The phlegm almost always accompanies a cold or infection of the upper respiratory tract. Although it is not a serious health problem, untreated in time, it can block and irritate the bronchi, causing a secondary respiratory infection. Read this article and find out how to get rid of phlegm with natural ingredients.
Phlegm – Causes and Symptoms
The phlegm contains bacteria, viruses or other inflammatory cells that result from an infection. It can be caused by an ordinary cold, an old untreated cold, flu, sinusitis, bronchitis, or an allergic reaction to certain irritants (allergic rhinitis, asthma, excessive smoking or vocal cords).
The presence of phlegm is usually signaled by the constant need to cough, rinse or clean the nose or blow it. It tends to collect and congestion of the chest and throat and is usually expelled by coughing.
Natural treatments for phlegm
Excess mucus in the throat, nose, or plaque seems to be eliminated. This problem seems to have no cure and tends to create a lot of frustration for those who are facing it. A medical consultation is absolutely necessary. The following natural remedies may also be attempted to eliminate phlegm, decongest the airway and relieve breathing.
1. Cleaning the nose with butter
It is an ancient technique practiced by the Chinese, which helps to eliminate the phlegm accumulated in the nose, throat, and sinuses.
• Soak your finger in melted butter, and massage the nostril walls, inserting your finger as deep as possible. Use gentle movements in the clockwise direction, then counterclockwise. There are more movements in every sense.
2. Onion and garlic syrup
Chop 4-5 cloves of garlic and 1 large onion. Then mix with 150 g of honey and allow to soak in a warm place, about 2-3 hours. The preparation will leave a healing juice. Take 1 tablespoon of this juice, 3-4 times a day, after a meal. This cure is only taken once a week.
3. Water with salt
Saltwater gargle is a simple method of removing phlegm. Hot water calms the irritated neck, and salt helps to destroy the bacteria that caused the infection and implicitly the production of phlegm.
• Mix 1 tablespoon of salt in a glass of warm water and use saline solution at gargle or nasal instillation (draw on each nostril). Repeat this procedure several times a day.
4. Lemon juice
Lemon is a wonderful ingredient for the release of phlegm and mucus. In addition, the antibacterial properties of the lemon, and the high content of Vitamin C improves the body’s resistance to infections.
• Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of honey to a cup of hot water. Drink one cup, 3 times a day, to reduce phlegm production.
• Another simplest option is to cut a slice of leeks, sprinkle a little salt and pepper on it, and sip the slice. This will force the phlegm out of the throat. Do this 2-3 times a day.
Ginger is a natural decongestant, used for centuries to combat infections in the throat and the respiratory tract. Its expectorant, antiviral and antibacterial properties can also help reduce congestion, ease breathing and treat a possible infection.
• Add 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger, shaved in a mug of boiling water. Leave it for a few minutes, then add 2 teaspoons of honey. Drink 1 cup of ginger tea several times a day.
• Alternatively, chew the slices of ginger root several times a day, or add it to your food.
This is another seasoning with antiseptic properties that can kill the bacteria that cause excessive mucus production. In addition, turmeric helps to strengthen the immune system.
• Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric in a glass of hot milk. Drink a glass in the morning, and one in the evening.
• Swallow a ½ teaspoon of turmeric with a glass of water 2-3 times a day.
• Add 1 tablespoon of turmeric and salt powder to a glass of hot water. Use the garage solution several times a day.
7. Cayenne pepper
Cayenne helps the body eliminate the accumulation of mucus from the nose and throat. The Cayenne pepper warmer and stimulant nature also helps reduce chest pain and soothes an irritated throat.
• Mix in a glass ¼ teaspoon of Cayenne pepper with a ¼ teaspoon of raspberry ginger, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of apple vinegar and 2 tablespoons of water. Drink this mixture 2-3 times a day.
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