natural remedies for a dry cough?

I have a had a slight sore throat off and on for about a month and in the past 2 or 3 days ive had a slight dry cough. i would cough maybe 3 times a day, today it is at its worst. It is VERY annoying and sometimes hurts a little. I have no health insurance and I am pretty much flat broke I am all bout natural healing I dont like taking medication if i dont have to. does anyone have suggestions? i have been drinking lemon tea with honey but it doesnt help much the irritation is in my upper resp. it isnt an infection i have no mucus at all.

thanks in advance! 😀
so i slept with my mouth closed and slept very well, i had tea with honey right before bed. as soon as i get up im having what feels like a cough attack! i have some mucus in my chest (very little) and a even less in my nose. no fever still and my body doesnt hurt but it feels very tired. Thanks for the great tips everyone!


  • Steph

    Any natural tea that you enjoy laced with honey. I like an elderberry-echinacea tea with orange blossom honey made extra strong. You boil the water, pour it over two tea bags in a large mug and cover. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes before you remove the bags and squeeze every last drop out. Sweeten to taste with honey and drink just before bedtime.

    I get a dry throat when the room is dry. A humidifier is nice, but sitting in your bathroom after a hot shower for a half an hour is great. Make sure you aren’t sleeping with your mouth open and there aren’t any drafts that hit your face directly.

  • Lynette I

    Dry coughs, coughs that don’t produce any mucus or phlegm are annoying. Treating a dry cough is easy and usually doesnt require you to see your doctor. Cough suppressants are cheap and can be bought at your local drug store. Always remember to take the medicine as directed. If you have a persistent dry cough and smoke this may be the cause as well. Quitting smoking can increase the health of your respiratory system. Other things can contribute to a dry cough, pollution, dry air, allergies. Purchase a humidifier which will help recirculate and add moisture to the air. A hot beverage like tea or water with lemon juice, is great for opening airways. Try putting a little honey in your hot drink. Honey is great for soothing an irritated throat and can help treat an annoying cough. There are also medications, such as Theraflu (it does taste icky) you can put in hot water and drink. Steam is great for opening airways. Turn up the heat, and take deep breaths to try and soothe your cough. There are also vapor-medicated tablets that you can place in a hot shower that will release soothing vapors as you steam. A great natural remedy for a dry cough is a little bit of ginger. Try chewing on a piece of ginger or add it to some hot water and make a tea with it. Raw ginger can be found at most health food stores. If you have a cough that lasts for more than two weeks, you should make a visit to your doctor.

  • Drink plenty of water and gatorade to rehydrate yourself. Gargle with warm salt water or peroxide for 3 to 4 times a day and keep your mouth very clean. Have some popsicles in your freezer to feel refreshing on a sore throat and cough. Also have some throat lounges to take to keep your mouth moist and help with dry coughing. Drink some Chamomile tea to stay calm and soothing to the throat. If you get a fever take 2 Ibuprofen with a little food. Continue to do this until you are better. Good Luck and hope you feel better soon.

  • BatMan

    Herbal Therapy:
    Most cough drop contain oils from herb, including eucalyptus, peppermint, anise and fennel, says Dr. Vireo E. Tyler, Ph.D., professor of pharmacognosy at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. According to Dr. Tyler, these herb stop coughing by increasing the production of saliva, which makes you swallow more frequently, suppressing the cough reflex. He says you can get similar results by drinking a tea made from one of these herbs, which you can purchase in most health food stores.
    To make a tea, steep one to two teaspoons of the herb in a cup of boiling water for 3 to 15 minutes, depending on the pat of the plant you’re using.
    For roots, steep for 15 minutes.
    for seeds, steep for 10 to 15 minutes
    and for leaves, steep 3 to 10 minutes.) Then strain the mixture to remove the dried herb, let tea cool to a drinkable temperature and drink. Dr. Tyler says you can drink three to four cups a day of any of these teas, sipping it slowly though out the day at 15 to 30 – minute intervals.
    A few other anti-cough herbs are what herbalist call expectorant-that is, the herbs thin the cough-causing mucus, so you can expectorate (spit, to us non herbalists) it out any way you choose. Horehound is probably the most effective and best tasting of these herbs, according to Dr. Tyler, and many people use horehound hard candies as cough lozenges. You can also find horehound tea bags in most health food stores.

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