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Natural Remedies for Cough and Cold

Last Modified on Jun 20, 2014


Remedies Needed

02/08/2011: Dice from Seiling, Ok: "I have had a cough that will result in passing out for 5 yrs now. I found out about 4 yrs ago that it was acid reflux causing the cough. I was put on omeprazole 20 mg two caps a day. This did not stop the cough, I asked if it was my blood pressure meds I was taking HCTZ 12. 5 mg/Lisinopril 20mg and was adv. It was not. They did not try changing the b/p meds just said no. They uped the omeprazole to 4 caps a day instead. The cough did not go away. But in the mean time I suffered a back injury which I take hydrocodone 7.5 mg for. Funny thing happened, the cough went away. When I stop taking the hydrocodone it comes back. They don't pay any attention to that though. I don't want to take hydrocodone all the time. What can I do? I am on a limited income and have to go to the veterans hospital to see a doctor, no other option."

EC: For those interested in learning more about hydrocodone:

11/10/2011: Sheriyq from Newark, Ca replies: "It's the LISINOPRIL! My husband, mother, father and many other friends have all been affected by LISINOPRIL causing a nagging, dry, hacking cough. Change meds and it might do the trick. It's been 9 months since you posted, so maybe you've found your answer by now - I certainly hope so."

11/07/2010: Deann from Lubbock, Texas Usa: "Does anyone have a remedy for this persistant cough from inhaling volcano ash dust in Hawaii?"

09/22/2010: Marcow from Toronto, Onatrio, Canada: "Hi,
Does anybody know if a dry cough is caused by acid reflux? Had dry cough for awhil. Am having problem in shaking dry cough. Any suggestions?


07/30/2010: Julia from Bryson City, Nc, Usa: "I visit your website quite frequently and I have used some of your remedies. This site is very informative. I have had a chronic cough since I had breast cancer in 2004. I had the surgery, chemo and radiation treatments. Anyway, since the treatments I have had a cough that flares up once in a while. I think it might have been caused by this, I have been using apple cider vinegar, tried the lung flute which is suppose to break up the phlegm but I still have the cough. Does anyone know of something else I can try. I have had chest x-rays and they show some scarring. I have never smoked. Thank you for any aid anyone can give me. Julia"

08/26/2009: Luis from Cali, Colombia: "Intense heart related coughing (urgent)

I have a great friend, a coworker, who always has suffered heart problems after a cancer radiation therapy when he was young. He has a pacemaker and a stent right now. Nowadays he is presenting a serious problem of permanent cough apparently associated with heart, although physicians already removed all the lungs liquid (he was three weeks at the hospital), this cough persists, to the point that he is permanently connected to oxygen supply. He has lost 12 kilograms so far, and physicians only are expecting he improves physically at home to be able to do him a lung biopsy. These physicians have ruled out that it be a heart problem. Nevertheless, a biological physician has determined that is his heart and has requested an ecocardiography immediately. The patient subjective perception is the same.

1. Please, if someone has had a similar experience with this situation, I would appreciate any useful information, therefore I fear for my friend life.
2. If Ted or Bill, or another community member can recommend hydrogen peroxide inhalation to treat this ailment, I would like to hear from you.

God bless you!


08/25/2009: Julia from Bryson City, NC, USA: "I have really enjoyed your website. It is very informative. I try and use natural remedies first. I had cancer treatments done back in 2004. My husband seems to think they might have burned my lung with radiation and thus I have had a chronic cough since that time. They finally did a chest x-ray which showed some scarring. They claim it was not due to radiation but I still have a cough and was wondering if anyone else on here might have had a similar incident and what did they do? Or do you have any recommendations for me? Thank you in advance. I have referred many people to this website. julia"

07/17/2009: Teena from Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia: "Hi my name is Teena i have had this continous cough i dont have any mucus in my throat its more like a dry cough i thought it was a nervous cough at first it gets worst when i talk to other people but im not a nervous person i've had it for 5 years now and i'm so over it, then in the last week i had a burning feeling in my esophagus and it feels like theres a lump in my throat and i can't stop burping i have tried all sorts of things, ive seen a specialist and had a camera up my nose, i've had a burrium swollow, i've have a camera down my throat all came up negitive please help.


07/18/2009: JC from DuBois, PA replies: "That sounds like acid reflux. You might want to try eliminating fluoride toothpaste if you are using it because fluoride is well known to cause esophogial and gastric problems. Hopefully you don't have fluoridated water, but if you do, you might want to try using distilled water and adding minerals back to the distilled water with mineral drops."

02/20/2009: Theo from Bourne, MA: "Please, help. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I live in a very contaminated area. Just recently found out the awful smell that is always apparent is sulfur dioxide. They said it was from our dump that takes junk from building sites from entire area of S.E. MASS. Don't know what's it's from really. Don't care either. But it is slowly killig me. We had plans of moving several years ago, but due to sudden shift in our economic situation, we have been forced to stay put.

Two years ago suffered bad (ER) case of pleursey; was completely unable to breathe and my cough lasted months. Last summer was so SOB, but the air conditioner helped.

I am an RN (although changed careers over 25 years ago) but since have used homeopathy very successfully. I plan on ordering sulphuricum acidum. Do you have any other suggestions?

Know of any wealthy stars that are willing to "sponser an American family" and help them move. They just might save a life. (only kidding)

Any sugestions would be greatly appreciated.

I have an ozonator. I have read on your site that it is beneficial in some situations. My sister thinks you should not be in the room when it's running and has made me paranoid about using it."

Riboflavin B2

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[YEA]  03/25/2008: Karen from Alpharetta, Georgia: "Riboflavin B2 100mg right before bedtime will take care of sinus drainage.It will work in about 20 minutes. If not,try up to 250mg. I had severe sinus drainage for years.I found it hard to sit through meetings,church etc, without coughing my head off. I would eat and have a reaction to food and start coughing uncontrollably.Sometimes medications worked,sometimes not. Sometimes I would double up on medication. Now I take NOTHING!"

Star Anise Seed Tea

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[YEA]  10/15/2013: Ed2010 from Canada: "If you have severe cough, dry cough, wet cough, make Star Anise seed tea and drink once an hour. May be 3 or 4 times a day.

Before I was using Flax Seed Tea, but star anise seed tea works even faster and easy to make than Flax Seed Tea. Make sure you treat for your underlying cause as well bronchitis, allergies, mold, lung infection, copd.

To Make Star Anise Tea

Boil 300 ml of water add 5 Star Anise Seeds. Boil for 10 mins in medium heat. Add 2 or 3 drops of Eucalyptus Oil. When it is drinking hot add honey or other sweetner.

Drink it once an hour till your cough subsides. Usually it works in 1 tea.

Honey and Eucalyptus Oil are optional.

Star Anise Seeds and Anise Seeds both are same.

You can get Star Anise Seeds in Desi Stores, but it is availabe in most of the stores.

The best part is it is very tasty and children will like it.

Please give feedback if it worked for you.

Good Health"

Steam Inhalation

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[YEA]  09/21/2010: Annsmeal from Bailey, Colorado: "When anyone in my home, (including guests)have a cough, I get out my largest pot fill it with water Add 1 tablespoon of Oregano and 1 tablespoon of Thyme, turn to a simmer once it comes to a boil. Have a person stand over the steam and breath deep, this will make them cough up anything in the lungs. Breath in the steam until coughing is eased. Leaving the pot on simmer, adding water and more of the herbs if needed. I find that at least two days is the time frame to illuminate a bad cough. This combination takes care of both viral and bacterial causing coughs. Can be used with other remedies. I put this in a crock pot on low in sick rooms if the aroma doesn't reach from the kitchen."

[YEA]  02/05/2010: Corinna from London, Kent, England: "Sometimes I got rid of a bronchitis with raw garlic but a stubborn dry cough persists. I get rid of that by inhaling water with a simple steam inhaler 3 times a day for 5 - 10 minutes. The dry cough is gone within 4 - 5 days. God bless to all!"

Tea With Lemon

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[YEA]  01/06/2008: Anonymous from San Diego, Ca: "There's a remedy I recently tried to cure my cough that has lasted for more than two weeks and i got the recipe from my mother. You're supposed to get any kind of regular tea then heat it up with water. After that you get a fresh lemon and squeeze the juice into the tea. You can add some sugar to make it taste better."

Ted's Alkalizing Formula

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[YEA]  01/19/2007: Citrine from Austin, TX: "Dear Earthclinic, I just mixed 2 Tablespoon of ACV with 1/4 Teaspoon baking soda in 8 oz of water as mentioned by Ted. However, the pH strip tested a 5.0 acidity on this mix. I then added another 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and remixed it and tested it again -- this time the solution became neutralized to 7.0. So perhaps the correct mix should be 2 TBS of ACV to 1/2 TSP of baking soda? Just wanted to confirm with you all. By the way, I drank this today and my cold seems to be melting away! My coughing has stopped (after several days of cough attacks) and I am so relieved!!! Thanks so much for such a wonderful site!!! I am learning something new everyday! Regards, Citrine"

The Witches Brew Remedy

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[YEA]  12/10/2006: Shane from Manteca, CA: "Wow! I tried the witch's brew (tbsp of butter, sugar and apple cider vinegar)! My cough went away almost immediately! Tastes nasty but it sure worked. Thanks!"

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