Have you ever experienced a phlegmy cough and chest pain at night? Fortunately, you can clear your lungs of mucus and treat this health problem by using all-natural chest congestion remedies.
The Difference between Phlegm and Mucus
Mucus is a sticky substance that serves as a filter and lubricant. Additionally, it helps protect your lungs because it filters the air you breathe. This sticky substance can also catch debris and dirt, which keeps them from being absorbed by your body. In addition, a combination of watery secretions and mucus found in your sinuses and nose helps protect your lungs.
When you catch a cold, your nose typically drips like a faucet. This actually occurs because of an excess of this watery secretion. However, you can also experience thick, crusty mucus. Unlike this watery secretion, this kind of mucus results in post-nasal drip and congestion.
Phlegm is a substance similar to mucus. Unlike mucus, phlegm is created in your lower airways (your lungs and the respiratory system leading to your lungs). It is created by your sinuses and nose. Like mucus, phlegm also plays a role in protecting your lungs from irritants. Although both substances are slippery in texture, mucus is often thinner compared to phlegm.
When you catch a cold, you cough phlegm up from your lungs as well as blow mucus out of your nose. Unlike mucus, phlegm usually possesses dead bacteria, white blood cells and viruses. As a result of this, doctors suggest spitting out phlegm when it rises instead of swallowing it.
In case you experience this type of congestion, you can use this all-natural, homemade syrup because it can dramatically reduce the build-up of phlegm and mucus.
Here Are the Health Benefits of the Ingredients Used in This Recipe:
– Marshmallow Root
This herbal remedy has long been used in medicine due to its healing properties. It is used to lower inflammation in stomach lining and fight stomach ulcers, constipation, diarrhea, and urinary tract stones and inflammation. Marshmallow root is also applied topically to treat infections, wounds, ulcers, and burns.
That’s not all, it is also considered to be a demulcent herb. It produces a thick, sticky substance, which helps coat and soothe mucus membranes. Like any other demulcent herb, marshmallow root has moistening and cooling properties that help bring relief to dry and hot conditions.
This herb belongs to the mint family and possesses various volatile oils. Sage has long been used to add flavor to food and because of its therapeutic effects. It has antioxidant and diuretic properties and helps soothe nerves, enhance memory, and decrease anxiety.
What’s more, this herbal remedy could also help relieve indigestion, swelling, joint pain, menopause symptoms, abdominal problems, and sore throats. Also, sage has expectorant effects, meaning that it could be used to break up phlegm and mucus accumulation and expel it from your respiratory system.
Moreover, other ingredients in this homemade remedy include maple syrup, flaxseed, and lemon. Lemon and maple syrup can boost your immune system, whereas flaxseed has incredible expectorant and demulcent properties.
To be more specific, maple syrup contains about 18 percent of the recommended daily amount of zinc that helps keep your immune system healthy. Additionally, lemons abound in bioflavonoids and vitamin C that help fight harmful free radicals, thus preventing inflammation and blood vessel damage.
The combination of all these ingredients creates an effective natural lung cleanse.
Homemade Remedy to Eliminate Mucus from Lungs
- A tablespoon of marshmallow root
- A tablespoon of sage
- A tablespoon of flaxseed
- One sliced lemon (organic)
- 250 ml of filtered water
- A cup of pure maple syrup
- Mix the water with maple syrup in a small saucepan.
- Cook it over medium heat for ten minutes and then add the other ingredients.
- Then, reduce the heat and let it simmer for fifteen minutes.
- Keep the remedy in the refrigerator.
How to Use It:
Consume 1 tbsp. of it 3 times daily until you notice any improvements.
It is important to understand that you should not consider this information a substitute for professional medical treatment or advice. So, consult your doctor before taking this homemade remedy.
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