Honey has been used as a natural cough treatment for generations, and for good reason – it works!

A study published in The Journal of Family Practice found that 1.5 tsp of various types of honey taken 30 minutes before bedtime significantly reduced cough frequency and severity in the 270 children who participated in the study.

Darker honey contains more antioxidants than lighter honey, so try to buy the darkest honey you can find to receive maximum benefits.

Some good types of honey for a cough include:

  • Buckwheat honey
  • Eucalyptus honey
  • Manuka honey

(Due to the small risk of botulism, it’s recommended not to give honey to children under the age of 1.)


Sipping on a warm cup of tea is not only a great way to relax and de-stress, it can help to ease a sore throat and alleviate a dry cough.

Herbal tea has been an integral part of Ayurveda and other holistic medicine systems for thousands of years, due to it’s medicinal properties.

Turmeric ginger tea is particularly good for helping soothe a dry throat – turmeric is an amazing anti-inflammatory, and ginger has long been used as a remedy for coughs (you can read more about ginger below.)

Traditional Medicinals also makes a wonderful tea called “Throat Coat” which contains Slippery Elm, Licorice, and Marshmallow Root, which are all known for their healing properties.


Steam inhalation is an effective way to moisten the nasal passages, loosen mucus, and provide relief from a dry cough.

Steam vaporizers can be bought at a relatively low cost and are a good overnight option. This steam vaporizer is a good, budget-friendly option.

Other ways to use steam for a cough include:

  • Filling a large bowl with boiling water, draping a towel over your head and (very carefully) placing your face over the bowl to breathe in the steam.
  • Taking a hot shower with the door closed and the exhaust fan off.

Essential Oils

While steam alone can certainly be an effective way to relieve a dry cough, you can supercharge the benefits of steam by including essential oils.

There are various essential oils that are excellent for coughs and colds, including:

  • Eucalyptus (not regarded as safe for use around young children)
  • Lavender
  • Lemon (and any citrus oil)
  • Frankincense

The best way to diffuse essential oils using an essential oil diffuser. Alternatively, you can add a few drops into a bowl of hot water, or put a couple of drops on your shower floor.


Ginger has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years to treat everything from nausea to coughs and colds.

A dry cough is caused by throat and nasal inflammation. Ginger contains gingerol, a powerful anti-inflammatory, which helps to reduce this inflammation.

Additionally, ginger’s antimicrobial properties help to kill bacteria.

The best way to reap the benefits of ginger is to make a ginger tea.

Ginger Tea Instructions

  • Peel and slice some fresh ginger
  • Place in a saucepan with about a quart of water
  • Bring to the boil
  • Strain ginger from water

In addition to the dry cough remedies you just read, I have a miracle cough syrup recipe that is only for the really brave…

It’s my super-effective homemade natural cough syrup recipe that tastes BAD but works amazingly. When you first take a sip, don’t say I didn’t warn you about the taste, but it seriously works.

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