The thick substance secreted by the mucous membrane of the respiratory tract responsible for fighting infections such as severe colds is called phlegm. If phlegm accumulates in the throat and chest, the body tries to expel it with coughing. But not always the body is able to do this task. Sometimes the excess accumulation of phlegm in the lungs due to a cold, the flu, bacterial or viral infections can cause big problems in our system and we need help.
Fever, weakness, runny nose, persistent cough and difficulty breathing are all side effects of increased phlegm in the lungs. If we don’t get it out of our system the excess phlegm can block the bronchial tubes and cause even bigger problems. There are many natural remedies that are very effective when it comes to reducing the amount of phlegm and that treat respiratory infections easily and effectively. These are the best
Honey and lemon
If you have an irritated respiratory tract, a mixture of honey and lemon can easily soothe it and bring much needed relief. Honey, same as the lemon is a powerful antibacterial and antifungal agent. The lemon is also rich in vitamin C which will give reinforcement to your immune system and reduce congestion easily.
- 1 tablespoon of organic honey
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
Take the ingredients and mix them in a bowl. Drink the mixture 3 times a day and you will soon see the results and relief.
Ginger is a powerful natural decongestant and antihistamine. It has expectorant and antibacterial properties, so it can soothe your chest and throat congestion because it dries out the phlegm and stimulates its further elimination. For the treatment of respiratory infection you can eat 3-4 slices of ginger every day, or you can drink a couple of cups of ginger tea.
- 6-7 slices of ginger
- 2 cups of water
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- 1 teaspoon of black peppercorns
Put the water in a pan on the stove, when it starts to boil, add the ginger and peppercorns. Cover the pan and leave the mixture to boil for a minute, then lower the heat and simmer for 5-7 minutes. When this is over leave the tea to cool down and strain it. If you like you can add a teaspoon of organic honey. For best results drink 2-3 cups of ginger tea every day until you feel the relief of the congestion.
Apple cider vinegar
One of the most powerful natural antibacterial agents is the apple cider vinegar. It prevents excess phlegm production in the body and maintains a healthy pH balance. Juts drink a tablespoon of raw ACV in a glass of water every day and you will see the benefits. It is also useful to gargle the liquid if you have a sore throat.
Curcumin, a compound that has powerful antibacterial properties is a part of turmeric.
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric
- ½ a teaspoon of salt
- A glass of warm water
To prepare this drink, add the turmeric in a glass of warm water and mix it well. When that’s done add the salt and mix again. Gargle the solution for a few minutes 3-4 times a day and the amount of phlegm in your chest will start to lower. Gargling with salt water is also helpful – the warm water soothes your throat, while the salt destroys the bacteria.
If you want to reduce chest congestion and loosening up the mucus in the chest, steaming is the way to go. When you breathe in the vapors and steam, they loosen the clogged mucus and provide some much-needed relief. For much better results add herbs too the water. Here’s how:
- ½ a teaspoon of dry rosemary
- ½ a teaspoon of thyme
- 4-5 cups of boiling water
Put the thyme, the rosemary and the water in a bowl, let the water to boil, then lean over it with a towel over your head and inhale the steam. For best results repeat the process 3-4 times a day.
Blow your nose regularly and stop consuming cold food and drinks if you want to prevent excess phlegm in your lungs. Also, quit smoking, because it leads to chest congestion and irritates the respiratory tract. It is also useful to use a humidifier in your home, and avoid exposure to paint fumes, household cleaners and chemical because they irritate the throat, nose and lungs. And last but not least, if you notice phlegm in your throat, don’t swallow it in any case – just gargle some warm water and salt and spit it out. If you want to thin it out and break up the congestion even faster, you can eat spicy foods such as garlic and peppers, it can be of great help.