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15 Home Remedies for a Dry Cough

Coughs are the result of dust, pollen, viruses or bacteria or any other substance that irritates the nerves in the throat or airway. Most people will get a dry cough at some point in their lives. In this article, we will discuss 15 home remedies for a dry cough.

These home remedies for a dry cough will each come with their own list of benefits as well as a step-by-step guide on how to use each one.

1. Honey

Studies have shown that honey may be more effective at treating a cough than over the counter medicines. This includes those that contain dextromethorphan, also known as DXM or DM. Some studies have also suggested that honey products may help relieve difficulty with sleep. Not only does honey have antibacterial properties but it also coats the throat to prevent further irritation.

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Directions

  • Take a spoonful of honey when you get a persistent cough.
  • Mix the honey into your tea for a delicious, warm way to soothe your throat
  • Take more spoonfuls as needed.

2. Probiotics

Probiotics are great for a dry cough. They won’t take away your cough immediately, but they can help relieve the underlying conditions of a cough. The bacteria in probiotics can help prevent flu and colds while helping to reduce an allergy to pollen. Probiotics, when combined with vitamins and minerals, are especially helpful in this endeavor. This is a simple method that is relatively inexpensive as probiotics can be found in most stores.

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Directions

  • Take one probiotic one or two times per day.
  • You will want to follow the directions that are written on the bottle for best results.

3. Quercetin

Quercetin is a flavonoid that inhibits the production of histamine. Histamine is what causes allergy symptoms like coughing and runny noses. It does interact with some medications including antidepressants and allergy medicines such as antihistamines; so be sure that you check for interactions before taking it. This is a relatively inexpensive and easy home remedy for a dry cough because these supplements are available in pharmacies for a low price.

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Directions

  • Take the supplement one or two times daily. It all depends on what the suggested usage is on the label. This makes it important that you read what the labels says before beginning.

4. Bromelain

Bromelain is the enzyme in pineapple. It works by coating your throat in a similar way that honey does, except it goes one-step further. It relieves swelling and inflammation that are caused by allergies, helping to reduce the irritation found in the throat. This should, in theory, stop the coughing since there are fewer irritants there. 

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Directions

  • Take the bromelain supplements as directed. This could be up to twice per day. Read and follow the instructions for best results.

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  • Eat pineapple pieces. A single serving or two should do the trick.

5. Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint is one of the most widely used ingredients for treating the symptoms of colds. This is because of the active ingredient, menthol, is soothing and is a great decongestant. Menthol is also good at thinning mucus and thereby works as an expectorant to break up and get rid of mucus. Dry coughs benefit from its soothing and calming effect.

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Directions

  • Blend the Peppermint essential oil with the vegetable or olive oil.
  • Dab the essential oils onto the affected area.
  • The Peppermint essential oil will work to relieve the pain and swelling that comes with the dry cough.

6. Slippery Elm

Slippery elm has traditionally been used to ease a cough and sore throat. It contains mucilage just like marshmallow which is great at absorbing into the throat. Slippery elm can affect how some medications are absorbed into the body, so be sure that you are waiting the right amount of time before ingesting it after taking other medications. You can also use it as an essential oil.

Necessary Items

  • Slippery elm essential oil
  • Vegetable oil or olive oil

Directions

  • Combine the slippery elm essential oil with vegetable oil. This will serve as a carrier oil.
  • Massage the essential oils onto the affected area. The slippery elm essential oil takes away the irritation of the cough.

7. Licorice Root Tea

Licorice is both a demulcent and an expectorant. This can help soothe your airways and stop your coughing while also thinning out the mucus. Inflammation that is bothering your throat can be reduced which also helps in the inhibition of coughs. Steer clear of licorice root if you have kidney problems or are on steroids.

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Directions

  • Bring water to its boiling point.Place the licorice root into the bottom of the mug or mix the ingredient in.
  • Cover the ingredient with water.
  • Steep it for 10-15 minutes.
  • Drink the whole cup up to twice daily.
  • Enjoy the warmth that comes along with the hot tea to further soothe your ailments.

8. Steam

Steam is a traditional way to get rid of a cough. The steam hydrates a sore, dry throat, making it so that the inside of your throat can stop feeling irritated. Steam is essentially free and it takes no effort at all to breathe it in. This makes it one ofthe simplest and most cost-effective way to help stop your coughing.

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Directions

  • Turn the stove on and fill a pot with water.
  • Bring water to a near boil.
  • Breathe in the steam that comes off of it.

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  •  Turn on a humidifier.
  • Breathe in the steam it produces.

9. Salt Water Gargle

Salt water is another popular remedy. It can relieve a lot of the discomfort caused by a cough. It works because when the salt level is higher outside of the cells in your mucus membranes, water leaves the cells to balance things out. This means that swelling goes down and your discomfort is relieved.

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  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 8 ounces of warm water

Directions

  • Heat warm water on a stove or in a microwave. Stir sea salt into water until it has dissolved.
  • Gargle with the solution for up to 15 seconds. Spit it out and repeat the gargle with the remaining water.
  • Rinse with plain water when you’re done.

10. Thyme Tea

Thyme has been used for centuries for its anti-microbial properties. It can help get rid of the microbes in your throat and relax the muscles that open up your airways to reduce coughing. Thyme is easy to come by. This makes it a great, low-cost choice.

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  • Handful of fresh thyme sprigs
  • Mortar and pestle
  • 8 ounces of fresh water
  • Honey or lemon (optional)

Directions

  • Bruise the thyme gently with a mortar and pestle.
  • Bring water to a boil.
  • Place the thyme into the bottom of the mug or mix the ingredient in.
  • Douse the ingredient with water.
  • Steep for 10-15 minutes.
  • Pour into cup and enjoy. Youcan add honey or lemon, if desired.
  • Drink the whole cup up to twice daily.

11. Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe is a great anti-inflammatory. Because of this, you can reduce the swelling in the throat and relax the muscles. This helps to reduce the irritation that causes coughing. You can add honey into a glass of aloe juice or make aloe tea instead.

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Directions

  • Rub the aloe vera juice into the cramping leg.
  • Massage it onto the leg.
  • Rinse it off after 10 minutes.

12. Turmeric and Milk

Turmeric has been used for centuries thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. This helps to reduce the inflammation in your throat caused by irritants. By doing this, your cough can also be reduced. The milk in this combination helps to coat your throat, providing immediate relief from a scratchy cough.

Necessary Items

  • Turmeric
  • Milk of your choice, but whole milk will work the best

Directions

  • Heat up milk in the microwave or on the stove. Do this until it is warm but not hot.
  • Mix in turmeric.
  • Drink the treatment before bed or during a bad coughing fit.

13. Ginger Tea

Warming spices like ginger are natural cough remedies. Ginger is cheap and making ginger tea takes no time at all.

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Directions

  • Boil water on the stove.
  • Place the ginger root into the bottom of the mug or mix the ingredient in.
  • Cover the ginger root with hot water.
  • Let it stand for 10-15 minutes.
  • Drink the whole cup up to twice daily.

14. Onion

Onions contain sulfur which makes them a crucial ingredient for dry cough remedies. Drinking warm onion broth or tea is an excellent way to get the onion into your body.

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Necessary Items

  • One onion
  • Water

Directions

  • Attach half of the onion to the side of the throat using tape, or gargle onion juice.

15. Garlic

Garlic has both anti microbial and antibacterial compounds that help treat coughs. It is best served as a tea.

Necessary Items

  • One clove garlic
  • Water

Directions

  • Bring water to a boil.
  • Put the garlic in the mug.
  • Cover the garlic with hot water.
  • Let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
  • Drink the whole cup up to twice daily.

Conclusion

A dry cough is not only persistent and annoying, but it can be painful as well. Dry coughs don’t often go away on their own, but if you went to the doctor every time you had one, you would likely be there every day. This list of home remedies for a dry cough should give you a good place to start the next time a dry cough strikes.

Have you tried any of these home remedies for a dry cough? Do you have a few tricks up your sleeve as well? Let us know about your experiences in the comments section below.

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  1. Can’t wait to go to grocery store and try some of these home remedies they seem to make sense ! I had already tried some of the mentioned remedies and they were amazing. Thank you for mentioning the tips. Is there any way to quit smoking?

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