There are several types of coughs, and the worst one is hacking or productive cough. This article provides several effective natural treatments for flu and cough, as well as an excellent folk remedy that can successfully clean your lungs of phlegm, thus relieve cough attacks.
Cough is triggered by your lungs as they fight against anything that inhibits their proper function, which is a normal physiologic response to foreign bodies.
Productive cough is usually the most serious cough type since it goes together with a wheezing sound while breathing, tightness in the chest, mucus accumulation in the chest and airway, and phlegm cough. Most often, it comes as a result of thick mucus build up. The mucus can vary in color – yellow, green, and white, all of which are excreted by coughing.
The most common symptoms of a productive cough are he following:
- Whistling sound when coughing or breathing
- Sticky phlegm expelled by coughing
- Persistent cough
- Tightness in the chest
- Excessive coughing in the mornings
- Congestion or heaviness in the chest
Moreover, its cause can also be indicated by the color of the phlegm, as explained below:
Clear phlegm: It’s the normal type of phlegm.
Green phlegm: It’s caused by a serious bacterial infection, such as bronchitis.
Yellow phlegm: It’s caused by an immune response to inflammation in the airways.
Pink phlegm: It’s caused by asthma.
Grey phlegm: It’s caused by cigarette smoke.
Brown phlegm: It’s caused by air pollution or smog.
Beneficial home remedies for a cough with phlegm
The following folk remedies give great results in threatening milder phlegm congestion.
Honey and Pepper
These both are extremely powerful cough medicines, because they effectively remove the phlegm by coughing. Prepare the following mixture: mix one tablespoon of honey with a pinch of ground black peppe. It should be taken two times a day.
Milk and Ginger
Ginger is an efficient cough medicine and adding the warm milk only alleviates the elimination of phlegm. Simply mix the two ingredients, by adding a small slice of ginger root in a glass of warm milk and drink before it cools off. It is best to consume it is before bedtime because it alleviates breathing falling asleep.
Garlic is another vegetable which is highly beneficial for people with respiratory disorders. Garlic is considered to be a natural antibiotic due to the powerful compounds it contains, and it can be used in a number of ways, it can be eaten raw, in salads, or you can prepare a powerful garlic tea (prepared as the one with onion described below).
Onions contain extraordinarily powerful compounds that possess many health benefits and due to it, it is widely used. Their disinfectant and anti-inflammatory properties have made them extremely useful to ward off and relieve symptoms of the common flu including coughs.
For one thing, it is particularly beneficial for the respiratory tract. It can be used in a number of ways to clear chest congestion. Onion tea is just another easy way to address the issue.
Simply, add onions into 1l water and bring the mixture to boil. Cool the mixture before you strain it. Use lemon, ginger, and some honey to disguise the taste. It’s recommended to have 3 cups a day. The easiest way to use it and enjoy its benefits is to cut in a half and breathe in the smell.
Vaporizers, being one of the oldest and most efficient home remedies for cleaning lung congestion, can help you get rid of mucus and phlegm in a completely natural way. You should simply boil some water, place your face over the pot with water, cover your head with a towel and inhale the vapours. For best results, you can also add a handful of sea salt or some medicinal herbs beneficial for respiratory disorders, such as elderberry, eucalyptus, sage, mint or thyme.
Miraculous homemade cough syrup to remove phlegm from the lungs
This amazing homemade remedy can provide superb results in removing phlegm from the lungs. What is very important, it is completely safe for children.
- 1 lemon cut into slices
- a spoonful of sage
- 1 teaspoon of marshmallow root
- 1 teaspoon of flaxseed
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of brown sugar
Method of preparation:
- Mix the water and sugar in a saucepan, and heat the mixture until it boils and the sugar melts.
- Then, add the other ingredients, mix well and remove the saucepan from the heat.
- Leave it for about 15 minutes and then strain the liquid. Pour the mixture in a glass jar and secure it with a tight lid.
- For longer shelf life, keep it refrigerated.
Take one tablespoon of this miraculous syrup three times a day until you feel improvements.
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