Dry Cough Relief Tea


In my neck of the woods, people have been suffering from the flu and colds of late. What’s most annoying is that a cough remains long after the rest of the symptoms have abated. These coughs are termed non-productive as your body isn’t trying to expel mucus. Without some kind of relief, coughing fits can cause urinary incontinence, interrupted sleep, headaches and sore chest or stomach muscles.

Some things you can do to ease your throat is to drink plenty of water or herbal teas, have a clear broth based soup, suck on cough drops/lozenges, apply cold balm to your throat and chest, take a steam bath as it helps to moisten the airways.

For an herbal remedy, you can make the Dry Cough Relief Tea below. The ingredients have the perfect actions to soothe irritated throats:

  • Ginger root: warming, antitussive (relieves coughs), expectorant (loosens mucus), anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, analgesic (pain relieving)

  • Licorice root: antitussive, demulcent (relieves inflammation/irritation), antibacterial, antiviral, expectorant, anti-inflammatory

  • Marsh mallow root: anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antispasmodic, demulcent, emollient (soothing)

  • Wild cherry bark: anti-inflammatory, expectorant, sedative

Dry Cough Relief Tea Recipe

  • 0.25 oz (7.08 gm) or 1 part dried Ginger root

  • 0.25 oz (7.08 gm) or 1 part dried Licorice root

  • 0.25 oz (7.08 gm) or 1 part dried Marsh mallow root

  • 0.25 oz (7.08 gm) or 1 part dried Wild cherry bark

  • Small sauce pot

  • 2 Cups (16 oz or 473.17 ml) of water

  • Mesh strainer


  1. Mix together the dried herbs and add one tablespoon of the mixture to the pot

  2. Add the water and bring to a full boil, then reduce to medium and simmer for 10 minutes

  3. Strain the infusion to a large container or cup

  4. Sip and enjoy as needed

  5. For extra soothing relief, add some honey to the tea

This tea is meant for short-term use. If you are concerned about how long your cough is lasting or the nature of it, contact your primary care provider right away.

You could add some dried elderberries, turmeric or cinnamon for their immune boosting abilities. Read more about that in the Elderberry Alternatives post.

Until next time, discover the power of your kitchen cupboard.


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