Natural Jamaican Remedies to treat Coughs and Colds in Children

Colds and coughing are a common symptoms associated with the flu season ailment among Jamaican children.

Due to its seasonal nature, it becomes necessary to take the proper precautions for the coming of this season that makes children’s lives a living hell. Various antibiotics, like DPH Expectorant, are often used by parents in treating children ages 3-4, 5-7 and 8-10 y-o suffering from the Cold symptoms and coughing.

But like Asthma and Bronchitis (Deer, 2015, August 29), you can’t beat the Natural remedies (Eli, 2016, May 6). So based on my own personal research, here are a few natural remedies for the Cold symptoms and coughing associated with the Flu.

Warm Salt Water – Expel that Cold from the throat

A harmless natural way to clear the build-up of phlegm and mucus is by gargling a solution of sodium Chloride (NaCl). Also known as common table salt, it is best mixed in warm purified water using a Brita filter (Deer, 2014, February 19), as the fluorite salts present in tap water are unnecessary.

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The sodium chloride (NaCl) solution, which is basically saline, reduces the inflammation that occurs in the bronchial tract. It also helps to remove the irritants in the throat that cause the production of phlegm and mucus, making it easier for your children to expel these by-products of the flu.

Dry Colds – Garlic and Ginger with Honey the polar opposites

If your child is having a dry cold, then some ginger will do the trick. A slice of ginger cut into bite-size chewable chunks sprinkled with salt water and chewed for a few minutes will make that dry cold go away.

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If you child has a cold where he’s coughing up a lot of phlegm and mucus, garlic, with its antimicrobial properties, is an invaluable ingredient in the fight against cold. Crush 4 to 5 cloves of peeled garlic with a mortar and pestil. Then mix honey and lemon and combine to make a thick paste that you can spread on bread or add to your children’s food, so as to fight the common cold.

Notice the use of the honey; no artificial sweeteners are used, as honey is sweet enough to be pleasing to your children and gentle enough for them to swallow. Honey and lemon, which are known natural antibiotics, help to ease the inflammation of bronchitis (Deer, 2015, August 29) which may also accompany a cold.

Wet Colds and Expectorant – Black Pepper and concentrated Pineapple

For a wet cold, typically one that has a lot of coughing and a lot of sputum, phlegm and mucus being expelled from the child’s mouth and nose, ground black pepper will do the trick. This next natural remedy is made by taking freshly ground black pepper and mixing it with two tablespoons of honey in a cup with filtered warm water added.

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The mixture is then covered and left to steep for 15 minute. Once consumed, it will act quickly while being pleasant-tasting to your children. Its anti-inflammatory properties reduces the production of sputum, phlegm and mucus, easing their sore throats.

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Finally if want a reliable replacement for DPH Expectorant, try concentrated Pineapple (Deer, 2015, November 28) as a natural expectorant. Once peeled, crushed and blended either whole or just the pulp using the filtered water and then soaked in little white rum and honey as a preservative, you have the perfect natural expectorant. Keep refrigerated and use as required.

Gentle on the tummy when swallowed, even for babies and easily helps then cough up phlegm and mucus build up from coughing and cold symptoms during the flu  season.


  1. Deer, L. (2014, February 19). Going back to Mother Earth – How to Reuse the Brita Water Filter in Water Purification Pitcher. Retrieved from
  2. Deer, L. (2015, August 29). How to use Alternative Treatments for Asthma and Bronchitis. Retrieved from
  3. Deer, L. (2015, November 28). Why JP Tropical Foods Pineapples will be a hit in Jamaica this Christmas. Retrieved from
  4. Eli, R. (2016, May 6). 5 Natural Remedies for Cough and Cold. Retrieved from

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