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Home Remedies for Dry Cough


Dry cough never fails to irritate those who have it. It is itchy, exasperating and croaky. Sometimes it may even be painful and produces a lot of discomfort and awkward moments to the one who has it. Therefore it is essential to look for the most effective dry cough remedies there is to get rid of this infuriating dry cough.

First and foremost, you must understand that dry cough is not a disease itself. It is simply a symptom of an underlying condition, which may be graver in nature. Therefore to properly eliminate it from your system, then physicians must clearly identify dry cough causes.. There are actually a lot of roots for dry cough to develop. Some of them are basically environmental factors and others are serious medical conditions that need immediate attention such as Pneumonia, Asthma and the likes. These conditions must be properly addressed to say goodbye to dry cough. But nevertheless, dry cough is symptom that must be treated as well. This article shall give out each of the most common natural dry cough remedy that doctors or even mothers provide for the sick member of their family.

Home Remedies for Dry Cough

If the dry cough is caused by mild or easily treatable environmental factors, then you can use any of these dry cough remedies available at home to eradicate dry cough.

1. Water

Nothing beats fresh and natural warm water in treating respiratory discomforts. The warmth of the water plus its moisturizing effect is a very potent dry cough remedy that soothes the airways and respiratory membranes. You may also add some salt to it for more efficacies.

2. Ginger

Ginger is the most common dry cough remedy that is readily available at home. You simply peel and cut the ginger, add some salt to it and chew it the way you chew a bubblegum. It might be a little too spicy so if you cannot handle it, then you can simply make a ginger tea by boiling it to hot water followed by tea leaves, pepper and basil leaves. Consume this 3-4 times a day. The juice extract dry cough remedy of the ginger shall relieve you from that nasty feeling of a dry cough.

3. Garlic

Garlic, as we all know is a powerful herbal medicine. Now, as a dry cough remedy, it possesses antibiotic properties that would certainly be helpful especially if you’re developing an infection. To consume this, you must mince a clove of garlic, drizzle it with honey and marinate it overnight. When you wake up in the morning, take 1 tablespoon of it then repeat it all throughout the day as needed.

4. Onion

Onion, another dry cough remedy, acts as a decongestant. In consuming this, it soothes your airways by losing of mucus and providing relief. Just extract the juice of a chopped onion, add some honey, mix it, let it settle for about 4-5 hours and drink it, as easy as that.

5. Honey and Lemon

For a more potent dry cough remedy, try mixing two tablespoon each of the lemon juice and honey, then warm it and enjoy. This mixture is said to provide enormous relief in dry cough.

6. Aniseed

This dry cough remedy is very famous loosening mucus. Simply make a warm tea out of it and suck out its benefit by drinking it warm.

7. Grape Juice with Honey

Another dry cough remedy is the combination of grape juice and honey. Simply mix them together and consume it just like drinking a normal juice.

8. Turmeric

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Turmeric is a dry cough remedy that is said to get rid of the irritating persistent dry cough in 2 days time. Just mix 1 gram of the turmeric with 1 teaspoon of honey and drink it. Do this dry cough remedy at least three times a day.

Now, if you have some serious disease as evidenced by signs of infection such as fever, chills, night sweats, rashes; or if you have a persistent chronic dry cough, then you must prompt yourself to consult a physician. They will observe and assess you thoroughly before giving you the most appropriate over-the-counter or even prescription drugs such as cough syrup or capsules.

1. Cough suppressants

Cough suppressants or antitussives are commonly prescribed as a dry cough remedy. It diminishes cough reflex thereby minimizing those awkward and painful moments of coughing. The most commonly used generic cough syrup for such classification of medicines is the Dextromethorphan. It seldom causes side effects and is proven to be effective in treating dry cough.

2. Antihistamines

Sometimes, physicians would also prescribe antihistamines as a dry cough remedy to induce sleep for those who find it difficult to have a peaceful night of sleep due to their dry cough. When taking this, you should never drive or operate heavy machineries for it causes drowsiness.


Edwinoel Tanglao from Los Angeles, California on October 29, 2013:

True, I have been a proponent of natural supplements believing in God's gift of nature in creation to help us heal better , and our dynamic immune system which He has created is attuned to every natural remedy, enhancing its efficiency for as long as we abide in Him in faith and good deeds, heeding His words of truth in the power of unconditional love and forgiveness that help keep us away from stress, which is a very potent force that usually causes illness and sadly, even death.

David McKenzie from Canada on October 22, 2013:

You do a great job of interlinking.

Taylor on May 21, 2013:

I have an ear infection and a really bad dry cough. I hack my head off at night. I have missed 2 dad of school because of cough an fever. What can I do????

sunasia22 (author) from Philippines on September 15, 2012:

Hi Thelma!

Thank you very much for finding this hub useful and for voting it up.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on September 13, 2012:

Thanks for this useful information. I´ve used some of these and I want to try the others that I´ve not try yet. Voted up and useful.

artcrays on February 05, 2012:

Just exactly what we needed, the wifes been coughin all day, thks

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Heather on February 04, 2012:

Very useful information! This helps you weed out all the multisymtom products that you really might not need.

sunasia22 (author) from Philippines on January 30, 2012:

You're welcome Injured Lamb! Happy to know that you found it informative and voting it up! I'm drinking ginger tea but not yet try the ginger milk, got to try it next time.

Injured lamb on January 30, 2012:

Thanks again for another informative hub of yours. I love drinking ginger hot milk whenever I have dry cough and it did cure...voted this up!

sunasia22 (author) from Philippines on January 22, 2012:

thank you m0rd0r for voting up and for taking time to read. You're right, doctor's consultation is still needed if symptoms persist.

Stoill Barzakov from Sofia, Bulgaria on January 22, 2012:

Very useful. Just don't forget, that dry cough can be a sign of pneumonia and you better visit physician if it takes too long and does not heal.

Voted Up and Useful.

daleamy from Spring Hill, TN on January 13, 2012:

Great information! Now I know what to do instead of reaching for unhealthy cough syrup when our family gets that nasty, dry cough in the winter

Edwinoel Tanglao from Los Angeles, California on January 13, 2012:

Great useful natural ways of healing cough, sunasia22. I too am a strong believer of natural ways of healing as I see God's healing hands on natural means, and all these perfectly energize our immune system as they help enhance its healing power from within the body in sync with Christ's teaching of love of others, the spirit being a great source of healing power that spreads through our hearts.

sunasia22 (author) from Philippines on January 12, 2012:

@ wwolfs & nityanandagaurang, thank you for taking time to read my hub...

nityanandagaurang on January 12, 2012:

good collection of home remedies,i will personally try ginger tip,i will also try ginger with hot milk

wwolfs on January 11, 2012:

Great home remedies. I've only used the honey and lemon and will have to try some of the others next time I have a cough. Thanks for sharing!

sunasia22 (author) from Philippines on January 11, 2012:

@ picklesandrufus & Vinaya...Thanks for checking this out...Really appreciate for taking time to comment..thanks!

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on January 11, 2012:

I'm aware about many of these home remedies. My best formula for cough is honey mixed with ginger juice. Thanks for sharing

picklesandrufus from Virginia Beach, Va on January 11, 2012:

Wow, really good information. I only knew about a few of these. will bookmark this hub. vote up!

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