Home Remedies For Clearing Mucus
Excess mucus or nasal congestion are two common symptoms when we are suffering from the flu or allergies, causing great discomfort and forcing us to spend all day blowing our noses. At OneHowTo we know how horrible this can be, so we've come up with a few home remedies for clearing mucus that will help you feel better.
One of the best home remedies for clearing mucus is to drain it by using heat, which will relieve nasal congestion and allow you to breathe freely.
A very effective home remedy to do this is to boil some dried eucalyptus or mint for 5 minutes in a pot of water. Then turn off the heat and carefully inhale the steam coming off the water. You can drape a towel over your head to trap the steam and get better results.
Inhale the steam for at least 10 minutes twice a day and you'll get rid of excessive mucus faster than you think. If you don't have mint or eucalyptus leaves, you can do it with their essential oils. Take a look at how to use eucalyptus oil for cold and flu for more information.
A very effective home remedy for clearing mucus is natural saline solution, which you can make yourself. Get a mug of warm mineral water and add a tablespoon of salt. Mix these ingredients well, making sure the water is not too hot, and then tilt your head back and pour a teaspoon into each of your nostrils, sniffing the liquid.
Due to the antiseptic properties of salt and the effect of warm water, this will effectively reduce nasal congestion and drain mucus.
If you don't have enough time in the day for the steaming method, a good way of clearing mucus is to prepare a very hot infusion with the same ingredients mentioned and inhale the steam as you drink it. This method also encourages the mucus to drain.
Another effective way of clearing mucus is taking a hot bath or shower, because the steam coming off the hot water helps loosen and drain mucus. A bath will also help you feel much better overall.
Fennel infusion is also an effective home remedy for clearing mucus. This plant, which has expectorant properties (i.e. promotes the drainage of mucus), is readily available in any supermarket. To make this infusion, boil fennel in water for 15 minutes and then let it stand for 5 minutes before drinking.
It is recommended to drink 3 cups a day to achieve the desired effects.
To remove mucus from your throat and the bottom of the nasal cavity, you can try gargling with warm mineral water and salt. Gargle for at least 30 seconds and repeat 4 times daily for best results.
Of course, after all these treatments, you have to blow all your mucus out. Blow your nose gently, and take as much time as you need. Eventually, you should get rid of all of it. If mucus comes into your mouth, spit it out. Swallowed mucus can make its way back up so it is best to get rid of it.
Other home remedies to reduce mucus are:
- Eating ginger, which because of its antiseptic effects is ideal for clearing mucus and improving conditions like sinusitis.
- Eating garlic, which has a similar effect to ginger.
- Use a humidifier at home, which will help you feel better while effectively reducing your congestion.
This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.
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