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Natural Remedies for Cough and Cold

Last Modified on Oct 24, 2014


Onions   10  0   

Posted by Marcela (Mexico) on 03/01/2009

[YEA]  Hi, my toddler had been coughing a little at night and after waking up, for several weeks now, but the last two days it was getting worse, so I decided to try two remedies at once: I cut an onion in half and put one half in a dish on his night table. And I spritzed a little ACV on both sides of his pillow. He coughed once, and then nothing. Slept through the whole night without a single cough. Upon waking up he coughed a little bit but nothing like the days before.

My husband is also recovering from some bad sinusitis and he began coughing last night as well, so once we saw that it worked for our little boy, we tried the same with him, only both halves of a (freshly cut) onion. And it was like pressing the "mute" button! No more coughing till like 5 a.m. I think the vapors wear off and it wasn't enough for the entire night for my husband, so tonight I'll try slicing another chunk off the onion when the cough restarts.

I had previously tried just the onion or just the ACV but I hadn't noticed much improvement. With both it was a really dramatic change, a mute button!

Posted by Beverly
Ava, Missouri
07/09/2013
Sorry, it is not onions. I would like to know what ACV is. Thanks, I have had a terrible cough since I had pnuemonia 3 years ago and had a reaction to the antibiotic Levaquin. It comes and goes but is really bad this last time. Thank you.

EC: ACV = Apple Cider Vinegar

Posted by Faith (Louisville, KY) on 12/03/2008

[YEA]  When I was younger, around 10 or 11 years old, I went with my grandma to visit her relatives. I think I caught cold during that time because I played outside a lot in the snow with my cousins.

When the night came, I was coughing non-stop. No body could sleep because of me. Needless to say that we were at some village far from civilization, lol, and they could not take me to the doctor. Well, in the middle of the night, the lady of the house got up and came to me asking me to get up and eat some onion. Nooo!!! I hated onions. But, she talked me into eating some. I wrapped it in a piece of bread and swallowed quickly without chewing. Amazingly, I did not cough at all for the rest of the night.

I think it really worked, and I tried it few times later in my life. It is not pleasant to eat raw onions, but it will help you, that is for sure.

Now, when I get sick and cough, I cut up a whole onion and mix it with cottage cheese and some sour cream add some salt and eat it like a salad. It tastes so much better and helps me get rid of the cold much faster.

Posted by Amy (Palmer, Ak) on 11/11/2008

[YEA]  Onions: can be made into couph syup. By taking a sliced onion and then putting some sugar on top and then let set for a few min. then drain off juices. you can even eat the onion after words if you would like.

Posted by Wendy (Sylmar, Ca) on 12/29/2007

[YEA]  Slice up a brown or yellow onion and place it in a breathable bag such as a linen bag. Put it is bed near the face of the sufferer and it will stop the coughing within minutes. If the sufferer is awake, tie the bag around the neck and lie down on the couch with eyes closed. I thank God for the wonderful herbs He gives us to help our sicknesses!

Posted by Seema (UK) on 01/22/2006

[YEA]  peel one large onion and cut in in half, put a half a tablespoon of brown sugar on to each half of the onion, and cover it, let it stand for an hour. The syrup relish should be taken at least twice a day. It works wonders.

Posted by Sharon (Victoria, Australia) on 11/15/2005

[YEA]  I have stumbled across a remedy for coughs and bronchitis. slice an onion and place in bowl layer with pure honey, leave sit for an hour or so, this will yield a syrup. Have a teaspoon every 15 minutes until coughing chest soreness subsides.

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Posted by Jholl (Louisville, Kentucky) on 03/11/2013

I have been battling a bad cough/cold for about two weeks. I have taken grapefruit seed extract (in pill form) for it and slippery elm to relieve the throat irritation, and apple cider vinegar to help stop the cough. Also, I have taken lysine to help clear it. I did that faithfully for several days and thought I'd kicked it. So, I slacked off for most of a day. Big mistake. It came back.

After continuing the previous protocol, I finally dug out the oil of oregano. I am substituting the that for the GSE. I am much better, much faster too! As an added bonus, I finally slept through the night.

Another huge hint on taking the oil of oregano. Here is what I have learned to do. Fix a glass of water with two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar, a teaspoon or so of honey, and probably a teaspoon or more of baking soda. Stir it up and put about 5 or six drops of the oil of oregano under your tongue. Then let it sit a minute or so and then drink the glass mixture. It will prevent the overwhelming icky taste from gagging you out and yet you will still get all the benefits! ( I believe the baking soda helps neutralize the acidity a bit.)

I hope this helps someone out there. This is working very well for me and has stopped my cough. It is breaking up and I feel sooo much better. What little cough there is, is finally productive and not that nagging dry stuff that rips you apart.

Posted by Jennifer (Albuquerque, NM) on 12/03/2006

[YEA]  I tried ACV, the spicy tomato tea, the onion halves with brown sugar, and the garlic soup. Especially the tomato tea and ACV brought some temporary relief from a month-long cough and sinus congestion that I'd had almost as long. As far as I'm concerned, though, the #1 choice and remedy should be Oil of Oregano. I bought a jar last Tues. and began taking three per day with meals. I am so encouraged and feel at least 95% well again. After doing some research on it I now know that this is an amazing product! Perhaps it doesn't work the same for everyone but it has done so much for me in six days. I've also been using a good quality colloidal silver in a nasal spray bottle. This has probably worked alongside the Oil of Oregano for the sinus congestion. It cured a month-long cough/bronchitis and sinus congestion. I'm wondering now if I could have increased the dosage of Oil of Oregano to say four a day. I've stayed at 3/day since I couldn't find any info. to let me know if more would be too much of a good thing. Any thoughts on that?

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Posted by Kathryn (Owings, MD)

[YEA]  Parsley and spinach tea cured mucus dribbling down throat and mucus cough.This cough with mucus can lead to bronchitis. Point is to keep mucous up in head, throat area. Throw bunch parsley and fresh spinach into a quart pot and simmer like a tea. Strain and drink as often as you wish. Will get rid of mucus if no other complication.

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Posted by Jake (Chicago) on 09/24/2012

You might give passaflora a try - supposed to be good to stop a cough.

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Posted by Faith (Pj, Selangor Malaysia) on 05/08/2009

[WARNING!]  I had a horrible reaction to taking a reputable brand of organic peppermint oil (one drop) in a quarter cup of water to stop a cough. Immediately upon drinking I began to feel dizzy and almost passed out. The dizziness and weakness lasted approximately two weeks and about four days respectively. It didn't help my cough either.

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Posted by Shirley (VA) on 11/07/2006

[YEA]  I tried Claussen Kosher Dill Pickle Juice. After reading your other post .. I tried to find something with vinegar.. I could not stop coughing badly..found pickle juice, the kind that is found in chiller section at the store.. this also has garlic in it..Work within seconds have been taking little sips. That is all as it is high in salt.. but that seems to be clearing congestion as well.

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Posted by Larry (RANCHO CORDOVA CA) on 03/12/2006

[YEA]  I used raw uncooked unfiltered honey on a watered down cotton swab as far back as possible in each nostril. alleluya!!i am a 51 year old male and get a yearly cough during the winter months that can last 1 to 3 weeks. sometimes it is bacterial with greenies at the start but most of the duration after that is just the clear sinus dranage that goes on for days after and some may be due to allergies of spring. this cough is the kind that is most severe in the nightime hours. the logic i used is that the cough was more of a gag reflex from the nasal drip and i thought if i good change the chemistry of the nasal drip closer to the source befor it reached my throat it may work plus the aromatic qualities being as close to the source may help. i also wanted something that would last . i figured it is almost as thick as vick's vapo rub so vhala miraculous discovery. the night i used a small amount it lasted about 2-3 hours so i got up and put more on the second dose. the 2nd-3rd night i used a healthy size swab dose at 10-30pm and slept till 6am by the fourth day i stopped and the cough was gone. unreal!!!!!!! at first appox 5-10 minutes it feels slightly irratible but no more than water from a swimming pool going up your nose. it worked for me but i am not recomending it to anyone, but please please if you try it let me know how it worked: tunaman40@aol. best of health to all

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Posted by Sarah (New York City, New York) on 09/09/2012

I've had a runny nose and a cough for 4 days now. I can't get rid of it. Does anyone have any tips???

Posted by Ana Maria
Waterbury, Ct
09/09/2012
Runny nose and cough- I use a teaspoon of honey with apple cider vinegar 2 to 3 times a day. Other option would be a teaspoon of mesosilver but read about it before deciding to use.
Posted by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
09/10/2012
And/or same but with lemon juice.
Posted by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
09/10/2012
What I mean is: honey and lemon juice works just as well. (We put them into a hot rose hip/hibiscus tea). And yes, it works best when taken a couple of times a day.

Posted by Rebel (Somewhere, Usa) on 12/19/2011

So my whole family got sick and I always use natural remedies. But this time nothing worked for my 6 year old son. He coughed to the point that I thought he was going to blow a lung and he even threw up a couple of times cough was so bad. I tried honey, cough drops, cool mist vaporizor, vicks on chest soles of feet, every over the counter cough syrup . NOTHING and I mean nothing would work.

THIS PART IS IMPORTANT!!! Medical doctors no longer prescribe cough meds for children and the over the counter ones was worthless. I have got about six different kinds in my cabinet. My child was coughing to the point of being blue in the face. After talking to doc to no avail and every pharmacy in town to know avail. I took to the internet and found since NO PRESCIPTION FOR COUGH was availiable anymore. That children need breathing treatments and steroids.

Now check this out! Yea, I do all the work and research to get my child help. Then I have to take him back to med doc and tell him what I researced and pay him $50.00 for a visit and get prescription written. My son not even 24 hours on breathing treatment and steroids is a lot better already. At least 40% better. Seems INFLAMMATION is the root of all of this coughing mess. And breathing treatment soothes the bronchial tubes and steroids reduce swelling to allow mucus ( Post nasal drip ) not to be as irritating to the throat.

Now I looked high and low on here and every other natural remedy website and could not find a cure for this chronic cough. I LOVE EARTHCLINIC and have used many of these remedies with sucess. But there was not much info on here about SWELLING and INFLAMMATION. I myself had to be put on steroids and antibotics because of ear infection. SWELLING/ INFLAMED.

I can cure myself with garlic most of the time and get rid of congestion and fever and what not. But inflammation and the clear fluids that will not go away or drain properly, I need help with. People with knowledge about this please inform me on this subject. I just could not take seeing my son in that condition.

Posted by Timh
Louisville, Usa
12/21/2011
1295 Posts
Rebel, did you try otc Tylenol? Advil? which may be a good short-term solution. Try some homeopathic product advertised specifically for allergies/inflammation, I use Hylands "Belladonna" with little results (I probably don't take enough). Magnesium is a good detoxifier and relaxer of body & mind. Vit-C would also help and works good w/ Mag. Use as label suggest.

From the natural foods pantry, fish, flax, borage, evening primrose, sunflower, safflower oil 2 spoons every day will lower the entire inflammatory action in the body. An even more potent oil designed specifically for more severe cases of inflammation is the patent product Celadrin. I have had extremely good results with only one softgel daily. It is much more powerful than any of the oils previously listed, but it is recommended to not discontinue using them as they both work best together. The herb Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory, use with food or take caps daily. I have the Turmeric/Ginger caps on my get list for inflammation.

Also look for any air-born allergen or toxin he might be exposed to. Improve indoor air quality.

Hope this helps and good luck.


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