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Home Garlic Cure for Coughs

Home Remedy Ingredients

Garlic - 1 Clove

Add a clove of raw garlic to your food or eat/chew it directly if you can stand it. Try 1-2 cloves a day until your cough goes away.

[YEA]  10/26/2006: Nancy from Kingston, NY: "For the past month or so I have had a horrendous cough with watery eyes, sinus drip and tickling in my lungs. The coughs were sounding real bad - like honking almost. I did a search on the net and figured I would try the garlic before going to the doctor (fearing of course TB or cancer etc...) Well - after only 48 hours of chewing a piece of elephant garlic as soon as the tickling began -- the cough has greatly reduced!! This morning the tickling moved from one lung to the other -- and I'm still chasing it with the garlic. I have had Lymes twice and whatever this infection is - reminds me of Lymes in the way it seems to move around inside the body. Whatever this is can't escape the wonderful garlic fumes. I even dropped a few slices in my wine last night. IT WORKS!!! Thank you so much."

[YEA]  03/12/2006: James from New Orleans: "I didn't boil the garlic . I've read over and over that heat destroys the allicin. Anyway , I simply use a garlic press . It's a lot easier than chopping. I take it straight and chase it with lots of water . You can ball the pressed garlic up into a wad and take it like a pill. I was able to sleep last night without waking due to coughing. I took two medium sized cloves"

[YEA]  Anonymous from Alabama: "I had a nagging cough for a long, long time. I drank the Garlic Tea and within two days I had stopped coughing almost altogether. I have given this remedy to a lot of my friends. Thank you so much. It really works!!"

[YEA]  Yakal from Philippines: "The tea was great. It helped me from my misery. It helped me solve my problems. It also helped my friends:Charmelle and Zandro. Also try putting SUGAR. Thank you very much!"

Earth Clinic : "Marco, a well known soux chef in Santa Monica, California, gave us this simple soup recipe for nagging coughs. This is an old Mexican recipe from Marco's mother that aided him and his siblings' flu/cold recovery process.


Cut a garlic cube into quarters and add to two 2 quarts of H2O. Boil on low flame for at least one hour. Strain and sip slowly. Believe or not, this warm garlic soup has a very pleasant taste!

The good news is that garlic kills off bacteria in the body. The bad news is that it also kills off the friendly bacteria. Thus - women especially - make sure you take acidophilus after consuming garlic soup, otherwise a yeast infection (aka candida) may ensue.

Click here to see all books on the healing properties of garlic."

[YEA]  "By accident I was told that raw garlic was good for slimming so I went and bought some garlic, at the time I had a chronic cough, and it silence my cough all night, but I didn't not like the taste, So I will make garlic tea, or Soup sounds like a more tasty idea, thanks for the advice."

Garlic and Turmeric

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YEA (1)

[YEA]  12/07/2007: T.S.Rajah from Wimbledon, UK: "Take 250ml water, one medium crushed galic bulb and 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder. Boil this mixture and reduce it to half. Add some honey and drink while warm sip by sip. It is a useful remedy for chronic cough."

Garlic, Honey, Lime

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YEA (2)

[YEA]  12/22/2008: Marcela from ealge mountain, utah, usa: "My son 7 years old and he had a bad cough the kind that would not let anyone sleep..i heard about the garlic honey and lime..i blended 6 cloves of garlic 2 tablespoons of 100% bee honey and 2 big limes..this will last a few days..i gave my son 1 small tablespoon and right away calmed his coughing..he did not cough at all and when i heard him cough i gave hime another dosage..for three days i gave him this remedy and now he doesn't cough at all.."

[YEA]  11/11/2010: Kara from Chatham, Ma replies: "My husband is from the moutains in Jamaica. When I was pregnant and could not have cough syrup, I learned this remedy from him. It works! You can make a thick syrup or tea. Something about the three ingredients together soothes the cough for hours."
01/09/2012: Anonymous from Arlington, Usa replies: "Do you use the juice of the 2 limes, or do you blend them whole with the garlic and honey? Thanks."

Garlic, Onion, Honey and Red Peppers

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YEA (1)

[YEA]  10/18/2005: Curtis from Worcester, Ma: "Here is a cold and flu remedy that will help with your cough and flu symptoms. Take one clove of garlic crushed and chopped fine. 2 slices of onion also chopped fine. One to two tablespoons of honey (to taste) and one-quarter teaspoon of crushed red pepper. Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl and eat.
Garlic-natural antibiotic
Onion- helps with nasal passage
Honey- throat soother
Red crushed pepper- The capsicum helps kill the cold or flu virus."


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YEA (4)

[YEA]  04/13/2012: Maypeacebewithall from Singapore: "I have tried "ginger tea" many times successfully to heal my coughs. The coughs range from mild to severe. I cut a few slices of ginger and add to water. Then I bring it to boil and drink it when warm. Do remember to take it in the day time as there's a saying that ginger when taken in the morning is as good as ginseng but it's not good to take it during the night. I find the ginger tea especially good for coughs due to "exposure to wind".

Also, I just heard from my mum yesterday after she paid a visit to her best friend that she had used peppermint tea to cure her daughter, grandson and neighbour's long standing cough. Not even doctors' medicine could cure their cough and they have been coughing for months. After just 1 to 2 cups of peppermint tea, they are completely cured! She said to take 7 peppermint leaves and make into tea. Hope this helps."

01/17/2012: Martian from Ventura, Ca.usa: "500ml regular coke plus small handful of fresh ginger peeled with potato peeler, put together in aa saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer fo 10 minutes, strain off ginger and drink as hot as you can. Magic, this recipe came from China, and works for me. I think it is the zinc in ginger."

[YEA]  03/15/2011: Chuck from Cypress, California: "Have miserable chronic dry cough when catching cold, almost caused hernia once. One night can't sleep cause of cough, so look up remedies on Line & find ginger root. Cut piece size three quarters stuck together & stop cough immediately & lasted 4 while b4 having 2 pop some more .

Recently found more pleasant remedy. Cut ginger into McDonald french fry sized pieces about 1&1/2 inch long & squeeze bead of honey onto same. The honey kills harsh ginger taste & ginger keeps honey from being 2 sweet. All that's left is that hot healing feeling. Love it."

[YEA]  03/15/2010: Tena from Champaign, Illinois: "This is what worked for my family:

Cough remedy: 1/2 cup of warm milk, 1/2 Tbsp Honey, 1 tsp Ginger. Works great, especially if you drink it before bedtime, helps to sleep without coughing. Hope this helps."

[YEA]  06/05/2008: Abah from Lubbock, Texas, USA: "Ginger root -- remedy for cough caused by cold. Clean and wash the root, chew a couple and swallow the juice. Although it burns, but works very effectively."


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[WORKED TEMPORARILY]  01/03/2010: Michelle from Minnetonka, Mn: "Goldenseal is killing the fungus that was causing my son to cough. My son (age 13) is on day 9 of a cough that was so bad that he would gag sometimes. We tried so many remedies I found on Earth Clinic to get rid of it and nothing worked. Finally took him to a doctor and she gave him an inhaler. The only thing that did was give him thrush. Then I took him to a Kinesiologist. She told me it was fungal and to make him tea using Goldenseal Root Powder. I gave him his 1st dose yesterday (day 8) and he slept all night which he hasn't been able to do since the cough started. I am giving him 1/4 tsp three times a day. I have to bribe him to take it though because it is pretty bitter. I mix it with tea he likes and raw honey. He drinks without complaining too much knowing it is the only thing that has worked for him."

01/04/2010: Michelle from Minnetonka, Mn replies: "Ahhhhhh!!!!!! The cough is back and worse. Help. I am so frustrated and he is exhausted!"
01/05/2010: Pam from The Wildlands, Wyoming replies: "have you tried a steam vaporizer? You can add a bit of peppermint or eucalyptis oil to the water to quiet the cough. Also try google for directions for mustard plaster. my mom used them on us and they seemed to work well. If I recall correctly a plaster can also be made out of nettle and applied to the chest."
01/05/2010: Diane from Oliver, Pa replies: "I've had bronchitis frequently for the past several years. The last time was from September through October. The antibiotic the doctor prescribed did help some, but then I seemed to get worse again.

That last time I had bronchitis, I coughed so hard that I lost my voice for over six weeks, and my doctor eventually diagnosed me with chronic laryngitis. (Fortunately, once I got rid of the cough, I did get my voice back, although it took some time.)

I stumbled on this cure by accident, because I coughed so hard when I was sleeping, not one time, but on two separate occasions, that I woke up with a pounding, nauseating headache!

I took the Walmart equivalant of a name brand pain reliever for migraines. (The name brand says migraine, not the Walmart brand). It contains 250 mg acetaminophen, 250 mg aspirin, and 65 mg caffeine. My cough got better for a day or so, (but I didn't realize it at the time) then worse again, and when it happened the second time (waking up coughing with that horrible headache), I took this pain reliever again.

That's when I realized that my cough was better. I have no idea why this worked for me, but this is what finally cured my cough/bronchitis, and it didn't take a long time. Just a couple of days afterward of taking the pain reliever according to directions, every 6 hours, or at least when I remembered. And I had a really terrible cough! Anyone that's had bronchitis knows how it's worse at night when you're trying to sleep, so I was exhausted...

Since then, I've wondered about Ted's swine flu cure, and if it's just the aspirin in the pain reliever that cured my cough, or if it's all the ingredients combined, but it works for me. I did get a bit of a cough sometime after that, but I took a couple of doses of the pain reliever, and it knocked it right out that time.

In the past, if I started getting a runny nose, sneezing, coughing, I'd feel like, "oh, no!" because it would progress to bronchitis, but I've finally found something that oddly enough, keeps me from getting to that point. Hope this helps someone else, because it's cheap, easy, and effective for me. (No more antibiotics! Yippee!)"
01/05/2010: Jamie from Santa Monica, California replies: "Hi Michelle, A few years ago I had a cough with tons of mucous that lasted for weeks on end. I felt terrible and fatigued all the time. I picked up an old herbal remedy book (sorry, can't remember the name) and read about Lobelia as a fast expectorant for coughs. I think I took 1-2 doses of lobelia (whatever was recommended on the bottle), enough to make me start gagging. That's when the fun began. I then threw up a ton of mucous from deep down in my lungs, mucous that was not coming up from my coughing. Well, my coughing stopped within a day of that (not fun) cure. Lobelia is an intense herb for a desperate situation.

Last spring I got a dry cough that did not quit. Since it was a dry, irritated cough I went another route: I took elderberry extract 2 times a day and also made a strong batch of garlic tea (entire garlic cube boiled in water for 15 minutes) that I drank a small amount of throughout the day. I also went to bed every night sucking on a natural cough lozenge. It took a few days of these remedies but my cough went away about 2 days later. Hope something in here helps your son. Let us know how he is doing."

01/05/2010: Tamara from Fort Collins, Colorado replies: "Do you have a carbon monoxide detector? Is it working? About a month ago a friend of mine had a 3 week cough that was getting worse and started sounding like it could've been pneumonia. Then, one day her landlord came over to check the furnace and found it was breaking down. They measured the carbon monoxide levels and found they were nearly fatal. After replacing the furnace with a new one and installing a CO2 level detector she was immediately better! No coughing and her roommate felt better after suffering from persistant cold and flu-like symptoms. Please check your CO2 and radon levels, since radon causes lung disorders as well."

EC: Great point, Tamara. About five years ago my next door neighbor in Los Angeles got carbon monoxide poisoning from an old furnace in her unit that had not been checked in years. She starting feeling deathly ill and coughing up some nasty black soot before realizing it might be carbon monoxide poisoning. The landlord ignored her calls, but the gas company came immediately and discovered a bad leak. A few more nights of that and she would have died.


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