As far as herbs for cough go, these four herbs are excellent. They not only help soothe and heal a cough, they are great for sore throats, colds, and inflamed or stressed throat or lungs. They can be made into a variety of herbal cough remedies, including tinctures, infusions and decoctions, syrups, cough drops, and more.
Slippery Elm Bark (Ulmus rubra): A very soothing herb for sore throats and inflammations and blends well with licorice. It goes great as a tea with cinnamon, too!
Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra): This is one of the most delicious and tasty herbs for cough. Thus, it has been given the name “sweet root” for good reason. It treats coughs, sore throats, an inflamed bronchial tract and many other ailments.
Osha root (Ligusticum porter): This is a very powerful herb that is also known as “cough root.” It is good for irritating coughs, bronchitis, and pneumonia. It helps coat the throat and helps coughs become productive.
Wild Cherry Bark (Prunus avium): This herb is excellent for calming down those wild and unwieldy coughs. It is the inner bark that is used for cough medicine and is often found in conventional medicines as well.