Dry Irritating Cough Treatment

Updated February 21, 2017

A dry cough can become a very painful and annoying condition. Not only does it affect your daily output, it can affect others around you and prevent everyone from getting a good night's sleep. There are, however, plenty of home remedies available to you to help subdue the cough.

Herbal Tea

Herbal tea has been used for centuries by the Chinese culture to treat many different medical conditions. Ranging from digestive help to the flu, herbal tea draws the toxins out of the body that cause disease. There are many different types of herbal tea, but the best ones to use while battling a cough are black tea and chamomile tea.

To prepare properly, pour hot water into a heat-resistant mug along with your tea of choice. Allow the tea to steep for about one minute. Add in a splash of lemon juice to further help the healing enzymes be released into the hot water. The lemon juice will also help with your inflamed throat. Mix in a tablespoon of honey to help lubricate your throat and drink slowly. The combination of the three ingredients will soothe even the worst cough.

Garlic Cough Syrup

It may not sound like the most appetizing thing in the world, but garlic cough syrup is as effective at curing a cough as most pharmacological antitussives. To prepare, chop up a few cloves of garlic and place them into a Mason jar. Next, completely cover the garlic with honey and securely fasten the lid of the jar. Place the mixture into the refrigerator for at least 24 hours to marinate. Ideally, you would want to let the concoction marinate for about two weeks, but if you have a cough now you do not have that kind of time. When you wake up, take a tablespoon of the mixture to subdue your cough for the better part of the morning hours, and take it throughout the day as needed.

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