Phlegm and mucus could lead to serious health concerns if not appropriately treated.
Phlegm is a viscid mucus produced by our bodies and is expelled from the bronchial passages when we cough. It accumulates in the lungs when we have a fever or a cold.
There are home remedies to help the process, but if the problem persists, it is advisable to consult a doctor, to avoid any further complications.
1. Honey and lemon
You will need one tablespoon honey and two tablespoons lemon juice. Lemons contain vitamin C which boosts the immune system, while honey serves as an antibacterial.
Honey also has antifungal properties, which will also boost your immune system. Simply mix the honey and lemon juice and take by the spoonful. It will sooth the irritated airways.
2. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar, also known as cider vinegar or ACV, has been used as a folk remedy for hundreds of years. Pregnant women should consult their doctors before drinking apple cider vinegar.
The powerful antibacterial agent in ACV will regulate the Ph balance, thus preventing phlegm to form. Stir a tablespoon of cider vinegar in a glass of water and gargle to rinse your throat.
The antibacterial properties in Kurkuma, also known as Curcuma longa or turmeric, can also rid our airways of respiratory infections. Turmeric is traditionally used to flavor food and is part of the ginger family.
Mix 1 teaspoon of powdered turmeric and with half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and gargle to reduce phlegm. You can also drink one teaspoon of turmeric in a warm glass of milk or water three times a day.
Ginger is an aromatic rhizome that belongs to the Zingiberaceae family, a tropical Asian herb. Not only does it remove phlegm congestion from the lungs but also soothes a sore throat.
You will need 6 to 8 thin slices of ginger, one teaspoon honey, one teaspoon black pepper and two cups of water. A dash of lemon juice can also be added for taste.
Bring the water to boil and add the slices of ginger. Let it steep for approximately five minutes and drain the liquid. Mix with the honey and pepper, and take small sips once the mixture cooled.