A dry, or unproductive, cough can be a symptom of underlying illness or a reaction to substances in the environment that irritate the bronchial tubes. Dry coughs tend to cause several other symptoms that can make you uncomfortable. These can include irritation and pain in the bronchial tract, stomach and chest. Over-the-counter and prescription remedies are often helpful in treating a dry cough, however, many of them cause side effects such as drowsiness. Fortunately, several herbal remedies can help relieve a bronchial dry cough without causing impairment that can significantly effect your functioning.
Drink a cup of echinacea tea three times daily. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, echinacea stimulates your body's immune system, helping it fight off illness. This versatile herb contains a variety of substances that can also reduce pain and inflammation, and kill viruses and fungal infections. Echinacea is widely used to shorten the duration of colds and flu, which can cause a bronchial dry cough. Add honey to echinacea tea to coat your throat and calm your dry cough.
Drink a cup of peppermint tea five times a day. This popular flavor has a pain tempering effect in herb form and it has calming properties that may help you get rid of a cough. Peppermint also acts as a decongestant and can thin out nasal and bronchial secretions, according to UMMC. Steep loose or bagged dried peppermint for 10 minutes in hot water before consuming. If you have bronchial irritation, it may also be helpful to inhale the vapor of hot peppermint tea for a few minutes before drinking.
Take 2 to 6 gm of the herb marshmallow in capsule form daily. This herb got its name from the wet marshland in which it is commonly found, and it has been found to have several beneficial properties. According to the University of Michigan Health System, marshmallow is effective in treating coughs caused by the common cold and bronchitis, which can cause irritation of the bronchial tubes.
Take slippery elm in capsule form or in an herbal cough medicine, according to the manufacturer's directions, daily. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center explains that slippery elm contains a substance known as mucilage, which helps to coat the throat, and that it is generally safe for use and a common ingredient found in herbal cough remedies.
Mix 1/2 tsp. of dried anise into a cup of any of the above-mentioned herbal teas and consume at least once daily. Anise is a natural antispasmodic that can help relax the muscles that cause coughing.