During the winter season, most of us often experience some kind of obstruction in the nasal passage or throat, which leads to breathing difficulties and persistent coughing. These problems occur due to increased phlegm in the lungs.
Phlegm is the thick viscous substance secreted by the mucous membrane of the respiratory tract whose role is to fight infections, especially in the case of a severe cold. When it accumulates in the throat and chest, the body uses coughing to expel it.
Excessive amounts of phlegm usually occur in the case of cold, flu, sinusitis and bacterial or viral infections, as well as allergic reactions due to asthma or bronchitis.
In these cases, people often experience weakness, fever, 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.
Dealing with phlegm can be extremely annoying and frustrating. Fortunately, there are some natural ways that you can try to eliminate phlegm and treat respiratory infections easily and effectively. Here are the best of them:
Ginger is a powerful natural decongestant and antihistamine that possesses expectorant and antibacterial properties. The root can soothe your chest and throat congestion by drying out the phlegm and stimulating its elimination. In order to treat respiratory infections and keep yourself healthy, eat 3-4 slices of ginger every day, or drink a couple of cups of ginger tea. Here’s how to prepare the tea:
- 6-7 slices of ginger
- 2 cups of water
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- 1 teaspoon of black peppercorns
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.
2.Honey and lemon
Honey has antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties that make it a great home remedy for soothing an irritated throat and eliminating phlegm. Plus, it has antiseptic properties that help boost the immune system to fight off infections faster.
Lemon, on the other hand, is a great ingredient for loosening mucus and phlegm. Also, lemon’s antibacterial property and high vitamin C content improve the body’s resistance to infections.
- 1 tablespoon of organic honey
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
Just mix the ingredients in a bowl and that’s it. Consume the mixture up to 3 times a day to fight the congestion and relieve the infection.
The active compound of turmeric, curcumin, has powerful medicinal properties and destroys bacteria that are the main culprit for the appearance of bacteria.
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric
- 1/2 a teaspoon of Himalayan salt
- A glass of warm water
In a glass of warm water, add the turmeric, stir, and add the salt. Use this solution to gargle for a few minutes 3-4 times daily to soothe the throat, kill bacteria, treat respiratory infections, and reduce the amount of phlegm in the chest.
4.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.
- 1 tablespoon raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- A glass of water
Add the apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and mix well. Drink it 2-3 times daily to eliminate phlegm or gargle to soothe a sore throat.
Steaming is one of the best ways of reducing chest congestion and loosening up the mucus in the chest. Breathing in the vapors and steam will loosen up the clogged mucus and provide some much-needed relief, and you can get even better results by infusing the water with herbs. Here’s what you can do.
- 1/2 a teaspoon of dry rosemary
- 1/2 a teaspoon of thyme
- 4-5 cups of boiling water
Add the thyme and rosemary to boiling water in a bowl, then lean over it with a towel over your head and inhale the steam. Repeat the process 3-4 times a day for best results.
- You should regularly blow the nose to expel the phlegm
- Do not consume colds drink and foods
- Avoid smoking, as it leads to congestion and irritates the respiratory tract
- Use a humidifier to control the mucus production
- Avoid exposure to household cleaners, paint fumes, and hazardous chemicals, as they irritate the nose and throat
- Do not swallow the phlegm or mucus, but gargle and spit it out to accelerate the healing process
- Consume spicy foods such as garlic and peppers to thin the mucus and break up the congestion.