Having a blockage in the throat or nasal passages, having difficulty breathing or a persistent cough is a very common thing.
The mucous membrane in the respiratory tract secrets a thick viscous substance called phlegm, and its job is to prevent and eliminate infections especially when we have a cold.
Phlegm is gathered in the chest and throat, and when it is congested the body coughs it out.
When we are experiencing damaged vocal cords, hay fever, and allergic reactions to asthma, viral or bacterial infections, sinusitis, and flu or cold our body accumulate high amount of phlegm.
The symptoms in this case usually are difficulties breathing, constant cough, runny nose, weakness and fever. If it is not cleaned, it can cause a blockage in the bronchial tubes and the secondary respiratory infections.
Here are some natural homemade recipes which will help you get rid of the mucus and phlegm in your chest and throat and also relieve all the symptoms in a completely natural and highly effective way.
Ginger contains expectorant, antibacterial and antiviral properties and can also act as an antihistamine and natural decongestant. Due to these powerful properties, ginger has the ability to clean congestion in the throat and chest by eliminating the accumulated mucus by drying it out.
It is recommended to consume ginger tea several times a day or chew 3-4 slices of raw ginger.
Here is a recipe for a ginger infusion:
- 6-7 pieces of ginger
- 1 teaspoon of black peppercorns (for infection)
- 2 cups of water
- 1 teaspoon of honey (has antiseptic properties)
Put the water on heat and when it starts to boil put the peppercorns and the ginger. Then cover it with a lid and let it simmer for about one minute, and then reduce the heat. Leave it for another 5-7 minutes to boil and it will become pale yellow. Then strain the mixture and put the honey. Consume this tea 2-3 times a day and it will eliminate the congestion immediately.
Curcumin is the active compound of turmeric and it is very powerful in eliminating bacteria and also has numerous medicinal properties.
- 1 tablespoon of turmeric
- ½ teaspoon of salt (offers antibacterial properties)
- 1 glass of warm water (soothes irritated throat)
Put one tablespoon of turmeric into the warm water, and then put the salt, mix it well and gargle with the mixture. Do this 3-4 times a day in order to eliminate the phlegm and the mucus in the throat.
When you do a gargle with salt water, it offers numerous benefits, because the water has calming effects on the throat, and it also has antibacterial properties that can eliminate bacteria and treat infections.
3. Honey and Lemon
Honey is very beneficial due to its antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties which can soothe the irritated respiratory tract and relieve it. Lemon is rich in vitamin C which is beneficial and improves the immune system and also treats congestion.
- 1 tablespoon of 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.
4. 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
Pour the water in a basin and add the dried rosemary and thyme, then put your head over it to inhale the steam. You also need to cover you head so the steam cannot get out and it goes into your face. Do this 3 or 4 times a day.
You can also make a steamy shower two times a day.
- Avoid consuming cold drink and food.
- Control the mucus production with a humidifier.
- In order to speed up the healing process, gargle and spit the mucus and phlegm and do not swallow it.
- Blow your nose regularly to eliminate the phlegm.
- Do not smoke, because it causes congestion and irritation in the respiratory tract.
- Do not expose yourself to household cleaners, hazardous chemicals, and paint fumes because they will cause irritation in your throat and nose.
- It is also recommended to eat spicy food like peppers and garlic in order to clean the congestion and thin the mucus.