Home Remedies for Cough

The air passages of the lungs are lined with cells secreting mucus, which normally traps particles of dust When the
membranes get infected and inflamed, the secretion of mucus increases and the lining of the air passages is irritated.
Coughing is the action by which excess mucus is driven out.





A person who is going to cough first draws a deep breath in. This action causes his glottis to dose and his muscles to
contract, thus building up pressure in the chest Then suddenly, the glottis opens, an explosive discharge of air sweeps
through the air passages and carries with it the excess secretions or, in some cases, foreign matter, which has irritated the
larynx, trachea, or bronchi.





A cough may be caused by inflammation of the larynx or the pharynx.
A cough can develop in the chest due to change in weather or seasonal changes.
The real cause of this disorder, however, is clogging of the bronchial tubes with waste matter. This is due to wrong feeding
habits. The reason for higher incidence of cough during winter than in other seasons is that an average person usually eats
more of catarrh-forming foods such as white bread, meat, sugar, porridge, 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.

Home Remedies for Cough #1
Aniseed is another effective remedy for a hard dry cough with difficult expectoration. It breaks up the mucus. A tea made
from this spice should be taken regularly for treating this condition.

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

Home Remedies for Cough #3
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.

Home Remedies for Cough #4
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.

Home Remedies for Cough #5
The use of raw onion is valuable in a cough. This vegetable should be chopped fine and the juice extracted from it. One
teaspoon of the juice should then be mixed with one teaspoon of honey and kept for four or five hours—it will make an
excellent cough syrup and should be taken twice daily. Onions are also useful in removing phlegm. A medium-sized onion
should be crushed, the juice of one lemon added to it, and then one cup of boiling water poured on it A teaspoon of honey
can be added for taste. This remedy should be taken two or three times a day.

Home Remedies for Cough #6
The root of the turmeric plant is useful in a dry cough. The root should be roasted and powdered. This powder should be
taken in three gram doses twice daily, in the morning and evening.

Home Remedies for Cough #7
A sauce prepared from raisins is also useful in a cough. This sauce is prepared by grinding 100 gm of raisins with water.
About 100 gm of sugar should be mixed with it and the mixture heated. When the mixture acquires a sauce-like consistency,
it should be preserved. Twenty grams should be taken at bedtime daily.
    Cough Syrup Recipes

    Home Remedies for Cough #8 -  Garlic Cough Syrup Recipe
    This is a remedy for bronchial complaints ranging from bronchitis to asthma. Slice 2 1/2 cups
    of fresh garlic into 4 cups of water. Bruise 2 tablespoons each of caraway and fennel seeds.
    Add to garlic water. Boil this mixture until garlic is soft. Let stand 12-14 hours in a very
    tightly closed container. Measure the mixture at the end of 14 hours and add an equal
    amount of cider vinegar. Bring again to a boil, adding enough sugar to make a syrup. For
    coughing, take 1 teaspoon every morning or when necessary.


    Home Remedies for Cough #9 - Cough Syrup Recipe with Elecampane
    Put 1 tablespoon each of elecampane, coltsfoot, Irish moss, lobelia, and 3 tablespoons
    boneset in a pint of water. Boil down to half the liquid. Strain well and add 2 cups of honey.
    Refrigerate and take by the tablespoon as needed for cough.


    Home Remedies for Cough #10 - Borage Cough Syrup Recipe
    Place 1/2 cup of borage leaves in blender along with 1/2 cup of water. Blend until mixture is
    of a smooth consistency. Place in an enamel pan and add 2 cups of honey. Bring to a boil,
    stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add the juice from 2 lemons. Take 1-2
    tablespoons as needed for coughs.


    Home Remedies for Cough #11- Cough Syrup Recipe with Slippery Elm Bark
    Put 1 tablespoon each of boneset, Irish moss, white yarrow; slippery elm bark, thyme,
    peppermint, horehound, and lemon balm in 4 cups of boiling water. Steep for 30 minutes.
    Strain well and add 4 cups of honey. Drink several cups of this liquid a day for coughs.
    Home Remedies for Cough #12 - Cherry Cough Syrup Recipe
    Place 2 cups of cherries in a pan and add just enough water to cover. Add several lemon
    slices and 2 cups of honey. Simmer the mixture until cherries are soft. Remove from heat.
    Remove the lemon slices and the cherry pits from the mixture. Refrigerate and take several
    tablespoons as needed for coughing.


    Home Remedies for Cough #13 - Expectorant for Coughs
    Mix 1/4 cup each of mullein and mallow flowers. (Either the mullein leaves or flowers can be
    used.) Add 1 tablespoon of herb mixture to 1 cup of boiling water. Strain and add several
    cloves and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Sweeten with honey. Loosens chest congestion and
    promotes discharge of mucus.


    Home Remedies for Cough #14 - Thyme Cough Syrup Recipe
    Pour 2 cups boiling water over 2 tablespoons of dried thyme. Cool to room temperature.
    Strain and add 1 cup of honey. Shake to mix well. Keep refrigerated. Take 1 tablespoon
    several times a day for sore throats, colds, and coughing.


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