Phlegm is being secreted by the mucous membrane of the respiratory tract having the role of fighting off infections, particularly if you are dealing with a severe cold.
This thick substance builds up in the throat and chest thereby congesting it and by coughing the body expels it. The body creates excess of phlegm when it is experiencing flu, cold, sinusitis and viral or bacterial infections. Likewise, it is a result of an allergic reaction of asthma, hay fever, or damaged vocal cords.
Because of that, in most cases people experience fever, runny nose, persistent cough, weakness, and troubles breathing. If it is neglected and you do not act on time, this condition will lead to clogging of the bronchial tubes, and secondary upper respiratory infections.
There are natural homemade remedies that can successfully treat phlegm and mucus accumulated in the chest and throat without any side effects which is not the case with the available drugs.
Ginger contains potent antibacterial, antiviral, and expectorant features and as well as can act as a natural decongestant and antihistamine. Thanks to these remarkable properties it can soothe chest and throat congestion by drying out excessive mucus meanwhile stimulating the removal of the excess buildup.
You can either chew 3 to 4 raw ginger slices on daily basis, or consume ginger tea a few times daily. Likewise, you can prepare your own ginger infusion.
- 6 or 7 pieces ginger
- 2 cups of water
- 1 teaspoon of honey (antiseptic properties)
- 1 teaspoon of black peppercorns (battles infections)
Start with heating the water in a pan, simmer, and then add the ginger and peppercorns. After that cover the pan, leave it to boil for 1 minute, and then lower the heat. Simmer the mixture for 5 – 7 minutes till it becomes pale yellow. Next, strain the mixture and include 1 tablespoon of honey.
Use: Consume this tea 2 to 3 times on daily basis by sipping so that you can immediately alleviate congestion.
Honey and Lemon Mixture
Honey contains strong antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal features that have the ability to calm the irritated respiratory tract thereby leading to immediate relief. Lemon is rich in vitamin C which strengthens the immunity, and as well as clears away congestion.
- 2 tablespoons of Lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon of honey
Preparation and use:
Use a bowl and place both ingredients in it, stir well. Consume the concoction immediately three times a day to alleviate congestion.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
ACV alkalizes the body and keeps a healthy body pH balance which will prevent excess mucus production in the body.
Preparation and use: Add 1 tablespoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and mix well. Consume it 2 to 3 times a day so that you can remove phlegm or just gargle to relieve a sore throat.
Due to steaming you can effectively loosen up mucus and phlegm in the throat. The inhaling of vapors will offer immediate relief which will travel down to your throat and loosen up the clogged mucus. Also infusing the water with herbs is very beneficial.
- 4-5 cups of boiling hot water
- Half a teaspoon of dried rosemary (antiseptic properties)
- Half a teaspoon of thyme (lowers excess mucus)
In the boiling hot water include half a teaspoon of thyme and dried rosemary. After that, lean over the bowl to inhale the steam. Place a towel over the head in order for the steam to go straight into your face. Repeat this treatment 3 to 4 times a day. Another option is a steamy shower two times a day.
This remarkable root contains an active compound known as curcumin which has strong medicinal features thereby killing bacteria.
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric
- ½ a teaspoon of salt ( strong antibacterial properties)
- 1 glass of warm water (soothes an irritated throat)
Take a glass of warm water and add 1 tablespoon of turmeric, half a teaspoon of salt, then stir and the gargle the solution. You need to repeat this procedure 3 to 4 times a day in order to loosen mucus and reduce the excess accumulation of phlegm in the throat.
This type of gargling will calm the throat, and thanks to the antibacterial qualities of salt the bacteria will be eliminated thereby successfully fighting off infections.
- Regularly blow your nose to expel the phlegm
- Avoid drinking cold drinks and foods
- Quit smoking because it causes congestion and irritates the respiratory tract
- Utilize a humidifier to manage the production of mucus
- Do not expose yourself to household cleaners, paint fumes, and dangerous chemicals because they irritate the nose and throat
- Try not to swallow the phlegm or mucus, but instead gargle and spit it out to speed up the healing process
- Eat spicy foods like garlic and peppers to thin the mucus and break down the congestion.