Dry cough is sudden and often repetitively reflex (voluntary or involuntary) which helps to clear the breathing passages. This condition may be caused by a lingering cold, the flu or even asthma. This symptom happens when bacteria, dust or other similar particles irritate the nerve endings between the throat and lungs.
People usually consider a dry cough as a simple annoyance. However, if not treated, a cough may not disappear and become chronic, so we need to keep it in check. Other symptoms related to a cough are congestion, chest pain, breathing difficulty and exhaustion.
Here you have some dry cough remedies:
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1. Onion and Honey Poultice
- 1 casserole with water.
- 1 onion in slices.
- 1 linen or cotton cloth.
- Boil the onion for 2-3 minutes, until it gets softer.
- Strain the onion and spread it out on a cloth (in a thin layer).
- Add a layer of honey.
- Apply the poultice directly on your chest (as hot as possible).
- Cover the poultice with plastic and wrap the sick person up well.
2. Onion to open the Breathing Passages
- 1 onion.
- Half an hour before you go to sleep, cut a quarter of onion in thin slices.
- Put the slices on a plate on the bedside table (the onion will help you to breathe better).
3. Dried Fig Syrup
- 1 apple.
- 15 dried figs.
- 9 oz thyme honey.
- 0.25 gal water.
- Cut the apple into eight pieces.
- Cut the figs in halves.
- In a saucepan (with the water) boil the apple, the figs, and the honey for 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let it cool down.
- Strain and store the juice in a bottle.
- Have 2 teaspoons of this syrup mixed with cold water 4 times a day.
4. Scottish Remedy
- 1 trickle lemon juice.
- ½ cup water.
- 1 tablespoon molasses or honey.
- 1 trickle whiskey.
- Mix the ingredients and heat the mixture up.
- Sip it slowly while it is still hot.
5. Garlic Poultice
- 2-3 garlic cloves.
- Crush the cloves of garlic in a mortar.
- Add the lard.
- Stir the mixture until it has a soft texture.
- Apply it on the feet soles several times a day and cover it with gauze. You can also apply Vicks VapoRub or camphorated oil (also in the feet soles, instead of the chest).
6. Flour Poultice
- Wheat/linseed flour.
- Boil some water and add enough flour to get a sticky mixture.
- Spread it on gauze and apply it on the chest as hot as possible.
- Put a hot-water bottle on it for a long-lasting effect.
Other useful home remedies for a lingering cough:
- Have a hyssop tea or moisten the suprasternal notch (the hollow in the base of the neck, between your collarbones) and apply some table salt to ease dry coughs.