Dry Cough Home Remedies

Updated February 21, 2017

A dry cough can be painful and it can be very annoying to you and the people around you. It can prevent you from getting a good night's sleep and generally needs to be treated with some sort of cough remedy. Before you make an appointment with your doctor it may be worth trying some dry cough home remedies first.


The use of garlic as a medicine is very old. It has been used to help digestion, simple colds and coughing. There are a number of different ways you can use garlic as a cough suppressant, but the most effective way is to make a garlic cough syrup. To do this, roughly chop up a few cloves of garlic and put them into a jar or a bowl. Pour in honey until the garlic is covered completely. Put the mixture into the refrigerator and let it marinate overnight. In the morning, take one tablespoon of the mixture, garlic chunks and all. Throughout the day, take a tablespoon when you feel the urge to cough.


Ginger is another one of nature's miracle cures. You can purchase ginger in many different forms. You can buy it whole, sliced, chopped and powdered. For use with a cough you should either buy it whole or already sliced. If you buy it whole make sure you wash the root with some cold water. Slice the ginger into very thin strips, almost like chewing gum. Chew it slowly throughout the day and your urge to cough should diminish.

Herbal Tea

Herbal tea has long been used as a cough cure. For thousands of years, cultures like the Chinese have been using herbal teas to cure the body from ailments as well as rid it of impurities. Black tea and chamomile tea have long been considered the best cough aids when it comes to herbal tea. The antioxidants in the tea are released when hot water is passed through it. To properly prepare, pour hot water into your tea cup along with the tea. Add a few drops of lemon juice to help activate the antioxidants. Also add a tablespoon of honey to help coat your throat. Those ingredients when combined will help sooth a lingering cough.

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