Chest congestion is characterized by a buildup of mucus in the trachea and the respiratory tract that leaves your chest feeling heavy. The most common cause of chest congestion is the common cold. Allergens, bacteria and fungi can also cause chest congestion and infection. Other risk factors for chest congestion include asthma, bronchitis, the flu, pneumonia and tuberculosis.
Common symptoms include a tightened chest, irritation in the throat, mild chest pain, cough, shortness of breath, dizziness and difficulty breathing.
Use these natural home remedies for chest congestion and get relief from its symptoms.
An effective way to get quick relief from chest congestion is using mint oil and hot steam. The steam breaks and dissolves mucus and mint oil provide a cooling effect.
-Fill a bowl with very hot water.
-Add a few drops of eucalyptus or peppermint essential oil.
-Place your face over the bowl and inhale the steam for as long as you can and breathe deeply.
Apple cider vinegar helps to thin out the chest mucus. Apple cider vinegar also helps boost immunity.
-Add 2 teaspoons of organic raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar to a cup of warm water.
-Mix in 1 teaspoon of raw Manuka honey for additional health benefits.
-Drink this solution 2 or 3 times a day for a week.
Ginger is full of polyphenols useful for chest congestion. Ginger has natural quenching and immune boost characteristics.
-Add 1 tablespoon of freshly chopped raw ginger pieces to a cup of hot water. Cover and allow it to steep for 5 minutes. Strain, then add a little honey. Drink up to 3 cups of this warm tea daily.
-Alternatively, you can substitute organic ginger powder for fresh ginger.
Garlic is an effective home remedy to reduce chest congestion. Garlic has natural antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that can fight respiratory infections causing congestion. In addition, it has vitamin A, C and B and favorable nutrients like copper, iron, calcium and selenium.
-Boil 2 to 3 crushed garlic cloves and ½ teaspoon of honey in 1 cup of water. Strain and drink it 2 times daily until the congestion clears.
-Alternatively, you can substitute garlic with odorless raw garlic powder.