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Cough Remedies

Boy coughing

Herbal cough remedies are plentiful and have been well tested for many years. Coughs would have to be one of the most irritating problems we all suffer from now and again. There are basically two types, one is productive, and brings up mucus from the lungs that the body needs to get rid of, and the other is nonproductive. Nonproductive coughing is dry and doesn't produce anything from the lungs and they affect people of all ages. A cough is a reflex action begun by stimulation of sensory nerves located in the lining of the respiratory passages. Coughs can rid the body of mucus, irritants like dust, or a foreign body, like food going into the trachea instead of the esophagus.


Symptoms of a wet cough include a wet sound in the chest accompanying the cough and mucus being expelled through the mouth. Dry coughs irritate the bronchial passages and the throat, causing a sore throat if the cough is persistent. Coughs may accompany hay fever, colds, allergies, asthma and other respiratory illnesses like bronchitis.


Coughs may be caused by inflammation of the larynx or the pharynx; smoking; allergies like hay fever, dust or chemical fumes; asthma and changes in the weather. Whether you use herbal cough remedies or more traditional cough remedies, you will need to address the underlying cause first if you want a remedy to be successful.


Coughing can turn into more serious illnesses like bronchitis or pneumonia. If you feel your cough is worsening, see your doctor, don't just rely on herbal or modern cough remedies and hope everything will be alright; there are other types of cough that need prompt medical attention like whooping cough.

Herbal Treatments

Internal Applications

There are many more herbal cough remedies than we've listed below so we've tried to list the ones that we have tried personally and have found to be of benefit. Your best course of action is to maybe try one or two at a time and see what works best for you. Everybody is different and what works for one may not necessarily work for another. It'll be fun experimenting anyway, and at least you know that the remedies you are taking are safe.

Finally, this is a favorite of all my cough remedies that I like. I have found it to be an effective cough mixture home recipe that you can easily make yourself - Mix ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, ¼ teaspoon ground ginger, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons of water. Mix well and take by the teaspoon as needed. This syrup relieves an irritated throat and relieves congestion of the chest.

External Applications


Essential oils such as eucalyptus, cedarwood, rosemary, lavender, frankincense and myrrh are useful cough remedies to blend and use in inhalation, vaporizer or mix with carrier oil and massage into the chest.

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