cough suppressantCoughing is one of the most recognizable symptoms of illness and also one of the most annoying. Frequent coughing can irritate the throat, make the ribs sore and even be embarrassing.

Suppressants are cough medicines that fall under the category of syrups. They are used to treat dry coughs. They work by suppressing the reflex action that is the cough. The other form of syrup is the expectorants that are used for the cough. It is important to understand that cough suppressants have a direct effect on the brain and the respiratory system. Those that work directly on the brain include dextromeif,o,phan noscapine, ethylmorphine, and codeine.

Some cough suppressants are vapor administered for example the vaporub which has menthol as the major ingredient. These are deemed necessary for severe levels of the cough although they may not suppress the cough 100%. Remember that severe coughing can damage the lungs to an irreversible state. Suppressants like dark chocolate are more effective for the dry cough because they contain cocoa which suppresses throat itchiness and you should, therefore, avoid using them for the cough as this may amount to abuse. Cough suppressants work by preventing the outlet your body seeks in order to keep in balance. Once that outlet has been denied, your body seeks another one.

Coughing often just relates to your throat, which is considered a relatively minor organ but the lungs are affected. Maybe you have bronchitis or pneumonia, if not treated, what started from the minor organ, the problems go deeper, to more important organs. If you are observant, you will be able to see a more important organ under stress, after you have used any suppressive drug.


Coughs can be treated with conventional cough medicines but they often contain cough suppressants. Although, this is not ideal, as the body wants to expel mucus and irritants through a cough. Natural cough remedies can be a safe alternative which allows your body to act naturally.

The most common natural remedies ior coughs are herbal remedies and essential oils.

Herbal remedies

Herbal cough remedies are best taken as a syrup. You can either buy ready-made herbal syrups or prepare your own. The best herbal remedies for coughs are marshmallow root, thyme, licorice, onion, and Echinacea. There are several types of coughs and remedies vary according to where the problem is.

A dry cough is often caused by a sore throat and a tickly cough results from a dry throat. Take 3-8 teaspoons of marshmallow root syrup a day to fight a bout of coughing or to prevent your throat from getting dry.

For a chesty cough, take one teaspoon of thyme and licorice syrup, 2-5 times a day. Thyme is an antiseptic for lungs and licorice is an anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory herb that will reduce the irritation in the airways.

Licorice should only be used for a few days if you have high blood pressure, heart, kidney or liver problem or suffer from water retention. Pregnant women should not take it at all.

If you cough a lot, take 4-5 teaspoons of onion syrup per day to reduce the frequency of coughing, especially at night.

Onion syrup as cough suppressantsOnion syrup only works when it is freshly made. Making your own is very easy though, not buying. All you need is one large onion and 5-7 teaspoons of brown sugar or honey. To make the syrup, peel and slice the onion into chunky slices. Put a couple of slices into a small bowl and cover with a teaspoon of sugar or honey. Repeat the layering until you have used all the ingredients and leave the bowl covered for a few hours. The sugar will extract the juice from the onion and you can then collect the syrup.

Also, the onion poultice. This is made by slicing an onion and putting it into a frying pan. You want to fry the onions until they are just barely starting to turn brown. You do not want to over-cook the onions, or they lose their potency. Once they are cooked allow them to cool for a few minutes and then place them directly onto your bare chest. Use a cloth diaper or small towel so that the onions will not leak onto your clothes or sheets. Then use an ace bandage wrapped around your chest to hold them in place. You want to do this just before bedtime and then sleep with the onion poultice on all night.

If your cough has been bothering you for more than a week, take 1ml of an Echinacea tincture (also known as herbal or fluid extract) diluted in water, three times day. The tincture strength should be 1:5, i.e. one part herb to five parts of alcohol. You can buy ready-made tinctures or make your own. Tinctures take two weeks to macerate, so if you haven’t made them in advance it’s best to buy.

A persistent cough usually indicates the presence of a disease such as asthma, heartburn, post-nasal drip or chronic bronchitis. To treat a chronic cough mix 20ml each of thyme and elecampane tinctures (1:2 strength), licorice tincture (1:1 strength) and 40ml of ground ivy tincture (1:2 strength). Pour the mix into a dark glass bottle and take 5ml diluted in water, 2-3 times a day.

Essential oils

Essential oils can get into the mucus membrane of the lungs and therefore it is possible to obtain relief from coughs by inhaling essential oils. There are quite a few essential oils that can be used to treat a cough, e.g. black pepper, cedarwood, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, juniper, lavender, lemon, marjoram, peppermint, pine or sweet thyme. Put two or three drops of the oil into the hot water and breathe slowly. Continue until the water has cooled down.

Natural cough remedies bring relief from coughing by loosening any phlegm in the lungs and opening airways without drying out the mucus membranes. They bring healing in a gentle yet effective manner and are definitely worth a try.


Coughing can disrupt children’s sleep and make them feel so tired and groggy the following morning. This has negative effects on their studies because of persistent hacking cough. There are however some cough medicines for kids which can be given to them while having the child schedule to visit the doctor. Best Cough Suppressant for kids include:

Mucinex Children’s Multi-Symptom, Cold Relief Liquid

This is regarded as the best cough medicinesfor kids because it helpsto relieve not just a cough but a stuffed-up nose, and rest of their cold symptoms, such as a fever too. This cough medicine for kids has three active ingredients in it that include guaifenesin, which helps break up the mucus; dextromethorphan, which helps suppress a cough; and phenylephrine, which helps relieve congestion.

Its advantages for its choice for children include relieving cough, congestion, stuffed-up nose, breaking up the mucus. It is packaged with dosing cup for convenience, and it tastes like delicious berry flavor so it won’t be so hard for your children to take.

Some of the disadvantages include that it is not suitable for children who are taking certain antidepressants, not suitable for children who have ear disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or thyroid disease unless his or her doctor says it is alright.

Zarbee’s Naturals Children’s Cough Syrup

Honey as cough suppressantsThis is all natural and made with honey to soothe your kid’s cough and make them feel a lot better. Not only is this cough medicine safer for children because it is all natural but it also contains zinc which helps provide a nice boost in their immune system. By providing a boost to their immune system, this can fix the cause of the cough ln the first place.

Its advantages include that it has honey included which makes it easier for them to take since it tastes better than most other cough medicine. It also includes zinc to promote a boost in their immune system to get to the reason for the cough in the first place. It’s safe because it is made with honey and no chemical. It soothes sore throats and it’s also made of Vitamin C which is another boost to their immune system.

Its disadvantages are that it is not recommended for children under 12 months. It has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

It is important to identify the type of cough your child has. Always ask your pharmacist for advice before buying anything. Recently, pharmacists are now part of a “Minor Ailment Scheme”. Your pharmacist might be in the scheme.

Honey as a suppressant can soothe throats and calm coughs, according to a new study, the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. The study found that children who received a small dose of buckwheat honey before bedtime slept better and coughed less than those who received either a common over-the-counter cough suppressant (dextromethorphan) or nothing at all.

The researchers enrolled 105 children, between ages 2 and 18, in their randomized, partially double-blind study. On the first night of the study, the children received no treatment. Parents then answered questions about their children’s sleep and cough, as well as the quality of their own sleep. The second night, the children were given either honey-flavored cough syrup or honey or nothing at all. Parents then reanswered the questions in the survey. Parents whose children received the honey rated their kids’ sleep and symptoms as better and their own sleep as improved as well.

Darker honey has more antioxidants than lighter honey. Honey is also generally less expensive than over-the-counter medications, and bring none of the side effects like dizziness or sleepiness.

Also, some of the kids who took honey did experience side effects, according to the study. The parents reported slightly more hyperactivity when their kids took honey, compared with when they took cough syrup.

Honey has been used since the time of the ancient Greeks and Egyptians to treat everything from wounds to insect bites. This usefulness can perhaps be attributed to the idea that an enzyme that bees add to the nectar produces hydrogen peroxide, an antibacterial agent.

For coughs and sore throats, it may be the stickiness and viscosity of honey that makes it work well.