Honey, Grapefruit, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Other All-Natural Cough Remedies for Thyroid Patients (And Others)

Fresh squeezed and strained grapefruit as a natural cough expectorant

Ice-cold, fresh-squeezed Texas grapefruit juice. Yum.

Twice this year I’ve taken to crowd-sourcing cough remedies on Facebook and, in hopes of remembering what I learned next winter, I thought I’d dash off a post on the topic.

The first inquiry involved a dry cough that plagued my son. We try to steer clear of food dyes for a variety of reasons, so regular over-the-counter cough remedies are mostly off limits. In his case, we learned from a friend that honey is remarkably soothing for a dry cough. Even her hubby–who works in a military hospital and is a skeptic of old wives’ tales–endorses this approach. It sure worked for my kiddo.

The second crowd-sourcing exercise was for me. About a week ago, I caught a nasty cold and, being an overachiever, took it much harder than my hubby and kid. Raging fever, awful cough, etcetera. To top it off, I took too much asthma medicine and sent my heart racing. Sigh. Mucinex was among the first suggestions thrown out, but as I can’t take pseudophedrine (thanks, Graves’ disease) the most useful version (“DM”) was off limits. A dear doctor friend suggested Flonase to cut the post-nasal drip, but I can’t take that because it breaks out my skin almost as bad as gluten (thanks again, Graves’ disease).

Therefore, I went with shower steam, decaffeinated lemon tea with local honey, saline spray (for the drip), a marvelous gargle (water with a little apple cider vinegar) and a new one for me: fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. As none of my medications react with the juice (always double-check with your pharmacist), I was curious to try it as soon as a friend recommended it. I happened to have a fresh, Texas-raised grapefruit in my fridge, too.  It tasted divine and seemed to, pardon me, cut the sludge almost immediately.

Perhaps it was a placebo effect, but I don’t care. The tangy juice felt heavenly, and I will definitely try it again.

What are your favorite cough remedies? Are there any gems passed down within your family?

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3 comments

  1. I’ve never heard of gargling with ACV, but my kids and I love to drink it ( mixed with honey and diluted with water). My grandma always drank some every day and swore it kept her healthy.

    • My maternal grandmother used ACV daily and my maternal grandfather was a BIG believer in elderberry jam. Daily.

      Actually, the ACV gargle–which I’d forgotten about–was a trick my paternal great aunt picked up from a doctor. He recommended it to all his patients well into the 1990s.

      • Interesting. I’ve also heard its a great facial toner, though I haven’t tried it yet. Why elderberry jam?

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