[toc]Chest mucus plays an important role in protecting lungs against irritants, infections, bronchial blockage and congestion. The chest mucus lines the walls of respiratory tract and consists of immunoglobulin and antiseptic enzymes that offer the protective role. But, at the same time, the continual presence of mucus can cause discomfort, uneasiness and chest congestion that need to be expelled out, once it has performed its defensive role.
Normally, one can spit them naturally or require some aid to remove it when gets accumulated in large amounts, within the respiratory system. In children and babies, the expulsion mechanism is not fully developed and they find it hard to get rid of it. Fortunately, there exist many natural ways of easily getting rid of chest congestion and clearing the respiratory tract. Persistent chest congestion can be really bothersome and may turn into more serious, especially in children leading to pneumonia. Using natural home solutions, we can easily combat them and reduce excessive chest mucous.
Home Remedies For Congestion Of The Chest
Onions are loaded with flavonoid querectin that is extremely beneficial for curing chest congestion and various other chronic diseases. A sautéed and curried preparation of onion is the best remedy for chest congestion. Slice thin pieces of onions and then sautéed in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of curry powder. Alternatively, sauté onions on one rice plate and get relieve from congestion. Querectin and sulfur from onions will break down the mucus and curry powder helps in loosening up the phlegm that is linked to chest congestion. Moreover, onions are rich in phosphorus, calcium, riboflavin, niacin, carotene, thiamine, iron and vitamin that make it a wonder medicine, which is easy to afford and relives one from the discomfort.
Onions can also be used directly over the chest to break down the congestion. Use baked onions, once they become slimy, but not browned. Rub a little olive oil on chest as a protective sheath and then place the cooked onions over the chest. Then cover these onions with a warm and wet towel and then keep a dry towel over it. Then tuck the individual in bed, keeping the poultice through the night or through the day.
Hot tea is used as a treatment for chest congestion, since generations. It helps to loosen and break the chest mucus and also moistens the throat, making it easier to expel the dry mucus. Just sipping hot tea offers comfort and relief from uneasiness of chest congestion. It is a great relief for sore throat.
Parsley aids to break loose the nasty mucus, accumulating due to chest congestion and colds. Parsley aids in release of histamines in the body that are used as natural healer for chest congestion. Add parsley to any of the prepared dish and consume it on regular basis and gain its maximum benefits.
Make use of sautéed fennel to clear away all mucus from the lungs. Adding a curry powder increases the mucus clearance associated with chest congestion, providing a speedy recovery.
Spicy foods are very favorable during chest congestion as these aids in breaking the mucus clump, formed in the throat or deep down the chest. Prepare spicy soups to extract benefits of both hot food and spices and have a faster escape from chest congestion.
Chest congestion is more common in small children and babies and they are not able to clear the chest mucus and parents need to help them by keeping the nose rid of all mucus. Make use of vaporizers or humidifiers to loosen mucus of nose and chest for its easy expulsion.
Alternatively, try removing mucus from baby’s nose with help of a bulb syringe to avoid it from dripping down the throat and motivate older children to blow out their noses and easily expel out mucus.
Diet To Reduce Chest Mucus
Include citrus fruits of orange, pineapples, sweet lime, lemon and grapefruits as these empower beneficial effects in easy removal of chest mucus. Include veggies like garlic, celery, asparagus and cauliflower in diet, to overcome congested chest.
Chose more of warmed foods and avoid cold foods, when suffering from excessive chest congestion as these thin down the mucus and open airways for easy removal of mucus. Also, refrain from use of sugars, especially refined sugars as they tend to increase production of mucus. Moreover, avoid dairy products like cheese, milk and yogurt to avoid high mucus production. Water is a saviour as it lessens the phlegm and washes away any deposition of phlegm in the throat. Hence, include more glasses of water than usual to improve on chest congestion.