6 Home Remedies for a Cough

· March 5, 2017
Sick and tired of all that winter coughing? While it's important to remember that a productive cough is your body's way of ridding itself of viruses, you can get relief from the aches and pains with these remedies.

When the cold days start, coughing shows up uninvited.

The most common causes are the flu and colds. These nasty viruses irritate the upper respiratory tract and produce mucous that has to get out of your body some way. Sure enough, coughing is its way out.

Here, we’d like to offer you some home remedies for a cough. Read on if you’re interested in helping care for those first symptoms of winter.

Coughing is our body’s defense system


Even when we’re tired of coughing, we should be thankful for it.

Why? Because it’s one of the ways our body cleans itself.

If your cough is productive you shouldn’t try to stop it. After all, a cough is your body’s way of getting rid of mucous.

In the case of a dry cough, you’re probably feeling irritation and a tickle in your throat. However, you should still remember that this is your body’s natural cleaning mechanism.

However, that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything to reduce coughing or tame it.

First, it’s important to know the cause:

  • Determine if it’s bronchitis, a cold, asthma, or pneumonia.
  • It could also be your immune system working to expel dust, chemicals, irritants, or microbes.
  • You could also be coughing to eject something blocking your throat: food, liquids, a piece of something, etc.

If your cough persists for more than two weeks or you cough up blood, see a doctor immediately.

Check this out: What to Do if You Suffer from Chronic Asthma or Allergies

The best home remedies for a cough

The following recipes can help you when your cough is persistent and caused by the flu, a cold, or irritation in the throat.

1. Honey syrup

First, honey softens your throat and also helps eliminate viruses and bacteria. Thus, when you’re sick, the first thing we recommend is tea with honey.

Here’s how to make a great anti-cough tea:


  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (25 g)
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil (15 g)


  • First, squeeze the lemon and put the juice in a container.
  • Then, add the honey and coconut oil.
  • Mix well and drink two times a day.

2. Garlic sugar soup

Garlic is an excellent antiseptic that will help you on days when your cough is unbearable. In addition, this recipe is especially well-suited for the common flu.


  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar (30 g)


  • First, peel the cloves of garlic and mince finely.
  • Second, put the water in a pot and heat with the garlic and sugar.
  • Next, let boil for 15 minutes and then remove from heat.
  • When it cools to a drinkable temperature, enjoy.
  • Repeat several times a day.

3. Anise tea

With its distinctive flavor, anise is an excellent remedy to treat a sore throat and cough. 


  • 2 tablespoons of anise seed (20 g)
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)
  • Drink this tea three times a day, as hot as possible.


  • First, grind the anise seeds a little bit and put in a pot.
  • Then, add the water and bring to a boil. Boil for 15 minutes.
  • Next, remove from heat and let sit for another 5 minutes.
  • Strain before drinking (and optionally sweeten with honey).

4. Fig tea


This delicious fruit has infinite benefits and is very nutritious. Hot figs is a recipe often passed down through generations.


  • 3 figs
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)


  • First, peel the figs and take out the pulp.
  • Then, place in a pot with the water and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Finally, remove from heat and let sit 5 minutes.
  • Strain and drink as hot as possible. We recommend drinking this tea in the morning and at night.

5. Onion soup

Just like with garlic, onion is a wonderful antiseptic. It works on colds, the flu, and coughs.

Besides consuming raw in salads, you can enjoy it in a scrumptious soup.


  • 2 liters of water
  • 1 kg of onion
  • 8 tablespoons of honey (200 g)
  • 2 cups of sugar (400 g)


  • First, put the water in a pot and boil.
  • Then, peel and julienne the onions.
  • Next, add the onion, honey, and sugar to the already boiling water.
  • Then, boil for 15 minutes and remove from heat.
  • Let cool, strain, and keep in a glass jar or bottle with a top.
  • Have up to 3 tablespoons a day.

6. Cinnamon ginger tea


Both ingredients are known for their distinctive flavor and fragrance. Here, we combine them with cloves to create the perfect tea to relieve your cough.


  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon of grated ginger (10 g)
  • Powdered cinnamon (1 tablespoon/10 g)
  • 1 tablespoon of cloves (10 g)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (25 g)

“We recommend reading: Ginger, Garlic, and Honey Cure for 8 Common Ailments”


  • First, put the water on to boil.
  • When it reaches full boil, add the ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.
  • Then, let cook for 15 minutes and remove from heat.
  • Finally, strain and sweeten with the honey.
  • Drink in the morning and at night (up to two cups a day)

Give these great remedies a try!