The blockage in your nose and a sore throat is caused because of the presence of mucus and phlegm in your body. Phlegm is a thick substance which is secreted by the mucus membrane of our respiratory tract. This secretion aims to kill certain infections and it most likely to build up when we suffer from the cold. However, it is gathered in our throats and chests which ultimately cause congestion. Most of the time, this congestion is evacuated in the coughing process.
Collection of too much phlegm is a general symptom which is associated with flu, sinusitis, cold, or any other bacterial or viral infection. Sometimes it’s also caused because of allergic reactions to some irritants such as fever, damaged vocal cords, or asthma. In such condition, we have to deal with a runny nose, fever, weakness, tiredness, constant cough and difficulty in inhaling. However, it’s not a serious health issue, but if it’s not treated at the right time, we may have clogged bronchial tubes which means we are going to suffer from upper respiratory infection. Moreover, our quality of life also gets worse. It seems complicated to fix phlegm issue but doesn’t worry; we have 6 remedies that can help you to expel phlegm and mucus out of your chest and throat instantly.
#1 – Ginger
Ginger is one of the best remedies to get rid of phlegm because it has antihistamine, antiviral, antibacterial, decongestant and expectorant properties. All of these properties follow a pattern. The patter is that it helps us to get relieved from congestion built in our chests and throats. How? Well, it dries out the immoderate amount of mucus and stimulates a process in which it removes the built mucus. We recommend you to drink ginger tea until it gets better. Moreover, you can also chew 2-4 raw ginger slices few times a day.
To make this tea, you will need these ingredients:
- 1 Teaspoon Black Peppercorns
- 1 Tablespoon Honey
- 2 Cups Water
- 6-7 Pieces of Ginger
Now follow this process:
Step 1: Add 2 cups of water to the pan and heat it.
Step 2: When water began to simmer, add 6-7 ginger slices into the water.
Step 3: Now add 1 teaspoon of black peppercorns which will also help you fight infection.
Step 4: If you have added all the stuff correctly, it’s time to cover the pan with a lid. Let the water boil for at least 1 minute. Now low the temperature of the pan and let it simmer for 5-7 minutes. After some time, you will notice that the color of the water is changing to pale yellow. If you want to make this tea stronger, you can simmer it for 15-20 minutes with some more ginger slices.
Step 5: Use your tea strainer and strain all the tea in a single cup so that you can remove the pieces of ginger and peppercorns.
**Caution** – Be careful while straining, it will be hot and it can burn your hands too.
Step 6: Now the recipe is ready, just add some honey so that you can drink it easily.
Drink this tea slowly with full joy. Otherwise, it will be hot enough to burn your lips. It’s better for you to drink 2 to 3 teacups every day until you get the results.
#2 – Turmeric
Turmeric has a compound called curcumin which has been proved to be an antiseptic and healing compound. It usually kills the bacteria which causes the production of excess mucus. Finally, when there’s no mucus production, the phlegm automatically reduces in the process.
Gather these ingredients to make this turmeric recipe:
- 1 Tablespoon Turmeric
- 1 Glass Warm Water
- ¼ Teaspoon Salt
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Boil a glass of water and add 1 tablespoon of turmeric to it. You should also add a pinch of salt to your glass of warm water to get maximum results.
Step 2: Now that if you have added all the ingredients, mix it well.
That’s it! Now gargle with this solution to get instant relief. Repeat this daily 3-4 times to reduce phlegm and lose mucus in your throat.
#3 – Salt Water
This is another one of the best remedies to get rid of phlegm. Warm salt water can soothe your throat effectively because salt has antibacterial properties which can fight infection-causing bacteria.
You just need salt and water to apply this useful method. Just follow this procedure:
Add ½ teaspoon of salt in one glass of warm water and stir it thoroughly so that the salt can dissolve itself in the water. Now gargle with this warm water to loosen your phlegm easily.
You can apply this remedy 3-4 times in a day. Do this until you don’t get relief.
#4 – Steam
When you inhale the steam from your mouth or nose, it let the vapors to go down to your throat while losing up clogged mucus at the same time.
You will need these ingredients:
- 4-5 Cups of Water
- ½ Teaspoon of Thyme (have antiseptic properties)
- ½ teaspoon of Rosemary(reduces excess mucus)
Step 1: Boil 4-5 cups of water and pour it into a bowl.
Step 2: Now add ½ teaspoon of dried thyme and rosemary in this hot water.
Step 3: Cover your head with a towel so that you can get steam appropriately.
Step 4: Lean yourself towards the bowl so that the steam can directly reach to the pores of your skin.
Step 5: Inhale this vapor for at least 10 minutes to get relief. However, a steamy shower can also help you out to get relief from phlegm.
Repeat this inhaling process 3-4 times a day. And take steamy showers two times in a day.
#5 – Lemon and Honey
Honey comes with antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Such properties are efficient enough to soothe an irritated respiratory tract. In addition to this, lemon is abundant in vitamin C which helps you to strengthen immunity and get the congestion out of your system.
You will need these ingredients:
- 2 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
- 1 Tablespoon Honey
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Take a clean bowl and put 1 tablespoon of honey in it.
Step 2: Now add lemon juice twice of that honey. (2 tablespoons)
Step 3: Stir the solution and mix all the ingredients.
Now you can drink this lemon and honey solution 3 times in a day to get relief from your congestion.
Remedy #6 – Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can be the perfect solution to all of your problems. It can bring the body in an alkaline state and balance the PH levels which eventually prevents the unnecessary production of mucus in your body.
To apply this remedy, you need 1 tablespoon unfiltered apple cider vinegar. Add this 1 tablespoon of Apple cider vinegar to 1 glass of water. Now drink this preparation 2 or 3 times in a day until the mucus goes away. However, you can also do gargles few times in a day to soothe your throat.
Now you got all the remedies, we have collected some extra tips for you:
- You need a humidifier to control the excessive production of mucus.
- It’s a great idea to blow the nose again and again to expel the phlegm.
- Eating spicy foods like peppers, garlic, and curry can help you a lot to reduce mucus and eliminate the congestion from the body.
- Cut down the intake of cold drinks and foods. You can start by avoiding foods like cucumber, coconut, cauliflower, and carrot, etc.
- If you feel that there’s some mucus or phlegm in your throat, instead of swallowing, please do gargles frequently and spit it all out to speed your healing process.
- If you are that kind of person who smokes a lot, well don’t do smoke again until you get normal because smoking can irritate the respiratory system which ultimately gives an invitation to more mucus and phlegm.
- Don’t go near hazardous chemicals, paint fumes, household cleaners and any other foul smelling substance. This may irritate your nose and throat which later result in more irritation to your respiratory system.
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