One of the very worst parts of a cold is the phlegm that can build up in your throat. Phlegm is the thick, nasty, yellowy mucus that gets stuck in your throat and makes you feel like you have to cough and hack all of the time to try to remove it. It is the most healthy if you can quickly remove this gunk from your system because it can in fact cause infection and not to mention it is quite uncomfortable to deal with. Try some of these foods for a natural phlegm remedy and avoid the doctor or using unnecessary meds.
Natural Food Remedies to Treat Phlegm
Honey and Pepper
Take one tablespoon of honey and a few dashes of pepper and mix them together. Take this by the spoonful twice per day and you should start to notice a reduction in phlegm within a day or two. Within 5 days, the phlegm should be completely gone.
Honey and Grape Juice
Combine even parts honey and grape juice, approximately 2 tablespoons of each. To this at least 3 times per day for optimal results. The grape juice acts as a natural expectorant and if you stick to this regimen you should be phlegm free in about 5 days.
Slices of Onion with Lemon Juice
Combine a roughly equal amount of onion and lemon in a pot of boiling water. If you would like to improve the taste, add a tablespoon or so of honey. You will drink this mixture cold or room temperature, so give it time to cool off then drink the water. No need to eat the onions! Do this 3 times per day for 2 or 3 days and you should be on your way to ridding yourself of that nasty phlegm.
Peppermint and Eucalyptus Leaves
Put equal numbers of peppermint and eucalyptus leaves into a bowl of boiling water . Bring to a boil then you will need to get a towel to drape over your head while you lean over the boiling pot . This will allow you to inhale the maximum amount of vapor and help loosen the mucus and open up your nasal passages for easier breathing. Definitely useful when the phlegm is getting overwhelming, making it hard to breathe.
Salt, Pepper and Lemon
Take a fresh lemon, cut it in half and squeeze the juice into a small bowl. Then add a dash of salt and a dash of pepper to the fresh lemon. Drink this mixture and it should dry the mucus and help rid your passages of the mucus and phlegm. Do it 2 or 3 times daily for best results.
Different vapors are one of the most time tested and effective methods of loosening and getting rid of phlegm and mucus. Vapors can be just plain old water, it can have salt and pepper or any other of herbs or leaves that will help the respiratory system. Using this method is as easy as boiling a pot of water on the stove and leaning over the boiling pot to inhale the vapors Common additives to a boiling pot of water include mint, eucalyptus, sage, thyme , basil and elderberry, among many others.
Garlic contains a lot of healthy vitamins and minerals that act as antibiotics. Rather than eating garlic, you can take a piece of garlic, cut it in half and then put 1 half in each side of your cheeks for approximately 1 hour. But don’t plan on going on any dates or getting lucky with the spouse after this if you know what I mean.
As you can see there are a ton of foods that you can use as natural remedies to help alleviate the buildup of phlegm and mucus in your throat and nasal passages. Some of them may work better for you than others. Don’t get discouraged if one does not work, just try a different one.
I hope that you have found this to be both interesting and informative and that it will help you to cure your phlegm as soon as possible.