What is good for a dry cough?

Updated February 21, 2017

A dry cough can become a very painful problem. It can also be quite annoying with the constant tickly throat and coughing, as well as irritating to others. It can prevent you from maximising your daily output and can keep you from getting a good night's sleep.

Herbal Tea

Treating a cough with herbal tea, laced with lemon juice and honey, works very well as the heat in the hot water naturally opens the air passages, and the healing enzymes in the tea help with the inflammation. Black tea and chamomile tea are known to work the best. A splash of lemon juice helps release the enzymes in the tea and honey helps lubricate your throat. Drink it slowly and your cough should melt away.

Garlic Cough Syrup

Garlic is another one of nature's miracle cure-alls. To prepare the cough syrup, mince about a half pound of garlic cloves and put them into a quart jar. Cover the garlic with honey and securely fasten the lid. Place the jar in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 24 hours. Ideally, you would want the mixture to marinate for about two weeks, but if you have a cough right now, you do not have that kind of time. When you wake up in the morning, take a teaspoon of the garlic cough syrup and your cough should be gone for the better part of the morning. You should chew and swallow the garlic and honey as both possess the healing enzymes your body needs. You can use the mixture throughout the day as you feel the urge to cough.


Ginger is also a great way to suppress a cough. Place a slice of fresh ginger in your mouth. Chew the ginger until the urge to cough disappears. You can also add powdered ginger to a glass of warm water and drink slowly whenever you have the urge to cough.

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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.