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Last Modified on Dec 18, 2015

The Witches Brew Remedy  
2 User Reviews | 2 YEA

[YEA]  For a cough that will not stop, make a remedy my brother and I always called Witches Brew. This was from my Great Grandmother.
Mix 1 Tbs Butter
1 Tbs Sugar
1 Tbs Vinegar
Melt it all together, and take while still warm

EC: You might try substituting Olive Oil for the butter!

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Posted by Traveler (Detroit) on 12/18/2015

[YEA]  Have a hiatial hernia thanks to coughing really badly from a bacterial infection last year (clean your humidifiers regularly people.) It flares up off and on and I treat that by going to the chiropractor who's treatment makes an immediate difference.

This time around, I got a bad cold. Though I seemed to be remaining functional by gargling cayenne pepper water, and a few other things, my coughing was starting to scare me because I didn't want my hiatial hernia to worsen (it's a near constant pressure on your diaphragm, either making you feel falsely hungry, or nauseated like you don't want to eat.)

A few of the things I tried here helped (cayenne pepper for sore throat) but the vicks, for example, worked only for a couple of nights. I tried the thyme tea and that worked out very well. Brewed up a bunch and drank it over two days and nights. My cough is now very rare and seems to just be about expelling phlegm, rather than an irritated throat that feels itchy but not sore.

As a side note, something that may or may not be related is that I think the thyme tea made my period show up 4 days early, similar to how parsley tea does the same thing. It might not be related but it is something that I will keep in mind.

Posted by Brenda (San Antonio, Texas) on 03/15/2007

[YEA]  My 79 year old Mother had an upper respiratory infection. She could not shake the cough. I had recently read an article that said steep 1 teaspoon of your kitchen variety thyme in a cup of hot water, as you would a teabag, and sip. She tried it and it worked. Encouraged, I told my friend who has the start of COPD about it, she tried it and is amazed also. The article stated it relaxes the bronchials. Yet another alternative.

Traditional Chinese Medicine  
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Posted by Sf-doc (San Francisco, Ca) on 03/28/2012

[YEA]  Yea apple cider vinegar worked, I am a physician who has been coughing for a few weeks, I think it is a post viral residual inflammation, and I did not want to medicate with inhalers, in any case I tried this and so far so good (1.5 hr cough free)

Replied by Gigi
Edison, Nj
Hi, I always go alternative medicine first, but sometimes you need to see a doctor. My sister had a persistent cough and the doctor told her it was bronchitis. Many months went by and it didn't get better. Turned out it was lung cancer. I don't mean to scare you but if it's not going away maybe you should look further.

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Posted by Shireen (Khartoum, Sudan) on 12/13/2007

[YEA]  I am a true believer that every illness has a cure in nature without being tampered with, but I have never heard of turmeric to cure coughs and sinuses.Since I found your website by sheer coincidence, while searching for a natural remedy for my wheezing cough and river-running nose, I thought I'd give turmeric a try( 1 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp honey with 1 cup of warm milk) VOILA! I could breathe again. Thank You So Much EC, you're a life saver.

Posted by Susan (Yuma, AZ) on 11/15/2007

[YEA]  I started taking turmeric, 1/4 teaspoon once a day in about 1/4 cup of water after my mother told me it quited her cough. I have a cronic cougn especially when my body temperature changes. It is amazing my cough has stopped. However, I have terrible knee pain and sciatic pain but am not sure if I am feeling much relief. I will continue and see what happens.

Posted by Anna on 05/11/2006

[YEA]  1 tsp of turmeric cured my cough. 1 tsp of turmeric, 1 tbsp of honey mixed into a glass of warm milk. drink warm or hot. I am reliving all that I learnt as a child in India after reading material on your site .Thanks!

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Posted by Rach (San Antonio, Texas) on 12/10/2012

[YEA]  I tried this remedy and it worked for me. Thanks for all the great tips!!!

Posted by Anna (Kaneohe, Hawaii) on 05/04/2012

[YEA]  Take some vicks and rub it on each foot before bed. Put on some socks and wear that through the night for about 4 days and that should help. (when I say four days I mean every night for four nights not four days straight)

Posted by Jenny (Perth, Western Australia) on 11/29/2011

[YEA]  I'm on the back-end of a cold and, as always, have got a tickly cough both night and day that sends me off in coughing fits. Three nights ago I slathered Vicks on the soles of my feet, covered them with socks and went straight to bed. I also elevated my head with a second pillow. Worked brilliantly. I've done it every night since - it lasts around 6-8 hours for me. Last night I removed the pillow as it gave me a headache - same great results! Now to try it during the day... :)

Posted by Maria (Newmarket, Ontario, Canada) on 08/02/2011

[YEA]  whenever I get cough, I put vicks vaporub under my feet and then put on the socks it works wonderfully, and the cough stops.

Posted by Dat (Waipahu, Hi) on 08/07/2009

[NAY]  Rubbing Vicks on the soles of the feet appears to work sometimes, if you're so tired that you'd probably pass out anyway. I did this for my son several times. The first time, it worked fine, but it was 3:00 in the morning and he had been coughing all night. He finally fell asleep and stay asleep for several hours before waking with another coughing fit. The next few nights that I tried it, sometimes it helped him sleep a few hours before waking again, sometimes it did nothing at all. I tried it for myself and it didn't help me at all.

Posted by Janie (Mattoon, Illinois) on 01/10/2009

[NAY]  Rubbing Vicks all over both of my feet, then covering them with my white socks did NOTHING for my cough. I coughed all night long! Won't try this again. Evidently, I must not have covered that "particular" area that is meant to travel up to the throat that's supposed to quiet my cough. Maybe that treatment is meant for people who are born contortionists who could then be able to reach down, grabbing both their feet and then, fling them up to their nostrils and....sniff for relief? I dunno how I missed it though - I put that messy gook all over the bottoms of my feet and even between my toes,just for safe meassure - hmmmm, that musta been what it was - "The toes knows not where the nose goes"! (Hey - Try saying that five times while holdin' your tongue). Anyways, in all seriousness, to relieve my pesky, irritating cough, I resorted to taking the ACV/Honey and warm water and whallah - No cougha! VICKS - MOVE OVER.... ACV is here!

EC: Yep, we're never sure about those Vicks posts (also on the nail fungus page).

Posted by Ken McClelland (Mims, FL / USA) on 01/02/2009

[YEA]  I'd heard that to get rid of a cough, rub a vigorous amount of Vicks Vapor Rub onto the bottoms of your feet before bedtime, and then cover with a pair of socks. Sounds weird I know, but anything is worth a try if you can't stop coughing. So I passed this on to my email list (I didn't have a cough myself or I'd have tried it), and within a week I heard back from two family members who'd had a constant coughing issue due to colds. The results were 100% in support of its effectiveness. A grandchild who could not get any rest due to coughing slept without a sound after her parents applied the Vicks. And one older relative who had not gotten any rest in days said they slept like a little baby after applying Vicks Vapor Rub to their feet bottoms before bedtime. I'm sold.

Posted by Maryann (Morton, Illinois) on 11/11/2008

[YEA]  During a lecture on Essential Oils, they told us how the foot soles can absorb oils. Their example: Put garlic on your feet and within 20 minutes you can 'taste' it. Some of us have used Vicks Vaporub for years for everything from chapped lips to sore toes and many body parts in between. But I've never heard of this. And don't laugh, it works 100% of the time, although the scientists who discovered it aren't sure why.

To stop night time coughing in a child (or adult as we found out personally), put Vicks Vaporub generously on the bottom of the feet at bedtime, then cover with socks. Even persistent, heavy, deep coughing will
stop in about 5 minutes and stay stopped for many, many hours of relief. Works 100% of the time and is more effective in children than even very strong prescription cough medicines. In addition it is extremely soothing and comforting and they will sleep soundly.

Replied by Emilyr
Portland, Or
[YEA]   Wow Vick's on my feet gave me a night of peace after 2 weeks of a nagging, horrible cough - and very little sleep for my husband and myself. I am 36 and pregnant, and want to avoid medications... But had resorted to using Robetussin which did not help one bit. I had high hopes for ACV honey but so far that has not helped. Still looking for a way to deal with the day-time coughing, but at least I have found a way to get much needed rest! Thanks for this tip!