Help for a Deep, Dry Cough
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Germane
Posted on: March 2, 2002

What’s good for a dry deep cough? There seems to be a virus around right now causing a dry cough and you’re coughing so much you vomit.

A persistent, dry cough needs soothing to heal irritated mucous membranes. Antispasmodic herbs help to calm the cough reflex. Herbs that can be combined into a soothing, antispasmodic tea are:

Mullein leaf - soothing and antispasmodic

Slippery elm bark powder soothing and healing

Marshmallow leaf or root soothing

Licorice root: soothing, expectorant and immune supportive (not to be used in high blood pressure)

Fennel seeds expectorant, antispasmodic and soothing

Red Clover flowers expectorant, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory; cleanses lymphatic vessels

Thyme leaves antibacterial, antispasmodic, antiviral, expectorant

You can make a tea by combining 1/2 teaspoon of each of these dried herbs with 2 cups of boiling water in a covered ceramic pot or glass jar. Steep for 20 minutes. Strain and drink warm or at room temperature. Dose: Sip 1/2 cup every 2 hours.

To make a syrup, combine one teaspoon of each of the herbs with 1 cup of boiling water and steep for 4 hours. Strain. Combine the liquid with 1/4 cup honey in a non aluminum pot. Heat gently until honey is well mixed in. Allow to cool and store in the refrigerator. Dose: up to 2 tablespoons every 2 hours.

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