January 31st, 2012

Natural Cough Remedies from Around the Blogosphere

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Groovy Green Livin Cough Remedies

It’s officially cold and flu season.  Everyone seems to be sniffling, sneezing and coughing, trying desperately to find remedies to ease their symptoms. I tend to get sick like clockwork this time of year. Last year around this time I was feeling pretty miserable. This time around it seems to be a bad cold with lots of uncontrollable coughing. In between coughs, I decided to check in with some great green minds from around the blogosphere to see how they would combat a vicious cough the non-toxic and natural way.

Here’s what the great green minds from around the blogosphere  had to say about treating a cough the natural way:

Boiron’s homeopathic cough medicine, sucking on peppermints, and/or honey (the whiskey trick is good as well!). To get better colloidal silver, Emergen-C, olive leaf extract, elderberry extract and oil of oregano.

She also found this interesting concoction works: take an onion and slice it, then pour honey over it, let it sit in the fridge for a few hours and then take a spoonful every 15 minutes. Sorry Lisa, that doesn’t sound very appetizing.

  • Hillary finds that 9 times out of 10 when she gets a cough it is post-nasal drip-related. She uses her Neti pot twice a day.  She remembers her family physician recommending a couple teaspoons of Crème de Menthe.
  • Julia from It’s Not Like a Cat suggests making a cup of tea with eucalyptus, licorice, wild cherry bark, and mullein and honey. She has also had luck with sipping very hot chicken broth spiked with lemon, garlic, and cayenne or red pepper.
  • Anastacia starts with her Neti Pot and then makes a mixture of minced garlic mixed with raw honey.
  • Amity from Green Gifts Guide has found that Eucalyptus Oil worked well for her last spring when she had her first (and hopefully last) case of bronchitis. She made a steam tent in the bathroom sink and inhaled it.
  • Jennifer from It’s Not Easy to be Green suggests mixing generous amounts of honey and lemon juice in hot water. The alternative is a salt water gargle.
  • Claire from Moms Rising shared a great article, Non-toxic Tips for Winter Coughs & Colds. I tried out the simple recipe from Dr. Greene for combating a cold.
  • Xinyu, Jennifer (buckwheat honey) and Local Bites agree that honey is the cure (with a little lime juice). Sam agrees, but adds a little citrus and whiskey to his mixture.
  • Laura says a Neti pot will  flush the sinuses that may be draining, wild cherry bark tea for the cough & elderberry to boost your immune system. Zinc and echinacea are also helpful.

It seems the general consensus for treating a cough the natural way is:

Honey works

According to the New York Times, the thinking is that sweet substances of any kind help soothe the back of the throat and break up mucus in the airways. Honey is also known to have antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.

Citrus juice helps

Most citrus juices (lemon, orange) are rich in vitamin C, which helps to strenghen the immune system. Vitamin C is also acidic so it will help thin the accumulated phlegm in the airway passages.

Looking for more natural ways to soothe your cough?Hop over to Healthy Child Healthy World for a few more suggestions.

I’ll add my own tip: sleep and lots of it!

Do you have any favorite all natural cough remedies?

Disclaimer: This post is not meant to be medical advice. I’m not a physician. Please consult a physician if your cough persists.


25 Responses to “Natural Cough Remedies from Around the Blogosphere”

  1. Great tips, Lori! Thanks for sharing. You have been pined!

  2. I love having all of this advice in one post – thanks! Pinning this 😉

  3. Pinning this too with the hopes that it helps give someone relief without getting a bunch of prescription medicine that doesn’t help. Glad to hear you’re on the mend!

  4. Thanks Amity! I’m feeling much better. Thanks for your suggestion! It takes a village 🙂

  5. Thanks Charise! It was nice getting such great advice.

  6. Thanks so much Stephanie, as always!

  7. Yogi Tea makes a great tea called Throat Comfort that always does the trick when my throat is sore. I also like to steep grated fresh ginger with a few slices of lemon, then add honey. So soothing when you feel miserable!

  8. I have added this post to my Apothecary Page. Your disclaimer is a good idea, I must add one there. I hadn’t thought of that, thanks.


  9. Thanks for the tea suggestion Andrea. I’m familiar with Yogi tea-I think they sell it at Whole Foods? My cough is finally going away. Next go round I’ll give the tea a shot.

  10. Thanks Argentum!

  11. Oh these are such awesome tips!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  12. Great tips! LOOOOVE using honey, its soothing and tastes soo d-lish!

  13. Hi Tiffany! Yep, honey does the trick. My kids are willing to use it too-which works out well when they’re sick.

  14. Just coming back to say thanks for linking up at the Green & Natural Mamas Linky!

  15. Pau d’arco tea is great to help with colds. However, I use a nasal attachment to my water pic. I know that sounds gross but it really helps clears out your sinus. I do the minute I feel like a cold is coming on. Steam too is wonderful.

  16. Thanks for all the suggestions Anna. I didn’t realize there was a nasal attachment possibility for a water pic. I use my Neti Pot which does essentially the same thing.

  17. I use therapeutic grade essential oils of lemon, myrrh, eucalyptus, cinnamon, and oregano just to name a few. Not only do they get rid of a cough, they kill viruses, and they boost your immune system enough that we rarely catch those bugs that go around every season. check out http://www.essentialoilexpert.com for free samples.

  18. Thanks so much for the extra tips Kierston. I have heard a lot about oregano oil and want to give it a try.

  19. Cough and phlem always go hand in hand. Most of the time it goes away after taking some vitamin-c and in some cases, antibiotics.`

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  20. Olive leaf (Olea europaea) was first used medicinally in Ancient Egypt. It is gaining recognition as a powerful defender against sickness.-

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  21. antihistamines do work for my post nasal drip but i am still looking for a good natural antihistamines that works like Chlorphenamine and Hydroxyzine.”

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  23. This is a huge list. 🙂 As for me, I go with the honey and lemon mix in warm water, that works all the time. 🙂
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  24. When I was a kid, my parents used to cure my cough with kalamansi juice. It is effective in kicking cough as I have tested.
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  25. […] makes it ideal for reducing the duration of a cold. I generally take oregano oil when the first symptoms appear. I like to keep oregano oil soft gel tablets in my kitchen cabinet so they’re ready […]

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