As a result of viral infection, such as common cold or flu, persistent cough and blockage in the nasal passages or throat occur and the patient has difficulties breathing.

Phlegm is thick viscous substance that is secreted by the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract when the patient is suffering from a severe cold and its role is to fight infections. When there is phlegm accumulated in the throat and chest, the patient has difficulties with breathing as the throat is congested and body tries to expel it through coughing.

Excessive amounts of phlegm form in the case of common cold, flu, sinusitis and viral or bacterial infections, but also occur as a result of allergic reactions due to asthma, hay fever or damaged vocal cords. In such case, the patient also experiences fever, weakness, a runny nose, constant cough and difficulties breathing, as well.

Doctors warn that if is left untreated, the phlegm may cause clogging of the bronchial tubes and in some causes even secondary upper respiratory infections.

Below we are going to present you several recipes for preparation of homemade remedies that are extremely powerful had will eliminate phlegm and mucus in the throat and chest. In same time, these remedies will treat the accompanying symptoms in completely natural and a safe way.

  • Honey And Lemon

Honey possesses powerful antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties that are extremely beneficial for irritated respiratory tract. Honey will provide instant relief. Lemon is abundant with vitamin C and will boost the immune system, but also will clear away congestion.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Preparation and use:

Put the needed ingredients in a bowl and stir until you get homogenous paste. Drink the resulted mixture right away. In order to relieve congestion drink honey-lemon mixture 3 times a day.

  • Ginger

Ginger acts as a natural decongestant and antihistamine. In addition to that, ginger possesses potent antiviral, antibacterial and expectorant properties and that is the reason why this root efficiently soothes chest and throat congestion. Namely, ginger will dry out the excessive mucus and will stimulate the elimination of buildup. All you should do is to chew 3-4 raw ginger slices on a daily basis. Also, you can prepare fresh ginger tea and drink it few times a day.

This is recipe for preparation of a ginger infusion:

Ingredients:

  • 6 – 7 pieces ginger
  • 1 teaspoon honey (has antiseptic properties)
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns (fights infection)
  • 2 cups water

Preparation and use:

In a pan pour the water and put on heat. Once the water starts to boil add the ginger and peppercorns. Cover the pan and leave the mixture to boil for 1 minute, and then lower the heat. Leave it simmer for 5 – 7 minutes until the mixture becomes pale yellow. Strain the resulted mixture and then add the honey. Drink this tea 2-3 times daily and very soon the congestion will be soothed.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar

It is scientifically proved that ACV alkalizes the human organism and maintains a healthy pH balance in the body. On this way the cider vinegar efficiently prevents production of excess mucus in the body.

In a glass of water add 1 tablespoon raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and mix well. Drink this mixture 2-3 times a day and very soon the phlegm will be eliminated. Another option is to gargle and thus soothe a sore throat.

  • Turmeric

Curcumin is active compound contained in turmeric, that offers powerful medicinal properties and has the ability to destroy bacteria.

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon salt (has potent antibacterial properties)
  • 1 glass of warm water (calms an irritated throat)

Instructions:

In a glass of warm water add the turmeric and salt and stir. All you should do is to gargle with the solution. Repeat 3-4 times a day and you will experience improvements. This mixture will loosen the mucus and will reduce phlegm in the throat.

The antibacterial properties of salt will destroy bacteria and fight against infections.

  • Steaming

Steaming is one of the most efficient ways to loosen up mucus and phlegm in the throat. Medical experts explain that inhaling of vapors provides instant relief.

Namely, while you are breathing in steam you actually allow the vapors to travel downto your throat and loosen up clogged mucus. On this way you will experience instant relief. In order to make the steaming even more powerful you can add some herbs to the water.

Ingredients:

4-5 cups boiling hot water

½ teaspoon thyme (reduces excess mucus)

½ teaspoon dried rosemary (contains antiseptic properties)

Instructions:

In a bowl pour the water and add dried rosemary and the thyme. Then, lean over the bowl and inhale the steam. It is advisable to put a towel over your head so the steam can go directly into your face. Make inhalations 3-4 times a day.

In addition to that, you can enjoy a steamy shower two times a day.

Additional tips:

  • In order to expel the phlegm you need to blow your nose regularly;
  • Don’t consume colds drink and foods;
  • Avoid smoking (leads to congestion and irritates the respiratory tract);
  • You can control the mucus production with the help of humidifier;
  • Avoid exposure to paint fumes, household cleaners as well as hazardous chemicals because the strong smell will irritate your nose and throat;
  • You should not swallow the phlegm or mucus. Instead you should gargle and spit it out in order to accelerate the healing process;
    Consume garlic and peppers as well as other spicy foods will thin the mucus and break up the congestion;