Natural Cough Remedies

One of my favorite bloggers, Critical MAS, recently posted that he has been struggling with a lingering cough and asked his readers if they had any suggestions for home remedies.

A lingering cough is usually a symptom of a bigger problem and over-the-counter medicines and prescription-strength cough syrups typically just mask that symptom.  Here are some natural ways to beat an annoying cough:

funny-cough-syrup-quotesNatural Cough Remedies:

  • Fix constipation (2-3 bowel movements per day is ideal)
  • Fix nutrition (fruits and vegetables are vital)
  • Avoid dairy (increases mucus production)
  • Lobelia tincture, 10-15 drops 3x daily.  Can be purchased online here.
    • Lobelia acts as an antispasmodic, emetic (in large doses), nervine, diuretic, laxative, and expectorant.  It stimulates the respiratory system and clears out excess mucus.
  • Lung formula (typically contains marshmallow root, mullein, comfrey, etc.) 10-15 drops 3x daily.  Can be purchased online here.
    • Marshmallow root acts as a demulcent to mucus membranes and absorbs toxins
    • Mullein acts as a expectorant and soothes inflamed tissues
    • Comfrey acts as a demulcent to mucus membranes, absorbs toxins and has a cell proliferant action
  • Homemade Onion Cough Syrup, 1-3 Tbs 2x daily.  Instructions can be found here.
    • Onions have anti-inflammatory properties, inhibit bacteria growth, and can be used as an expectorant
    • Honey is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, soothes sore throats, and is full of vitamins and minerals
Aren't onions and honey beautiful?

Aren’t onions and honey beautiful?


  • Balch, Phyllis A. Prescription for Dietary Wellness. New York: Avery, 2003. Print.
  • Christensen, Kyle D. Herbal First Aid and Health Care: Medicine for a New Millennium. Twin Lakes, WI: Lotus, 2000. Print.
  • Pedersen, Mark. Nutritional Herbology: A Reference Guide to Herbs. Warsaw, IN: Wendell W. Whitman, 1998. Print.

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