Unlike a wet cough (also called productive), a dry cough (also called non-productive) is without phlegm (also called mucus or sputum). Causes of dry cough include smoking, second hand smoke, air pollutants, dry air, allergies, asthma, and foreign matter. Below you can find a safe home remedy for dry cough.
Dry Cough Remedies
Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to a bowl of steaming hot water. Lean over the bowl with a towel over your head to capture the steam and inhale. Steam can be very hot so be careful to not burn yourself.
Mix 3-4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 1/2 cup of honey. Take 1 tablespoon as needed and before going to bed.
Drink freshly squeezed orange juice.
Mix equal parts of honey and aloe vera juice. Take 1-2 tablespoons as needed. This home remedy is particularly helpful for a smoker’s dry cough (of course, you should stop smoking).
Drink a cup of cherry bark tea. Cherry bark is a common ingredient in commercial cough drops and syrups. Add 1 teaspoon of cherry bark (powdered) to 1 cup of hot water. Add honey to sweeten its taste and increase its benefits.
Mince 1 garlic clove, place in a small bowl, and cover with honey. Place plastic wrap over the bowl and let it sit for the night. In the morning, take 1 tablespoon as needed.
Before bedtime, drink a cup of warm milk with honey. Not only will this relieve a dry cough, it will help promote a good nights sleep.
Drink a cup of ginger tea by pouring 1 cup of boiling water over 3/4 teaspoon of fresh ginger (small, thin pieces), cover, steep for 5 minutes, and strain.
Drink plenty of fluids (especially water).
Take a steamy shower or use a vaporizer to increase moisture in the air.
Place a few drops of frankincense essential oil on a tissue or handkerchief and inhale every hour as needed. This is a simple and effective home remedy for dry cough.
When to See a Doctor
Consult with your health care provider if your cough persists after a few days, you cough up blood, you have shortness of breath or sharp pains in your chest, or you have a fever, night sweats, skin rash, sinus pain, or earache.
Health 911: Coughs - https://www.health911.com/coughs
Medline Plus: Cough - https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003072.htm
Health care tips: Dry cough Treatment, Causes of Dry cough, Home remedies - https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003072.htm
Uncommon Cures for Everyday Ailments (from the editors of Bottom Line/Health) 2006
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