Are you experiencing some kind of blockage in your throat or nasal passages that makes it hard to breathe?
Are you suffering through ongoing coughing bouts and going through boxes of tissues blowing your nose?
Well, you can wait it out or you could use some home remedies to get rid of phlegm and mucus in chest and throat.
Phlegm is the thick viscous substance secreted by the mucus membrane of your respiratory tract in an attempt to fight an infection, especially when suffering from a severe cold.
It tends to collect in your throat and chest to cause congestion and is usually expelled through coughing.
Excess phlegm is a common symptom associated with a cold, flu, sinusitis or some other viral or bacterial infection.
It can also be caused by an allergic reaction to irritants as in hay fever, asthma or damaged vocal cords. It is often accompanied by a runny nose, constant cough,fever and weakness, and difficulty in breathing.
While phlegm is not a serious health concern, if not treated timely it can clog the bronchial tubes, thus causing a secondary upper respiratory infection.
Dealing with phlegm is extremely frustrating and annoying, as it seems to be never-ending. However, there are excellent natural herbs and remedies to get rid of phlegm and mucus in chest and throat instantly.
A natural decongestant and antihistamine, ginger also has antiviral, antibacterial and expectorant properties that help ease congestion in the chest and throat by drying out excessive mucus and stimulating removal of the buildup.
You can drink ginger tea a few times a day. Alternatively, you can chew on 3 or 4 raw ginger slices several times a day.
Things you’ll need:
Ginger (natural decongestant) – 6 or 7 pieces
Black peppercorns (helps fight infection) – 1 teaspoon
Honey (contains antiseptic properties) – 1 tablespoon
Water – 2 cups
HEAT WATER IN A PAN
Pour 2 cups of water into a pan.
Turn on the heat.
THROW IN GINGER CHUNKS AND PEPPERCORNS
After the water starts to simmer, throw 6 or 7 ginger chunks into the water.
Add 1 teaspoon of black peppercorns as well.
COVER, BOIL AND SIMMER
Cover the pan with the lid.
Allow the water to boil for 1 minute.
Lower the temperature and allow it to simmer for 5 to 7 minutes. You will observe the color of the water changing to pale yellow.
For a stronger flavor, simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or more, and use more ginger slices.
STRAIN THE TEA
Strain the tea into a cup to remove the ginger pieces and peppercorns.
Be careful while straining, as the steam can be extremely hot and can burn you.
Finally, add in 1 tablespoon of honey.
MIX AND SIP THE TEA
Drink your tea in small sips while it is still hot to ease your congestion instantly.
Consume 2 to 3 ginger infusions each day to de-congest your phlegm.
Turmeric contains curcumin, a compound that has antiseptic and healing properties. It helps reduce phlegm by killing the bacteria that cause excessive mucus production.