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Coughing Remedies That Work

What are some coughing remedies that are effective?

coughing remediesCoughing is usually a symptom of many diseases, but most coughs are the result of the common cold or the flu.

Sometimes, mucus is produced and this is referred to as a productive cough. If no mucus is produced, it is called a dry cough or a hacking cough.

If the mucus is yellow or green, it might be a sign of a bacterial infection. But this is not always the case. Coughing up blood may indicate a more serious problem.

Most coughs last about 2 weeks and they can be managed with home and natural remedies for coughs.

Below is a summary of many things you can do and supplements that you can take help to stop a cough.

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Home Cough Remedies

Keep Hydrated

coughing remediesIt is essential to prevent your body from becoming dehydrated, especially when you are coughing. Insufficient water causes the mucus to become thicker and puts your body's immune system under stress.

Experts suggest drinking at least eight glass of water daily. And this is when you are healthy! It would be wise to drink even more when you are sick or coughing a lot.

Lemon and Honey Tea

coughing remediesHoney is a natural cough suppressant. Many Chinese herb coughing remedies are made in honey syrup. Make a warm honey drink by adding several tablespoon of honey to a glass of hot to warm water.

You may also add lemon slices to the drink. Another option is to add honey to chamomile tea.


coughing remediesSuck on a lozenge or a candy. This will rinse the throat area clear. This may be all that is needed to stop coughing. Also try chewing on peppermint mints to help stop the urge to cough.

See How to Stop Coughing for additional home remedies.
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Natural Coughing Remedies

Mentholatum Rubs (Chest Rubs)

A chest ointment such as Vicks VapoRub is an effective remedy to treat a cough and chest congestion. Apply a small amount to the chest and throat area as often as needed.

Slippery Elm

Slippery Elm lozenges and extract can soothe an irritated throat and provide relief from a dry hacking cough.


Inhaling eucalyptus vapor helps to provide relief from coughing. Traditionally, it is used to treat coughs and colds. Place several drops of eucalyptus oil in a cup of hot water and inhale.

Eucalyptus oil can be placed in a humidifier. Running the humidifier in the bedroom will keep the moisture high which will help to treat coughing and congestion from the common cold or the flu.


Licorice is traditionally used to enhance the immune system and treat lung infections. It can be helpful to prevent coughing.

Experts suggest using 500 mg four times a day.


This herb has been used since ancient Roman and Greek times. It contains sugar molecules (mucilage) that soothes the mucous membranes.


Mucus-Clear is a homeopathic cough remedy that helps to clear stubborn phlegm and throat congestion. It also helps to remove thick mucus in the throat area.

It is a FDA registered product and has no side effects. It can be safely used in both adults and children.

See Natural Cough Remedies for more natural remedies to stop coughing. 
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