12 Home Remedies for Instant Cough Relief

Winter usually means more illnesses and one of the most common ailments is coughs. We’ve put together a list of 12 easy to use home remedies for coughs to help get you feeling better right away.


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1. Water

This may be the most important thing you can do to help relieve coughs.

The drainage that often accompanies a cough can irritate the throat lining causing the cough.

Unfortunately the drainage can irritate the throat, causing a cough which irritates the throat. Next thing you know you’re in the middle of a vicious circle.

Next thing you know you’re in the middle of a vicious circle.

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How does increase water consumption help coughs? Keep reading to learn more.

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When you’re dehydrated, the mucus draining down gets thicker. Increasing your water helps to thin the secretions allowing them to drain easier.

Water also helps keep mucus membranes moist, which is extremely important during dry winter months.

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2. Honey

Honey works amazing and may be best sweetest natural remedy for coughs.  One of the beautiful things about honey is its usefulness on both wet and dry coughs.

Used alone for more severe coughs, or mix with grape or lemon juice for less severe coughs.

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How exactly does honey work? Keep reading for the answer.

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Honey is very thick and sticky which works great in the throat. These two properties help coat and protect the throat relieving the irritant.

Honey also has antibacterial properties which may help shorten the duration of your cough.

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3. Salt Water Gargles

Salt water gargles really do work, and starting at the first sign of sore throat or cough is most beneficial.

We suggest one teaspoon salt in a glass of water for maximum benefit.

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How exactly does this gargle work?  Keep reading for more info.

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Salt gargles works by osmosis. The salt content in the gargle causes the cells to release fluid which can reduce swelling.

Salt gargles also helps remove irritants, allergens, and bacteria from the throat lining.

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4. Pineapple

Pineapple is the best kept secret in cough relief. Pineapple can also be beneficial for sinusitis relief and allergic rhinitis.

The secret ingredient in pineapple is called Bromelain. This enzyme is only found in the stem and actual fruit of the pineapple.

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How much pineapple do you have to eat for relief?  Keep reading and we’ll tell you.

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Bromelain can help suppress coughs and also may help with inflammation in the throat.

You don’t need much pineapple for relief.  Just one slice, or if you prefer liquid 3.5 ounces, at least three times a day should help your cough.

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 5. Hot Shower

That’s right, you daily shower can help reduce your cough.  You just need to make a few changes and you could be feeling better in 20 minutes.

Before getting in the shower, close all windows and turn the fan off so the air can get steamy. Turn the water on as hot as you can stand and enjoy.

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How does hot water help?  Keep reading to find out.

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The steam from the hot water makes the air humid which is coughs mortal enemy.  Steam soothes the throat and airways and loosens phlegm and mucus allowing it to drain.

Be careful using steam baths if you have a history of asthma as it may cause asthmatic coughs to worsen.

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6. Ginger

Ginger is a little powerhouse. As an antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial, ginger can hit the cause of your cough no matter what it is.

Ginger also has anti-inflammatory properties which helps reduce swelling in the throat.

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Ginger can be used for coughs in a few different ways. You can take a piece of salted ginger and chew on it a few minutes. You might notice an increase in saliva which helps thin secretions.

You could also make a ginger tea to help get instant relief. Mix with water and a bit of honey for double hit on your cough.

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7. Almonds

This is the surprise element on our list. Almonds contain phytochemicals and antioxidants, which can improve overall health.

Almonds also contain several other chemical compounds that work together to relieve coughs and inflammation.

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To get the benefits from almonds, soak a handful in water overnight. After soaking, peal outer skin off, and mash into paste. Add butter and sugar for taste and eat three to four times a day.

For additional taste you can eat your almond paste on crackers or with apples.

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8. Pepper and Honey

Pepper is one of the oldest spices on record and it’s pretty amazing it is still primarily only being used for that.

Pepper contains piperine which may have medicinal purposes and mixed with honey’s benefits we’ve already discussed, this is a dynamic duo.

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What’s the best way to use this remedy?  Keep reading for more information.

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It’s very simple to benefit from a pepper and honey drink. Boil one teaspoon of pepper in two cups of water for 15 minutes. Cool the mixture, seep, and add one teaspoon honey.

You can repeat this twice a day as needed.

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9. Hot Drinks

That’s right, almost any hot drink can be used all day, every day for cough relief. We even suggest you mix it up to get the most benefit of all drinks.

Coffee, tea, and even hot water, all three can soothe sore throats and loosen mucus and phlegm. Decrease in cough is also another benefit of the hot drinks.

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What types of hot drinks can you have? Keep reading for some ideas.

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You can purchase pre-made tea packets in your flavor or make your own tea at home. Coffee is pretty simple; we just suggest you limit it if you’re sensitive to caffeine.

Hot water may the winner in our book for cough relief. You can add lemon, honey, orange, lime to create a unique flavor. If you need a break from sweet, you could even make a chicken broth to drink.

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10. Turmeric

Thanks to the chemical curcumin, turmeric is an effective tool in easing coughs immediately.  High in anti-inflammatory properties as well as an antibacterial, turmeric is one spice to keep on hand.

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What are the best ways to use turmeric for coughs? Keep reading for some ideas.

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Turmeric powder can be used several ways for optimal cough relief.  Heat turmeric powder with water to boiling and breathe in the steam. You can also burn turmeric root as the smoke is said to loosen mucus.

Our favorite use is mixed with hot water, a bit of cinnamon and some honey. A sweet drink that helps relieve coughs too. Who could ask for more?

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11. Honey and Milk

We can’t seem to get away from honey, but this time its working with milk to make an incredible pairing.  We’ve already talked about honey and all of its benefits, so let’s talk milk.

Milk by itself can occasionally increase coughing and mucus production. We’re taking milk a step further, or maybe two.

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What simple change can you take to make milk more cough friendly? Keep reading to find out.

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Warm milk has good memories for many people and that’s exactly how you want to drink it to help your cough.  Once warm add a spoonful of honey and enjoy.

Warm honey milk helps loosen phlegm and may reduce chest discomfort due to coughing. We suggest drinking right before bed for a more restful sleep.

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12. Garlic

Long known for its health properties, garlic is also beneficial for cough relief. While helping boost your immune, garlic also works on whatever bug is causing that cough.

The active agent in garlic is known as allicin and most professionals agree this may be one of the most important cough reliefs available.

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Garlic can be used several ways for cough relief. Most people make a tea of sorts with fresh garlic, oregano and honey. You could also mix some fresh minced garlic with honey or olive oil and eat with crackers.

Only the truly dedicated still use this method however.  Take that garlic glove you were going to mince, and instead start chewing away.  If that sounds too much, you can always just suck on the clove for about 15 minutes.

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