Kelly Liston

Homemade Cough Remedy -
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During the cold and flu season we do a lot to support our immune systems.  We eat fermented foods, take cod liver oil and elderberry syrup, eat lots of green veggies and take Juice Plus.  But sometimes, a bug gets us.

During last year’s cold and flu season, I was on the hunt for a good natural cough remedy that I could make at home.  My criteria were that it be natural, safe, and better than anything I could get at the store.  I found lots of recipes for a vaporub-like salve using a combination of oils and essential oils, so many in fact, I figured it was something I should try out.

As with every homemade cough or cold remedy that I try, I am always doubtful that it will live up to their claims.  So, when I read over and over that putting this natural cough remedy salve on the feet at night will stop nighttime coughing, I was skeptical to say the least.

Friends, it works.  Every time for us.  So far this fall, both my daughter and younger son have come down with some virus that had them coughing all day and night.  With both of them, I put the natural cough remedy salve on their feet at night, covered with socks, and they were able to sleep through the night, cough-free!

If you have coughing in your home that makes it hard to sleep, give this a shot.  I have no idea why it works, but it does.  This is my favorite natural night time cough remedy because it works!!

Do you have any home remedies that are favorites of yours?  Please share!

Natural Night Time Cough Remedy -


Homemade "Vaporub" Salve
  1. 5 tbsp.extra virgin coconut oil
  2. 1 tbsp. evening primrose oil or other carrier oil such as olive oil or sweet almond oil
  3. 2 tablespoons beeswax
  4. 8 – 10 drops tea tree essential oil
  5. 15 – 20 drops rosemary essential oil
  1. In a small pan, melt the coconut oil and evening primrose oil.
  2. Add the beeswax, chopped up (or in granules) and stir until melted.
  3. Add the essential oils and stir to combine.
  4. Pour into a 4-oz. glass jar and allow to cool.
  1. I store mine in the medicine cabinet, instead of the fridge, because I want it soft enough to spread on tiny feet.
Adapted from Modern Alternative Mama
Oh Lardy
Good luck and enjoy the benefits of a cough-free sleep.


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Kelly ListonNatural Night Time Cough Remedy