Phlegm is the thick viscous substance secreted by the mucous membrane of your respiratory tract whose role is to fight infections, especially in the case of a severe cold. Sinus congestion causes discomfort and affects breathing. The blockage is often caused by phlegm buildups. Phlegm is the substance secreted by mucous membranes.
It wards of infections and bacteria.
Excessive secretion of phlegm clogs the nasal passages and the throat, and the sufferer is unable to eliminate it. This is most common in people dealing with colds, flu, sinusitis, viral/bacterial infections, asthma, hay fever, damaged vocal cords, etc.
This ailment is often accompanied with fever, weakness, a runny nose, constant cough, and difficulty breathing. When not eliminated in time, phlegm buildups clog the bronchial tubes, and cause secondary upper respiratory infections.
We give you a few efficient home remedies. Use them to eliminate phlegm buildups from your throat and chest.
Honey and lemon
Honey is a powerful antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agent. It soothes irritations and offers an instant relief. Lemon is abundant in vitamin C. it boosts immunity and relieves congestion.
- 2 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 tbsp. honey
Combine the ingredients together, and take your soothing remedy three times a day.
Ginger is an excellent decongestant and antihistamine. It offers strong antiviral, antibacterial and expectorant effect. Ginger dries out mucus and thus soothes congestion.
Eat 3-4 raw ginger slices every day. Ginger tea is also an option. Drink it several times a day.
- 6-7 ginger slices
- 1 tsp. honey
- 1 tsp. black peppercorns
- 2 cups water
Bring the water to a simmer, and add in your ginger and peppercorns. Cover the pot, and boil for a minute, and turn the heat on low. Simmer for additional 5-7 minutes, until it gets a nice yellow shade. Strain, let it cool at room temperature, and add in your honey. Drink your ginger tea 2-3 times a day. Sip it throughout the day.
Apple cider vinegar
It’s an alkalizing ingredient. Apple cider vinegar balances pH values, and prevents the secretion of excess mucus.
Add a tablespoon of raw honey to a glass of water, and drink your soothing liquid to remove phlegm buildups. You can also gargle the solution.
Curcumin is the active compound in turmeric. It kills bacteria, and prevents infections.
- 1 tsp. turmeric
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 glass warm water
Stir a tablespoon of turmeric to a glass of warm water. Add in the salt, and stir again. Gargle the solution 3-4 times a day to loosen phlegm buildups.
Gargle saline solution to soothe your throat, and destroy any bacteria.
Steam treatments loosen up phlegm buildups, and offer an instant relief. Breathe in the steam to unclog passages. For an optimal effect, add herbs to the water.
- 4-5 cups hot water
- ½ tsp. rosemary
- ½ thyme
Add the herbs to your hot water, lean over, and inhale. Don’t forget to cover your head with a towel. Do this 3-4 times a day.
Steamy showers can also help you.
- Blow your nose regularly
- Avoid cold drinks and food
- Don’t smoke (cigarette smoke irritates the respiratory tract)
- Get yourself a nice humidifier
- Stay away from household cleaners, paint fumes, and chemicals
- Don’t swallow the phlegm
- Spicy foods like peppers or garlic can loosen the phlegm, so try to eat more of these
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