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Home Remedies for a Dry Cough

Are you sick of paying out for cough syrups that only provide temporary relief? Try these natural home remedies for a dry cough and save money.

A dry cough is annoying and disruptive to the people around you.  There is nothing worse than going to work and receiving glares every time that tickle in your throat threatens to turn into a cough.

These four traditional home remedies for a dry cough can be made at home, bottled then taken with you to have whenever you need relief.

The Simplest Remedy for a Dry Cough


1 Part Golden Syrup or Honey (Warm a spoon under hot water before measuring. The syrup will run off more easily.)

1 Part Malt Vinegar (Apple cider vinegar with “the mother” can also be used.) (Paid link)

1 Part Lemon Juice


Place all ingredients into a bowl then combine with a whisk. Store in a clean airtight bottle or jar.

Sip 1 tablespoon of mixture when the cough is troublesome.  This is a good mix for both children and adults.  Store in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.  Shake well before using.

Garlic Cough Syrup

Home Made Garlic Dry Cough Syrup


125g (4.4 oz.) Garlic Cloves

1 Cup Malt or Apple Cider Vinegar

1 Cup Honey

2 Lemons Juiced (Optional)


Boil the peeled garlic cloves in 3 cups of water until the liquid is reduced by half.  Strain into a medium saucepan then discard the garlic.

Add the vinegar, honey and optional lemons to the saucepan then simmer for 5 minutes.

Cool then store in a clean airtight jar or bottle.  Sip on 1 tablespoon when cough is troublesome.  This will keep in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

Olive Oil Dry Cough Syrup


250g (8.8 oz.) Honey

4 Tbsp. Glycerine (Paid link)

3 Tbsp. Olive Oil

3 lemons Juiced


Add all ingredients to a small saucepan then bring to a boil over medium heat.  Take off the heat immediately then cool.

Store in a clean airtight container in a cool dark place.  Sip on 1 tablespoon when your cough is giving you trouble.  It will keep for up to a week.

Old Time Cough Syrup

This isn’t for the faint of heart and it shouldn’t be taken if you are planning on driving or operating machinery!  Care must be taken with the use and storage of raw eggs to prevent salmonella poisoning.


3 Eggs

6 Lemons Juiced

90g (3.2 oz.) Honey

60g (2.1 oz.) Barley Sugar (paid link) Finely Crushed (Use a food processor, mortar and pestle or place in a plastic bag then beat with the end of a rolling pin or meat tenderiser.)

200ml (6.7 fl. oz.) Rum


Place the eggs in a bowl then cover with the juice of the lemons.  Cover then place in the fridge for 3 days.

Break the eggs into the bowl with the lemon then discard any undissolved shell.  Beat the eggs and the juice well.

In a separate bowl mix together the honey, barley sugar and rum then whisk in with the egg mixture.

Store in an airtight bottle or jar in the fridge for no longer than 3 days.  It is recommended to take a wineglass of this mixture in the morning for coughs or as a cold tonic.


Most of these ingredients have been used for centuries for treating coughs and colds before modern society introduced preservatives and other chemicals. Lemon juice, honey, vinegar and garlic are readily available in most homes and can be tolerated by most food allergies.

Try the simplest cough syrup first as it is the easiest to make with the fewest ingredients then try the others if you find it isn’t working well enough for you.

Take a small bottle with you to work to sip on during the day when the cough becomes a problem.

These bottles from Amazon are perfect for storing home made cough syrup. (Paid link)

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Are you looking for more home remedies? Try these remedies for an upset stomach or you might be interested in how to use white vinegar and baking soda around the home.

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