Phlegm is a substance (viscous, thick) secreted by the respiratory tract’s mucus membrane in attempt to fight infections, especially when we suffer from severe cold.It tries to collect on the chest and throat to cause congestion which we usually expel through coughing. The excess phlegm is a symptom linked to sinusitis, flu, cold or other bacterial or viral infection.
It can be also caused by an allergic reaction like damaged vocal cords, asthma or hay fever. Its symptoms are difficulty in breathing, fever and weakness, constant cough and runny nose.
Even it isn’t a serious problem, if it is not treated with time it can clog the bronchial tubes. Experiencing phlegm is annoying and frustrating. Nut there are many natural remedies and herbs that can eliminate the mucus and phlegm in throat and chest.
-The ginger is natural antihistamine and decongestant. It has expectorant, antibacterial and antiviral properties that ease the congestion by drying out the excessive mucus and stimulating the buildup elimination. You can consume ginger tea few times per day or chew three or four slices of ginger several times per day.
-Six to seven pieces of ginger;
-One tsp. of black peppercorns;
-One tbs. of honey;
-Two cups of water
Heat the water in a pan and when it starts to simmer, add the ginger chunks in it. Add the black peppercorns too and cover with the lid. Boil it for a minute and then, lower the heat and simmer for another five to seven minutes. The color will change from pale to yellow. For a stronger taste, add more ginger and simmer it for fifteen to twenty minutes or more. Strain it in a cup and add the honey. Consume the tea in small sips while it is hot to instantly ease the congestion. Drink two to three times each day to treat this condition.
-The turmeric has a compound called curcumin with healing and antiseptic properties and it reduces the phlegm by killing the bacteria which cause excessive production of mucus.
-One tbs. of turmeric;
-quarter tsp. of salt;
-One glass of warm water
Add the turmeric in the glass of water and add the salt. Mix it well and gargle with a small amount of it to get relief. Repeat this three to four times per day to reduce phlegm in the throat and loosen the mucus.
One of the most effective ways to eliminate the phlegm is to gargle with salt water. The warm water will soothe the throat and the salt has antibacterial properties. This combination decreases the mucus production and phlegm accumulation.
Add half a tsp. of salt into one glass of warm water and stir well. Gargle with it to loosen the phlegm. Repeat three to four times a day, until you eliminate the phlegm.
-Another way to eliminate the phlegm and mucus is the steaming. Breathing in steam is allowing the vapors to travel down the throat and eliminate the mucus and providing relief. Infusing water with herbs provides additional healing effects.
-Four to five cups of water;
-Half a tsp. of rosemary;
-Half and tsp. of thyme;
Pour the hot boiling water into a bowl and add the dried herbs. Place a towel over the head and lean over the bowl so the steam will hit directly the face. Breathe in and out for ten minutes to get instant relief. Do it three to five times on a daily basis to expel the mucus from the throat. A steamy shower will also provide relief.
-The honey has antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties that soothe the irritated respiratory tract. The lemon is rich in vitamin C which strengthens the immunity and clears the congestion.
-Two tbs. of lemon juice;
-One tbs. of honey;
Put the honey in a bowl and add the lemon juice. Stir the mixture and drink it to get instant relief. Repeat three times, every day to cure the phlegm.
–The apple cider vinegar is the solution to almost all of the troubles as it brings the body to alkaline state and balances the pH levels in the body which prevent excess mucus production.
Add one tbs. of unfiltered, raw apple cider vinegar to one glass of water. Mix well and drink it two to three times per day to clear the mucus away. Gargle it to soothe a sore throat.
Here are some additional tips:
-To control the mucus production use humidifier;
-To expel the phlegm, blow the nose regularly;
-To break up the congestion and thin the mucus, eat spicy foods like peppers and garlic;
-Don’t expose yourself to household cleaners, hazardous chemical and paint fumes because they may irritate the nose and throat;
-Do not smoke, as it irritates the respiratory system and leads to congestion;
-Don’t swallow the phlegm or mucus in the throat but gargle and spit it out;
-Avoid consuming cold drinks and foods;