Let's have a look at some simple, natural home remedies for annoying unproductive or dry cough. 

Licorice root

Kills the germs, lifts the mood

TeaCredit: Laurel fan

Licorice root have amazing healing properties. Scientific studies show that licorice is very effective against coughs and all kinds of upper respiratory tract problems such as bronchitis and pneumonia. It is a so called expectorant and helps the body drive out mucus from the lungs. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties and promotes production of interferon which helps the cells withstand viral attacks. 

To make some nice licorice tea, take a teaspoon of chopped, dried licorice root and steep it in hot water for a few minutes. If you want to you can add honey, partly for its taste but also because honey in itself has anti-pathogenic properties. Now drink this delicious and healing drink and your cough will most likely get better right away. Drink 3 cups a day for a few days for the full effects.

Note: licorice can increase your blood pressure, so be careful if you have hypertension or other blood presure problems.


Do you have time for thyme?

Fresh thymeCredit: Cookbookman17 @ flickr.com

You lie awake at night with that painful scratch in your throat. Or maybe just a tickling sensation that makes you want to cough all the time. And losing sleep really doesn't speed up recovery either. If you are bothered by this then a nice cup of thyme tea can help.

Take a pinch of thyme, fresh if you have it, and steep in hot water like you would with tea. Optionally mix in some honey for sweetness, soothing and killing germs. This drink should soothe your itchy scratchy throat. 

Butter, sugar and almond mess

What do you have in your pantry?

Butter(117833)Credit: Joel75 @ flickr.com

I don't know who came up with this, but they sure ransacked the pantry, trying everything to get rid of their cough. The full version of this remedy takes a bit of time to prepare but if you need to, you can keep it simple.

Take a handful of almonds and soak in water overnight so that the skin peals off and the almonds are a bit soft. Mash the almonds with a fork and mix them up with a slab of butter. Sprinkle some sugar (preferably raw cane sugar) on this mix and swallow slowly.

If you're in a hurry or you don't have any almonds, butter and sugar alone should also work fine.

What about you?

Your 2 cents

Have you tried any of these remedies? What was your experience with them?

Please tell me your secrets to treat an annoying cough!