How to Get Rid of a Cough Fast

Most of the time, a cough can occur as a symptom of some other deeper medical problem. These problems include:

  • Asthma
  • Allergic rhinitis or any other type of allergies
  • GERD
  • Sinus problems
  • An adverse reaction to certain medications

Coughs that are caused by any of these illnesses are often accompanied by excessive mucus discharge in the form of phlegm. These coughs are also recurrent and can be quite difficult to suppress. As a matter of fact, health experts often tell people not to suppress these coughs. That is because the phlegm is lodged within the chest cavities and the lungs, which means that it needs to be expelled. Otherwise, it could cause even bigger health problems. 

A cough can also develop as the body’s way of dealing with external irritants such as dust or dry air. In this case, the cough would be dry with no mucus that needs to be dislodged. This articles deals with the phlegm-filled hacking cough that is also referred to as productive coughs. For mor information on dry coughs check out this article: How to get rid of a dry cough. This article is very informative when it come to wet mucous coughs: How to get rid of a wet cough .

Natural Remedies to Combat Phlegm

Phlegm is often the most embarrassing part of a productive cough. No matter how hard you try to hold it in, it will always find its way out. It can also be quite an inconvenience especially when the coughing fit happens while in the middle of an important transaction, such as a business meeting or a job interview.

Despite being a nuisance, phlegm is often not considered as a huge health risk especially when it is treated with the proper medication. But if the medication is not effective or if the phlegm is not treated at all, then further infections could develop. Luckily for people who often experience chronic productive coughs, there are certain natural remedies that can help loosen the phlegm up. These remedies include:

Warm salt water – salt is not only a great natural preservative. It also has antibacterial properties that could kill off the bacteria that are causing the rapid development of phlegm and mucus. People who are coughing out excessive amounts of phlegm can simply gargle with warm water mixed in with a teaspoon of salt. This effectively neutralizes the pH level in the mouth, thereby preventing the bacteria from reproducing. Since the salt water gargle is composed of all-natural ingredients, it can be used as many times as possible.

Steam – steam inhalation effectively liquefies the phlegm, making it impossible for it to stick to the mucous membranes. The liquefied phlegm then dissolves and is released through sweat and/or urine. Steam inhalation is also an easy process.

All you need to do is pour some hot water into a bowl and then place the face a few inches above the rim. Be sure to cover up with a large cloth so that the steam won’t escape. Inhale deeply several times until the water grows warm is no longer emitting any vapors. Adding some mint leaves to the water is also more effective in loosening the phlegm up.

Warm lemon juice – lemons are known to contain a lot of nutrients. People with chronic phlegm-filled coughs can harness these nutrients by simply mixing some lemons in warm water. They can add a few drops of honey to the mixture too. Honey does not only enhance the taste of the juice by sweetening it. It can also enhance the juice’s effectiveness since honey is in and of itself also a well-known cough remedy. Patients can then drink this mixture twice or thrice daily until the coughing subsides.

These natural remedies are best paired up with herbal remedies.

Get rid of a cough with herbs (infographic)

If you know any herbalist you know they have a cure for just about everything. Coughs are no exceptions the fact is when it comes to coughs in a lot of ways the natural remedies are better than over the counter medication to treat the problem at the source. They aren’t going to put you out of it like cought syrup will but they can get rid of the worst symptoms really fast.

These four are my go to remedies to get rid of that cough fast and get me on with my life.


This is not only a tasty addition to your meals, it is also one of the most time-tested herbal remedies in the world. One proof of its effectiveness is the fact that a lot of cough remedies that are manufactured by big pharmaceuticals also contain ginger already. Ginger can be consumed as a tea at least thrice a day. Those whose taste buds are less picky can also just chew on some raw slices as they go through their normal day. The best remedy for a cough or cold in my opinion is not for the faint of heart. Take 1/4 to 1/3 of pound of fresh ginger and juice it. Drink it straight in one go it will burn, you most likely will cough your belly will heat up but say goodbye to that percistant bug!

Licorice root

More of a soothing option and great for a persistent dry cough. This sweet herb is now used for treating a wide variety of diseases like asthma, adrenal fatigue, depression and more. The healing properties of licorice root can be traced to its high glycyrrhizic acid content. When consumed as a tea, the root’s anti-inflammatory component helps clear up the passageways in the throat, chest, and lungs. This clears up oxygen flow and reduces the aggravation that is causing your cough in the first place. Bonus it makes it easier for white blood cells to clear the bloodstream of viruses and bacteria.

this sweet herb is now used for treating a wide variety of diseases like asthma, adrenal fatigue, depression, and so on. The healing properties of the root can be traced to its high glycyrrhizic acid content. When consumed as a tea, the root’s anti-inflammatory component helps clear up the passageways in the throat, chest, and lungs. This then facilitates the proper flow of oxygen, which loosens phlegm and allows the cells to clear up the bloodstream of viruses and bacteria.

Black pepper

Almost everyone appreciates the culinary importance of black pepper. However, only a few are privy to this herb’s secret: it is also a great cough remedy. There are many ways in which this herbal remedy can be consumed. Here are a few ideas:

Chew a few seeds as needed for a cough drop like effect.

Golden Milk With Black Pepper

  • 1 tbs. Black Peppe Kernals Whole
  • 1/2 tsp. Turmeric Powder
  • 8oz. Skim Milk
  • Honey to taste

These two wonderful cough remedies synergize beautifully both are cough remedies in their own right but the effects are different and work well together. I especially like this remedy before bed.


You can mix it into a glass of warm skim milk and drink it at bedtime. Turmeric is a natural antiseptic that helps clear out excess mucus from the mucous membranes. This antiseptic also helps kill the bacteria that are causing the disruption in the mucous membranes, often curing your cough completely.

Turmeric can also be added to the salt water and gargled and works wonderfully to cleanse the mouth and throat for almost immediate releif.

These remedies may also work for smoker’s cough. However, note that the cough is caused by the throat’s reaction to smoke. This means that the remedies may stop working after some time if the smoker still persists with the habit. That is why these herbal remedies are most often recommended to people who are on the process of quitting their smoking habits.

That is because these remedies are not only effective as remedies; they also contain important elements that help boost the immune system.

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