People often experience some kind of blockage in the nasal passages or throat, persistent cough, and find it hard to breathe.
Phlegm is the thick viscous substance secreted by the mucous membrane of your respiratory tract whose role is to fight infections, especially in the case of a severe cold.
It accumulates in the throat and chest, thus congesting it and the body uses cough to expel it.
Excess phlegm is a common symptom associated with a cold, flu, sinusitis or some other viral or bacterial infection. It can also be caused by an allergic reaction to irritants as in hay fever, asthma or damaged vocal cords. It is often accompanied by a runny nose, constant cough, fever and weakness, and difficulty in breathing.
While phlegm is not a serious health concern, if not treated timely it can clog the bronchial tubes, thus causing a secondary upper respiratory infection.
Dealing with phlegm is extremely frustrating and annoying, as it seems to be never-ending. However, there are excellent natural herbs and remedies to get rid of phlegm and mucus in chest and throat instantly.
1. Honey and lemon
A mixture of honey and lemon can soothe your irritated respiratory tract and bring much needed relief. Honey is a powerful antibacterial and antifungal agent, and we can say the same for lemon as well. This tropical fruit is rich in vitamin C which will reinforce your immune system and reduce congestion easily. Here’s how to prepare the mixture:
– 1 tablespoon of organic honey
– 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
Mix the lemon juice and the honey in a small bowl. Consume the mixture instantly and do this three times every day to clear congestion.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has the ability to alkalize the body and also regulate the pH levels of the body, and this can hinder the excess production of mucus in the body.
You can use apple cider vinegar, just by adding 1 tablespoon of unfiltered and raw ACV in one glass of water. It is recommended to consume this mixture 2-3 times a day in order to get rid of phlegm or you can gargle it to treat sore throat.
You can also use steaming as a natural way to eliminate phlegm and mucus in the throat. You will feel the benefits immediately after inhaling the vapors.
When you breathe in steam, all the vapors go down the throat and clean the buildup mucus, and you will feel better instantly. It is also beneficial if you put some herbs in the water.
– ½ teaspoon of thyme ( eliminates excess mucus)
– ½ teaspoon of Rosemary (offers antiseptic properties)
– ½ teaspoon of dried Rosemary
– 4-5 cups of hot water
Add the thyme and rosemary to boiling water in a bowl, then lean over it with a towel over your head and inhale the steam. Repeat the process 3-4 times a day for best results.
A natural decongestant and antihistamine, ginger also has antiviral, antibacterial and expectorant properties that help ease congestion in the chest and throat by drying out excessive mucus and stimulating removal of the buildup.
You can drink ginger tea a few times a day. Alternatively, you can chew on 3 or 4 raw ginger slices several times a day.
Things you’ll need:
– 6 or 7 pieces ginger
– A teaspoon of honey (has antiseptic properties)
– A teaspoon of black peppercorns (fights infection)
– 2 cups of water
Heat the water in a pan, and when it starts to simmer, add the ginger and peppercorns. Cover the pan, leave it to boil for a minute, and then lower the heat. Simmer for 5 to 7 minutes until it turns pale yellow. Strain and add a tablespoon of honey. You should drink this tea 2-3 times daily by sipping to instantly soothe the congestion.
Turmeric contains curcumin, a compound that has powerful antibacterial properties. Here’s how to use the spice to treat respiratory infections:
– 1 teaspoon of turmeric
– ½ a teaspoon of salt
– A glass of warm water
Add the turmeric in a glass of warm water and mix well, then add the salt and mix again. Gargle the solution for a few minutes 3-4 times a day to reduce the amount of phlegm in your chest and fight respiratory infections. Gargling with salt water can also help – the warm water will soothe your throat, while the salt destroys the bacteria.
– You should regularly blow the nose to expel the phlegm
– Do not consume colds drink and foods
– Avoid smoking, as it leads to congestion and irritates the respiratory tract
– Use a humidifier to control the mucus production
– Avoid exposure to household cleaners, paint fumes, and hazardous chemicals, as they irritate the nose and throat
– Do not swallow the phlegm or mucus, but gargle and spit it out to accelerate the healing process
– Consume spicy foods such as garlic and peppers to thin the mucus and break up the congestion.