10 Home Remedies to Alleviate Chest and Throat Phlegm

 

10 Home Remedies to Alleviate Chest and Throat Phlegm

Our bodies naturally produce mucus to maintain optimal functioning, acting as a lubricant to keep our systems running smoothly. However, phlegm, a specific type of mucus generated by the lungs, serves a crucial role in expelling irritants such as bacteria, inflammatory cells from infections, or allergens causing allergic reactions.

The accumulation of phlegm can manifest as breathing difficulties, a runny nose, persistent coughing, and a continual urge to clear the throat. While coughing is the body’s natural way of expelling phlegm, sometimes it requires a gentle nudge. Before resorting to pharmaceutical decongestants, which may thicken phlegm and make it harder to expel, consider trying these home remedies for reducing phlegm:

Lemons:

Lemons are a superfood with antibacterial properties and immune-boosting Vitamin C. Enjoy two teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice in warm water, sweetened with honey for an added benefit.

Honey:

Recognized as a demulcent, honey soothes the throat and contains dextromethorphan, commonly found in cough medicines. Consume a tablespoon of honey with a pinch of black pepper or add it to warm water with lemon.

Steam:

Inhale hot steam during a long, hot shower with closed doors to trap the steam. Alternatively, lean over a bowl of boiling water with your head covered by a towel to loosen phlegm. Exercise caution to avoid burns.

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