My favorite cough remedies

I had a wonderful trip last week. The day after Thanksgiving I flew down to Florida to visit my best friend and see Eddie Vedder perform solo. Originally this show was slated to happen in May but due to injury the tour was pushed back to October-December. The week was wonderful and restful, the show to knock off your socks (and his girls came on the stage during the show at different times, they are so cute!), and I got baby cuddles on a daily basis.

My new niece M. Isn’t she sweet? Just three months old now.

There is one drawback to these trips though: my sinuses. For all that traditional food has helped me clear up asthma and arthritis, two chronic conditions which have plagued me for a long time, my allergies remain. And with an extended period of allergy issues comes a lot of post-nasal drip coughing. Today has been bad, so I have been turning to my favorite home remedies for cough.

Have you taken a look at what is in your cough syrup and lozenges lately? Last year I did, because I needed a quick fix. Or so I thought. Then I looked at one of each item from known national brands. Both contained high fructose corn syrup. The same thing the Corn Refiners Association (the people who make it, not even the farmers growing corn) is trying to sell us on being just the same as table sugar. Never mind that is has been proven to cause more weight gain. There is also evidence to suggest that HFCS is linked with type 2 diabetes.

And this is in the stuff we’re supposed to take to heal us. Please. I cut out HFCS in 2004 and have never looked back. The last thing I want to do is ingest a medicine with it. That’s not going to help.

So I turn to my home remedies. The first one I got from one of my alternative medicine books years ago. It’s an ayurvedic remedy good for all types. The key to this remedy is in the freshly ground black pepper*. Don’t use already ground, as it is devoid of the oils which will heat up the body and clear the mucus.

The second is mullein leaf*. I discovered this one last year after dealing with another coughing fit. Just make into a tea and drink!

Ayurvedic cough remedy
Makes one dose

1 teaspoon honey or ghee/clarified butter
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (I find that 12 peppercorns ground up makes the right amount)

Mortar and pestle, or another way to grind up peppercorns
Small bowl

1. Grind up peppercorns and put in bowl.

2. For a cough with a hoarse voice, use ghee. If the voice is not hoarse, use honey. Mix appropriate item in with the pepper.

3. Take on a full stomach. This remedy can be taken 3 times a day for 3-5 days.

1. You can make your own clarified butter at home. A quick search will reveal directions.
2. PLEASE do not use honey from major suppliers. For one, local honey will boost your immune system. For two, high fructose corn syrup is now used to stretch honey. Bees are also now being fed high fructose corn syrup instead of honey.

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Lust, John. The herb book. 1974.
Gottlieb, Bill. New choices in natural healing. 1995.

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12 responses to “My favorite cough remedies

  1. A Table in the Sun

    This is one remedy I haven’t tried. Will keep it in mind for my healthy alternatives lifestyle.

  2. Hi, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (, and I’m visiting from the Barn Hop.

    I never really thought about what was in cough medicine, but you’re so right! Chock full of HFCS. As are lozenges.

    Anyway, thanks for posting this. If you’ve never visited yet, I hope you can pop by my blog sometime to say hi…

  3. These remedies look great! I’ll have to save this for later. Thank you!

  4. So awesome! I usually rub eucalyptus on my kids. I also try to convince them to do ginger, raw honey and vinegar “tea.” :/ They don’t like me when they are sick. This sounds tastier than vinegar to me. I kind of like vinegar drinks but I can never get it in the kids while its still hot.

    The corn syrup thing is gross. My husband emailed kraft about his beloved bullseye barbecue sauce. (*insert eye roll here*) They used to use real sugar but transitioned to corn syrup. I can’t get man meat fully on board with boycotting big companies or GMO’s but he does read ingredients. Anyway they emailed him back this big long speach about how science proves that the body processes corn syrup no differently than sugar. (And that they use corn syrup for “stability.” Bullshit!)

    Random rant… end.

    • Right now I am reading Joel Salatin’s Folks this ain’t normal and the chapter I am on now is discussing genetic engineering and bias in science. I am a science person through and through, but at the same time I know it’s not hard to find things with which you already agree. Plus my belly dance teacher and I were discussing it last night, and she mentioned her SO dismissing a scientific study which proved acupuncture/pressure worked. Yes, I feel your rant.

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  7. Thank you for remedies, I also have some to share for everyone, take a look at thehome remedies of cough

  8. Don’t take this if you have acid reflux.
    Big mistake. Made me vomit and then I had a rough raw sore throat on top of the cough.
    Never again.

  9. My great grandma was a herbalist and it runs in the family, my mum told me a similar remedy for allergies/rashes, melt tsp of ghee/butter in a pan add 1/4 of sugar when melted add 1/4 tsp of ground peppercorn. Eat once cooled but have no food or drink after (best before bed!)
    Repeat for 3 nights and the allergy should clear up!
    Tried and tested many times!

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