Natural Cough Remedies for Kids and Adults

It seems like everywhere we turn, people around us are sick. It’s no wonder why my children and I have been more sick this season than anytime before. Although it’s never fun to deal with a cold, one of the hardest symptoms to cure is a cough. A cough can linger for several weeks, and, if the condition worsens or becomes more serious, for months.

When you have children that are coughing, it can affect your entire family. My little ones can stay up at night because of the dry cough that simply will not stop. Some kids even throw up because of the coughing spells that will not let up. Most cough medicines are not suitable for children, and even if they are, they have chemicals and toxins that are not beneficial for anyone. In this article, I will share my tried and true natural cough remedies for kids and adults. Start with tons and tons of fluids, such as water or tea, and add the suggestions below into the mix.

Natural Remedies for Cough

1. Honey – Honey is one of the best known remedies for cough that has been used for centuries all over the world. In addition to being great tasting, honey has amazing medicinal properties to soothe the throat. Although many people do know about using honey for treating coughs, they go to the store and pick up a processed jar of honey with virtually no nutritional benefits and no power to treat a cough.

manuka honeyIt is important to purchase 100% raw and organic Manuka honey to treat a cough. This honey is made by New Zealand bees that pollinate the manuka bush, and has many healing, antiseptic and antibacterial properties. This product is expensive, and there are a lot of fakes on the market. When shopping, choose a brand that is UMF certified and is rated 10+.

Remember that honey cannot be given to children under one years old. For older kids, either give a spoonful of honey, or dilute in a cup of water, and dispense it every few hours.

2. Onions – My little one kept waking up in the night from cough, disturbing the entire house until I found this remedy that has been used in Europe and around the world for centuries. This natural cough remedy is an onion, which has antiviral and antibiotic properties. Healthy Bliss recommends using a white onion; if one can’t be found, a red one is acceptable, as well.  I would peel and cut up an onion in quarters and place it in a plate next to his crib on the floor. That’s all it took to help him get a good night’s sleep when he was coughing or was stuffed up. Although unpleasant, the odor that onion emits helps sooth the throat. And the good news is that when you’re sick, you probably can’t smell it, anyway!

3. Steam – Steam works great to loosen phlegm and mucus in the throat and nasal passages. When I can’t breathe or have a violent cough attack, I boil water in a pot and place my face over it, covered with a towel. I proceed to steam my face for as long as I can without overheating. Another option is to take a hot shower, letting the steam ease your cough. These options, however good, can’t be used to treat children, so I recommend purchasing a humidifier to place in their room at night. Everyday Roots recommends adding essential oils to the humidifier to help treat the cough. The website shares this recipe:humidifier

“You will need…

-3 drops of tea tree oil
-1-2 drops of eucalyptus oil
-A bowl of water
-A soft, clean, towel


Bring enough water to a boil to halfway fill a medium size-heat proof bowl. Pour the water into it, let it cool slightly for 30-60 seconds, and add the essential oils, giving it a quick stir to release the vapors. Lean over the bowl and get as close as you can while still being comfortable. Remember that steam can seriously burn! Use the towel to cover your head like a tent, trapping the steam, and breathe deeply. Ideally, do this for 5-10 minutes 2-3 times a day.”

Try to abstain from taking any over the counter cough medication. Even natural remedies for cough at the store have honey as their main ingredient, so save your money and try these cough solutions first. Simple Natural Solutions is your source of tips, tricks, recipes and advice for a healthier lifestyle. Sometimes, making a few small changes at home will make dramatic differences for your and your family’s health. Visit for more information.

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