Accumulated phlegm in the lungs causes obstruction in the nasal passages, which can cause difficulties in breathing and persistent coughs. Phlegm is thick and sticky substance secreted by the mucous membrane of the respiratory tract, as a way of fighting infections like colds. The mucous membranes, make phlegm to protect the respiratory system. However, phlegm buildup in the throat and the chest can cause other issues. It is caused by bacterial or viral infections and flu or colds. The body uses coughing in order to get rid of it. But, excessive amounts of phlegm in the lungs may cause a persistent cough, as well as weakness, runny nose, fever and difficulty in breathing.
Here are four natural home remedies and methods that will help you get rid of phlegm, courtesy of Organicplanner.
Ginger is one of the healthiest spices in the world. It has strong antibacterial and expectorant features which are effective in relieving throat and chest congestion. When having a cold and in order to get rid of the phlegm buildup, you should eat three to four slices of ginger per day. Also, you should drink two to three cups of the following healthy ginger tea.
You will need the following ingredients:
- two cups of water
- one teaspoon of black peppercorns
- one teaspoon of honey
- 6-7 slices of ginger
Boil the water in a pan and add the ginger and the peppercorns. After that, cover the pan and after one minute lower the heat. Finally, simmer for five minutes, remove from heat, strain and add the honey.
2. Honey and Lemon
The combo of lemon and honey is perfect for reducing phlegm and soothing the irritated respiratory tract. The honey has powerful anti-fungal and antibacterial features. The lemon is rich in vitamin C which not only boost the immune system but it also treats congestion.
You will need only one tablespoon of organic honey and two tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Mix the ingredients in a bowl and drink it up to three times a day.
Turmeric with its active compound curcumin has antibacterial properties which are good for treating respiratory infections.
You will need:
- one teaspoon of turmeric
- ½ a teaspoon of salt
- one glass of warm water
First, in a glass of warm water, add the turmeric, stir then add the salt. You should use this solution three times a day. It will soothe the throat and treat the respiratory infection as well as reduce the amount of phlegm in the chest.
4. Apple cider vinegar
And last but not least, one of the most powerful natural antibacterial agents. It regulates the Ph balance and also prevents the excessive production of phlegm. Simply, take one tablespoon of the apple cider vinegar in a glass of water every day. Or, gargle the mixture in order to calm the throat.
The steaming method loosens the mucus in the chest and also treats chest congestion. You can use the following herb-infused water.
Ingredients that you will need:
- ½ a teaspoon of thyme
- ½ a teaspoon of dry rosemary
- 4-5 cups of boiling water
Start by adding the herbs to the boiling water. Then lean over the bowl, cover the head with a towel and inhale the steam. You should repeat this method several times a day.
- You shouldn’t consume cold drinks or foods.
- Avoid exposure to chemicals and paint fumes.
- If you are a smoker, quit smoking because it irritates the respiratory tract.
- Consume spice foods like peppers and garlic in order to thin the mucus out.
- Don’t swallow the phlegm but gargle some water and salt and spit it out.