Whooping Cough

An infectious catarrhal inflammation of the air passage with violent convulsive coughs (paroxysms), consisting of several expirations followed by a loud, sonorous whooping inspiration. This is generally a children's disease and begins with spasmodic coughing spells. The face reddens, and the eyes bulge. Sore throat, and often vomiting may occur. Advanced cases develop into bronchopneumonia. [SNH p.48]


Whooping cough is a rapid accumulation of mucus in the throat, which causes choking and will cause death if not cleared. Eliminate the mucus as fast as possible. [SNH p.48]

Herbal Aids:

General Instructions: Lobelia herb or tincture used in fomentation, as well as a few drops internally every few minutes works well. To cut the phlegm, use a bayberry tea as a gargle (swallow after gargling). Use crushed garlic with cayenne and honey every few minutes to help clear the throat. [SNH p.48]

Red Clover: Drink the infusion freely. [SNH p.56]

Garlic: Inhale the vapors of the freshly expressed juice that has been diluted with equal quantities of water. [SNH p.100]

Garlic Syrup: Where there is spasm, give 1 teaspoonful of the syrup with or without water every 15 minutes until the spasm is controlled, then give 1 teaspoonful every 2-3 hours for the rest of the day; thereafter give 1 teaspoonful of the syrup 3-4 times daily. Use the foot poultice; also, mix the freshly expressed juice with leaf lard and rub on the chest, throat, and between the shoulder blades. [SNH p.100] Foot Poultice: Remove the outer membranes of the cloves (small sections); chop finely a sufficient quantity to cover about 1/4 inch the bottom of each foot - mix this with Vaseline or lard, saturate the feet with olive oil (this is to prevent blistering), spread on the preparation; bandage each foot with soft cloth, place in plastic bags, then cover the feet with old socks to prevent the poultice from being kicked off during the night. Remove the poultice in the morning, or retain it longer if desired. [SNH p.101] Tincture-syrup of Garlic: See formula using garlic cloves, apple cider vinegar and yellow D sugar. [SNH p.101]

Thyme: Thyme is an old-time household herbal aid, with a very healing and antiseptic action. It is especially beneficial for respiratory, stomach, uterine and bowel problems, and it has a soothing sedative action on the nerves. It is powerful, yet harmless and non-poisonous, and it may be relied upon to help eliminate all infection, to help destroy worms, and help take away all foul odors. It will help restore health to children who are debilitated and exhausted by whooping cough. It forms the basis for the world-famous Listerine Antiseptic compound. There are over 60 varieties of thyme, but Thymus vulgaris is the best for both medicinal and culinary purposes. [SNH p.228]

Thyme: Mix 1 part of the infusion with 1 part honey (1 teaspoonful 1 tablespoonful); give when the cough is troublesome. [SNH p.229] Whooping cough: See formula using thyme and mistletoe. [SNH p.229]

See formula using hyssop, raspberry leaves, turkey rhubarb, bayberry bark and thyme. [SNH p.233]

European Pennyroyal: Drink 1 teaspoonful - 1 tablespoonful of the fresh, sweetened juice. [SNH p.284]

Whooping Cough (specific): See formula using marshmallow root, thyme, yellow D sugar and distilled water. [SNH p.327]

Asthma Syrup (bronchitis, croup, whooping cough, etc.): See formula using slippery elm, boneset, licorice, flaxseed or linseed, and blackstrap molasses. [SNH p.337]

Asthma Remedy (also for bronchitis, chronic cough, whooping cough, lung trouble, cystitis, catarrh of bladder, poison ivy, burns, and tuberculosis): See formula using slippery elm bark, horehound, garden thyme, red clover tops, yerba santa, lobelia, resin weed leaves, cayenne, blackstrap molasses and glycerine. [SNH p.339]

Whooping Cough: See formula using black cohosh, red root, blood root and lobelia. [SNH p.401]

Onion Syrup: Dr. Christopher's onion syrup, described in the introduction, is an excellent syrup that has been used historically by herbalists for coughs and colds, bronchitis, croup, whooping cough, etc. He recommended adding licorice root powder, horehound and cherry bark to the syrup, and said to add 25% glycerine to the syrup if you plan to keep it. Keep it in a cool place or it will sour. [UW-Onion] Here is the way you make the syrup. Dice up big dried onions, whatever amount you want, and put them into a stainless steel, unchipped enamel, or Pyrex pan. Don't use aluminum. When you have about the amount you want, pour liquid honey over them until they are covered. Add nothing else. The honey extracts the Onion power, which is the greatest antihistamine known. This goes into the honey solution and provides a wonderfully effective cough syrup. [UW-Onion]

Garlic Juice: Another instance of the remarkable penetrating power of garlic is the fact that the expressed juice of fresh garlic mixed with olive oil and rubbed on the chest, throat, and between the shoulder blades gives great relief in whooping cough, asthma, bronchitis and dyspnea, according to an English physician who has used it with success for many years. [NL 2-9]

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