Some kind of obstruction in the
throat or nasal passage can lead to persistent coughing and difficulty
breathing. They can occur due to increased phlegm in the lungs. The
phlegm is a substance that is secreted by the respiratory tract’s mucous
membrane and it is responsible for fighting infections.
When it is accumulated in the chest and throat, the body expels it
through coughs. Increased presence of phlegm can result in runny nose,
difficulty breathing, persistent cough, fever and weakness. It may block
the bronchial tubes and cause problems that are hard to be treated with
conventional medications. But there are many natural remedies that can
reduce the phlegm amount and treat the infection effectively and easily.
Here are some of them:
*Honey and lemon*
Mixture of lemon and honey can soothe the irritation and bring relief.
The honey is antifungal and antibacterial agent. The lemon is rich in
vitamin C that will improve the immune system and reduce the congestion.
-One tbs. of honey (organic);
-Two tbs. of lemon juice;
Mix the ingredients and drink it up to three times a day in order to relieve the infection and fight congestion.
It is natural decongestant and it has antibacterial and expectorant
properties. It can soothe the throat and chest congestion by drying the
phlegm and eliminating it. Eat three to four slices of ginger a day, or
drink ginger tea.
-Six to seven slices of ginger;
-two cups of water;
-One tsp. of honey;
-One tsp. of black peppercorns;
Cook the water and add the peppercorns and ginger when it begins to boil
and cover and leave ti to boil for five to seven minutes. Let it cool
down and strain it. Add the honey. Consume two to three cups of it per
day to breathe easier and relieve the congestion.
*Apple cider vinegar*
It is powerful antibacterial agent and it can maintain health pH balance
and prevent phlegm production. Drink a tbs. of ACV in one glass of
water per day or you can gargle to soothe the sore throat.
It contains a compound called curcumin that has antibacterial properties. This is how you can treat respiratory infections:
-One tsp. of turmeric;
-Half a tsp. of salt;
-One glass of water;
In the water, mix the turmeric and add the salt. Mix again and gargle it
for few minutes, three to four times a day to fight respiratory
infections and reduce the phlegm amount. The salt in this mixture helps
in eliminating bacteria.
It is great way to reduce chest congestion and loosen up the mucus.
Breathing in steam and vapors will loosen the clogged mucus and provide
relief. Here is how:
-Half a tsp. of rosemary (dry);
-Half a tsp. of thyme;
-Four to five cups of boiling water;
Add the rosemary and thyme in boiling water and lead over with a towel
over the head. Inhale the steam and repeat this three to four times a
day. Blow the nose regularly to prevent excess phlegm and stop consuming
cold drinks and foods. Quit smoking because it leads to chest
congestion. Use humidifier at home to control the mucus and avoid
exposing yourself on paint fumes, chemicals and cleaners. Do not swallow
the phlegm, but gargle salt and warm water and spit it out. Consuming
peppers and garlic will help you a lot.