourself by mixing a cup of warm water with a heaped teaspoon of salt. Tilt your head and pour some of the mixture into the raised nostril.  Repeat from the other side.

How can I stop coughing at Night Naturally?

Boil quartered and peeled oranges and lemons in a little water and then add extra lemon juice and honey to taste.   Take at bedtime.

Lemon juice is loaded with Vitamin C which has been known for year to work wonders for colds and coughs.

Cough Syrup from Marshmallow Roots

2 Teaspoons of chopped dried marshmallow root

2 cups of water

2 cups of sugar

1/4 cup orange juice

  • Stir the marshmallow root and water and boil over a moderate heat.  Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 20 minutes, slowly stir in the sugar, so that a thick syrup forms (see preparing herbs)  and then simmer until the  sugar grains have dissolved completely.   Allow to cool and then gradually add the orange juice.
  • Marshmallow roots aid the body in expelling mucus and is therefore very useful for soothing irritating coughs.

Elderberry Syrup for Coughs

4 cups of berries (remove all the stalks)

2 cups raw honey

  • Boil ingredients together and then simmer in a double boiler for 2 hours with the lid on. (use 2 tablespoons of water to start the syrup)
  • Pour into sterilized jars, seal and refrigerate and take one teaspoon several times per day.
  • Elderberries are loaded with vitamin C and they also have calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium.


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