How to break up a chest cold cough

Updated February 21, 2017

Having a bad cough and cold can really put a damper on your week. It can prevent you from getting the most done that you can. To break up a bad chest cold cough you can either go the natural way or you can go the medical way. The natural way is less expensive, but can be just as effective. Using medicine like antitussives and lozenges are quite effective and can be purchased at any pharmacy.

Break up your dry, hacking cough that is being caused by a chest cold by chewing on ginger root. The natural healing enzymes found in the ginger help stop a cough and settle your stomach. You can also use lozenges to do the same thing if you do not want to go the natural way.

Crush or mince a few cloves of garlic and mix them with honey. Take 1 tsp of the honey/garlic syrup whenever your cough is coming on. This is the natural way, but you can substitute an antitussive like Robitussin. Like ginger root, garlic is one of nature's cure-alls.

Drink hot tea to soothe your throat. Make sure it is decaffeinated so it does not cause your stomach to feel upset. Herbal teas like chamomile are perfect for suppressing coughs brought on by colds as they soothe damaged airways and release antioxidants that battle the cold.

Breath in hot steam from either a shower of boiling pot of water. The heat from the steam helps break up the congestion in your airways, helping the cough to dissipate.

Heat a cup of milk and mix 1 tbsp of honey with it. Drink it slowly and your cough will begin to melt away. This is good remedy to use before bed to not only soothe your cough but also relax your body. The honey will lubricate the throat so the cough is not as painful.

Use a vapour rub like Vicks to help soothe your cough. You can apply the vapour rub directly to your chest and neck so that the vapour travels directly into your breathing path. You can also put 1 tbsp of vapour rub into a pot of boiling water and breath in the steam. The menthol will break up the cough as it is inhaled.

Add a few tsps. of apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water and drink slowly when you feel the urge to cough. The vinegar stops the inflammation of the airways and travels to the source of the cough to help break it up.

Things You'll Need

  • Ginger root
  • Garlic
  • Honey
  • Lozenges
  • Antitussive
  • Herbal tea
  • Steam
  • Milk
  • Vapour rub
  • Apple cider vinegar
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Joshua Bailey resides in Pennsylvania and has been a professional writer since 2007. His writing focuses on topics in film, entertainment, music and religion. Bailey has been published on eHow and has written numerous articles for three universities. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in business and creative writing from Moravian College.