Chest congestion causes due to the accumulation of excess fluids and mucus in the lungs, which is mainly due to the inflammation caused in the lower respiratory tract. If not treated at early stage, can lead to serious health problems; such conditions may occur due to common cold, cough, respiratory infections, lung infections, asthma or could even excess smoking. This causes difficulty in breathing, pain in the chest and inconvenience, discomfort, tiredness due to the less amount of oxygen supply to the lungs.
If chest congestion occurs more frequently, it could be due to the decrease in the immunity levels; whereas, inflammation of the respiratory system caused due to virus or fungal results in accumulation of the mucus in the lungs results in chest congestion. Therefore, balanced diet is necessary to maintain the good immune levels and to avoid chest congestion. Following remedies could help in getting rid of chest congestion.
5 Excellent Home Remedies For Chest Congestion
Ginger is known to have many medicinal properties like anti-inflammatory, antiseptic etc; it is also rich in nutrients like manganese, iron, potassium, selenium, and the nutritional value that varies with different types of ginger.
You can thus, crush a small piece of ginger, add this into the boiling water, add a pinch of tea powder to this water and boil, which should be consumed for atleast once daily, early in the morning to get good relief from chest congestion.
Coriander Seeds And Spices Important
Different varieties of spices like pepper, cardamom, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon and other spices contains several properties in relieving the chest congestion.
Hence, gently saute 1/4th cup of coriander seeds till brown in colour, add 1/2 inch thick piece of ginger, a cinnamon stick and 6 cups of water; bring the mixture to boil and simmer until the liquid is reduced by one half, and drink this mixture for every few hours until symptoms are resolved.
Turmeric is popular for its many properties such as anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and so on…when consumed directly helps in relieving congestion by breaking down the formation of mucus, and thereby dissolves it.
Hence, you can add turmeric in the boiled milk with a pinch of pepper and two glasses of it should be consumed – once in the morning and once before going to bed (with or without sugar) and get rid of chest congestion.
Vinegar has strong antimicrobial, astringent, acidic as well as anti inflammatory activity, which is mainly produced by fermentation of ethanol.
Thus, boil the vinegar, bend over the pot and breathe in the vapors for few minutes; you will see the difference within a short span of time and this can be repeated until congestion gets relieved. Also, vinegar can be used to gargle by mixing equal quantity of warm water and vinegar, that helps in quitting chest congestion.
Eucalyptus oil has a proven record of being a great remedy to get treated with respiratory infections, as it inhibits the mucus formation and also possess anti microbial property, which helps to fight against the micro-organisms that cause infection.
You can add 1-2 drops of eucalyptus oil in boiling water and take steam twice a day, or add 2-3 drops of this oil in the bathing water just before having bath.