People often experience some kind of blockage in the nasal passages or throat, persistent cough, and find it hard to breathe.
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.
It accumulates in the throat and chest, thus congesting it and the body uses cough to expel it.
Excessive amounts of phlegm commonly occur in the case of cold, flu, sinusitis and viral or bacterial infections, as well as allergic reactions due to asthma, hay fever, or damaged vocal cords.
In these cases, people often experience fever, weakness, a runny nose, constant cough, and difficulties breathing as well. If not treated on time, the phlegm might lead to clogging of the bronchial tubes, and secondary upper respiratory infections.
The following homemade remedies will eliminate phlegm and mucus in the throat and chest, and treat all these accompanying symptoms, in a safe and effective way.
Honey And Lemon
Honey has powerful antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties that calm the irritated respiratory tract and lead to an instant relief. Lemon, on the other hand, is high in vitamin C, which boosts the immune system, and clears away congestion.
2 tablespoons of Lemon juice
A tablespoon of honey
In a bowl, add the honey and lemon juice, and stir well. Drink the concoction right away three times daily to relieve congestion.
Ginger can act as a natural decongestant and antihistamine and has powerful antiviral, antibacterial and expectorant properties. Therefore, it soothes chest and throat congestion by drying out excessive mucus and stimulating the elimination of buildup.
You should chew 3-4 raw ginger slices daily, or drink ginger tea a few times daily.
Here is how to prepare a ginger infusion:
6 or 7 pieces ginger
A teaspoon of honey (has antiseptic properties)
A teaspoon of black peppercorns (fights infection)
2 cups of water
Heat the water in a pan, and when it starts to simmer, add the ginger and peppercorns. Cover the pan, leave it to boil for a minute, and then lower the heat. Simmer for 5 to 7 minutes until it turns pale yellow. Strain and add a tablespoon of honey. You should drink this tea 2-3 times daily by sipping to instantly soothe the congestion.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar alkalizes the body and maintains a healthy pH balance in the body, which will prevent excess production of mucus in the body.
You can add a tablespoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and mix well. Then, drink it 2-3 times daily to eliminate phlegm or gargle to soothe a sore throat.