Coughing is the body’s way of breaking up mucus, clearing airways and getting rid of irritants. As irksome as it may be, it’s actually best to let our body take care of itself and do what it needs to do. But when the throat is painfully raw, or we’re trying to sleep, attending meetings or handling business calls–hacking our lungs out is annoying and we want relief fast!
Here is a collection of ten easy home remedies that I’ve gathered over the years, most are simple to manage as many ingredients are found readily in the kitchen pantry.
If I’ve missed your tried-and-true, please share it in the discussion area below, it might be exactly what someone is looking for :).
Recipes & Remedies
All items marked with * are suitable for adding 1/2 to 1 tsp honey (not suitable for children under one year old due to risk of botulism).
1/2 C. honey
1 lemon (juiced)
1 TBS glycerin
- Heat lemon juice in a saucepan, remove from heat before bubbles begin to appear. Toss in rest of the ingredients, stirring thoroughly.
- Pour into sterilized glass jars and seal. Refrigerate.
- Instructions for use: 1 to 2 tablespoons as required.
- Good old-time treatment, this stuff tends to be pretty pricey in the organic/natural stores. Here are several different ways for making your own (found at bottom of page).
1 C. boiling water
(strain before sipping)
- Brew 1 tablespoon dried thyme. Good as a gargle too if treating sore throats.
- *Alternative: 1 tsp dried basil.
1 oz. dried horehound leaves
- Pour 1 pint boiling water over leaves and steep for 10 minutes. Strain.
- Mix 1 1/2 cups of the infused liquid + 3 cups of honey. Pour into sterilized jars, seal.
- Instructions for use: 1 tsp every 4 hrs (during waking hours). Do not take more than 4 tsp daily.
- Simmer roughly chopped onions in water until soft. Blend onions + honey, consume every four hours.
Another option is to strain out the bits after cooking for about 15 minutes, bottle the liquid. Drink as necessary.
Half ‘n Half Helpers
Choose one then mix 1/2 tsp with an equal part of honey:
- Ground Ginger. Alternative: Eat a fresh chunk of ginger first dipped into coarse salt (to coat the chunk).
- Apple Cider Vinegar.
- Aloe Vera Gel.
*Rose Hip Brew
- Quite soothing! Mix 2 tsp dried hips per 8 ounces of boiling water, steep for 10 to 15 mins. (sourced from this page).
Prepared the same way as a mustard plaster (which is also something one could try). Replace with minced onion if preferred.
- Chop the cloves finely, cover with olive oil, mash to achieve a thick paste (about the consistency of sour cream). Spread over fabric and fold so paste doesn’t ooze out. Apply poultice to chest, cover with hot water bottle or a microwavable bag.
- For relief from dry coughs, a Herbal Decongestant Steam is beneficial.
- *Hot cuppa tea–a simple trick! Might be all you need to find some reprieve!
- If it’s chronic hacking that just won’t go away after a few days, visit a doctor since there could be more serious issues going on that require medical attention.
Note: These are simply tips I’ve collected, they’re not professional medical advice.