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06-10-2006, 09:30
Has anyone else had it? Or have it? Cough, cough all day & night :(

Whats good for a dry cough thats persistant & won't go away?? I don't want to take any drugs, I'd rather natural products :D

Thank you

06-10-2006, 11:37
It depends what kind of cough it is. Is it a chesty cough, a dry cough? Maybe something for your immune system will help it but I reckon you should go into a health food shop and ask in there. If you have a naturopath give him/her a call and they can either recommend something or make you up a nice herbal mixture...YUM! (not).

06-10-2006, 11:50
I'm no herb expert but I would suggest Vitamin C and Zinc as well as Echinacea.

taken from wikipedea ~ Echinacea has been attributed with the ability to boost the body's immune system and ward off infections, particularly the common cold.

Get well soon

06-10-2006, 18:50
sage tea is fannytastic for coughs, and if you add some honey then it will soothe your throat from any soreness caused by the coughing.

about half teaspoon of dried sage or 5 or 6 fresh leaves per cup, steep for 3-7 minutes depending on the strength you can handle and then sip a cup full 3-4 times a day.

also try sipping wine vinegar mixed into some water to take the tickle from your throat when a cough is starting up, but sip it don't gulp it down! lol

jue xx

Rainbow Aurora
07-10-2006, 00:53
Hello cheekyminx
You could try using Liquorice root fresh
or dried and put it in a pan, cover with
water and simmer for ages, three hours even.

Strain and bottle the syrup, you can add
a couple of tea spoons of Honey for each
cup of syrup this adds to the existing qualities
of the Liquorice and acts as a preservative.
Take one or two tea spoons every few hours.
taken from Growing and Using The Healing Herbs
by Gaea and Shandor Weiss

I have tried this and it worked. Although
chrisam-crystals sage tea sounds good and
a lot quicker to do!! I think I will try that
next time, many thanks chrisam-crystals.


07-10-2006, 01:42
licorice root can also be used as a spoon to stir the sage and honey tea, and it will help too. :)

cannot stand licorice myself mind you......bleurgh! lol

jue xx

07-10-2006, 01:49
Mallow - musk mallow, or marsh mallow (in dried form) - the root & leaves especially - available from good herbalists (inc. online).Very good for cough and all sorts of chesty complaints, including asthmatic coughs. You brew tea from it, and drink it 3- 4 times a day - mixed with honey, for soothing.

07-10-2006, 02:14
Sage tea as someone noted above my favorite healing tea for all colds and coughs has been Rose petal and lemon balm. One classic tea for a cough is Lemon, Ginger, Garlic and honey some people leave out the garlic and some leave out the ginger obviously it tastes better without garlic but is probably much more effective with it Rather than as a tea Lemon, Ginger, Garlic and even the honey also work well in a chicken broth or other broth

08-10-2006, 22:11
Thank you to all who replied. I will get my arse down to the healthfood shop tomorrow:) Was out of town all weekend....

08-10-2006, 23:10
If it's the sort of cough where you cough stuff up I'd use elderflowers/berries. I dose my family with elderberry tea or a syrup I make whenever they get colds or coughs and it works! I made some for my grandad and now the carers at his nursing home want some for them too! Luckily I have an elderberry bush in my garden!

If it's a drier cough I'd say marshmallow.

09-10-2006, 02:40
Have some slippery elm bark tea, then go see a real doctor.

A consistent cough can be a symptom of a lot of different things.

15-11-2006, 08:12
Here in chile we have an excelent syrup made from "palto" or "aguacate" (Persea americana), Eucaliyptus and honey, called "palto miel", for the cough. The "Plus" version has echinacea, too.

30-11-2006, 06:14
I second the elder. I make a mullein chest rub for my family. This is what is in it. Breath Easy Chest Rub Extra vergin olive oil Infused with : Mullein, Ginger, and Comfrey. E/Os of Eucalyptus and Cardamom.Cocoanut Oil, Bees Wax.
Mullein is wonderful for your lungs. Even smoking mullein is good for your lungs, and who what of thought smoking could be good!
Feel Better! Suebee

30-11-2006, 08:18
I hope you're not still coughing but for a persistent dry cough homoeopathic bryonia is excellent.

30-11-2006, 09:09
:laugh: Nope, not coughing. Forgot about this thread - oops!

I don't like seeing Doctors, rather just let my body deal with any issue it has lol or rely on natural products :)

6 Haunted Days
02-12-2006, 06:40
Has anyone else had it? Or have it? Cough, cough all day & night :(

Whats good for a dry cough thats persistant & won't go away?? I don't want to take any drugs, I'd rather natural products :D

Thank you
I don't know, I would think the best bet would be to see a professional as a persistant dry cough can be a sign of serious problems....

10-12-2006, 17:33
Hi cheekyminx,

I can't recommend much cough-wise, but tickling, sore-throat-wise... :)

I woke up with one (sore throat) this morning & I tried this honey/clove/horseradish combo I found in a book. Scrap the horseradish and go with:

8 oz hot water
1 T honey
1/3 - 1/3 tsp. ground cloves

The cloves numb your throat as well as chloraseptic spray, plus you can add more if your throat's really sore (just add a proportionate amount of honey or else the cloves are a bit much.)

I've also just read a good bit in Prevention magazine on marshmallow for calming things down & smoothing a throat out, just like Helvetica says :)

11-12-2006, 01:03
Sometimes a persistant cough is the result of the secretions trickling down the back of your throat and tickling you into a cough, irritating the back of your throat. This kind of cough can be caused by post-nasal drip. Try gargling with salt water, and use a Neti pot or snort the mixture from the palm of your hand. This thins the mucous and allows for expulsion. (Very few surfers have sinus infections) :) My 75 yr aunt showed me this and it works as maintenance. Hh