The most common cause of chest congestion is the common cold. Allergens, bacteria and fungi can also cause chest congestion and infection. Some other causes include asthma, bronchitis, the flu, pneumonia and tuberculosis.
The patient starts to feel stuffy with tightness in the chest. Pain in the chest may also accompany chest congestion. Exposure to cold may exacerbate the symptoms of chest congestion. Here are some simple remedies to deal with chest congestion.
Best Remedies For Chest Congestion
Salt Water Gargle
One of the mostly used home remedies for chest congestion is salt water gargle. Gargling with saline water helps in removing mucus from respiratory tube. Put one glass of water to boil. Add 1-2 tablespoons of salt in it. Stir it well and add a pinch of turmeric powder to it. Take a swig of warm water and gargle for 1-2 minutes. Repeat the process, four or five times a day to experience a soothing effect.
Onions are particularly good in clearing up chest congestion. Have the juice of a raw onion every day in order to clear up the congestion. If you cannot tolerate the potency, extract some onion juice, dissolve it with honey and keep it aside for 5-6 hours.
Now have a teaspoon of this juice at regular intervals to get relief. Another alternative is to mix lime along with the onion juice and then have it with honey. The lime juice gives relief and also reduces the potency of the onion.
Black coffee is also an effective remedy against chest congestion. When you suffer with shortness of breath and cough, consume two or three cups of black coffee. Caffeine present in coffee acts like a medication against shortness of breath and clears mucus.
medicinal properties and is known to be one of the most effective remedies ftreatments of cold, cough and chest congestion. Grate some ginger and extract its juice. To this add honey and have small sips of this juice at regular intervals.
You can also dissolve the ginger juice in warm water with honey if you want it diluted. Ginger tea is also an effective remedy for the treatment of chest congestion. Have 2-3 cups of strong ginger tea. This is very soothing and will help to reduce the formation of phlegm and mucous.
Steam inhalation with hot water is an effective remedy for chest congestion. To maximize its effects, put a drop or two of eucalyptus oil in the water once it boils.
Now take the steam. The eucalyptus oil is strong so it will immediately give relief from chest congestion. Do the inhalation 4-5 times in a day.
When you have spicy food containing ginger, garlic chili or black pepper they act like decongestants. You can get rid of unwanted bacteria from the body using the spicy food. The spicy foods loosen the phlegm. This is the reason why you have a runny nose when you eat the spicy food.
Herbal tea made at home is beneficial for treatment of chest congestion. This tea in popularly known as ‘Kadha’ in India. In order to make this, boil some water in a pan and to it add 2-3 peppercorns,1 small piece of cinnamon, grated ginger, 2-3 cloves, 2 large cardamoms, 3-4 basil leaves, 1 big pod of crushed garlic, lemon juice and honey.
Boil this water for 15-20 minutes until the spices are able to infuse the water with their flavours and aromas. Now sip on this water throughout the day. It will immediately clear the congestion. The garlic helps to fight the infection and the spices give relief from achiness and stuffiness in the chest.
Honey And Pepper
Honey and pepper are effective in reducing the thickness of phlegm and helps in the easy removal of the phlegm from the respiratory tract and from lungs. Honey again help in reducing the infections as they have antiseptic properties. Take half a teaspoon of powdered black pepper and mix it with honey to make a paste. Swallow this paste at least thrice a day to get faster relief from the chest congestion problem.
Turmeric has an active compound called curcumin that helps expectorate the mucus and give you quick relief from chest congestion. Also, its anti-inflammatory property helps deal with cough, pain and other symptoms of chest congestion.