Can Home Remedies for Coughs Work?

Do home remedies for coughs actually work?

Do you have a cough remedy that you swear by—maybe something your parents gave you when you were growing up?

If so, you’re not alone. Many people find temporary relief from coughs using these ingredients from their kitchen pantry:

Hot tea with lemon.  Drinking hot liquids may breakup secretions in the throat and soothe irritated areas, which can reduce coughing frequency.

Saltwater. Gargling an 8-ounce glass of warm water spiked with ¼ to ½ teaspoon of salt can ease throat irritation.

Peppermint. The menthol in peppermint works as a decongestant and expectorant. This means that it breaks up mucus, which helps reduce coughing and soothe sore throats.

Honey. A study from Penn State College of Medicine found that children given honey for their cough at bedtime coughed less during the night than those given over-the-counter cough suppressants or nothing at all. It’s thought that antioxidants in honey (dark honey has more) and the way it coats the throat provide a double benefit.

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