People who suffer from throat and nasal blockages have phlegm deposits in their lungs which lead to coughing and breathing problems. This is not a life-threatening condition but it causes discomfort and unease. However, if it is left untreated, it can cause serious health complications.

Phlegm in the lungs

The sticky substance that is secreted by the mucus lining in the respiratory system is called phlegm. It has protective role to catch viruses and dust and to prevent allergies and colds.

If you don’t remove the phlegm properly, it may block the bronchial tubes. The excess mucus in your chest or throat causes cough due to the viruses and bacteria that attack your respiratory system and cause flu or colds. The common symptoms include:

Runny nose

Difficulty in breathing

Muscle aches
Sore throat

There are numerous medications that can help you to get rid of the mucus but they have many side effects which can cause other health issues.

Therefore, we suggest you use natural remedies that can be as effective as pharmaceuticals but without the harmful side effects.

1. Ginger tea

Ginger is a natural decongestant and it has antiviral, antibacterial and antihistamine properties. As a result it can effectively soothe chest and throat congestion by eliminating the excess phlegm. Here is how to prepare ginger tea:

• 1 teaspoon of honey
• 2 cups of water
• 1 teaspoon of peppercorn
• 6 pieces of ginger

Add the ginger and the peppercorn in boiling water. Once the mixture starts to boil, cover it and let it stay for one minute. Then, let it simmer for about 5 minutes over medium heat. Finally, remove the pot from the heat and add the honey. Consume this beverage two times a day.

2. Eucalyptus oil

Eucalyptus oil can loosen the mucus in your chest so that you can easily cough it out. It can also relieve the nagging cough. You can use either a balm that contains this oil or inhale its vapors by using a diffuser. Make sure you consult your doctor before you use essential oils on children.

3. Honey and lemon

These two ingredients are extremely potent and have antifungal and antibacterial properties. Lemon is abundant in vitamin C which is necessary for strengthening the immune system and preventing colds and flu. Moreover, its acidity can break down the mucus buildup. For this recipe you need:

• 1 tablespoon of honey
• 2 tablespoons of lemon juice

Mix these two ingredients until you get a homogeneous mixture and drink it three times daily.

4. Apple cider vinegar

This ingredient creates alkaline pH environment in your body which helps in the treatment of bacterial infections and prevents production of mucus in the chest.

Add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and mix it well. Drink this beverage two or three times daily to soothe the sore throat and eliminate the phlegm.

5. Turmeric

Curcumin – the main active compound in turmeric has antibacterial and antiseptic properties that fight the bacteria responsible for the mucus formation. Likewise lemon, it strengthens your immunity as well.

To prepare this remedy you need:

• A cup of warm water
• ½ salt
• 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder

Add the turmeric and the salt to the cup of water and mix well. Gargle with this mixture 3 or 4 times a day.

6. Inhalation

Steam inhalation encourages the phlegm removal. For this, you need the following ingredients:

• ½ teaspoon of thyme
• 4 cups of boiling water
• 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary
• A large towel

Put the rosemary and the thyme in the boiling water. Bend over the stem and cover your head with the towel. Inhale for about 5 or 10 minutes. Repeat the process couple of times per day.

You should also make sure that there is enough humidity in your home. Don’t drink cold beverages and stay away from irritants.