Chronic Cough Remedies

| Modified on Jan 16, 2024
Chronic Cough Remedies

Looking for a natural remedy to cure a chronic cough that you've had for weeks or even months? Well, you've come to the right place. After testing multiple home remedies and natural supplements for a cough that went on for 4 months, we finally found a lasting cure. If you are willing to make a few temporary changes to your diet and try an inexpensive herbal combination, your chronic cough may soon be history.

After battling a cough that started with a nasty virus in the fall and was still going strong at the end of December, and trying multiple supplements and home remedies to little or no avail, a friend told us to try an herbal concoction that has consistently cured him of any virus before it takes hold. This remedy was so powerful, our debilitating cough was cured in less than 24 hours!

What cured it? A dropperful (i.e., about 24 drops) of Echinacea and Goldenseal tincture in a small glass of water, taken 2-3 times a day. It's that simple. Not only does it work fast, but the tincture is inexpensive, costing less than $10 for a bottle! Search your local health food store or online for this inexpensive herbal combination. Echinace and Goldenseal combination is available in both tincture and capsule form. I bought mine on Amazon here.

What is Echinacea?

Echinacea is a coneflower in North America and known for its antibiotic and wound-healing properties.  In ancient times, echinacea was used to treat blood poisoning, scarlet fever, syphilis, malaria, and diphtheria. Today however, echinacea is used shorten the duration of colds and flu and to help ease the symptoms of a sore throat, cough, and fever. It is one of the most popular herbs available today.

What is Goldenseal?

Goldenseal is another powerhouse herb that comes from North America. It's a perennial herb in the buttercup family Ranunculaceae and is native to Eastern United States and Southeastern Canada. Like echinacea, goldenseal root is an herbal antibiotic and immune system enhancer.

Dietary Changes for a Chronic Cough

Prior to taking the herbal tincture, you might want to make 3 temporary but important changes to your diet that helped diminish extensive mucous production. These include eliminating sugar, gluten and dairy.  As long as you can avoid these food items, your cough will be manageable. It takes less than a day to see improvement after making these dietary changes.

Additional Home Remedies for Coughing Fits

As you will reader below in our feedback section, Apple Cider Vinegar can also help chronic coughs. In our case, an apple cider vinegar drink was  very helpful in reducing constant coughing fits and excessive mucus production, but it did not cure the chronic cough. We put 1-2 teaspoons of ACV in a mug filled with hot water and sip it slowly.

Steaming with 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in water was another helpful and simple remedy that helped soothe sore bronchial passages from constant coughing fits.

Keep reading below to find many more remedies that may help. If you have a different remedy that worked to cure a chronic cough, please share it with us!


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Posted by M n m (Md) on 12/02/2022

I've have this long time coughing uncontrollably for over 3 weeks. Last night I did a tsp ACV & a pinch of baking soda in warm water to disguise the ACV taste. It immediately stopped the cough. I slept without coughing. This am I did the same and am NOT coughing! Give it a try.

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Posted by Kelly (Minneapolis, Mn) on 06/30/2018

The apple cider vinegar treatment was ineffective for me. I've had a chronic cough off and on for seven years that no doctor has been able to treat. I found this site recently and started taking 2 tablespoons of ACV mixed with 1-2 teaspoons of honey and about 1/4 cup of warm water, three times a day. It's been over a week now and there's been no improvement in my cough, unfortunately. I'm giving ACV three stars only because I don't mind the taste and it seemed to help reduce some phlegm, at least for a few days.

My new doctor thinks this is a neuropathic cough and wants me to take a bunch of supplements (probiotics, magnesium, multivitamin, digestive enzymes) and possibly Gabapentin, which has shown some promise for helping chronic coughs.

Replied by Tim
(Georgia (Rep.of))
21 posts

Hi, Kelly

Here is tested remedy for chronic cough (consumption, phthisis) -

You must take 100gr of yellow propolis (not with black parts), freeze it at home in your freezer- it can be crushed in small parts or cut- freeze it once again for a few hours - take 3-4 small parts from freezer each time ( to avoid defrost) and grind it in coffee grinder - place grined propolis in 1 litre glass jar - poure 250gr of 75-degree alcohol (ethanol) - shake it well, close the lid and place the jar in fridge (don't freeze) for 10 days - shake it several times each day - outcome is natural tincture of propolis.

Melt on fire 250 gr high quality butter together with 2 tiles of dark chocolate, let it cool down a bit, and mix with tincture. Finally, add 250 gr of raw honey. That's all.

Can have 1 teaspoon on empty stomach twice a day.
Increase the dose up to 2 teaspoon twice a day after two weeks, if no allergic reaction.
Take until it's over.

Use it during a year in severe case (phthisis, along with regular prescriptions).

Good luck

Replied by Teena
(Melbourne Australia)
233 posts

Hi Kelly,

NAC is great for thinning mucus, you might consider a mallow herb extract for it's mucilaginous and protective lining, and you could try adding baking soda to your Apple Cider Vinegar per Ted's protocol to see if that gives the health benefits you require. You can still add the (raw) honey for taste. Final thought, iodine resides in mucus areas, and many others, sexual organs eg. Antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial etc, and most people are deficient. You may research the benefits of the Iodine protocol, or much gentler to the body add some kelp extract. Best to you.

Replied by Earth Clinic
(Los Angeles)

In case you were wondering where everyone went, they are on Facebook! 16 great responses on Earth Clinic's Facebook page when we posted this question! Since not everyone frequents Earth Clinic's Facebook page, we've posted responses here for Kelly.


Janet Hull: Kelly, things that come to mind.

The very first is mold. It can be a tiny amount hidden. Unseen and a problem.
You can buy inexpensive Petrie dish mold tests. Amazon or Lowes. You set one in each room. You can compare to pics on Google or pay for analysis.
Or you can experiment. Best decision I ever made.
Teds remedy on E.C. for mold.
1 gallon bucket. Add 1/3 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax. Let stand 1 hour. You now have a saturated solution of borax. Pour into a spray bottle. Leave some room. Add 5 to 10% white ammonia. To 90 to 95% borax solution.
Shake, stand in shower. Spray above your head. Inhaling some of the fine spray. You will find the cough is gone. I usually spray and breath 5x. This will answer the cause question immediately. If this is not it, there are some others. If it is, I recommend going to Teds remedies on earth clinic. Read his chapter on mold. The one I am posting is my go to. But there is much more throughout the chapter.

If it is not mold. Bill Munro's hydrogen peroxide spray, a wonderful effective treatment for so many issues. The lung especially. It is listed on the EC index page.

NAC n acetyl cysteine. The amazing cure. This 1 amino acid does so much. But for coughs it is quick and effective a real solution.
Take 1 dose each time you cough. By the third cough, usually gone.

You might look into whooping cough. The people that get vaccinated spread it, I think.
If it is that, you need Teds l lysine remedy. To kill the virus.
There are 2. I is 4 to 8 oz of water. 1 capful of 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide. Add 1/4 tsp baking soda. Sip for 15 minutes until gone. 2 to 3x a day.
I like to have, in the morning, 1/4 tsp sea salt in water. This just raises minerals in the body. Usually depleted in the unwell

Lysine remedy
3 ..8 to 10 oz water bottles
in a measuring cup pour 1/3 the content of each water bottle. Pour off 1 inch of water down the drain from each bottle.
in measuring cup
buy powdered from amazon
l lysine 12,000 mg
l threonine 4000mg
2 plain aspirin to kill bacteria
2000 mg sodium ascorbate
methylene blue, from aquarium supplier on amazon
This comes as a powder in a bottle.
Fill with distilled water to first rim. It stains, work on a glass plate, vitamin c or ascorbate removes stain.
Cap and shake gently.
Buy a 2 oz dropper bottle
take 2 droppers of solution. Add to dropper bottle. Fill remaining with distilled water. Careful to leave room to put dropper back in. About to seven tenths of the bottle. Cap shake. Add 2 droppers of m.b. to your measuring cup.
Whisk. Pour back into water bottles. Cap.
4 equal marks on each bottle for doses.
Store in frig.
For 3 days. 4 hourly doses in the am. You should start getting results right away.
Vitamin e 400iu 1x a week supports the lung.
We use dry emulsified E.
Some other causes come to mind, to pursue Teds info. Gut health. Read Gerd remedies. Often a cause of coughing.

Mushy sphincters. Wreak havoc. Magnesium can be needed in all above remedies, especially Gerd.
250 mg 2x a day mag citrate for constipated types, mag malate for runny stool types.

Teeth, your mouth can get a lift, Milk of Magnesia mouth wash. 1/2 spring water, 1/2 m.o.m. add a drop or 2 of essential oil for taste 1/4 tsp sea salt, 1/2 tsp xylitol to kill infection. In a 1 liter bottle. Rinse and spit a few times leaving solution there after last spit.
A few x a day.

E.C.s video on colloidal silver, inhalation method. Excellent.


Laura Noreña: With the exception of the multivitamin, the supplements he advices are great. I take those plus, Vit D, Vit K-2, Zinc, Fish oil and the desiccated liver and others. Talk about a bunch of supplements! But I feel great 👍🏻. Anything that keeps me away from statins

I also ditched all wheat and grains, which are very inflammatory.


Sharon Parker: Hubby had man flu then sharp loud coughs for 7-8wks. After checking on here we decided to try echinacea tincture 3 times a day, took 2 weeks to calm and another to almost go. Also he stopped drinking red wine for 2wks as it appeared to aggrevate the cough.


Debbie Smith: I had a cough forever from acid reflux.. Lemon water is what has helped me. I drink it with a straw to help protect my teeth.


Stephie McCarthy: I modified an idea I found on EarthClinic. I began putting H2O2, 1/4 cup per gallon of water in an ordinary humidifier I ran at night. I was able to cure a cough I'd had, plus chest pressure, wheezing, post-nasal drip, and asthma, that I'd suffered for six months. Being able to breath at night IS a wonderful sensation!


Cindy Kittrell Wilson: I make a cough syrup: 2 T. Hot water, 1/4 tsp. Cayenne, 1/4 tsp. Ground ginger, shake in capped bottle. Add T. Honey and 1 T. Fresh lemon juice. Shake. Take a sip when needed. I usually double this recipe.


Linda Luke: My personal experience with a chronic cough:
6 years - Any and every natural remedy without success.
I had acute anemia which affected my circulation and caused fluid build up in my lungs. Treated with careful doctor's management over two years, given multiple other side effects and addressing the root of the anemia, I now have almost no symptoms and a very healthy cardiovascular system.
While this may not be your scenario, the root cause may not have yet been addressed.

I suffered for all those years because I lacked insurance, and when I finally submitted to a series of tests - blood, MRI, ultrasound, we found the problem and worked from there.
Not sure where you lie in trusting doctors, but that was also something I struggled with. There is a good balance, and modern medicine could possibly show you more answers than treating a symptom only.
All the best to you.


Kathy B Mast: If taking any medications, check to see if coughing is a side effect... It was for my mother, and after quitting the med, her persistent cough stopped.


Kathe Krcmar Mayhugh: Mullein--can be tea, syrup, or smoked. Great for lung health.


Barb Noonan: My husband used to get this cough, for years. I started putting young living essential oils along his spine several times a day, particularly thieves and rc. Within a day he improved until it quit and never came back.


Tana Archer :7 yr cough? has this been investigated? like thyroid ? you mention phlegm - have you had chest/lung scans?


Sue Bryant: fresh ginger root tea with a touch of raw or manuka honey. you mentioned phlegm? also, if it is a 7 year cough, it is going to take time.. I'd stick with the apple cider vinegar- it may take a few weeks or month to really take effect.


Lois Hoffma: I went to 6 doctors and specialists for my cough of 4 years, tried every home remedy possible. Acupuncture fixed me right up, to me it was a miracle.


Dawn Anglea West: You might want to try Bovine Colostrum.


Patricia Owens: 7 yr cough? I'd go to a dr


Thurata Skudrinja: Try oil pulling

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Posted by Aikoward (Hawaii, US) on 02/17/2015

My husband had a chronic cough that was ongoing for more than two months. He wasn't sleeping and coughed so hard we went to the ER because he thought he had pulled a muscle. They gave him prednisone antibiotics and robitussen with codeine. Nothing worked. I saw the posts here for Apple Cider Vinegar and honey and gave him a dose. 2 tbl organic Apple Cider Vinegar with 1 tbl spoon honey in a 1/4 c warm water. His cough calmed enough that he napped for 3 hours. When the cough returned he felt it didn't work and stopped; after another horrible nite I asked him to try it again. But continue with it every 3 to 4 hours. In one day his cough was 90% improved. By day 2 it was completely gone! So my advice is, keep taking until all symptoms are gone. Depending on the cause and duration it may take a little longer. It's been a month now and his cough has not returned.

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Posted by Deedra (Springfield, Or) on 01/15/2015


I seem to manufacture mucus-- a lot. The drainage never stops. It has been this way for a couple of years. I do get relief with ACV, but if I stop taking it, the cough returns. ANY ideas, help, advice-- PLEASE.

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Deedra, for chronic cough, try eliminating dairy and wheat for a bit and see if it makes a difference.

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Deedra,

Years ago one of my children had a throat clearing problem. I took him off dairy and it disappeared. I kept him off for maybe 6 months. When he went back on it, he no longer had trouble. Dairy can be mucous forming. It would be worth a try to give it up for a time.

Another child had allergies and asthma. I put him on nettles for a year or two and it seemed to cure both. Nettle leaf is a blood purifier and good for allergies. If your mucous is from allergies, this might work. You may have to take it a while for healing to happen, as with the case of my son.

You might also look in to Bill Munroe's hydrogen peroxide inhalation therapy on this site. It has helped lots of people!

Let us know what you try and how it works!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Myway
(Delaware, Usa)

To manage mucous and sinus drainage, try the black seed oil (nigella sativa), 1 tsp in the evening, 1 tsp in the morning. It takes icky but just chase it down with some water or juice. I use this remedy to manage my asthma plus allergies and my mucous is virtually non-existent. If it is too strong, try 1/2 tsp in am and again, pm. Wonderful! Get this oil off of Amazon. Pretty healthy stuff! Good Luck!

Replied by Liz
(Scottadale. AZ)

Chronic Cough and Excessive Mucus

Have you tried Stinging Nettle Leaf? It is considered a natural antihistamine. I take capsule form which really helps with post nasal drip or runny nose. A good brand is one by Wild Harvest. I always carry some in person because it's great for cold/allergy symptoms! I hope this helps you.

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Posted by Jeanette (Houston, Tx, Usa) on 06/04/2013

I've been coughing for almost a year. Tried every cough syrup on the market and even gone to see four different doctors and still no cure.

Well, I left for Maryland on May 28, 2013 and found a cure. A young lady there told me to try Organic ACV with the Mother. You can find it at any Whole Foods Market or Sprouts Market. I mixed 1-Tablespoon with 1-16.9 oz of water at room temperature and slowly sipped until all gone, and guess what.... Coughing has completely stopped. I guess the right type of ACV makes a world of difference.

Give it one more try before giving up.

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Posted by Latrese (Calera, Alabama) on 09/22/2012

ok, let me start from the begining. I have had a chronic cough and excessive mucus problem for about 5 years. Its like I woke up one day with a little cold and it turned into a long dreaded, hacking cough followed by mucus. I am up all night from coughing and can feel the mucus in the throat at night when trying to sleep and I wake up coughing which ends in throwing up from coughing so hard. I have coughed so hard within this year that I started coughing up a little blood and I assumed it was from irritated lungs. I tried every cough syrup otc and nothing helped. I tried cough drops and went to the doctor for meds that did not help.

I started looking up remedies today out of pure desperation as I felt like I could die at anytime from coughing ( literally ). I would ask god to please help me and felt helpless. I dont have a lot of faith in doctors as they usually take my money and have no idea what the hell they are doing. I think sometimes we are just a big experiment for some doctors and it sucks to just be prescried some meds and sent off as if your illness is all in your head.

I googled remedies for coughs and mucus today and earthclinic popped up first on the list. I clicked on the link and thank god I did. I read about ACV and honey and decided that I had nothing to lose and decided to try as these things are already in my cabinet. I was heading out with the kids for a day out and took the ACV and honey at 11:30. I usually cough every couple of minutes but 10 minutes had went by and no cough so Im timing things and getting excited at this point. 30 minutes go by and no cough or the thick, sticky mucus. So now 2 hours go by and still no cough so I say OMG this can't be real. The kids decide that they want to go to the movies and I never go with them because of the coughing and throwing up. I decide to go and no coughing or mucus for the entire movie. we leave the movie at 2:45 and still no mucus but I feel a cough coming on but its a different feeling. I cough and its a small cough and last a couple of seconds. it is not 10:39 pm and still no cough. I am going to take some before bed and pray that I sleep well as I am always up all night coughing. I advise anyone who is having a coughing problem to give this a try. What do you have to lose? I will let everyone know the results of my night. If I sleep well it will be for the first time in 5 years. GOOOOO ACV AND HONEY!!!!!!

Replied by Gloria

I am going to try this today, for I have been coughing for seven years. Thank you. I look forward to hear about your results so far, and I'll let you know how it goes for me, wish me luck, God please make it work..

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Posted by Debbiek (Sundance, Wy, Usa) on 02/28/2012

I have had a cough for almost a year. Been to doctor after doctor. I had surgery to fix my deviated septum to help with drainage and calm the cough, NOPE! Didn't work! I'm on HBP medicine and was at my wits end!! Tried ACV in various drinks. Not a big fan of apple juice or cider so it didn't taste good, tea was just as bad. And it ony worked for a couple hours. So, I decided to just take a shot! Couldn't be any worse than Whiskey, right? Definitely HORRIBLE! However, worked for over 15 hours!!! Slept through the night, worked all day without coughing! Will do this every day if needed!!

Replied by Merriam

Some hbp meds cause chronic cough. Needs to be changed. Also, check out oil pulling therapy for lots of things, including cronic cough. Extra virgin coconut oil is best for oil pulling. I was doing this and was better after reading Dr. Bruce Fife's book, "Oil Pulling Therapy, " I got lax & let up on my regime & the allergies & coughing, runny nose spells all came back. I started back w the coconut oil & could immediately feel myself getting better. Also luv the ACV/honey/Echinacea, Golden seal tinture/warm water regimen. I know dairy is bad. & whatever but I luv the stuff. However, whenever I do all of these things it is livable. I luv this site. I hav received more helpful info from sites such as this, plus that oil pulling therapy book of Dr Fife's than from any doctor.

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Posted by Jd (Houston, Texas) on 02/22/2012

I recently had Strep, and had to receive antibiotics. After the antibiotics, I was left with a dry cough; a tickling in the brochial tubes that led to unproductive coughing. I tried ACV, which seemed to quiet my need to cough without actually removing the source of irritation.

MY main problem, though, was that whenever I took the ACV, it was followed by a powerful and overwhelming lethargia and a need to just sleep.I felt like I'd been drugged. Has anyone else experienced this or does anyone (Tim?) know why this is happening? I obviously can't take ACV unless the reason for this is determined.

Replied by Michelle C.
(White Rock, Bc)

Maybe, after all that you went through, you needed the sleep and it allowed you to be comfortable enough to rest finally?

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Posted by Vince (Salt Lake City, Utah) on 02/19/2012

My 5 yrs old son cough like crazy. I use your remedie, its work like a champ! He sleep through the night and feel better the next morning. Thanks a million!

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Posted by Sabra (Vanc, Washington) on 01/11/2012

I got a cold about a month ago it went away in about a week but I was left with a persistent cough. A lot of non productive coughing, wheezing and rattling. At times leaving me short of breath. I was looking for natural treatments for persistant cough and came accross this site. I immediately made a tall glass of AVC and honey with warm water. It tastes good to me so no problem. I didn't really think it was going to work on such a bad cough I was even beginning to wonder if I had developed some bad lung disease but within a few minutes after drinking the mixture the coughing subsided. It's been about two hours and still there's no coughing, no wheezing, no rattle. I'll do it again in the morning and through the day tomorrow. Thank you so much for all the great posts.

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Posted by Beacon (Corte Madera, Ca, Usa) on 11/20/2010

My mother is in her 80's, she had a dry cough for weeks. It was just wearing her out. Very difficult for her to sleep at night. I found the ACV and honey remedy on your amazing web site. I gave her the information, and she tried it. The cough was completely gone in less than two days! Thanks from both of us!

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Posted by Dawneva (Holly Ridge, Nc ) on 09/05/2010

I have had a chronic cough for over 2 years and after going to all kinds of doctors, having a chest xray for lung cancer, allergy tests etc I was told I had acid reflux and to go on Prilosec. After reading about it I declined and have put up with the cough. I look forward to trying Apple Cider Vinegar on a regular basis. I don't mind the taste and will post my results in the future.

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Posted by Veronica (London, UK) on 06/12/2009

My mother is 85 and has been suffering from a terrible cough for at least 2 years. The doctors had given her so many antiobotics she had given up. The cough was a proudctive one has well. As i was on the site fro my own problems... i happended to look up coughs and decided I would make my mpther some ACV and honey! My fod - we still cant beleive it - it is GONE... Gone! the first day - nothing hapened - she said lets just continne for another 5 days! well by the end of the 5th days all coughing has ceased. No monrning could - throughout the day and no night cough.

I used just a quarter of ACV and 3 tablespoons honey - with a litle water.

So glad I found this site .. it has made mu mother very happy. To think a simple household remedy could bring this amount of joy is unbeleiveable. my family are amazed!

Thanks Earth clinic.

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Posted by Samantha (Surrey, British Columbia) on 03/17/2008

I've had a horrible cough for the past four nights. It keeps me up well into the night, extremely painful and sometimes I feel like I'm going to throw up. So I looked online for a remedy and came across the recipe for AVC and honey on this website. I tried two tablespoons of AVC and 1 tablespoon of honey and it soothed my cough greatly. Now, I must admit, it tastes horrible, but it works! And it's worth it.

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Posted by dave (tadoussac, canada) on 03/03/2008

my wife has had a cough for seven years .doctors could not find the cause or the cure.we oveheard a nurse talking about a stomach cough .so we asked her what it was.she said its caused by acid search led me here .apple cider vingear baking soda before bed cough has gone .thank you . we can finally sleep again.thank you again

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