Many people have the common complaint of congestion in the chest and throat due to mucus. This mucus build up can be caused from any number of problems such as the common cold, allergies, pollution or other diseases. There are many over the counter products that can aide in congestion and the mucus build up, but there are also many home remedies that can be just as effective.
MASSAGE AND PACKS
Warm oils can help with chest congestion. Massage warm olive oil or eucalyptus oil on to the throat and chest area. Wrap or cover the oiled area with a cloth or towel to trap the radiating heat. Trapping this heat with the towel helps loosen up the mucus, making it much easier to expel it from the body.
Another treatment for congestion and mucus involves creating a hot pack using cloves and heated/roasted fenugreek. Pack the warm cloves and fenugreek in a cloth and place it on the neck or throat area several times a day. Leave on for a few minutes. When ready to use a gain, place the cloth containing the cloves and fenugreek in the microwave for approximately 20-30 seconds or until heated through.
Steam inhalation is one of the most common home remedies for congestion. This therapy is best done several times a day. Making a steam inhalation remedy is quite simple. Start by bringing a pot of water to a boil and add some herbs, such as lemongrass, basil or eucalyptus. Turn the heat off. Place a towel over your head, bend over the pot and inhale the steam. Try to inhale the steam for approximately 15 minutes. The steam and herbs will loosen up the congestion and allow for easier breathing.
There are many different herbal remedies found in society. One therapy involves consuming turmeric with a glass of warm milk in the morning and at bedtime.
Another home remedy consists of mixing ½ tablespoon of honey, ½ tablespoon of lime juice and 1 tablespoon of ginger juice together. Drink this mixture three times daily to assist in alleviating mucus and congestion.
Still another homemade cure involves boiling a mixture of rum, ¼ cup of honey and the juice from two lemons. Cool and drink while still warm to receive relief from chest congestion.
Eating warm soup one or two times daily helps thin mucus, minimize mucus membrane inflammations and provides relief from congestion. It is the warmth of the soup that provides this relief.
Another dietary therapy that assists in relief from mucus congestion is to sauté one or two chopped onions in two tablespoons of olive oil and one teaspoon of curry powder. Eat this twice a day to provide some mucus relief. Eating this kind of spicy food often provides relief from congestion and opens up the nasal passages.
Also make sure to drink at least eight glasses of water per day to maintain adequate hydration and to assist in keeping the mucus thin.