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Natural Remedies for Cough and Cold

Last Modified on Nov 09, 2014


Goldenseal   0  0   

Posted by Michelle (Minnetonka, Mn) on 01/03/2010

[WORKED TEMPORARILY]  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.

Posted by Michelle
Minnetonka, Mn
01/04/2010
2 Posts
Ahhhhhh!!!!!! The cough is back and worse. Help. I am so frustrated and he is exhausted!
Posted by Pam
The Wildlands, Wyoming
01/05/2010
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.
Posted by Diane
Oliver, Pa
01/05/2010
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!)

Posted by Jamie
Santa Monica, California
01/05/2010
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.

Posted by Tamara
Fort Collins, Colorado
01/05/2010
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.

Deirdre

Grapefruit Seed Extract   1  0   

Posted by Michael (Indianapolis, In/usa) on 10/13/2010

[YEA]  I wrote about this about 6 years ago and once again I have found it to be an awesome remedy for a cough following a bad cold that doesn't seem to go away. I am a dental hygienist, so I can usually get a doc to write me a script for an anti-biotic. I tried a couple different types of them to try and get rid of the rest of whatever was still living in my bronchial passages causing my nagging cough. In conjunction I went on a ACV stint for about a week. Nothing rid me of the cough. Yesterday I decided to try the GSE approach again. About 7-8 drops in some juice, 2x yesterday. The juice does little to hide the bitterness; you just need to endure it and drink it down. Today I feel the best I have felt in weeks.

Green Tea With Jasmine   3  0   

Posted by Suzanne (London, England) on 06/08/2011

[YEA]  Last winter I had one of those coughs that really hurt my chest and made it feel raw. It was getting worse and I was on the point of going to see my doctor for help. I bought a fruit tea drink and, after drinking it, my cough stopped instantly. I discovered that one of the ingredients was Jasmine Green Tea and that it is supposedly used by the Chinese to cure coughs! I don't think it was coincidence as I bought a supply of Jasmine Green tea and always use it now when I get a cough and it always works.

Posted by Suzanne (London, UK) on 03/04/2008

[YEA]  I had a virus which included a cough and sore throat. It was so bad that I saw my doctor and got antibiotics for it. By this time I was bringing up blood with the mucus and was raw inside. I was drinking gallons of water and fruit juice and of course cough medicine, all without any relief. When I ran out of other fruit juices I only had left a bottle of apricot and peach green tea with jasmine. My cough stopped instantly as soon as I had the first gulp and the tickle disappeared from my throat. I was totally amazed. I have been sipping the mixture for a few days now and my cough has cleared. I looked up jasmine and green tea on the Internet and it appears to be a Chinese remedy for coughs. Its so amazing that it actually works! I thought you should all know.

Posted by Wendy
Dahlonega, Ga
03/18/2010
[YEA]   I read about using the green tea with jasmine and it works! I have been getting an awful cough the past few winter/spring seasons. The cough is a dry one. This time I coughed so much I felt like I was going to cough my insides out. My green tea has orange, passionfruit and jasmine in it. I started to cough up phlegm immediately. It worked truly wonderful. I only drank maybe 2 cups for about 2-3 days and my cough was gone.

Heather's Cough Formula   1  0   

Posted by Heather (Ortonville, Michigan, Usa) on 03/04/2010

[YEA]  Hi recently out of frustration i mixed this up for my 5yr old because he was coughing constantly for a week and nothing was coming out. i knew he was at risk for infection because i had the same thing and got myself over it in less then 4 days, however it is not so easy to get a little one to take things. should have treated him sooner. i took freshly sqeezed juice of a half of an organic orange, half of an organic lemon, 1 tsp organic non pasteurized etc. apple cider vinegar, 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/8 tsp tumeric powder, 1 tsp cinnoman, splash of tobassco sauce, few drops of organic garlic juice, few drops of juice from freshly chopped onion (after sprinkling sugar on chopped onion and setting in fridge for 20min or longer till juice comes out) and finally a large spoon of raw organic honey. mix all together in pan on stove till warm not boiling. drink with plenty of water after. will be spicy but sweet and tangy. does not taste near as bad as it sounds! my 5yr old son started pouring out snot after one dose and stopped coughing right away! i gave him one more dose that night and he slept through the night. i gave him one more the next day and he went back to school the following day!! when i was using these ingredients on myself i increased the amounts, 1tsp instead of 1/2 etc. use common sense. thank you earth clinic for helping me through trial and error figure out a magic potion to heal myself and my baby! medicine in your cuboard i tell everyone. thanks again and God bless!!! have been trying magnesium for pms,tmj, and migraines, still researching. wish me luck!!

Homeopathic Remedy for Bronchitis   2  0   

Posted by Diana (San Diego, CA) on 09/27/2007

[YEA]  I have found that if I eat anything with corn in it I will get a sinus infection I have alway thought it was the high frutose corn syrup because if I eat or drink anything with the corn syrup in it I get sinus infections. Also just corn tortillas will do it. I don't know if it is just all the altering of the corn to to enhance the growing process but something is wrong with corn now. Also, when something tends to be in everything...just the amounts that are consumed can create allergies to it. All I know is that Corn is one of my biggest factors in getting sinus infections and bronchitis. If it does go into my chest... Lymphomyosot by Heel is a good homeopatic remedy for it. I can alway clear up the bronchitis within 24 hours with it. Just take it every 20 minutes until you feel it getting better then do it 2 to 3 time day until well. I don't get bronchitis anymore since using it. I use to get bronchitis 2 to 3 times a year before.

Posted by Arnika
Berlin, Germany
09/27/2011
[YEA]   Homeopathic remedy (Spongia Tosta) worked very good both for me and my boyfriend. We had dry cough.

Honey   1  0   

Posted by Angel (Salisbury, Md) on 01/23/2009

[YEA]  i used about 3 or 4 tablespoons of honey as a remedy for a cough and it worked amazing!!! no cough,no side-effects no nothing!!!

Honey and Lemon   2  0   

Posted by Leslie (Jamestown, NC) on 10/11/2008

[YEA]  I mixed a spoonful of honey with a spoonful of lemon for my cough, and I was finally able to sleep! I didn't wake up coughing during the night, and I am coughing less today!

Posted by Sandy (Manassas, VA) on 01/14/2007

[YEA]  Honey and Lemon Cough Remedy...Honey and lemon mixed together and used as cough medicine or for just a sore throat ...This helps us with high blood pressure as regular store bought cough medicine will raise my blood pressure sometimes...This does not raise my blood pressure at all

Posted by JP
LA, CA
01/22/2009
[WORKED TEMPORARILY]   This worked for me when i first used it. But now, it temporarily cures it. At some times, it works though.

Honey on the Chest   1  0   

Posted by Ani (Ontario, Canada) on 11/26/2008

[YEA]  This remedy is especially good for kids but works for adults as well. It is mainly for coughs due to colds (not pneumonia or bronchitis - those require antibiotics). The honey is to be gently warmed so it's easier to spread on the chest, rub on chest like you would Vicks, and cover with cloth or towel. Best done at bed time so that you are laying down and not moving too much. Remove in morning. The honey causes the cough to ripen much quicker and releases all the mucous built up in the chest so you can expel it. It will not make you cough LESS, it will just allow your body to release the mucous quicker and hence get over the cough much faster. You can repeat the honey procedure every night until cured. My family has used this remedy for many years. Reminder, this is not like a cough syrup which simply suppresses your urge to cough. This is a method that allows enables your body to heal faster by expediting the process.

EC: Thanks for more great remedies, Ani!

Note to readers - Ani is the author of the popular egg whites for fever remedy!

Honey Tea and Toast With Apple Butter   1  0   

Posted by Ginger (Missouri) on 10/22/2005

[YEA]  one cup of hot water, one tablespoon of pure honey, mix them both together makes one cup drink with a slice of toast with apple butter. this really works, sounds weird but it helps.

Honey With Black Pepper   1  0   

Posted by Michael (Coatesville, PA) on 05/15/2006

[YEA]  I had terrible chest congestion; nagging dry cough, wheezing, ran short of breath just talking, laughing hurt! A friend at work suggested a tablespoon of honey sprinkled with black pepper. I was amazed! I could feel the improvement within minutes! Within a day and a half my problem, which I was living with for a week was completely gone!

Honey, Lemon and Hydrogen Peroxide   0  0   

Posted by Aims (Kelowna, British Columbia) on 11/07/2014

I have used this honey lemon and Peroxide mixture and it worked so good for my 13 1/2 year old Retriever. I was just wondering how long I can continue using Peroxide on her for since I have seen a huge improvement since using it. Some people have said a couple drops a day in distilled water? I just don't want to overdose her.

Honey, Olive Oil and Lemon Juice   1  0   

Posted by Anna (Australia)

[YEA]  I find this good for coughs: equal parts of honey, pure olive oil and lemon juice. Sip tiny amounts when cough threatens.

Hydrogen Peroxide   7  0   

Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 05/28/2014

[YEA]  In recuperating from a bad cold with fever, I had a lingering cough because I felt like a tickle in my throat all the time. I was coughing so often that my lower ribs hurt.

So I took Hydrogen Peroxide (the regular 3% drugstore stuff) and watered it down, swished my mouth with it while breathing about 5-6 deep breaths by mouth while the liquid was there. Then I spit and rinsed. I did this a few times a day, and in a day or two the cough was gone and much mucous was expelled.


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