Studies have found that honey is effective in soothing a bad cough, as it calms down the irritated mucous membranes. See also How to get over a cold as soon as possible
Licorice root is good at calming down throat inflammation and treating congestion. Drinking licorice root tea twice a day can ease up a bad cough. See also What are the health benefits of drinking tea
A popular way of treating a bad cough is gargling with salt water, as it eases any discomfort caused by the cough.
Take or prepare a hot shower and breathe in the steam that comes out, as the moisture helps treat a dry cough and eases breathing.
Drinking tea with thyme results in less coughing by making the muscles of the trachea and bronchi relax.
Ginger is known for its powerful effects in treating a cough, and peppermint soothes the tickling in the throat caused by a cough. Thus, taking a spoon of ginger and peppermint syrup will ease the bad cough.
Staying hydrated by drinking fluids (except alcohol and caffeine) will keep your throat moisturized and at ease, which will in turn help sooth that bad cough.
Drinking hot milk with honey can calm down a dry cough and relieve chest pain that might be experienced due to coughing constantly.
Lemon helps ward off infections as it is rich in vitamin C. Taking a tablespoon of lemon mixed with honey can help treat a sore throat and soothe the urge to cough.
Mix 1-2 tablespoons of curcumin powder in warm milk and drink it twice a day. This mixture can relieve a cough in two days, and is better used for coughs caused by bacteria.
Drinking hot water that has minced garlic in it reduces inflammation of tissues and instantly soothes your throat and reduces the bad cough.