Chest congestion is a buildup of mucus and fluids in your lungs that can lead to difficulty breathing, tenderness, discomfort, pain, and coughing. It can result in a dry or a mucus-expelling (productive) cough.
The Difference between Phlegm and Mucus:
Phlegm is actually a substance created in your lower airways, including the respiratory system leading to your lungs and your lungs. This substance plays an important role in protecting your lungs from various irritants.
On the other hand, mucus is created by your sinuses and nose. In addition, it is a sticky substance, which acts as a filter and lubricant. This substance protects your lungs by filtering the air you take in. It has an ability to catch debris and dirt to keep them from being absorbed by your body. But, a delicate mixture of watery secretions and mucus protects your lungs.
In fact, you experience runny nose when you get a cold. It occurs as a result of the excess of this watery secretion. However, thick, crusty mucus can result in post-nasal drip and congestion.
Although both phlegm and mucus are slippery in texture, phlegm is usually thicker compared to mucus. In case of a cold, you actually cough phlegm up from your lungs and blow mucus out of your nose. Moreover, phlegm possesses dead white blood cells, bacteria, and viruses. Therefore, when it rises, simply spit it out instead of swallowing it.
While there are a number of homemade chest congestion remedies out there, but here is an all-natural remedy that can help minimize the buildup of phlegm and mucus.
DIY Syrup to Eliminate Mucus from Your Lungs
- A tablespoon of marshmallow root
- A tablespoon of sage
- A tablespoon of flaxseed
- One sliced lemon (organic)
- 250 ml of pure water
- A cup of pure maple syrup
- Mix the water with maple syrup in a small saucepan.
- Cook it on a medium heat for 10 minutes and then add the other ingredients.
- Reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 15 minutes.
- Then, allow it to cool and keep it in the refrigerator.
How to Use It:
Consume a tbsp. of the syrup 3 times on a daily basis until you feel relief.
Here Are the Health Benefits of the Ingredients Used in This Homemade Syrup:
– Marshmallow Root
Marshmallow is actually a plant, which has long been used as a natural remedy. Furthermore, marshmallow root can help decrease inflammation in urinary tract and stomach lining. It can also alleviate the symptoms of stomach ulcers, constipation, diarrhea, and stones in the urinary tract. Also, a lot of people apply the root topically to their skin to fight infections, wounds, burns, and ulcers.
Additionally, it is also a demulcent herb that produces a thick, sticky substance, which has an ability to coat and soothe mucus membranes. Due to its moistening and cooling properties, marshmallow root can bring relief to dry and hot conditions.
This herb belongs to the mint family. It is an excellent source of volatile oils. Sage has been used to flavor a variety of foods and as a result of its incredible healing properties.
Specifically, it has antioxidant, expectorant and diuretic properties and can alleviate anxiety, soothe nerves, and improve your memory. Sage can break up phlegm and mucus buildup and eliminate it from your respiratory system thanks to its potent expectorant properties. That’s not all, the herb could also help in cases of indigestion, swelling, joint pain, menopause symptoms, abdominal problems, and sore throats.
Other ingredients in this homemade syrup include maple syrup, lemon, and flaxseed. Flaxseeds have remarkable expectorant and demulcent properties. Lemons and maple syrup can greatly boost your immune system. Maple syrup can provide about 18% of the recommended daily zinc amount. Zinc is a nutrient that plays an important role in boosting your immune system. Furthermore, lemons are rich in bioflavonoids and vitamin C that can get rid of harmful free radicals that contribute to inflammation and blood vessel damage.
These ingredients work together to create an effective homemade lung cleanse.
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