Saturday, March 10, 2012

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 inhale the vapors. Do this thrice a day (morning, noon and at night).

Ginger Tea

Make ½ teaspoon of ginger paste from fresh ginger. Steep the ginger paste in a cup of boiling water for 2- 3 minutes. Strain and drink. Drink this in the morning, afternoon and at night before going to bed.

Honey and Pear

Take a pear, cut it in half and remove the center. Fully cover the pear in honey and steam for 10 minutes. Remove from steamer and drizzle the pear with 1 teaspoon of honey. Allow to cool before eating. Eat twice a day.

*Use darker honeys since it contains more antioxidants than the light colored ones.

Foods to avoid when suffering from phlegm
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Butter

 These dairy products contain casein which is a protein present in milk that intensifies the build up of phlegm and mucous.

© 2012 Suranee Perera

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