Coughing and breathing difficulties are often caused by nasal or throat obstructions. The phlegm in the lungs also contributes to these health issues.

For those who do not know, phlegm is a sticky substance secreted by the mucus of the ventilator system. This substance is sticky because of its protective role to catch dust, viruses, and allergies. Among its main roles is preventing infections such as colds.

When one feels an urge to cough it means they have excess mucus in the throat and the chest, which can be a result of bacteria, viruses, flu, and so on.

However, there are several natural treatments used to eliminate concentrated amounts of phlegm in the lungs and to sooth respiratory issues more effectively.

1. Inhalation

Steam inhalation is great because you can do it at home. In order to make this inhalation you need:

Four cups of boiling water

A large towel

One teaspoon of dried rosemary

Half a teaspoon of thyme

How to prepare it?

To make this steam inhalation, put the herbs in the boiling water. Then, bend over the steam, cover your head with the towel, and do not let the steam get away. Inhale the steam for about five to ten minutes. Do this several times per day.

2. Ginger Tea

Ginger is a healthy remedy which is antibacterial, antiviral, antihistamine, as well as a natural decongestant. So, it can ease throat and chest congestion by removing excess phlegm.

The best way to use ginger is in tea. If you want to prepare this tea, you need:

Two cups of water

One teaspoon of honey

One teaspoon of peppercorn

Six pieces of ginger

How to prepare it?

Boil the water, then add the peppercorn and the ginger. Wait for the mixture to boil. When it starts boiling, you should cover it and let it stay for 1 minute.

After a minute set the heat to medium and let the tea simmer for five more minutes. Finally, when you remove it from the heat, you should add honey. You can consume two cups a day.

3. Turmeric

Turmeric is healthy and helpful because the curcumin which is contained in it has antiseptic as well as antibacterial properties that remove the bacteria that cause mucus. Likewise, it makes your immune system stronger.

To make this mixture, you need to take a glass of warm water, add a teaspoon of turmeric powder, and half a spoon of salt in it. Use this mixture to gargle three or four times a day.

4. Honey and Lemon

Both lemon and honey have antibacterial and antifungal properties. The lemon has a lot of vitamin C so that it will prevent congestion, and it improves the immunity. Also, lemon’s acidity breaks down the mucus. To make this mixture, you need:

Two tablespoons of lemon juice

One tablespoon of honey

How to prepare it?

Make a mixture of both ingredients till you get a homogeneous blend. Take this mixture three times per day.