Getting sick is miserable, especially when you are congested. One way to speed up your recovery process is to rid your body of that nasty phlegm.
The 10 home remedies below can help you reduce the amount of phlegm in your body and get you on the road to recovery faster.
Drink Warm Water
Drink warm water . Warm water is used in many home remedies mentioned below. Using warm water to treat congestion and phlegm helps you stay hydrated and loosens any mucus in your throat and chest.
Gargle Tumeric and Water
Used as a spice, tumeric is also known for its beneficial properties. In addition to being an antiseptic, tumeric also strengthens the immune system, helping to preventing sickness. To use tumeric, mix a teaspoon with a glass of warm water and gargle multiple times a day.
Gargle Salt Water
A powerful antibacterial agent, salt mixed with water relaxes the throat and reduces swelling. The best method when using salt is to mix it with a glass of warm water and then gargle. Rinse and repeat as necessary throughout the day.
Drink Lemon Water
Containing vitamin C, lemons make a perfect remedy to use when trying to remove phlegm. Just mix a few teaspoons of lemon with your water in the morning for a great boost to your immune system. You can also sweeten the lemon water with honey for a more refreshing drink.
You can use honey in a variety of ways to treat phlegm. Mix honey with black pepper to fight infection, or add it to warm water to remove mucus while soothing your throat. Be careful if you are diabetic, because the sugar in honey can increase your blood sugar.
Breathe in Steam
Steam is a great way to loosen the phlegm in your head and chest. The easiest way to use steam when treating congestion is to pour hot, steaming water into a bowl. Next, lean over the bowl with a towel over your head to keep the steam contained. Breathe in the steam. Be careful not to burn yourself with the hot steam.
Use A Warm Compress
Applying a warm compress to your back, chest, or head helps to warm up the mucus, making it easier for it to leave your body. Your best bet is to rinse the compress with warm or hot water occasionally and reapplying it.
Use A Netty Pot
You can also remove unwanted phlegm from you nasal passages by using a netty pot containing warm salt water. Just make sure to rinse your netty pot after each use to prevent infection.
Try Chest Percussion
A method called chest physiotherapy uses chest percussions to loosen and help remove phlegm. Usually practiced by trained professionals, chest percussions are easily administered by a friend or family member who has familiarized themselves with the procedure.
Use Essential Oils
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The fumes from essential oils can also help loosen phlegm. Mixed with water and placed in a diffuser, the oils are heated, causing their aroma to fill an area where you can breathe them in. Caution: Only use safe essential oils in this method.
Using the methods listed above allows you to expel unwanted phlegm from your body. This can also help you recover quicker when you’re sick. The most beneficial step you can take when congested is to drink plenty of fluids, such as water, so that your body stays hydrated.