The body’s cough reflex is a force to be reckoned with: it can expel a foreign substance at velocities as high as 100 miles per hour! A cough is created when bacteria, viruses, bacteria, pollen, dust or other irritants bother the respiratory passages in the lungs and throat.


A brief cough can be caused by:

  • fumes
  • dust
  • cold air

A persistent cough can be caused by:

  • mucus
  • flu
  • cold
  • pneumonia
  • tuberculosis
  • food allergies such as those to dairy, wheat and soy

A persistent cough always should be checked by a doctor or health care practitioner, as it also can be a symptom of a serious medical condition.

Demulcents sooth inflamed throats. These help you get rid of a dry cough.

Expectorants aid your body in getting rid of mucus and other irritants. These help you get rid of a wet cough.

If you think your cough might be related to food allergies, try removing the suspected allergen for three to four weeks and see if there is noticeable improvement.



Garlic. It’s a natural antibiotic, antiviral, and an expectorant if you eat it raw. Four to eight raw garlic cloves a day smashed and swallowed is recommended, if you can do it!

Or try a cup of garlic broth: 1 to 3 cloves garlic added to 2 quarts water and boiled on low heat for one hour. Strain and enjoy.

Homemade Chicken soup (canned/boxed broth do not contain same properties!) Chicken soup contains cysteine, which thins phlegm. Chicken soup also boasts anti-inflammatory properties and the broth is full of electrolytes.


Honey. Expectorant. Add 1 Tbsp. raw honey and juice of ½ lemon to a cup of hot water and sip.

Mustard seed. Expectorant. Mustard seed has sulfur-containing compounds that help get mucus on the move. Grind one teaspoon mustard seeds in coffee grinder and soak in one cup warm water for 15 minutes to activate the expectorant qualities. It is not delicious, but it is effective. Try taking small doses throughout the day.

Ginger. Antiviral properties. Combine 2 teaspoons freshly chopped ginger root, 2 teaspoons aniseed, and one teaspoon dried licorice root in 2 cups boiling water. Cover and steep for ten minutes. Strain, add 1 or 2 teaspoons raw honey. Drink 1/2 cup, every one to two hours, but do not exceed three cups daily.


Salt. Loosens mucus and eases throat irritation. Mix 1/4 teaspoon salt into 4 oz. warm water. Mix and gargle. Repeat every few hours.


Homemade cough syrup. Peppermint and thyme help clear congestion, and have antispasmodic and antibacterial properties. Mullein and licorice soothe the throat and aid in reducing inflammation. Honey is an expectorant.

Combine 2 teaspoons each: dried thyme, peppermint, mullein, and licorice root into 1 cup boiling water. Cover and steep for half an hour. Strain and add 1/2 cup raw honey. Heat the tea gently and stir. Store in a glass bottle in the refrigerator for up to three months. Take 1-2 teaspoons as needed.


Steam. add two-four drops essential oil of eucalyptus to a pot of boiling water. Place pot on a trivet on a table or countertop. Place a towel over your head, lean over the pot, and carefully breathe in the steam for 10-15 minutes.

Recommended Supplementation

1. OregaRESP by North American Herb and Spice: A potent source of wild oregano oil, cumin, cinnamon bark and wild sage. Cough is considered a “damp” condition, making herbs and spices that create heat in the body the most effective.

2. Defend and Resist by Shaklee

Suppresses the cough reflex, soothes the throat, kills viruses in the throat, keeps virus cells from replicating, stimulates killer cells to fight against disease, and contains a compound from larch that is otherwise, only found in breast milk, that is very powerful for the immune system.

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