Sick of coughing!

Hello folks, its only january and I have the most irritating cough that is keeping me (and everyine else!) awake all night long….whenever I get Ill, I usually end up with a cough….but this one really does need an award for the worst cough I have every had….I stayed up until 5am last night – hoping that I would be so tired, that I might get a few hours sleep, but no! as soon as I lay my head down, so my tickle starts to irritate and I ended up hacking away!I still have my tonsils, so I suppose there is more to infect in my throat, that is probably why I have such and irritation….or I wondered, do you think it is linked with giving up asparthame! I am blaming everything on to that! You see a friend of mine, kept telling me how bad it was, and I didnt really believe him until it was all in black and white in front of me….so you would of thought that I would of been able to sleep at night now, wouldn’t you being that I am so asparthame free!…..but no! my hacking cough continues…..all day and all night! every 10 breaths or so the tickle starts, its really terrible, what should i do!

Here in blighty, the doctors say – do not come to see us unless what you are producing is a rather nasty colour (sorry folks! thought Id save the colour to your imagination!)… here I am – Fred is about to divorce me, as he has had hardly any sleep listening to me…..the sympathy is soooo wearing out!…..He told me he was getting fed up with it now! Yikes what is a gal to do!So I thought I would ask you all for your ‘rotton tickly cough’ remedies – home made of course, as this year I am going all ‘eau naturel’……what with the food issues ….chicken! …..asparthame! ….and wrinkle creams! oh and trying to lose 10 stone! but thats another story!

I really would appreciate any help that you have, as i feel so ill this week, the colour has actually drained from my face……so I need lots of sympathy!…….No more than that!!! :)Thanks girls, look forward to hearing from you – Luv happy xx



  1. Anonymous
    25th January 2014 / 2:08 pm

    Vicks vapo rub on the soles of feet.Put on some socks

  2. Daisy's
    9th March 2008 / 7:01 pm

    How very happy I am to have stumbled upon your beautiful blog. I too have been quite ill for several weeks now and just arrived home from 3 days in the hospital.Please take good care of yourself. These are the symptoms I started out with.I have bookmarked you and will most certainly return!Get well and stay well,Darly

  3. Lenka
    29th February 2008 / 8:47 pm

    Your lovely blog is true serendipity! I found it today and can’t help – think I spent couple hours there. What a charming house! You are such a talented decorator! I hope you will feel better…

  4. Miles Away In France
    29th February 2008 / 7:26 pm

    I swear by ‘Fishermans friends’ (not real life ones, the sweets silly) for a tickly throat.I am listening to track 3 on your music list and it is making me feel reeeeeeeeeal good.Racheal x

  5. Mies
    26th February 2008 / 2:09 pm

    When are you coming back? Love to see more of your stuff!

  6. Rose Garden Romantic
    19th February 2008 / 2:16 am

    Hope you are feeling better! I have been enjoying all your photos of your fabulous home on Flickr! Michelle

  7. Vintage Rose Collection
    13th February 2008 / 4:17 am

    WHat a fabulous blog! I really enjoyed my visit, wonderful photography!Jo-Annepiv

  8. kari
    12th February 2008 / 12:00 am

    I’ve had problems with bad night-time coughing off and on all my life. From the time I was a little child, my parents would give me just a bit of whiskey, honey, and lemon juice. I even had a doctor tell me, recently, that a straight shot of whiskey is the best medicine. Worth a try. Hope you’re better soon.

  9. The Downtown Boutique
    4th February 2008 / 12:48 am

    I’m so sorry about your cough. I hope that you are feeling better by now. I had had something from the beginning of November until just a couple of weeks ago. I got the horrendous cough over Christmas and New Year’s. I was given TWO different cough meds, and TWO different rounds of anti-biotics, and the latter two of each both finally helped. I hope that you get better soon, if you haven’t already.

  10. IsabellasMom
    1st February 2008 / 1:23 pm

    Hi, I just started reading your blog, and I love it! Just wanted to let you know, though, that the link to your hubby’s blog is missing a letter (the D in wordpress), so it takes you to one of those weird pages where you don’t want to be.

  11. Anonymous
    31st January 2008 / 5:39 am

    My wonderful old fashioned doctor from my childhood prescribed gargling several times a day to reduce sore throat pain and cleanse the throat (it also helps break up mucas):1/4 tsp. baking soda1/4 tsp. saltmix in the hottest water you can stand and gargle, gargle, gargle.–Andrea, Southern California

  12. the wreath witch
    29th January 2008 / 5:51 pm

    when your sick you need help. I use alka-selzer plus loosens mucus and quiets cough. hope your better soon.

  13. Jen
    29th January 2008 / 11:33 am

    When I get a cold in winter and it turns into a cough like that…. I have to use a Ventolin inhaler! No kidding, the doctor said it was a form of asthma. So go get it checked out! Then you might get some sleep. It’s the only thing that did it for me. good luck 🙂

  14. Fran
    28th January 2008 / 4:58 pm

    Hi,Sounds like I’m late on the advice (thank goodness for you!)but I am trying to go natural myself and have found that mixing honey and cayenne works well. Depending on how much heat you can take, start off with 2 tablespoons of a good honey and 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne. Capsaicin(the hot in cayenne)is now even being used as a pain reliever in surgeries. So the honey soothes the throat and the cayenne acts as a pain reliever. My daughter had a terrible cold and it helped her. As an added bonus, she said it would taste great on chicken 🙂 You can also gargle with water and cayenne. It actually sounds like you may have had bronchitis. I’ve had that twice in the last 3 years and was absolutely miserable so I truly sypathize with you. I also made a chicken soup with loads of garlic, turmeric, cayenne, dry mustard and fresh ginger. It was the first time my daughter could breathe out her nose in days. It’s not a cure-all but helps relieve congestion for a period of time. Sip it through the day. Anyway, I just found your blog today and hope you are recovering quickly!

  15. Anonymous
    28th January 2008 / 3:03 pm

    Never mind aspartame, margerine is just as bad! Someone I know has a Godfather (nothing sinister, just a regular Godfather that you get when you are christened!) and he was an exec type dude in a huge petrochemical company which makes everything from washing powders to chemical based foods. i.e. anything that has been processed and couldn’t possibly look, smell or taste as it does without dubious chemical interaction (inc marg). At the christening, he made the parents promise to never let the child eat margerine!! Butter is the way to go – just use it sparingly. It’s natural and hasn’t been concocted in a lab.

  16. alexandra
    28th January 2008 / 3:01 am

    oh well i’m late! but anyway, next time black beer, slices of orange, brown sugar. boil it. drink it cold.

  17. Danita
    28th January 2008 / 2:22 am

    I love your stuff!!! I hope you don’t mind that I added you to my favorite blogs :)Danita

  18. Two Crofters
    27th January 2008 / 9:44 pm

    if you are producing phlem then the wretched thing must be on its way out xtake lots of rest in the day if you can – cat naps help xif phlem becomes a real problem then avoid dairy – sorry no chocolate :(hope you feel so much better soon.look after yourself and remind Fred how awful it is to have “man flu”!!!tracy x

  19. Garden girl
    27th January 2008 / 9:37 pm

    hello- just found you via cowboys and custard- why has no one suggested ice cream?! will make you feel better and ease your throat which must be sore from coughing so much…a winner, surely?! My boss took Covonia for 2 days solid and said it worked miracles, and I know Potters do some goof cough stuff too (usually found in health food shops)hope you feel better soon!!

  20. mollycupcakes
    27th January 2008 / 10:38 am

    I find just sucking a very small throat sweet like the blackcurret ones from Boots (not homemade sorry) but it works well for me anyway. I always fall asleep it’s seems to keep the back of the throat moist and stops the tickle.Wishing you very well soon sweetie.Hugs.Catherine x

  21. ted and agnes
    27th January 2008 / 7:48 am

    Hope the cough has taken a hike sound naff..have to agree with the honey & lemon path heavy on the honey for me as it soothes your throat. Anyway just wanted to say Hi and I love your blog and look forward to more. TC Rachelle x

  22. Happy @/*_*@
    27th January 2008 / 2:22 am

    Aaaahhh! thanks girls, I must admit the cough broke last night…my friend adele recommended to take piriton – I know not natural! (but I was desperate!) it knocked me out, and because i got about 6 hours solid sleep it sort of broke the tickle – on the down side though, I now have phlem – YUK! but at least I am not constantly hacking! thanks again for all your suggestions – Im trying the onion one tomorrow – but now need a good catarrh removal recipe!! :0) luv happy xx

  23. Keri
    26th January 2008 / 9:02 pm

    1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice1 teaspoon honey2 Tablespoons hot waterI also find that a straight Tablespoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice every hour or so and tons of water and fruit and veggies throughout the day gives me significant relief in a day or so.Also go to bed very early. You may wake up at 2 am but the sleep is better on the front side.Hope you are better soon!

  24. jaana*maaria
    26th January 2008 / 7:32 pm

    Poor you!I hope you’ve been to a doc already. No use getting divorced from a dear husband because of a caught ;-)When having a caught, my husband always tries to give me a spoonful of good oliveoil w/ a couple of drops lemon juice…My mother always tried to give us onion milk; 1 onion cut in 4 parts, let cook lightly in 1/4 L, sweeten with a little honey, drink warm…Both taste awful, but are better than a divorce ;-)Hope you’ll get well soon!

  25. linda t
    26th January 2008 / 4:53 pm

    You need a cough medicine with codine that will allow you to sleep!! I am allergic to codine, so they give something that does the same, but just not codine.And be sure to drink LOTS of fluid to lubricate your throat.Hope you are feeling better soon!

  26. The Shopping Sherpa
    26th January 2008 / 3:47 am

    Try a hot lemon honey and ginger drink. Home made not one of those stupid Lemsip packet thingies…Good luck!

  27. Teah
    25th January 2008 / 10:13 pm

    This sounds crazy, but my sister made it for her daughter and it worked INSTANTLY. Slice up a medium onion and put it in a glass jar with some sugar. The sugar will pull the juice out of the onion. Your first dose should be ready in about 15 minutes. Apparently, this doesn’t taste like onions at all – my two year old niece LOVED it. Alternately, for a smaller batch, you can take one thin slice of onion, sprinkle it with sugar, and drink the syrup that comes with that. Go to and search for homemade cough syrup for some other ideas – they’re all basically the same.

  28. Sugar Bear
    25th January 2008 / 4:49 pm

    I think you need to go to the doctor! Tell them you are producing the colors they want to hear if you have to! I don’t have much in the way of cough remedies – my mother always gave us a tablespoon of honey to coat our throat. I find that works for a bit of time though not long. I hope you feel better! I can sympathize. I usually end up with a hacking cough everytime I have a cold as well.Karla

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