Persistent coughs and breathing difficulties are caused by accumulated phlegm in the lungs and obstructions in the nasal passage.
The mucous membrane of the respiratory tract produces phlegm in order to fight infections like severe colds, but its buildup in the chest and throat can lead to various other issues.
Excessive amounts of phlegm in the lungs can cause persistent coughs, fever, weakness, runny nose, and difficulty breathing. If it’s not expelled, it can cause even bigger issues by obstructing the bronchial tubes.
Today we will present you various natural remedies and methods that can effectively reduce the amount of phlegm and treat respiratory infections.
Ginger is a powerful natural decongestant and antihistamine with strong expectorant and antibacterial qualities. It can relieve throat and chest congestion. In order to do so, eat 3-4 ginger slices every day, or drink 2-3 cups of the following ginger tea daily:
- 6-7 slices of ginger
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- 1 teaspoon of black peppercorns
- 2 cups of water
Bring the water to boil. After that, add the ginger and peppercorns. Cover and after a minute, lower the heat. Simmer for 5-7 minutes, remove from heat, strain, and add the honey after it cools a bit.
Honey and Lemon
We know that lemons are the best source of vitamin C, and vitamin C is the best weapon to strengthen the immune system and treat congestion, while honey has powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties.
- 1 tablespoon of organic honey
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
In a bowl, mix the ingredients, and drink it three times daily.
Curcumin, the active compound of turmeric, has antibacterial properties that treat respiratory infections
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric
- ½ a teaspoon of salt
- A glass of warm water
Add the turmeric in a glass of warm water, stir, and add the salt. Gargle with this solution 3-4 times daily to soothe the throat, kill bacteria, treat respiratory infections, and reduce the amount of phlegm in the chest.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Known as the most powerful natural antibacterial agents, ACV can regulate the Ph balance and prevent the excessive production of phlegm. Add a tablespoon of ACV in a glass of water, and drink or gargle the mixture to calm the throat.
Steaming loosens the mucus in the chest and treats chest congestion. You can either breathe in the vapors and steam or use herb-infused water.
- ½ a teaspoon of thyme
- ½ a teaspoon of dry rosemary
- 4-5 cups of boiling water
Add the herbs in the boiling water, lean over the bowl, cover the head with a towel, and inhale the steam. Repeat several times daily.
- Use a humidifier at home to control the mucus production in the body
- Do not consume cold drinks or foods to prevent excess phlegm in the lungs
- Avoid exposure to chemicals, household cleaners, or paint fumes that irritate the lungs, nose, or throat
- Quit smoking, as it irritates the respiratory tract and causes chest congestion
- Eat spicy foods like peppers and garlic to thin the mucus out and treat the congestion
- Do not swallow the phlegm, but gargle some warm water and salt and spit it out.