Cough home remedies

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  1. What is a cough?
  2. Cough causes
  3. Cough home remedies

  4. Red clover syrup
  5. Garlic cough syrup
  6. Lemon and glycerin cough syrup
  7. Onion cough syrup
  8. Leek or cabbage water
  9. Red cabbage, boerhaave syrup

What is a cough


What is a cough? A cough is a sudden reflex action that clears your airwaves of unwanted substances like dust, smoke and microbes.

Coughing can occur involuntarily or voluntarily.

  • Coughs that last up to three weeks are called acute.
  • Coughs that go on longer than 8 weeks are called chronic.
  • Coughs that are present for three to eight weeks are called subacute.

Cough causes


Coughing is usually caused by the common cold, it is also caused by

  • Smoking
  • Viral or bacterial infections in the lungs, e.g pneumonia, acute bronchitis, whooping cough.
  • Asthma
  • Post nasal drip
  • Gerd( acid reflux
  • Air pollution
  • Heart failure
  • Medications like Ace inhibitors.

Red clover syrup


  • 1oz (25g) red clover blossoms.
  • 1 pint (600ml) clear honey.
  • 1 pint (600ml) water.

This is amongst the tastiest of all cough home remedies.

  1. First of all ensure that your red clover blossoms are free from insects.
  2. Start heating the water and honey carefully to boiling point and then add your red clover blossoms.
  3. Make the whole thing simmer for around fifteen minutes, then turn of the heat and leave it to cool.
  4. Next strain your mixture through a muslin cloth. Make sure you press well, so that all the syrup is through.
  5. Put it in a bottle and keep it in the fridge. Take one or two tablespoons as and when you need to.

Garlic cough syrup


  • 4 fl oz ( 125ml) clear honey.
  • One tablespoon of finely grated horseradish.
  • One tablespoon of finely grated garlic.

First a word of warning, make sure the horseradish fumes don't go into your eyes and clean your hands thoroughly after preparing.

Garlic is a great ingredient to use in cough home remedies because it has excellent medicinal properties.

Mix all your ingredients in a jar and stand the jar in a pan of hot water and place in a warm, safe place to macerate for 1 day.

Take one or two tablespoons as needed. This cough syrup is good for chesty coughs but its not recommended for children.

Lemon and glycerin cough syrup


  • from one lemon. Clear honey.
  • Two tablespoons of glycerin.

  1. Pour the glycerin and lemon juice into (8 fl oz) 250 ml capacity jar, then stir it well and fill it with honey,
  2. Seal the jar and shake it well and keep the jar in the fridge. Take one teaspoon when you need to

Onion cough syrup


  • 6 large onions
  • Half a cup of clear honey

  1. Cut up your six large onions and put it in a saucepan.
  2. Add the water.
  3. Pour your honey into the saucepan.
  4. Allow the mixture to boil for about two hours and then strain it into a jar.
  5. Take at regular intervals; this is particularly good for loosening phlegm.

Leek or cabbage water


This is one of the simplest cough home remedies. Take some leeks or cabbage and boil them in water until cooked. Put the leftover water into a cup or bottle and drink warm.

It doesn't sound very tasty but the taste is not bad, it's pretty savoury. It is an affective cure for catarrhal infections which can be the cause of coughs. Additionally it is also an ancient cure for whooping cough.

Red cabbage, boerhaave syrup



Red cabbage, honey.

  1. Put your red cabbage leaves into a blender or pound the leaves with a mortar and pestle if you prefer.
  2. Squeeze all the juice out through a muslin cloth and then measure it.
  3. Now for each pint take half a pint of clear honey
  4. Put the honey and juice into a heavy bottomed pan and cook over a low heat until your mix as a consistency of syrup.
  5. When it cools down, put it in a bottle and take one tablespoon when needed for a persistent cough.
  6. You can also take a tablespoon a day to guard against catarrhal infections.

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