Natural Remedies for a Dry Cough

It's important to drink plenty of room temperature liquids to keep the body hydrated and ease throat irritation.  Honey is an essential component of many cough remedies.

It’s called a dry cough when it’s not accompanied by mucus or phlegm and a productive cough when phlegm is present.  Dry cough needs to be treated with a remedy that can loosen phlegm so it can be eliminated.

For quick relief from dry cough, there are several effective natural remedies for easing airway problems.  Since coughing occurs more often at night, a dry cough makes it harder to stay asleep not only for the sufferer, but for anyone nearby.


Garlic is an excellent natural remedy for dry cough, as its antibacterial properties help to relieve many ailments throughout the body, including the respiratory tract.  It is a very effective remedy for unclogging the bronchial tubes.


How to make a home remedy with garlic

First, crush ten garlic cloves and place in a cup of olive oil to soak overnight.  The next day, strain the liquid and put in a closed container.  Take one tablespoon daily on an empty stomach until finished.  You’ll notice results after the first few tablespoons.

Eucalyptus and Lemon Vapor

Vapor or mist is great for eliminating phlegm and one of your best allies in unclogging bronchial tubes and eliminating cough.  To make a vapor bath, boil a liter of water with eucalyptus and lemon leaves.  You can also use the juice of several lemons instead.  It’s ready when it starts boiling.  Lower the heat and cover your head with a towel and, taking care not to burn yourself,  Place your head over the container and rising steam.  The towel will make it easier to breathe in the vapors and unclog the bronchi to put an end to that cough.

Homemade Cough Syrup


  • Glass jar, preferably with a top.
  • A lemon, cut into slices
  • Pure honey
  • Sliced ginger
  • Boiling water


Combine the lemon slices, ginger and honey in a glass container.  Close the container and place in the refrigerator until it becomes almost like gelatin.  To serve, add a teaspoon to a cup of boiling water.  Store in the refrigerator for 2-3 months.

Additional Remedies for Treating a Cough


  • Drink hot carrot juice 2-3 times daily.
  • Cut three onions into slices and place into a double boiler, or bain-marie, for at least 2 hours, then remove from heat and let cool.  Take two tablespoons every three hours.
  • Boil a cup of water with three tablespoons of linseed for five minutes.  Remove from heat and add some lemon juice and a tablespoon of honey.  It should be taken 3 times a day.
  • Grate a few radishes and add about 5 tablespoons of honey.  Let sit (covered) for 4 hours. Take several times during the day.
  • Drink an infusion of anise seeds three times a day.  Add some crushed anise seeds to a cup of boiling water, cover for several minutes, strain, and drink while hot.

More tips

  • Drink plenty of liquids, but they should be at room temperature; you shouldn’t be drinking anything cold.
  • If the cough hasn’t cleared up after a week, you should consult a doctor.  Don’t leave it to the last minute (complications often develop).  Seek urgent medical attention if the cough is accompanied by fever, chest pains, or if you have difficulty breathing,