Mostly throat or nasal obstructions are the main causes for breathing difficulties and coughing. The phlegm that can be accumulated in our lungs is contributing to these health issues.
This health issue might not be life threatening, but it is affecting the quality of our life. But if you don’t treat it on time, it can cause the development of more serious health issues.
What is the Phlegm Actually?
The mucus of our respiratory system is secreting this sticky substance, that we call phlegm. In order to protect our respiratory system the membranes of the mucus are producing phlegm. The phlegm is very sticky, in order to trap all the viruses, dust and allergies.
Mostly it is preventing us from cold, and we start to cough when the mucus is mostly accumulated in our throat and our chest. Also more severe health conditions and issues may be caused due to the accumulation of phlegm in our lungs, from a virus, a cold, flu, bacterial infections, etc.
Mostly it is followed with a fever, breathing difficulties, coughing, weakened body and a runny nose. Our bronchial tubes might be obstructed if we do not eliminate the phlegm from our lungs, therefore causing more health issues.
But there is no need to panic, because we have a few natural remedies that will help you eliminate phlegm accumulations from your lungs, therefore soothing all the respiratory issues. And here are some of them below:
1. Honey & Lemon
The powerful combo of lemon and honey may easily treat respiratory issues and soothe the coughing. Both of them have powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties. The lemon is a rich source of vitamin C, which makes it a perfect immunity booster, and t can prevent from congestion. The mucus is easily broken down by the lemon’s acidity.
- 1 tablespoon of organic honey
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
Get a bowl and mix these two ingredients together. Then you may consume this mixture 3 times on daily basis, if you want to quickly relieve from congestion and prevent from its symptoms.
The ginger has the most powerful expectorant, antiviral and antibacterial properties. The ginger root is able to relieve from chest congestion and throat congestion as well, and it is able to do that because it can easily get rid of the phlegm. In order to treat the respiratory issues and infections, and to maintain your overall health, you should eat 3 or 4 slices of ginger or drink a few cups of ginger tea every day.
- 1 teaspoon of peppercorn
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- 2 cups of water
- 6 or 7 slices of ginger
Put the water on heat and when it starts to boil add the ginger slices and peppercorn. Cover the pot and let them boil for a few minutes. Then you can simmer the mixture from 5 to 7 minutes on medium heat. Once the mixture is cooled down you can add the honey as well. Drink 2 or 3 cups of this tea on daily basis in order to prevent from congestion and breathing difficulties.
The curcuma is contained in the turmeric, this ingredient has strong antiseptic and antibacterial properties, therefore it is able to eliminate the bacteria that is causing the mucus and from there it reduces the phlegm. It is a potent immunity booster.
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 glass of warm water
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric
Add the turmeric in the glass of water. You can then add the salt and stir well. Gargle from 3 to 4 times on daily basis, for a few minutes. With this method you will be able to relieve from the phlegm in your chest and treat every respiratory infection.
Also gargling with warm salt water is a good option, because the warm water will calm the irritated throat, and on the other hand the salt will eliminate the present bacteria.
4. Steam Inhalation
To eliminate mucus and prevent from chest congestion, one of the most used and most effective home remedies is the steam inhalation. With this technique you will be able to restrain the clogged mucus. If you want to even boost the effects, add some dry herbs in the water.
- 1/2 teaspoon of thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon of dry rosemary
- 4 to 5 cups of boiling water
In a larger pot boil the thyme and the rosemary. Then use a towel to cover your head and inhale the steam that is coming out. With this simple technique you will be able to make the secretion a lot more loose. You can do this inhalation a few times on daily basis.
Also taking a hot bath twice on daily basis for 10 minutes, will help you break down the mucus a lot easier. But after the bath you need to quickly moisturize the body, because the skin becomes dry from the hot water.
You can even boost the effects of this method by adding some essential oils, which can soothe congestion, reduce inflammation and destroy germs. You can add the tea tree oil, because it is able to treat an irritated throat and respiratory infections, because of its powerful antimicrobial properties. Also the menthol oil is a good choice, because it can relieve from sinus infection symptoms and soothe congestion.
Also blowing your runny nose will help you reduce the phlegm, apply a warm compress on the affected areas, raise humidity in your home, avoid cold drinks, and drink warm liquids. The chest congestion and irritated respiratory tract may be even made worse by smoking cigarettes.
Your lungs and throat may become even more irritated from chemicals and household cleaners, and this may also increase the production of mucus. Spicing your meals with garlic, capsaicin, chili and peppers will soothe the congestion.