Garlic contains the active compound allicin, which has antimicrobial properties. It also acts as an expectorant, helping to expel mucus from the airways. Add 2-3 cut pieces of garlic cloves to a cup of water and let it boil for several minutes. When the preparation cools down to room temperature, you can drink it. You could also consume garlic by adding it liberally to your dishes or by eating it raw.
Ginger has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties because it contains volatile oils, such as shogaols, gingerols and zingerone. Add two teaspoons of chopped ginger to two cups of boiling water, and allow it to steep for 10 minutes. You could add honey or lemon juice to it. Strain it and drink. You can drink up to 3 cups every day, half cup at a time. You could also chew and suck on raw ginger.
There is scientific evidence that honey can be effective in treating coughs and sore throats. You can take it straight, or mix honey with coconut oil and lemon juice for extra benefits. You can also try many a grandmother’s old standby before bedtime: a shot of bourbon mixed with honey.
4. Black pepper and honey tea
For a wet cough, you can try a black pepper and honey remedy that is said to work because the pepper stimulates circulation and mucus flow and the honey is a natural cough reliever. Use one teaspoon of freshly ground pepper and two tablespoon of honey in a mug, and fill with boiling water. Cover and allow to steep for 15 minutes, strain and sip.
Onion contains phenolics and flavonoids, which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Cut up some onion pieces, add them to a cup of water, and boil it. Drink this onion juice at room temperature. You could also add a teaspoon of honey to this onion juice before drinking it. You can take this juice twice or thrice daily.
6. A lot of liquids
Drinking a lot of liquids, whether any of the teas listed here or even just an increase in youe daily water consumption can be helpful for a cough. Fluids help thin out the mucus in postnasal drip and keeps the membranes moist, which can help to reduce the need to cough.
Turmeric has a good effect on dry cough because it contains curcumin and some volatile oils. Add one teaspoon of its powder to a cup of water, and boil it till the volume of the solution reduces by half. You can add some honey to it before drinking. It can be taken twice or thrice daily.
Dose a cough with homemade cough syrups
• Blend lemon juice with a little honey, then add a pinch of cayenne pepper and swallow. The honey coats your throat, soothing irritated tissues, while the lemon reduces inflammation and delivers a dose of infection-fighting vitamin C. The red pepper increases circulation to the area, which hastens the healing process.
• A very simple cough syrup calls for 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 tablespoon honey. Heat until warm and take as many teaspoons as you need. Add a bit of grated onion for a stronger kick. Onions contain irritating compounds that trigger the cough reflex and bring up phlegm. Peel and finely chop 6 medium onions. Put them, along with a half-cup of honey, into the top of a double boiler or in a pan over a pot of boiling water. Cover and let simmer for 2 hours. Strain and pour the mixture into a covered jar. Take 1 tablespoon every 2 to 3 hours.
• For a throat-soothing syrup, mix 5 or 6 cloves with 1 cup honey and leave the mixture in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, remove the cloves and take 1 teaspoon or 1 tablespoon of the honey as needed. Cloves dull the pain of a sore throat, while honey soothes inflamed throat issues.
• Rock candy, made from crystallized sugar, and one of the oldest forms of candy, is the basis of several old-time cough syrups. One recipe combines 1 box rock candy, 450 grams raisins, the juice of 3 lemons, one half-cup sugar, and enough whiskey to form a syrup. Another calls for 450 grams rock candy, 4 jiggers brandy, a half-jar honey, and the juice of 3 lemons. You’ll have to make either recipe ahead of time, as it takes a few weeks for the rock candy to dissolve.
• For a tasty old-time cough syrup, slice 3 lemons and place them in a pan with honey and a bit of horehound leaves and flowers. Horehound, a bitter herb once popular in cough “candies,” acts as an irritant to trigger the cough reflex and bring up phlegm.[/expand]