Do you have a bacterial infection and suffer from phlegm in your throat or airways? We’ve listed some natural remedies for clogged mucus, so you can breathe freely again in no time!
What Is Phlegm (Mucus)?
Mucus, by itself, is a very normal part of our body. In addition, it has an important function. You can compare it to oils in your body, that is it keeps everything running smoothly.
Functions of Mucus in the Body
Mucus is like a protective coating covering the mouth, nose, sinuses, throat, lungs, and gastrointestinal tract. In doing so, it keeps the underlying tissues from drying out.
In addition, mucus also acts as a barrier against invaders. It prevents bacteria and viruses from entering the body through antibodies that help the body recognize and kill foreign enemies.
The composition of mucus can change, becoming harder or thicker. This can happen due to allergic reactions such as hay fever, after drinking or eating dairy products (if you are lactose intolerant), or when you catch a cold.
Phlegm can also change color. Many people believe that yellow or green mucus or runny nose indicates the presence of bacteria. However, this is not always the case. The abnormal color may also be due to white blood cells (neutrophils). These cells contain a greenish enzyme. When this enzyme is present in large quantities in the mucus, the mucus may take on a greenish color.
Conversely, mucus can be completely clear and watery in color even in the presence of severe bacterial infection. Green mucus is usually thick, hard, and sticky.
Here are some natural remedies to help get rid of phlegm:
1) Ginger + Honey
Ginger has several medicinal properties. It suppresses coughs and soothes the respiratory system. For this reason, it is often used to treat colds. Ginger also improves mucus retention.
Honey has a bacterial and fungal inhibitory effect, making it ideal for sore throats and colds that cause mucus blockage. Honey creates a protective coating on the throat, which reduces irritation.
Recipe: heat 2 tablespoons of honey. Add 1 teaspoon of grated ginger. Have 2 tablespoons per day for 3 days.
2) Gargle With Salt Water
Add 1 tablespoon of table salt to a glass of warm water. Gargle with this solution for several minutes up to 3 times a day. Do not swallow. Gargling for a few minutes will make you feel better. It also has a very positive effect on those suffering from sore throats.
3) Herbal Teas
Drinking hot herbal teas can help dissolve stubborn mucus. The composition and heat of herbal teas such as mint, thyme, chamomile, and echinacea are good for stuck mucus.
4) Onions and Lemon for Mucus Blockages
Onions are excellent for your health. After all, onions are natural antibiotics. Raw onions contain properties that help fight bacteria in the mouth.
For this recipe, you will need to peel and squeeze (in a juicer) one onion. Next, add the juice of one lemon to the onion juice. Bring this to a boil in a saucepan along with 1 cup of water. Continue to boil for 2-3 minutes. When cool, add a teaspoon of honey and drink three times a day until you feel better.
5) Turmeric for Mucus Blockage
Turmeric (also known as curcumin) is truly a superfood. It is purgative, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and stamina-boosting. Just what you need.
Pour a warm glass of vegetable milk with half a teaspoon of black pepper and turmeric powder. Add a teaspoon of honey as well. Drink it daily until the clogged mucus disappears.
Do not use regular milk in this recipe. Dairy products can make the mucus thicker/harder, and more uncomfortable.
Let us know if these few tips have helped you in the comments below!