Chest congestion is caused by a buildup of fluids, both inside and around your lungs. It can lead to uncomfortable symptoms, such as a tightness in the chest that can make breathing into a chore. Other symptoms include bloody phlegm, shortness of breath, coughing, runny nose, crackling noise when breathing, body aches and fever, among other things. Air has trouble making its way through the airways, and the congestion can become a life threatening condition.
Chest congestion can worsen into pneumonia, bronchitis and other frightening conditions. Among other causes, the more common causes of chest congestion include flu, asthma, GERD, cystic fibrosis, heart conditions, pneumonia, bronchitis, pulmonary edema and lung cancer. Below are some powerful holistic home remedies that have been used for centuries to treat chest congestion.
Onions are well-known for their amazing healing properties. Onions hold massive amounts of quercetin, as well as sulfur, which aid in mucus reduction and relieves chest congestion. There are two effective methods in which to treat chest congestion with onions.
The first one involves making a thin paste using an onion. Simply grind it up. Press the paste to extract the juices, add 2 tablespoons of water, 4 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of honey. Stir the mixture thoroughly, heat it to lukewarm and eat it three times daily.
The other option is to take small, raw onions and eat 5-6 with sugar before bed. You may also sautée big onions and eat them.
You can try steaming to break up the mucus as well. Fill a large bowl with boiling water. Add 2 drops of rosemary oil, 3 drops of peppermint oil and 5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil to it and stir gently.
Take a towel, drape it over your head and breathe deeply over the bowl. Remain over it as long as you can, and repeat it in small intervals. A regular steam can clear up mucus, as well as ease the pains of chest congestion.
Thyme works naturally to improve your lung strength against bacteria that cause mucus. The herb creates a barrier against bacteria, preventing congestion. Add a quarter to half a teaspoon of thyme to a boiling cup of water.
Wait 5 minutes for the thyme to soak, and add a small amount of honey to sweeten. Drink it. You can also mix diluted thyme essential oil with olive oil or corn oil, and apply to your chest.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar works well against chest congestion as the vinegar helps to kill the bacteria that promotes mucus in the throat and chest. Take a tablespoon of ACV in a glass of water 2-3 times per day to help fight chest congestion.
5. Lemon and Honey
A personal favorite remedy to chest congestion is lemon and honey. Lemon’s citric acid content destroys phlegm, and its vitamin C boosts your immune system against mucus and congestion. Honey has been used to suppress coughing for a long time, and the antibacterial properties lessen infections.
Simply mix a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice and organic honey together in hot water. Drink this mixture 3-4 times each day.
6. Saffron & Organic Milk
A simple drink that warms the chest and clears mucus is a little bit of saffron mixed into a cup of organic milk. Heat it up, add some honey and lemon juice, stir it well and drink while warm. Be sure to stir it every few minutes to keep the mixture going.
Gargling, turmeric tea, radish, fennel seeds, honey and pepper, ginger tea, licorice root tea, deep breathing, mustard plaster, organic chicken soup, parsley, bay leaf tea, regular exercise, drink plenty water, eat a balanced diet, and get sufficient sleep.