The night cough. Most of us have experienced it. Your cold is starting to get better. You are beginning to feel a little more energetic. And then, you climb into bed ready for a good night’s sleep, and BOOM, the coughing starts. You know, that coughing that hasn’t happened all day. The coughing that saved itself for nighttime when it could wreak havoc with your ability to get some much needed rest. But never fear, I have a simple homemade natural cough remedy that will save you from sleepless nights.
This natural cough remedy is an absolute staple in our house during the winter. So what makes it so amazing, I hear you ask. Turmeric. For those of you who don’t know what that is, turmeric is a medicinal plant used in Ayurvedic medicine. It has been used as a home remedy for many ailments for thousands of years. It is becoming increasingly popular in the Western world thanks to its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-carcinogenic properties. It is also said to have anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, which are extremely useful for combatting a cough or cold. So next time you feel that nighttime cough coming on, make yourself a mug of this golden milk, and prepare yourself for a good night’s sleep.
- 1 cup milk (coconut, almond, dairy, or any other kind)
- ¾ tsp ground turmeric
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp honey (or maple syrup for vegan) Add more or less to taste
- Pinch of black pepper
- Put all the ingredients in a small pan.*
- Heat over a medium heat for about 3 minutes stirring occasionally (don't let it boil).
- Pour into a mug, stir well, and enjoy (just make sure you swirl it around as you get near the end of your mug as the spices tend to settle at the bottom.)
- *Alternatively, you can put all the ingredients in a mug, stir them well, and heat in the microwave for 50-70 seconds.
Thanks for this! I use lot of tumeric but never thought to use as a cough remedy. I will keep it in mind.
It is amazing how effective it is as a cough remedy. Every night this week my husband has been coughing like crazy until I make this for him. Then, within 10 minutes of drinking it, his coughing subsides and he gets to sleep. There’s a reason it has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years!
is this mixtureok for a baby?
How old is the child?
Can I give this to a 2 & 1/2 year old and a 7 year old? Thankyou 🙂
Hi Jessica. Yes you can. Best wishes, Esther x
This is just what I need! In fact, I woke up last night with an incredibly painful, dry, scratchy throat. I’ll have to whisk this blend up before bed tonight. Happily, it sounds like quite a delicious remedy, too.
Oh no, sorry to hear about your sore throat Hannah. Good luck and I hope you feel better soon.
I didn’t have milk (coconut or other) but I had a can of coconut cream, so I mixed up the other ingredients in a mug with about a tablespoon of the cream and poured hot water over it. I’ve had a nasty cold for more than a week. It put me to sleep.
That’s a great idea to use coconut cream that way. And I’m glad it helped get you to sleep 🙂 Sorry to hear about your cold. I hope you’re feeling better now.
This sounds great but it is NOT vegan, as it contains honey. Vegetarian and dairy-free, yes. I would happily try this. But my daughter is vegan and so can’t. A misleading title, unfortunately.
Kim that you for your comment. You are absolutely right. That was a careless
oversight on my part. You could use maple syrup instead of honey to make it vegan. While honey can be useful for coughs, the main therapeutic ingredient here is turmeric. The honey is just designed to make it taste better. Thank you for pointing out my error
It also said you could use maple syrup for vegan lifestyles
As you can see at the top of the recipe, it has vegan and parenthesis, which means special or attention so if you look down to where it says honey right next to it gives you the alternative for a vegan option.
Stumbled across this recipe, it tasted delicious and hopefully it will help ease my cough. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Hi Elisa. Thank you for your comment. I hope you feel better soon. Esther x
Thank you so much!! I was looking for something vegan and natural I could make from home. I have had a night time cough that has been bothering my partner and I for weeks now. I didn’t have any non dairy milk handy, so rather than going to the store, I used my almond milk creamer mixed with a little water. I also subbed agave for the honey and it worked great!
Thanks again! <3
I’m so glad it helped! I hope your cough resolves soon xxx
I have a question, at night I am okay but during the day I have a wet cough – will this work for that as well?
Hi Jesse. Yes it should help. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory that will help with either kind of cough. But you might want to try this turmeric lemon ginger tea instead. That might be even better.
Kai Boyd says
Hi there! I’ve had a cough for about a week now. I have tumeric supplements, do you think if I opened one or two it would work the same way? Thanks!
Hi there. I’m not sure it would. When turmeric supplements are made, they usually extract the ‘active’ ingredient. But when you are dealing with a food that has specific health properties, there are other compounds in the food that add to the overall healthful effect. I would recommend using fresh or ground turmeric in the recipe, and saving the supplements to take as per the instructions on the bottle.
Kai Boyd says
Thank you! I’ll be sure to grab some on my next grocery run!
Edwin Palafox says
Thank you for the recipe but this is not vegan. Can you please remove that from the headline, honey is not vegan.
Hi Edwin. I’m sorry for the confusion. The recipe actually states that you should use maple syrup for the vegan version. Thanks!
I made the vegan version with oat milk and maple. It tasted amazing and will hopefully send my husband off to sleep. Thank you x
Oooh yum. I hope it worked!
Can I use it during the day, I mean will it make me sleepy? I am recovering from a cold, and that dry cough has begun not just night but day.
Hi Rochelle. Yes you can use it during the day. It won’t make you sleepy. It will just help take down inflammation and soothe a cough and sore throat. Good luck. I hope you feel better soon xx
Sadye Neal ⚜️ says
Can I take this multiple times a day? I usually drink tea, but that only works for a couple of hours, so I drink tea 3-4 times a day, Do I only need to drink this once, or can I drink it multiple times a day? Also, does it actually taste good? I’m not a very adventurous taster.
Yes you can drink this multiple times a day. And yes it tastes good. Just play with the amounts of the different ingredients to get the taste you want. More honey, less turmeric can make it taste better if you aren’t keen.
Sadye Neal ⚜️ says
Thanks so much! Tried it last week and it was delicious, but how do you make it less grainy? By that I mean texture wise.
Lori Cowan says
Thank you! I have Covid and the coughing kept me from sleeping. This worked great!