No-one likes having a build up of phlegm in their throat. Mucous in your throat makes breathing extremely difficult but is part of the body’s natural immune response; helping to clear invaders. Phlegm should be white or pale yellow in colour – green phlegm or phlegm with signs of blood should be seen to by a medical professional immediately.
Relieving phlegm naturally
- Drink lemon tea with honey: Make yourself a cup of hot water (or Rooibos tea) and add a few slices of lemon and some honey. The acidity of the lemon will help break up the mucous and the honey will soothe your throat.
- Eat spice foods: Spicy foods act as a decongestant and will help loosen the phlegm. We have written about the benefits of cayenne pepper before here and recommend half a teaspoon dissolved in some water daily.
- Drink warm liquids: Herbal tea, rooibos tea, chicken broth, soup or any warm liquids will help to moisten your air passageways and break up mucous.
- Invest in a humidifier: A humidifier or cool mist vapourizer moistens the air which will help to thin mucous build up. You can even add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to help loosen the phlegm and relieve congestion.
- Gargle salt water: Mix a teaspoon of salt with a cup of warm water and gargle the liquid with your head tilted back.
- Drink apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is one of the most effective remedies to help control excessive mucous as it thins and helps expectorate it. Add 1 teaspon to a cup of water and drink a couple of times per day.
- Get a back or chest massage: Either go for a professional massage or get a loved one to massage your back and chest. Massages help in stimulating the expectorant properties of the body.
- Put gravity to work: Lie with the top half of your body over the edge of a bed and have some gently hit your back – the gravity will help to loosen the mucous.
- Take a hot shower or inhale steam: The heat from the water will help the phlegm loosen.
- Don’t irritate your body further: Avoid fried food, dairy products, cleaning materials, chemicals and cigarette smoke.
Do you have any tips for us that we have left out?