My remedy for coughing is manuka honey. One tablespoon before bed. Take it without water. Slowly swallow it down your throat. It works every time.
lay in bed on your belly. relax. start taking deep breath into you lower abdomen. take air out. until you fell a sleep
Right after New Year's I developed what I thought was a cold. I'm currently uninsured so I tried many remedies before going to the doctor, which in the end turned out to be a waste of my money. So I thought I'd share my experience since, as it turns out, I never needed antibiotics and could have managed with home remedies and other OTC aids.
I had high fever, terrible chills and headache for about 5 days. At this point there was no sign of a sore throat or sneezing or coughing. Around day 6, the fever and chills subsided and although my temperature was still about 101, I didn't feel nearly as dying as I'd felt the entire week. But a dry non-productive not-itchy cough started to develop and after a couple days, I started to produce a bit of phlegm coming from my chest. Whatever little I could manage to produce was green and I immediately thought bacteria infection. I vomited a couple of times from the cough and feeling that something in my chest needed to come out. Still I held off on going to the doctor.
At this point I was following various recipes I found here and had made up my own potion consisting of: boiling a cup or so of water with a few whole peppercorns, cinnamon, cloves, smashed fresh ginger, cayenne pepper and turmeric and then combining that 'tea' with lots of honey and lemon. This helped to soothe my throat temporarily.
But then it became painful to breathe, especially when lying down for bed at night. My 'tea' didn't help except, as I said, for soothing my throat for a while, but the discomfort was in my lungs. So I headed to an urgent care clinic and saw a doctor, who said I had bronchitis and it was turning bacterial and prescribed a 5-day dose of antibiotics and a cough syrup, along with a recommendation to buy OTC probiotics because I was also constipated and producing very smelly gases since the fever began. I followed the treatment and began to feel better, although the antibiotics killed my stomach, leaving me feeling nauseous the entire day and I also vomited a little.
After I finished the dosis of antibiotics, I felt well for about a week, except for the leftover dry cough, but I could breathe easily. Then it started to come back, but in the form of a sore throat. I started to sneeze a lot and had the worst itchy throat. Still, the cough was not productive. No fever and no chest pain. But since I'm job hunting and expecting interviews in the coming weeks, I couldn't afford to take to bed again if this infection came back. So last night I headed to the CVS Minute Clinic this time and the super nice female doctor who saw me chatted with me about my symptoms and told me that most often, bronchitis is not due to bacterial infection. Some online sources say as much, but others that I had come across in my research said that bronchitis can turn bacterial, as the first doctor I saw told me. This second doctor said most research shows it is not so. She told me if she examined me she would most likely find that the discomfort of my throat was due to allergies, which I have regular issues with. I've had really bad sinusitis infections in the past and take Allegra every few days for my sinus problems (sneezing and runny nose). I told her I don't usually have allergies in my throat, but she said it is likely due to irritation from having coughed for so long and also drainage in the back of my throat. She didn't examine me and I paid nothing, but she did recommend a few things to do, which have helped tremendously with my itchy throat:
Take 1 Allegra or Zyrtic once a day (she said no Allegra-D, just plain Allegra)
Take 1 Singulair if available
Take 2 Advils every 6 hours for 2 days
Use a saline only nasal spray at least 4 times each day, I bought the CVS brand
She said the itchy throat is due to inflammation and the reason I felt better when I saw the first doctor and got antibiotics was because the antibiotics contain an anti-inflammatory, and that's what bronchitis is -- inflammation of the bronchial tubes. So the Advil should help with anti-inflammation and ease the cough. And it has helped. I couldn't sleep the past couple of nights because of the terrible itchiness in my throat and after taking the Advil/Allegra and doing the nasal saline spray, I feel better.
I know this is not entirely home remedies only, but if anyone out there is looking for home remedies because of lack of health insurance and high medical costs (as I was), maybe this will help.
It works for all ages and is very healthy and natural way to help with cough and sore throat.
All you need is;
4 tsp of sugar
* chop onion into small pieces
* put it into small cup
* add sugar and stir well
* let it stand for about 3 hours
* after 3 hours you should have some 'onion juice' there
* keep taking this home made cough syrup as often as you need
You can also add some garlic into the mixture and replace sugar with honey.
After reading all the posts on calming coughs, I came up with one that seems to be working. Based on what I read, I went with the cinnamon/honey combos. I only had celestial cinnamon apple spice tea.. so I made that and steeped it for only a few seconds, added about 2 tablespoons of honey and 1/2 tsp. of ground cinnamon. Wow! Drank it warm and not only is is helping already, it tastes great. Already I feel my cough loosening up. I hope for a full night's sleep tonight.
Boil together in a pot.
Let cool into syrup. Swallow small amount.
For on the go spray solution.
small small amount of salt
Boil ingredients together. Let cool. it should be very watery but if not you put too much honey. Then you need to put it in a spray bottle and when your throat is sore spray 2-5 sprays in your mouth. Great for before speech or presentation nervousness or dry throat. 2-5 sprays before you go up and your throat shouldn't get dry.
Laying in bed trying anything and everything to get rid of this cough. I went to my go to medicine and took a shot of Jack Daniels and got no results this time. I finally settled on this.
Natural tea wit ground cinnamon mixed in. The cinnamon will give the tea a dry taste but this really does work. Soothes the tickle in the back of your throat while calming a stubborn cough!
This is the easiest and quickest ways to handle dry cough.
Take 10 black pepper corns ( not grounded or powdered pepper please) and boil them in a glass of water.
Boil the water till it reduces to half a glass.
Filter the pepper corns and allow the mixture to get luke warm.
Mix a spoon of honey and take small sips.
It will fix the cough for few hours and then repeat.
After 2 days of regular use the cough will be gone completely.
this always works for me boil 1 cup of water and add 2 tablespoons of ginger, ground cayenne pepper, and 1/3 cup of sugar and bring to a boil. put aluminium on the top of the cup and let it sit for 3 mins then drink. ( the sugar is optional).
Reading through most of these remedies I realized that I have NONE of the things listed other than Celestial Bedtime tea, Honey, Salt, English Breakfast Tea, and the fact I need my cough gone sooner rather than wait. I start my new job today and coming in hacking up on people would NOT be a good impression to make. SO I decided to try something new.
My Celestial Bedtime tea was calling my name, seeing as it's soothing, minty, and delicious. So I tossed in my Kuereg and added 2 teaspoons of honey. (I like it sweet and I refuse to put sugar in. I don't want to worsen my cough.)
Gargling salt water (warm, cold, and hot) didn't do too much but trigger my gag reflex, and it wasn't going down to where it really needed to, so along with my honey Chamomile tea I added salt. Since it dissolved in the hot deliciousness, I didn't have any taste of it, but it was still there. My tea is DELICIOUS even with all the salt. Especially cause it's going down where it needs to, and then the honey coats it over and the warmth soothes the itch. It's a win win win!
SO! In Short...
-Hot tea (Chamomile or Regular)
-1 tablespoon of salt
-2 tablespoons of honey (more or less, but the two seems to have did the trick)