We often experience some kind of obstruction in the nasal passage or throat which leads to difficulty breathing and persistent coughing.
These problems occur due to increased phlegm in the lungs. Phlegm is a thick substance secreted by the mucous membrane of the respiratory tract and is responsible for fighting infections such as severe colds.
When it accumulates in the throat and chest, the body uses coughing to expel it.
However, excess accumulation of phlegm in the lungs due to a cold, the flu, bacterial or viral infections can cause big problems.
Increased presence of phlegm in the lungs may result in fever, weakness, runny nose, persistent cough and difficulty breathing.
If not expelled, the excess phlegm may block the bronchial tubes and cause much bigger problems, which are hard to treat with conventional medications.
Luckily, there are some natural remedies which can reduce the amount of phlegm and treat respiratory infections easily and effectively. Here are the best of them:
HONEY AND LEMON
A mixture of honey and lemon can soothe your irritated respiratory tract and bring much needed relief.
Honey is a powerful antibacterial and antifungal agent, and we can say the same for lemon as well. This tropical fruit is rich in vitamin C which will reinforce your immune system and reduce congestion easily. Here’s how to prepare the mixture:
- 1 tablespoon of organic honey
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
Just mix the ingredients in a bowl and that’s it. Drink the mixture up to 3 times a day to fight the congestion and relieve the infection.
Ginger is a powerful natural decongestant and antihistamine that possesses expectorant and antibacterial properties.
The root can soothe your chest and throat congestion by drying out the phlegm and stimulating its elimination.
In order to treat respiratory infection and keep yourself healthy, eat 3-4 slices of ginger every day, or drink a couple of cups of ginger tea. Here’s how to prepare the tea:
- 6-7 slices of ginger
- 2 cups of water
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- 1 teaspoon of black peppercorns
Cook the water in a pan, then add the ginger and peppercorns when it start to boil. Now, cover the pan and leave the mixture to boil for a minute, then lower the heat and simmer for 5-7 minutes.
Take the pan off the heat and leave it to cool down, then strain it and add a teaspoon of organic honey.
Drink 2-3 cups of ginger tea every day to relieve the congestion and breathe easier.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
ACV is one of the most powerful natural antibacterial agents. The liquid can prevent excess phlegm production in the body and maintain a healthy pH balance as well.
To benefit from its properties, drink a tablespoon of raw ACV in a glass of water every day. You can also gargle the liquid to soothe sore throat.