Best Cough Medicine For Adults

Cough Medicine For Adults

The natural and best cough medicine for adults is what we are covering especially in this article. We start here with what causes a cough first and then with natural remedies for a cough.

A cough is caused by a result of the irritation or infections between the throat and lungs. Mostly cough is caused by bacteria, viruses, acute bronchitis, pertussis, pneumonia, pollen, smoking, common cold, air pollution, and other foreign particles.

A cough is actually how our body reacts to clear the irritation or to clear the passage between the throat and lungs naturally.

Normally cough can be treated with natural cough medicines easily. In case of chronic cough (frequently coughing condition) better seek doctor’s advice for appropriate treatment.  Because a chronic cough is an indication of disease or for a serious illness.

Throat Anatomy showing esophagus, windpipe (trachea), voice box (larynx), tonsils and epiglottis

An acute cough is normally will not last for more than three weeks which is caused mostly by a common cold. These days pertussis is also being diagnosed in adults with troublesome coughing.

A chronic cough lasts for more than eight weeks and the causes are mainly asthma, bronchitis, gastroesophageal reflux, and postnasal drip.  As per the American Academy of Pediatrics The Medicines, the over the counter cough medicines are not effective.

The evidence, in use honey, as a natural cough suppressant found to be far better and effective compared to all the other treatments for acute cough.

9 Natural Cough Medicine for Adults

Here are the natural best cough medicines that can be tried effectively to get a faster relief: -

Natural Cough Medicine for Adults
Natural Cough Medicine for Adults

1. Natural honey is the best cough medicine

Many studies have revealed that honey soothes the throat and an effective common cough suppressant. It is much effective compared to the medicines that contain dextromethorphan (DXM or DM) medicines from the over the counters.

You could take directly three teaspoons of undiluted honey and let it coat the throat.

Alternatively, you could make a home-made cough syrup with honey. Mix two teaspoons of natural honey in a cup of herbal tea or warm water. Or mix two teaspoons of natural honey in a cup of warm water and add little of the fresh lemon juice

Keep sipping the mixture from the cup slowly. Repeat three times a day
Drinking before bedtime helps to calm a cough so you could sleep better.
Treat the children with a cough by giving them half a teaspoon of natural honey.
Honey amazingly works for a cough. It’s freely available and not so expensive. Therefore, opt for this working best cough medicine to get rid of a cough fast.

Caution: Honey is not recommended to children under 18 months old

2. Honey and Lemon for Cough

We this is the magical potion for any cough you may have. Honey and Lemon go hand in hand in healing your cough. Forget buying cough syrup from over the counter.

Lemon and honey healing potion for cough
True healing potion for cough

It so to be true. One of my female colleagues had a cough and had been trying cough syrup bought from a pharmacy. But her cough was so stubborn and not going away. I advised her to try lemon with honey and gave her the recipe. It worked for her. The cough disappeared overnight.

The healing and soothing properties of honey and lemon do magic here. It has to be taken in the right combination in quantities.

Honey and Lemon recipe for cough

  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon of honey
  • 3/4 cup of warm water

First mix the honey in fresh lemon juice in a cup. Then add warm water to it. Filling up to a 3/4 of the cup. That's it, now slowly sip and drink the tasteful cup of healing potion. Drink two times a day.

3. Honey and Bourbon Cough Syrup for adults

This goes without saying the best cough medicine for adults because of making a cough syrup with whiskey.

Honey and Bourbon Cough Syrup for adults
Honey and Bourbon Cough Syrup for adults

Here the main ingredient is, of course, the honey to cure a cough.  Bourbon is added to make it stronger, taste good and to enjoy the drink. Once you take this drink nothing can stop you from having a good sound sleep. This is only for adults and should not try on children.

Here is the recipe for honey bourbon cough syrup:-

Honey - 2 teaspoons
Bourbon whiskey - 2 ounces
fresh lemon juice - 2 ounces  (1/2 lemon)
Water - 4 ounces

Mix nicely and heat bourbon whiskey, lemon juice and water in a cup. You could heat it in a micro oven or on a stovetop using a small saucepan. Heat it just for 45 seconds. Now add honey to it. Again heat the mixture for another 45 seconds.

Let it cool down a little to the level of lukewarm temperature and drink the homemade cough syrup. Drink this cough syrup just before bedtime. You will get relief from a cough and a sound sleep overnight.

4. Thyme tea

Thymol is an active component of thyme. It capable of reducing the frequency of coughing and the urge for a cough. This is one of the best home remedies for a bad cough.

Thyme leaves are used to treat coughs caused by bronchitis, respiratory infections, Pertussis-whooping cough, and sore throat.

Thyme herb is available in the form of fresh and dried leaves. Use two teaspoons of dried or fresh thyme leaves to make a cup of tea. Place the thyme leaves in boiling water and steep for ten minutes. After that strain and sip slowly for a good effect to get relief from a cough. You could add little honey to it for a double effect.

Interestingly the thyme herb treatment for a cough is officially approved by Germany. Sharing here an abstract of a study on cough treatment with thyme and the results.

5. Ginger the natural cough suppressant

Ginger is high in anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It kills bacteria and loosens congestion in the respiratory passages. The gingerol present in the ginger helps to enhance your immune system. It soothes throat irritation and any itchiness and reduces the reflex that causes an urge for coughing.

It is very simple, just chew few fresh, skin peeled raw ginger. Repeat 3 to 4 times a day.

You also can make ginger tea and drink it. To a boiling cup of water put the grated 1-inch ginger. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes and let it come to a lukewarm temperature. Add a few drops of fresh lemon juice into it. Drink the tea twice a day.

6. Black pepper and honey

Black pepper and honey is the best medicine for cold and cough. Honey and pepper jointly work against a cough and common cold. Honey reduces a cough and the same time pepper helps to stimulate the mucus flow and blood circulation to get relief from cold.

Add one teaspoon of grounded pepper and two tablespoons of honey to a cup of boiling water. Cover it to steep for about 5 to 10 minutes. Then, after straining, slowly sip and drink the mixture. Repeat twice a day.

7. A hot shower or Steam Bath

Steam cures a cough by removing sinus congestion and phlegm in your throat and chest. Take a hot shower and steam bath to get relief from a cough.

Warning: Those who have asthma condition may avoid steam bath as a cough home remedy

8. Menthol Cough drops

For a short and quicker relief opt for taking menthol cough drops for bad coughs. Menthol helps to soothe the throat by reducing the irritations.

9. Drink plenty of liquids

Drinking plenty of warm water or any warm liquids such as teas mentioned above. Warmness keeps the skin/tissues moist at the throat at a low level and reduces the urge for coughing.  Also, warm fluids cut the mucus in the phlegm and of the postnasal drip. This is one of the best home remedies for a bad cough to control infections and spreading of phlegm in your lungs.

The above is the best cough medicine for adults. You are most welcome to share your experience with a cough leaving your comments below for making this a better place for all readers.

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