Nasal passage obstructions can cause irritating coughs and affect your breathing and lead to accumulated phlegm in your lungs. A think substance, called phlegm, is secreted from the mucus membranes within the respiratory tract and a defense to infections like colds and the flu, but when it builds up in your chest it can lead to other problems.
Coughing caused by colds, flu and other bacterial infections is the body’s way of trying to dispel the problem.
Large amounts of phlegm in your lungs may lead to a persistent cough, fever, and generally feeling weak. It also can lead to difficulty breathing, and even bigger issues as it obstructs the bronchial tubes.
The natural remedies below can be quite effective in reducing the amount of phlegm and help with these problems.
It is not only a powerful decongestant and natural anti-inflammatory, it also has expectorant and antibacterial properties too. It’s really great to relieve chest and throat congestion. Eating 3-4 slices of ginger per day, or drinking 2-3 cups of the following ginger tea daily will greatly help:
- 2 cups of water
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- 6-7 slices of ginger
- 1 teaspoon of black peppercorns
Put the water in a cooking pan and bring to the boil, add the sliced ginger and peppercorns. Cover the pan for a minute and lower the heat to a simmer. After 5-6 minutes of simmering, remove from the heat, sieve the liquid off and add the honey to it.
Honey and Lemon
Lemons have good amounts of ascorbic acid, Vitamin C, which will bolster the immune system and help with congestion, the honey’s powerful but natural action is of anti-fungal and antibacterial. This great time-honored combination calms your respiratory system and relieves any tightness.
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon of organic honey
Mix the ingredients in a bowl and drink the mixture three times a day.
The active compounds of the turmeric are in the curcumin, it a natural antibacterial that can help treat infections of the respiratory system.
- A glass of warm water
- ½ a teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric
Stir the turmeric and salt into the water and gargle with this mixture for a few minutes 3-4 times a day to help soothe your throat. It will help kill the bacteria and help you recover from respiratory infections, and also diminish phlegm on your chest.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This method uses one of the best naturally occurring antibacterial agents, it regulates pH balance preventing excessive production of phlegm. Just take a tablespoon of it, in a glass of water, each day, you can gargle the mixture as an alternative to soothe your throat.
This works by loosening the mucus in your chest and it relieves congestion too. Breath in the vapors of water or herb-infused water. You can also add few drops of an essential oil like Eucalyptus to the water for a deep chest infection.
- 4-5 cups of boiling water
- ½ a teaspoon of dry rosemary
- ½ a teaspoon of thyme
Add herbs or essential oil to the boiling water, lean over and with a towel draped over your head and the bowl breath in and out gently. Repeat daily as you need relief.
Extra tips to try at home:
- A humidifier in the home can help with your body production of mucus.
- Don’t consume dairy products as this promotes the production of mucus
- Avoid exposure to household chemicals
- Stop smoking if you smoke, this will over time greatly increase your respiratory system health
- Eat spicy foods with peppers and garlic this will help get rid of mucus too
- Don’t swallow phlegm, you can gargle with water and salt then spit it out.