How To Naturally Get Rid Of Mucus In Throat and Chest

How To Naturally Get Rid Of Mucus In Throat and Chest

Phlegm is that sticky mucus that comes from the airways, generated by the body to combat infections and inflammatory processes. When this mucus builds up in the lungs it can be very annoying and lead to congestion, coughs and difficulties in breathing correctly.

Other than medical treatment to unblock the airways, it is possible to make use of some natural remedies to help you breathe more easily and get rid of excessive phlegm. In the following OneHowTo article we show how to get rid of phlegm with home remedies.

Steps to follow:

To remove accumulated phlegm and free up the airways one of the most popular and effective home remedies is inhaling water vapor. The treatment can be performed using only hot water but for best results we recommend adding some medicinal plants with expectorant and mucous reducing properties such as mint, eucalyptus, sage or elderberry.

The procedure is very simple, you just have to boil water in a pan, add a few of the selected herbs and heat for 5 to 10 minutes. After this time remove from heat and, being careful not to burn yourself, place it on a hard surface such as a table. Sit in front of the pan and bring your head over it so that your face is just above it then start breathing in the released vapors. You can cover your head with a towel to increase the effects. It is recommended that the inhalations be deep, taking them in first through one nostril and covering the other and then vice versa.


Onion is a food containing compounds that act as expectorants (which encourage the production of moisture in the airways) and combat mucous and bronchitis, also making it a good ally to loosen phlegm as well as helping to get rid of coughs and other respiratory illnesses. Besides taking in these properties by adding onion to some of your meals, a good remedy is to cut an onion in half and place it on the night stand next to the bed and breathe in its vapors while you sleep. This is beneficial also to relieve coughs. Try it and see how the next morning you feel much better.


Thyme is a plant with powerful medicinal properties and proves to be a perfect natural remedy to combat catarrh and phlegm. It is noted for its antiseptic, expectorant and antispasmodic action which favors the unblocking of airways and removes mucus. In the same way that the herbs can be combined with water vapor in the section above, thyme can be used for vapor inhalations, or alternatively it can be taken as an infusion. To prepare, add two tablespoons of thyme in boiling water, leave to stand for 5 minutes and then strain the liquid to drink it.


Another outstanding products to naturally remove phlegm is ginger, a root that has become a popular remedy for improving health. In this case it will be good help to treat nasal and pulmonary congestion, besides reducing coughs thanks to its expectorant effects. There are several ways to consume this but to facilitate the reduction of mucus we recommend you prepare a ginger, honey and lemon infusion.

First, prepare an infusion of ginger and when it is ready add the juice of half a lemon and half a spoonful of honey. Stir all ingredients and drink two cups of this mixture a day.


To eliminate accumulated phlegm in the back of the throat and nasal passages gargling salt water is a good solution. Add a tablespoon of salt to a glass of cold of lukewarm water, stir and gargle this mixture for about 30 seconds. Repeat this several times a day to notice an improvement.

This same remedy may also serve as a homemade saline solution to expel mucus. Place a few drops of the preparation in each nostril and breathe the liquid in to reduce congestion.


Besides these home remedies to combat phlegm you can consider the following recommendations to facilitate its removal and prevent further aggravation:

  • Drinking plenty of water throughout the day to better dilute and expel phlegm.
  • Increase consumption of foods rich in vitamin C and E.
  • Avoid eating foods that produce more mucus like milk or flour.
  • Try to avoid tobacco, this can worsen the situation and increase mucus.
  • Use humidifiers at home to increase the level of humidity in the air and weaken the phlegm.

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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