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Cough Remedies

Cayenne, Garlic, Onion, Ginger  

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Posted by Samantha (Portland, Oregon) on 10/17/2007
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I found cayenne a great cure for pretty much everything some time ago. It wasnt long ago that I came down with a bad sinus infection, cough, and fatigue. I decided to boil water on the stove, and add cayenne(open 3 capsules and pour them in), crushed garlic(4 cloves),half an onion, and grated ginger. THIS COMBINATION IS AMAZING. It is SO powerful. The most vital ingredients are the cayenne and garlic, but the onion and ginger are also very helpful. Make sure and boil everything until the onion is mushy, and the garlic is too. Keep a lid on, but every so often inhale the steam from the boiling remedy.. very soothing! Pour it into a glass and drink the whole thing. It is very potent, so what I do is add honey to it and it really tastes like liquid food- like a soup base or something.

Another remedy that I use is cayenne tea- just put a tea bag of your favorite tea in boiling water, and add a capsule of cayenne & some honey. Since I have been using cayenne in tea, and orally, and drinking the onion ginger garlic tincture, I rarely get sick.. and when I do, I can kick it within 3 days maximum. Cayenne is also extremely helpful for menstrual cramps.


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Posted by Cleoppa (Cleburne, Tx) on 08/28/2010
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Chocolate is amazing for coughs. Research has shown it's even better than cough syrup. Not so good is sugar. When I'm getting sick, I take pure chocolate. I don't think it necessarily helps me recover from my cold or flu quicker in itself. However, having a peaceful night where I can breathe easily definitely helps me recover quicker. I have tried many types of unsugared chocolate. All are gross. Sometimes I use baking squares. Sometimes I mix chocolate powder in water. Sometimes I eat cacao nibs. I think perhaps the most effective (and this may have to do with how much I can stand) is the baking squares.

Replied by Vetta
Northeast, Usa
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Faster than anything I've ever tried: One glass water (8-10 oz. ) drunk all at once. This thins the phlegm. Then one small plain chocolate bar, about 2-3 inches, like a "fun size" for halloween. Cough disappeared instantly for 3 hours. Had to repeat during the night, but fell back asleep right away with no coughing!

I suggest using plain chocolate (like Hersheys) without anything added to it.

The British have been researching this since 2004. Lots on Google. Works so well!

Posted by KTY (Virginia, USA) on 09/08/2008
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Ailment: non-productive cough, especially disturbing when trying to sleep

Cure: Dark chocolate. Buy chocolate with the highest percentage of chocolate you can find. I got 85% from a local drug store. Eat about 1/3 of the standard, rectangular-shaped sizes they sell in Europe and USA. Works for me, works for my kids.

Replied by Solo
Covina, Ca

I'm really happy to read that unsweetened chocolate is the best thing for coughs. No reason to stop at 85%. I've never had trouble finding baking chocolate with no sugar or other ingredients. The first time I tasted it, I hated it, but after that I thought it tasted great.

Posted by Anonymous on 04/10/2006
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Many researches pay attention on chocolate for curing coughs. An ingredient in chocolate could be used to stop persistent coughs and lead to more effective medicines. theobromine, found in cocoa, was nearly a third more effective in stopping persistent coughs than codeine, currently considered the best cough medicine. good try!

Chronic Cough Remedies  

Posted by Paula (Mesquite, Tx) on 06/22/2013

I have this cough that I just can't get rid of. I get bronchitis ever June and the cough just hangs on. Any help would be appreciated.

Replied by Mahi
New Delhi, India

Please try Apple Cider Vinegar and garlic juice for your Cough problems. Make sure you don't take it together. Take it separately.

Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Middle, Tennessee, Usa

Dear Paula, I would agree with Mahi - apple cider vinegar would be a great thing to try and garlic also.

I have a son that deals with some chronic coughing. His seems to be allergy related. If you get bronchitis every year at the same time, yours may be allergy, also. For my son, once he gets sick, his cough remains long after any other symptom, or longer than anyone else's cough in our house. So, I will share some things that really help at our house.

2 T. raw, unpasturized apple cider vinegar and 2 T. honey in a mug. Add 6 oz. hot water. This is strong but it is really amazing for a cough. My children don't like it but willingly drink it because they know it helps. (Not my really little children. :) ) The warm drink and honey are soothing. But this time of year you may not like a hot drink. In that case, take 1-2 T. Apple cider vinegar and 1 - 2 T. Honey in 8 oz. of water morning and evening. This helps with cough, allergies and many, many other health problems.

Another son who has allergies just takes nettles and quercetin capsules. 2-4 nettles 2-3 times a day and 1 quercetin each time he takes the nettles. When my little girl with asthma wakes up coughing in the night, this helps her a lot. (2 nettles, 1 quercetin.)

Eucalyptus essential oil helps coughing often too. I put a drop of the oil on a cotton ball next to the coughee while they sleep and it often stops a cough for hours.

Avoiding dairy may help a lot, too. You defnitely shouldn't have dairy when you have any type of cough as it is mucous producing.

You should be drinking lots of water or herbal tea. Mullein tea (you can buy the tea bags) is helpful for cough.

Garlic is amazing for cough. I made a garlic oil this year that helped my children with cough when nothing else would. (Especially my toddler who isn't so easy to dose with anything.) I minced a lots of garlic and covered it with oil. I let it set for 10 days. I strained out the garlic. I massaged the oil into the back of the coughee and especially at night the coughing would stop and garlic will help with killing infection, too. Store the oil in the fridge. It should keep for several weeks. You can use the oil before 10 days, it just won't be as strong.

Let us know what helps you!
~Mama to Many~

Replied by Joy
Houston, Texas

What type of oil was used with the garlic to rub on the child's back?

Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Tennessee, Usa

Dear Joy,

I used olive oil to infuse the garlic. I have also made garlic salve using extra virgin coconut oil and olive oil. I think the infusing of the oil (really in either type of oil) is stronger, but for right away use, garlic salve is awesome. Here is a link to the recipe:

Have a great day!

~Mama to Many~

Colloidal Silver  

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Posted by Nai (Atlanta, Ga) on 02/07/2012
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I had a very bad dry and tickly cough that didn't seem to go away (for more than a week). I tried every natural remedies possible, ACV with honey, ACV gargle, inhalation, eucalyptus etc... and nothing worked.

The only thing that did finally work was a deep gargle with Colloidal Silver. I did gargle with the solution then laid on the bed with my head on the edge of the bed so that the solution can reach the back of my throat. I kept the solution in my mouth for 6 minutes and then I slowly swallowed the solution.

I repeated the treatment 3 times since last night and after 12 hours only, I am already feeling extremely better. I just learned that dry coughs that last are usually caused by bacteria so unless you kill the bacteria, you are going to cough forever. Colloidal Silver kills them in just minutes. I pray this will help someone feel better.

Cough Syrup Recipe  

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Posted by gail on 04/26/2007
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My Home Made Cough Syrup for Sore Throats. I call it, "Molyvite". It combines:
o Black Strap Molasses
o Grade C Maple Syrup (only enough to break the taste)
o Apple Cider Vinegar
o Raw Unfiltered Honey o Cayenne Pepper
o Small amount of pure water to tolerable taste.

Take small sips during the day. For problems getting accustomed to taste, start sipping with a small tolerable amount at first working your way up. Soon you will even look forward to taking it. You may even miss taking it. I did.

o Minerals
o Help Balance PH
o Send germs packing
o Increase blood flow & circulation
o Healing
o Some vitamins

Did you ever hear of Cyclone Cider? Love that stuff too.

Dark Ground Coffee and Honey for Cough  

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Posted by Ladyblade (Milwaukee, Wi) on 07/26/2016
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For over three years I suffered from a back-breaking, here-comes-my-lung cough. Doctors couldn't give me any relief or even find a cause. After reading the results of a double-blind study, I started putting a spoonful honey in my regular morning coffee. It's been about a month and today I realized I have been sleeping through the night without the cough waking me. Given the duration and intensity of my cough, I feel like I have a new lease on life!

Posted by Danka (Boston, Ma) on 03/15/2008
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This always get rid of my cough: 1 tsp of honey 1/2 tsp of ground coffee mix it and eat it, best would be espresso or some other dark fine ground coffee.I hope it helps.


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Posted by Traderjosie (Maricopa, AZ) on 11/11/2008
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I have experienced the lingering about 10 years. So I can help those with it...I felt I should post this. ELDERBERRY SYRUP/CAPS this is definitely what got rid of it for me. I first took elderberry syrup for a week or so....this is important to do before you go to the caps.

Then after a week or so I felt mucous drain out of my head and up out of my lungs and I blew it all out. What a mess. After that I had no more coughing.

Apparently the elderberry causes whatever pathogen I had, to run from elderberry. I am not sure why, but I really don't care. I just know elderberry will work for anyone with this's tops. Ok so just remember to take more than the normal dose when initially taking the syrup.

Now I just take elderberry caps when I feel myself beginning to cough again and it nips it in the bud.

So there you have it---a great herb.


Elderberry and Phytocillin  

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Posted by Aurora (Palo Alto. Ca) on 11/10/2013
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On the subject of cough, I got my yearly winter cough again, but was working so much I needed a remedy desperately, and happened to get elderberry concentrate (without alcohol) and phytocillin, took them together 3-4 times in one day, and slept for the first time in a couple of weeks! I kept taking them and cough didn't come back. Very happy!

Another problem;

Yesterday I got yet another episode of a cough, that I have learned is not a cold or flu, but possibly some kind of allergic reaction; something will start a tickle in my throat, and I start coughing. I cannot seems to pinpoint what is the trigger, because the episodes are so random, at all odd hours of the day, different places, no food commonality. Sometimes the episode unravels and goes haywire from there; the cough makes the tickle worse, my body seems to think I have an intruder in my throat, and is violently trying to "throw it out"-by coughing until gagging and throwing up, tears streaming down my face, and I'm desperately trying to get air in-between gagging and violently coughing. Horrible, especially when in public. I don't see any thread on this "allergic" kind of cough, that just comes once and then dissappears, sometimes for days or weeks, to trike again from out of no-where....

Any ideas appreciated! I see online I'm not alone with this. Doctor says "30% of coughs have no explanation" and wants to give anitbiotics. Sigh.

Replied by Ed2010

Change the milk brand or percentage. Try skim milk. Preservatives in milk and milk products like butter, cheese can trigger cough.

To re emphasize, it is not the milk per se. It is the preservative that is causing the reaction.

In India, for mucus or chest congestion. We will boil glass of milk with quarter teaspoon black pepper and quarter teaspoon of Turmeric powder. Add Palm Sugar and drink it for couple of days. All the sore throat, congestion, mucis, cough are gone.

Good Health

Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Tennessee, Usa

Dear Aurora,

Thanks for sharing what Elderberry and Phytocillin have done for you!

Your allergy cough sounds miserable!

I noticed Ed shared some sound wisdom. One of my sons had a cough/throat clearing thing going a few years ago that turned out to be cause by dairy. (I agree with Ed, it wasn't necessarily milk, but the processing or additives that were a problem. This son does fine on raw goat's milk, by the way.)

Another of my sons gets a cough now and again that seems to be allergy related. There are two different things he tried and both seem to help his symptoms. One is vinegar tea. 1-2 Tablespoons of Raw Unpateurized Apple Cider Vinegar and 1-2 Tablespons honey in a mug. Add hot water. Sometimes he just takes 3 or 4 nettles capsules and that works too. Nettles are great for allergies.

However, if the cough comes upon you very quickly, these things might not be very helpful as they could take a little time to take effect. You could try a spoonful of the apple cider vinegar (not delicious, at least to me! ) ACV can stop many issues very quickly!

Nettles and vinegar tea can be taken daily to prevent allergy symptoms.

I hope you find relief soon. Do let us know what you try and what helps!

~Mama to Many~

Eliminate Artificial Sweeteners  

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Posted by Jennie (Fort Wayne, IN) on 04/20/2008
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I had a recurring dry cough for over fifteen years until I read that it may be a side effect of artificial sweeteners. I cut way back on Diet Coke (1-2 small glasses per week) and within a couple weeks it disappeared.

Flaxseed Tea  

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Posted by Myway (Delaware, Usa) on 02/19/2015
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Last night I got up and was having a pretty bad coughing spell and fortunately had taken note last week of a boiled flaxseed remedy I thought may be helpful for these spells. Even though I could have taken a 1/2 tsp dose of black seed oil (nigella sativa) to quiet me down, at 1 a.m. in the morning, I wanted to try this flaxseed remedy. Here is what I did.


- 2 tablespoons of flaxseeds

- 8 ounces of water

- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice

- 2 tablespoons of honey


In a small sauce pan, boil the water with the flaxseeds. This rolling boil eventually will help the flaxseeds go into a gelatinous state. Once thickened (it happens pretty quick), take off the burner and strain the best you can. This mixture was so thick, it reminded me of a jelly fish. Ultimately, I had to manually take out most of the leftover flaxseeds with a spoon. Anyway, you should have several spoonful doses of thick, hot flaxseed gelatin stuff. Mix in the lemon juice and honey. Stir. While still warmed, drink a couple sips of this mixture. You should have at least a couple doses in the cup. Save the rest for later as needed. This remedy was effective within 10 minutes. The tickle in my throat went away, and I slept for 5 solid hours after that. WoW! In the spirit of keeping remedies simple, I hope this remedy finds it's way to the masses of people searching for relief.

Posted by Uncle Richie (Chicago, Il, United States) on 09/29/2012
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My wife caught a "flight cough", after flying for business.

Her cough was really nasty. Lasted about a week... I did a search and found this site. I had some golden flax seed. Boiled it up (you were right, it sure did take long, to thicken up).

I used: 2 cups of water, 1-1/2 Tablespoons of golden flax seed. After it thickened, I strained the liquid out with a colander. Put a Tablespoon of brown sugar in it.... Her cough has been pretty much silenced. She is finally sleeping. :)

I registered for the site... I will find it useful.

Posted by Grannyguru (Oro Valley, Az, Usa) on 03/21/2010
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Flaxseed tea cures those awful coughing spasms that won't stop until you gag. It stops them whether they are from a bad cold, or from other reasons, including the cough that comes from taking medicines for high blood pressure.

I got this from my doctor many years ago when I was pregnant and got a bad cold with a cough that wouldn't go away and would make me cough so hard my doctor was afraid I was going to lose the baby.

He was emphatic that I should only use whole flaxseed. Why, I have no idea. But he said it was something I could use as much as I wanted, because it had no bad side effects.

I gave this recipe to a friend who was coughing continuously from taking medicine for high blood pressure and then developed bronchitis where the cough just hung on and would not stop until she gagged, then would start again. Before she got the cold she complained about the constant hacking cough from the medicine to both her doctor and her pharmacist and both insisted there was NOTHING that could get rid of it, and she'd just have to learn to live with it.

She tried the flaxseed tea and the cough was almost immediately stopped, so she could get some sleep. She used it to stop the coughing for a day or two, and it COMPLETELY GOT RID OF THE COUGH. Even the cough that she had had from the high blood pressure medicine.

I've discovered that for the cough from the medicine you have to take it for a couple of days or so, and then the cough is gone...for months. If you keep taking the blood pressure medicine, then the cough will gradually come back (people describe an itch or tickle in their throat that starts it).. but once you again take the flax seed tea the cough goes away again... again for months.

With colds it works best with coughs after you have had the cold for a couple of days. That dry hacking cough that makes you cough and cough and cough until finally you gag.

Of course if you take vitamin c and other remedies when the cold starts, you may never need flaxseed tea.

But if you've ever had a cough like that, the tea is amazing.

You put about a tablespoon or so of whole dark brown flaxseeds (for some reason golden seeds do not work anywhere near as well) into 2 cups of water and boil it until it just begins to thicken. It will seem to take forever, then suddenly it thickens quickly, so the minute you notice it thickening, remove it from the heat.

Add lemon juice or vitamin c and sweetener, like grade b maple syrup, or even just sugar. Drink. I found I did not like it when it was thickened, but I could put it in a thermos and keep it by my bed, and it would break down into just a soothing liquid, but would work just as good as the thick syrup I didn't like.

And of course if you add honey and vitamin c it tastes like apple juice.

I put it out here because I realized a lot of people are being told there is NOTHING that can help the cough they get from taking high blood pressure medicine. Seems to me just the constant coughing is going to raise your blood pressure. In any case, it is not true that nothing can help that cough. Cough drops may seem to help but in the end they just make it worse and pretty soon you are always sucking on a cough drop, but coughing more and more. Flaxseed tea works immediately to stop the coughing, and then works to take the cough away...for months. Plus my doctor said back then that there was nothing that could hurt me ...or my unborn child.

So I thought I'd mention it here.

Replied by Peter
Chicago, Il

Do you drink the flaxseeds also ? or Just the liquid ?

Replied by Grannyguru
Oro Valley, Az

You do not drink the seeds. You strain the seeds out of the mixture after it has boiled and begun to thicken. Discard the seeds. Pour the liquid into a thermos and add the honey and vitamin c, or freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice and maple syrup or whatever you want to use to sweeten it to taste. Tighten the lid on the thermos and shake it to mix it. Then just take drinks of it as needed.

Replied by Janet
Phoenix, Az, Usa
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Worked Temporarily

My husband used it once & slept all night without coughing. BUT, the cough was back next day & flax tea didn't do as much good. Just how much should one drink each time? A tbsp? A cup? He is 83 and it is wearing him down.

Replied by Busy Mom
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I just tried this earlier tonight and I didn't have whole flax seeds on hand but do have ground that I use. So I used that and after it thickened which took about 10 minutes I used a fine strainer and funnel to separate the ground seeds from the syrupy tea. I strained it 2x since the strainer was small and I didn't have a container to hold it properly. The tea was pleasant in taste and I did add some honey and fresh lemon juice to it. It seemed to help my cough a lot as I have been dealing with it for over a week I had gotten it after I got the flu and I think its because of a sinus infection I am on antibiotics to rid. Though they are low dose since I am pregnant. The coughing is less severe but has come back a bit since eating dinner. I am going to try making another cup before bed and I hope this will allow me to actually sleep. The only other relief I have been getting at night is to bite into a lemon wedge and swallow the juice. It stops my cough for about 5 min so I can fall asleep.