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Home remedies for Phlegm

Mucous (also known as phlegm) is produced in the nose and throat. The nose and throat produces about a liter of mucous a day. This mucous is necessary to keep the nasal passages clean and remove any bacteria, fungi, and viruses that may try to enter. The mucous also traps foreign particles which try to enter the lungs. 

Sometimes excess amounts of mucous settles in the nose and throat because of cigarette smoke, polluted air and chemical fumes. The nasal passages and throat gets infected and filled with phlegm causing colds, flu, sinuses, tonsillitis and strep throat. 
Natural Remedies for phlegm
Salt water
Mix 1 teaspoon of salt to ½ cup of hot water and use as a gargle in the morning and at night before going to bed.
Eucalyptus oil/ Vicks Vapor Rub
Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil or 1 teaspoon Vicks Vapor Rub to a basin of hot water. Hover over the basin and inhale the steam rising from the water. Cover your head and the basin with a towel to prevent any steam from escaping as you inha…

Home Remedy For Toothaches

Toothaches occur due to a variety of reasons and some are:
Dental cavities and dental abscess Gum diseaseTooth root sensitivitiesDental Cavities and dental abscess

Enamel and Dentine are the two hard layers of the tooth. The enamel is the white part and dentine is the layer underneath it which is a yellowish color. Both layers protect the tissues inside the tooth which is referred to as the ‘pulp.’ The pulp contains the blood vessels and nervesof the tooth. Sugar left on teeth from food and drinks can turn to acid and dissolve the enamel and dentine causing tooth cavities. When hot, cold or even sweet drinks are consumed and touch areas where there are tooth cavities, it will cause a toothache. Severe tooth cavities such as when there is no more pulp or only a tiny amount left in the tooth can result in the gum around the tooth to swell and form abscesses.
Gum Disease
Gum disease is caused by plaque build up. Plaque is made from deposits of food, saliva and bacteria and will form on the …

Home Remedies for Stretch Marks

When skin lacks elastin and collagen it causes stretch marks. Stretch marks are also known as striae.

Our skin can be divided into three parts: elastin, collagen andGlycosaminoglycans. Our skin is also made up of three layers, the epidermis (top layer), the dermis (second layer), and the hypodermis (third layer). The dermis is the layer where stretch marks occur since this is the layer which contains elastin and collagen.
Elastin
Elastin helps our skin to ‘stretch and recoil’ back but when it gets damaged by over stretching the elastin fibers break and the skin loses its elasticity resulting in stretch marks.
Collagen
Collagen is made of protein and is essential for providing support for the cells, tissues, organs including the bone structure. The skin is said to be made up of 70 to 80 percent of collagen. When the collagen fibers get damaged it can cause wrinkles or stretch marks.
Elastin and collagen gets damaged due to hormonal changes that take place in the skin during aging, during p…