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13 Natural Cough Remedies

Posted Mar 17 2014 3:01pm
on by Dr. Anastasia

When coughing strikes you as a result of a cold, the flu, allergies, or asthma, it can feel torturous and never-ending. The following is a list of 13 natural cough remedies that have worked for my family multiple times in the past. As much as these natural cough remedies are effective, you should seek medical attention if you have a persistent cough for two weeks or more.

Aromatherapy Steam 

The essential oils of  eucalyptus and oregano are anti-bacterial, anti-viral and are known for helping to expel mucus. Add 1-2 drops of these oils to your vaporizer or a pot of boiling water. Gently, as to not burn your face, inhale. These oils should not be used by pregnant women.

To make things easier, just sprinkle the oils all over your shower and take a hot one!

Cayenne Pepper and Ginger

Cayenne pepper with ginger can help clear the respiratory pathways and alleviate cough. A quarter of a teaspoon of both ground ginger and cayenne pepper together with raw honey mixed with water can do wonders for a bad cough.

Onion Syrup

Before you think “disgusting,” give it a try. This syrup is very helpful for cough ( it clears respiratory passages very fast)  and also tastes quite decent. Chop an onion or two and layer it in a glass jar with raw honey. Put in a dark cool place for 2-3 days, strain and drink a few spoonfuls a day.

Cough Organic Tea form natural tea mama

Natural Tea Mama “Cough Balm” tea

Natural Tea Mama “Cough Balm” tea  does wonders at expelling mucus and stopping the cough. It also tastes sweet, so kids love it.

Raw honey

Raw honey has both anti-microbial and anti-viral properties. Taking it regularly while coughing can help  a lot.


Garlic’s antimicrobial and antibacterial components are helpful in treating coughs. Crush one clove of garlic and mix it with one or two drops of raw honey. Add a drop of clove oil or a pinch of cloves
. Take 2-3 times a day.

Colloidal silver

Colloidal silver works best for persistent, lasting coughs when nothing else works. A natural antibiotic, it can clear the respiratory passageways fast. I give my kids one to two teaspoons a day and adults take 1-3 tablespoons a day for persistent coughing.


Mullein is a very helpful anti-coughing herb. Take in an extract or a tea form.


Licorice is a very helpful anti-coughing herb. Take in an  extract  or a tea form.


Elecampagne is a very helpful anti-coughing herb. Take in an extrac t or a tea form.

Mustard Plaster

Mustard plaster can loosen up loosens up chest congestion fairly quickly. Mix 1 part of mustard powder with 2 parts of flour. Add water to make the mixture spreadable. Spread the paste on a dish towel,  fold the towel and press it against the skin.

Boiron’s homeopathic syrup

This syrup even made my husband ( who used to laugh at homeopathy) a believer. You drink it, your cough lessens right away. That’s it! I usually have a few bottles of this stuff at home.

Homemade cough syrup

Find  a recipe for homemade cough syrup right here .





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