My Favorite Way To Treat & Cure A Cough Naturally

How To Cure A Cough Naturally
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How To Cure A Cough Naturally

When my baby boy woke up the other morning with what appeared to be an upper respiratory infection, I was pretty desperate to find something that would help him fight it off quickly. He was wheezing, and lethargic, and his breathing was rapid- as if he couldn’t get a full breath. Every time I got him out of his crib, he would just lay himself down on the floor and suck his thumb with his eyes half closed. It was a little frightening, to be honest. There was no fever, just a bad, very deep cough.

I immediately hit all of my herbal books, looking for something that would treat RSV type symptoms and cure a cough quickly. And I came across a recipe for a garlic salve in the book Be Your Own Doctor by Rachel Weaver, M.H.  I had all of the ingredients on hand, and I’m a total believer in the healing power of garlic, so I knew this was the one to try.

Here’s that recipe…

Garlic Salve


Pour everything into a blender and mix until smooth. Strain off the bits of garlic, and store the liquid in a wide-mouth glass jar in the fridge. It will solidify as it cools. If your child has super sensitive skin, you might try adding more coconut oil and olive oil.

Apply liberally to the chest, back, and bottoms of feet (covered with socks) at least four times a day, and as often as every couple of hours, as needed. This isn’t something that you can overdose on, so don’t be afraid to use too much. If it doesn’t seem to be working, use more!

I made the salve, and slathered it on baby Elias’ chest, back, and the bottoms of his feet about every 2 hours or so throughout the day, and even a few times during the night. I also ran a humidifier in his room and put some of the salve with a couple of drops of lemon eucalyptus essential oil in the cup where the Vapor Rub is supposed to go. About half way through the day I also started rubbing oregano essential oil (1 drop diluted in 1/4 tsp. coconut oil) over the salve on his body.

By the next morning, his breathing was perfectly normal again, and he was actually up and playing! He still had a cough, but it now sounded looser, like it was more productive. That garlic salve, along with the oregano oil REALLY worked wonders. I can’t tell you how relieved I was! This is now my go-to aid for treating coughs and supporting the immune system!

Do you have a favorite home remedy to cure a cough and cold?

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  1. I know this is an old post now…but just wanted to answer a question posted here. Why is it applied to feet? Because nerves of the body start at the feet and go up. That’s why reflexology focuses on nerve points on the soles.

  2. my 10 month old daughter woke up with a nasty cough which I think her big brother (3yrs old) passed on to her. He has bronchitis. He is on his last day of antibiotics. I refuse to give my daughter antibiotics again. She’s not even 1 and has been on it twice for ear infections and bronchiolitis. I want to try this salve today and avoid yet another doc visit just so they can prescribe another dose of antibiotics. I have never used essential oils so I’m hesitant because I’m not educated enough. Would you help me with recommendations of where to buy, what’s the best brand, what to look for. I need to make this salve today to nip this cough since it just started. Thank you so much.

    -worried mom

  3. I mixed up 9 cloves of garlic because I’m sick of this cough, added oregano oil from four capsules, about a 1/3 C coconut oil, 2 Tbs Olive oil and some tender lavender leaves. It’s in the frig hardening up. Dear God I hope this works. I haven’t slept in 5 nights due to my constant coughing. You know the type where you’re splitting up a cup of fluid and its never enough – ugh.

    • IT WORKED! I did not cough up mouthfuls of phlegm over & over & over & over throughout the night!!! First time in 5 nights. I actually got some real sleep. I can’t wait to tell everyone about this!

      • Last week i blend a batch of garlics n oil for my son’s flu. I left him in my mom’s care.unfortunately she didnt use my ‘remedy’ n didnt store them in the fridge. After almost 1 week i went back home, the garlic oil turn reddish. Since i contracted cough, i use it on my feet. However my cough gets worse n worse..i thought.. maybe because the garlic is not fresh. So i went to cut n slice fresh garlic thinly n put them on my feet. In few minutes, the itchiness in my throat subsides. I dont have the urge to cough. Seriously..fresh garlic do wonders. Anybody who wants to reduce coughing ..can try doesent cure right away..but it can help u lessen or stop the painful cough.

  4. We love garlic to fight viruses! Dr. Mercola says that it is most beneficial during the first hour of being crushed or chopped. The power of the chemical reaction when crushed, allicin, is excellent after about 10-15 mins of being crushed. So I crush it and chop, let it sit and apply quickly. Usually to the neck and bottoms of feet and/or chest, depending if there is a cough. Love garlic! -Vieve

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  6. So glad you posted this! Jackjack and Little Peanut both have coughs, and I have all the ingredients in the cupboard to make this right away. J will think it’s funny that it goes on his feet. :o)

  7. Glad this worked for you, Kendra, and your baby is doing better. When my babies were babies (and not expecting babies of their own) I tried putting sliced garlic on the soles of their feet one night before bed secured with a bandage. If it says so in a book, it’s gotta be good, right? Wrong. All three woke up with blistered feet. Garlic is very potent. I also injured myself using garlic oil in a delicate location. I guess in Rachel’s recipe mixing it with the oils toned down its burning properties.
    As for Cathy’s question, choose books that have qualified authors or are thoroughly researched with citations for the studies they quote. “I read a study that said…” or “According to one study…” just doesn’t cut it as qualified research unless the study is cited so that you can look it up yourself. While anecdotal case studies are beneficial, they cannot be the sole guide. Rosemary Gladstar and James A. Duke are two of my favorites.
    Thanks for sharing. I enjoy your blog.

  8. I’d like to know what books you have! I have oil books, but I want to grow my herbal books. The one “natural healing” book I have seems kind of useless.

  9. Hi Just wondering which herbal books are your “go-to” titles? Just getting started and would love some recommendations

    Thank you

  10. I use a disposable plastic spoon to get Vicks Salve or anything like that out of the jar. It helps because I don’t have to get it under a finger nail or all over me.

    Vicks on the soles of my feet saved me. Does anyone know why that Vicks or garlic on the feet is a cough cure?

    When I can quit coughing, I don’t care what I smell like.

    • Practical Parsimony,

      I think it has something to do with circulation… maybe? LOL I’m not really sure, but it’s interesting that in Honduras they use leaves of certain plants poulticed on the bottoms of their feet to reduce a fever. Many traditional cultures put herbs and stuff on the soles of their feet. There must be something to it 😉

      • Just to throw in my 2 cents 😉 … as an LMT, we learn about how toxins can enter or be released through your feet. I would venture to guess that this works because it showed the healing elements to enter your body & begin their incredible work! 🙂

  11. I’m so glad that it worked! I just heard about applying Vicks to the soles of the feet; it didn’t seem to help me, but I’m glad it helped your little one. 🙂

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