Chronic Cough Remedies

May 31, 2018

Chronic Cough Remedies

Looking for a natural remedy to cure a chronic cough that you've had for weeks or even months? Well, you've come to the right place. After testing multiple home remedies and natural supplements for a cough that went on for 4 months, we finally found a lasting cure. If you are willing to make a few temporary changes to your diet and try an inexpensive herbal combination, your chronic cough may soon be history.

After battling a cough that started with a nasty virus in the fall and was still going strong at the end of December, and trying multiple supplements and home remedies to little or no avail, a friend told us to try an herbal concoction that has consistently cured him of any virus before it takes hold. This remedy was so powerful, our debilitating cough was cured in less than 24 hours!

What cured it? A dropperful (i.e., about 24 drops) of Echinacea and Goldenseal tincture in a small glass of water, taken 2-3 times a day. It's that simple. Not only does it work fast, but the tincture is inexpensive, costing less than $10 for a bottle! Search your local health food store or online for this inexpensive herbal combination. Echinace and Goldenseal combination is available in both tincture and capsule form. I bought mine on Amazon here.

What is Echinacea?

Echinacea is a coneflower in North America and known for its antibiotic and wound-healing properties.  In ancient times, echinacea was used to treat blood poisoning, scarlet fever, syphilis, malaria, and diphtheria. Today however, echinacea is used shorten the duration of colds and flu and to help ease the symptoms of a sore throat, cough, and fever. It is one of the most popular herbs available today.

What is Goldenseal?

Goldenseal is another powerhouse herb that comes from North America. It's a perennial herb in the buttercup family Ranunculaceae and is native to Eastern United States and Southeastern Canada. Like echinacea, goldenseal root is an herbal antibiotic and immune system enhancer.

Dietary Changes for a Chronic Cough

Prior to taking the herbal tincture, you might want to make 3 temporary but important changes to your diet that helped diminish extensive mucous production. These include eliminating sugar, gluten and dairy.  As long as you can avoid these food items, your cough will be manageable. It takes less than a day to see improvement after making these dietary changes.

Additional Home Remedies for Coughing Fits

As you will reader below in our feedback section, Apple Cider Vinegar can also help chronic coughs. In our case, an apple cider vinegar drink was  very helpful in reducing constant coughing fits and excessive mucus production, but it did not cure the chronic cough. We put 1-2 teaspoons of ACV in a mug filled with hot water and sip it slowly.

Steaming with 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in water was another helpful and simple remedy that helped soothe sore bronchial passages from constant coughing fits.

Keep reading below to find many more remedies that may help. If you have a different remedy that worked to cure a chronic cough, please share it with us!

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Posted by Aikoward (Hawaii, US) on 02/17/2015
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My husband had a chronic cough that was ongoing for more than two months. He wasn't sleeping and coughed so hard we went to the ER because he thought he had pulled a muscle. They gave him prednisone antibiotics and robitussen with codeine. Nothing worked. I saw the posts here for Apple Cider Vinegar and honey and gave him a dose. 2 tbl organic Apple Cider Vinegar with 1 tbl spoon honey in a 1/4 c warm water. His cough calmed enough that he napped for 3 hours. When the cough returned he felt it didn't work and stopped; after another horrible nite I asked him to try it again. But continue with it every 3 to 4 hours. In one day his cough was 90% improved. By day 2 it was completely gone! So my advice is, keep taking until all symptoms are gone. Depending on the cause and duration it may take a little longer. It's been a month now and his cough has not returned.

Posted by Deedra (Springfield, Or) on 01/15/2015
3 out of 5 stars

Worked Temporarily

I seem to manufacture mucus-- a lot. The drainage never stops. It has been this way for a couple of years. I do get relief with ACV, but if I stop taking it, the cough returns. ANY ideas, help, advice-- PLEASE.

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe

Deedra, for chronic cough, try eliminating dairy and wheat for a bit and see if it makes a difference.

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Deedra,

Years ago one of my children had a throat clearing problem. I took him off dairy and it disappeared. I kept him off for maybe 6 months. When he went back on it, he no longer had trouble. Dairy can be mucous forming. It would be worth a try to give it up for a time.

Another child had allergies and asthma. I put him on nettles for a year or two and it seemed to cure both. Nettle leaf is a blood purifier and good for allergies. If your mucous is from allergies, this might work. You may have to take it a while for healing to happen, as with the case of my son.

You might also look in to Bill Munroe's hydrogen peroxide inhalation therapy on this site. It has helped lots of people!

Let us know what you try and how it works!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Myway
Delaware, Usa

To manage mucous and sinus drainage, try the black seed oil (nigella sativa), 1 tsp in the evening, 1 tsp in the morning. It takes icky but just chase it down with some water or juice. I use this remedy to manage my asthma plus allergies and my mucous is virtually non-existent. If it is too strong, try 1/2 tsp in am and again, pm. Wonderful! Get this oil off of Amazon. Pretty healthy stuff! Good Luck!

Posted by Latrese (Calera, Alabama) on 09/22/2012
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ok, let me start from the begining. I have had a chronic cough and excessive mucus problem for about 5 years. Its like I woke up one day with a little cold and it turned into a long dreaded, hacking cough followed by mucus. I am up all night from coughing and can feel the mucus in the throat at night when trying to sleep and I wake up coughing which ends in throwing up from coughing so hard. I have coughed so hard within this year that I started coughing up a little blood and I assumed it was from irritated lungs. I tried every cough syrup otc and nothing helped. I tried cough drops and went to the doctor for meds that did not help.

I started looking up remedies today out of pure desperation as I felt like I could die at anytime from coughing ( literally ). I would ask god to please help me and felt helpless. I dont have a lot of faith in doctors as they usually take my money and have no idea what the hell they are doing. I think sometimes we are just a big experiment for some doctors and it sucks to just be prescried some meds and sent off as if your illness is all in your head.

I googled remedies for coughs and mucus today and earthclinic popped up first on the list. I clicked on the link and thank god I did. I read about ACV and honey and decided that I had nothing to lose and decided to try as these things are already in my cabinet. I was heading out with the kids for a day out and took the ACV and honey at 11:30. I usually cough every couple of minutes but 10 minutes had went by and no cough so Im timing things and getting excited at this point. 30 minutes go by and no cough or the thick, sticky mucus. So now 2 hours go by and still no cough so I say OMG this can't be real. The kids decide that they want to go to the movies and I never go with them because of the coughing and throwing up. I decide to go and no coughing or mucus for the entire movie. we leave the movie at 2:45 and still no mucus but I feel a cough coming on but its a different feeling. I cough and its a small cough and last a couple of seconds. it is not 10:39 pm and still no cough. I am going to take some before bed and pray that I sleep well as I am always up all night coughing. I advise anyone who is having a coughing problem to give this a try. What do you have to lose? I will let everyone know the results of my night. If I sleep well it will be for the first time in 5 years. GOOOOO ACV AND HONEY!!!!!!

Replied by Gloria

I am going to try this today, for I have been coughing for seven years. Thank you. I look forward to hear about your results so far, and I'll let you know how it goes for me, wish me luck, God please make it work..

Posted by Debbiek (Sundance, Wy, Usa) on 02/28/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I have had a cough for almost a year. Been to doctor after doctor. I had surgery to fix my deviated septum to help with drainage and calm the cough, NOPE! Didn't work! I'm on HBP medicine and was at my wits end!! Tried ACV in various drinks. Not a big fan of apple juice or cider so it didn't taste good, tea was just as bad. And it ony worked for a couple hours. So, I decided to just take a shot! Couldn't be any worse than Whiskey, right? Definitely HORRIBLE! However, worked for over 15 hours!!! Slept through the night, worked all day without coughing! Will do this every day if needed!!

Replied by Merriam

Some hbp meds cause chronic cough. Needs to be changed. Also, check out oil pulling therapy for lots of things, including cronic cough. Extra virgin coconut oil is best for oil pulling. I was doing this and was better after reading Dr. Bruce Fife's book, "Oil Pulling Therapy, " I got lax & let up on my regime & the allergies & coughing, runny nose spells all came back. I started back w the coconut oil & could immediately feel myself getting better. Also luv the ACV/honey/Echinacea, Golden seal tinture/warm water regimen. I know dairy is bad. & whatever but I luv the stuff. However, whenever I do all of these things it is livable. I luv this site. I hav received more helpful info from sites such as this, plus that oil pulling therapy book of Dr Fife's than from any doctor.

Posted by Jd (Houston, Texas) on 02/22/2012

I recently had Strep, and had to receive antibiotics. After the antibiotics, I was left with a dry cough; a tickling in the brochial tubes that led to unproductive coughing. I tried ACV, which seemed to quiet my need to cough without actually removing the source of irritation.

MY main problem, though, was that whenever I took the ACV, it was followed by a powerful and overwhelming lethargia and a need to just sleep.I felt like I'd been drugged. Has anyone else experienced this or does anyone (Tim?) know why this is happening? I obviously can't take ACV unless the reason for this is determined.

Replied by Michelle C.
White Rock, Bc

Maybe, after all that you went through, you needed the sleep and it allowed you to be comfortable enough to rest finally?

Posted by Vince (Salt Lake City, Utah) on 02/19/2012
5 out of 5 stars

My 5 yrs old son cough like crazy. I use your remedie, its work like a champ! He sleep through the night and feel better the next morning. Thanks a million!

Posted by Sabra (Vanc, Washington) on 01/11/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I got a cold about a month ago it went away in about a week but I was left with a persistent cough. A lot of non productive coughing, wheezing and rattling. At times leaving me short of breath. I was looking for natural treatments for persistant cough and came accross this site. I immediately made a tall glass of AVC and honey with warm water. It tastes good to me so no problem. I didn't really think it was going to work on such a bad cough I was even beginning to wonder if I had developed some bad lung disease but within a few minutes after drinking the mixture the coughing subsided. It's been about two hours and still there's no coughing, no wheezing, no rattle. I'll do it again in the morning and through the day tomorrow. Thank you so much for all the great posts.

Posted by Beacon (Corte Madera, Ca, Usa) on 11/20/2010
5 out of 5 stars

My mother is in her 80's, she had a dry cough for weeks. It was just wearing her out. Very difficult for her to sleep at night. I found the ACV and honey remedy on your amazing web site. I gave her the information, and she tried it. The cough was completely gone in less than two days! Thanks from both of us!

Posted by Dawneva (Holly Ridge, Nc ) on 09/05/2010

I have had a chronic cough for over 2 years and after going to all kinds of doctors, having a chest xray for lung cancer, allergy tests etc I was told I had acid reflux and to go on Prilosec. After reading about it I declined and have put up with the cough. I look forward to trying Apple Cider Vinegar on a regular basis. I don't mind the taste and will post my results in the future.

Posted by Samantha (Surrey, British Columbia) on 03/17/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I've had a horrible cough for the past four nights. It keeps me up well into the night, extremely painful and sometimes I feel like I'm going to throw up. So I looked online for a remedy and came across the recipe for AVC and honey on this website. I tried two tablespoons of AVC and 1 tablespoon of honey and it soothed my cough greatly. Now, I must admit, it tastes horrible, but it works! And it's worth it.

Posted by dave (tadoussac, canada) on 03/03/2008
5 out of 5 stars

my wife has had a cough for seven years .doctors could not find the cause or the cure.we oveheard a nurse talking about a stomach cough .so we asked her what it was.she said its caused by acid search led me here .apple cider vingear baking soda before bed cough has gone .thank you . we can finally sleep again.thank you again

Posted by ramzi (dubai, UAE) on 02/28/2008
5 out of 5 stars

had this nasty chronic cough and cold and i was sick of taking drugs so i hit the google and found this website . found the ACV comments . went out and bought it . 3 big spoons of ACV honey and hot water . it really works . done with flu drugs forever

Posted by Fonda (Federalway, WA) on 01/23/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I want to thank you for this website. Last 7 years every time I would get a cold it would go straight into a full blown cronic cough for at least 2 to 3 months. The doctors have gave me the highest dose of cough syrup, inhalers, steroids and it wouldn't touch it. So last night i finally was desperate, because i had not slept in 4 days. so i saw that people were using apple cider vinegar with honey. I didn't have the honey, so i just took 2 tbls of apple cider vinegar and with in 1/2 hour I had relief. I have been taking it every 2 to 3 hours and within 16 hours my cough is minimal. After all those Dr visits and money,I have found something that works. Thanks again.

Posted by Angela (Solihull, West Midlands) on 12/12/2007
5 out of 5 stars

My 8 year old son has had a very bad cough for days now. In desperation during the night, I stumbled on your website. I tried the ACV and honey recipe, 50/50 and although it seemed to work for a short while it did not last. However, I tried again with only a spoonful of ACV and the results were fantastic. My father in law who is Greek swears that garlic, honey and vinegar are natures best natural medecines. He says we should all take a spoonfull of each once every day to stay healthy.

Posted by Ginger (Wadsworth, us) on 10/11/2007
5 out of 5 stars

My 6 year old daughter was coughing uncontrollably EVERY 2 seconds yesterday. She has allergies and a cough that accompanies it. Her allergies and cough lasts throughout the school year. However, yesterday she sounded like she had bronchitis. The cough was non- stop. I was very desperate for a solution for her cough. I stumbled across the site and went out and bought Apple Cider Vinegar. I tried the remedy and it worked. Today I bought _ Apple Cider Vinegar with "The Mother" and THAT DID IT. It has been 20 mins now AND NO COUGH. I am SO AMAZED I FEEL LIKE SHOUTING IT FROM THE ROOF TOP. I have spent so much money on cough syrups that DON'T WORK... this is all it took. My entire family will be taking this EVERY day as it has MANY MANY other health benefits as well. If you are desperate for a cough remedy THIS IS IT... please go and get ACV NOW, IT WORKS..