Congestion in the chest is a common condition characterized by inflammation of the respiratory tract. It usually causes shortness of breath, followed by chest pain and discomfort. This congestion is caused by an excessive accumulation of mucus and fluid in the lungs. When we breathe, we can inhale several particles, such as dust, viruses, allergens and bacteria. It can trigger infectious processes, allergies, flu and colds. All these situations lead to greater production of mucus in the respiratory system. If the person is not able to expel it to the outside, it begins to feel the congestion. Here, we are presenting natural remedies for chest congestion.
Home remedies for tight chest or chest congestion
Depending on the cause, congestion in the chest can be easy or difficult to alleviate. Evidently, there are causes that require evaluation, treatment and follow-up in the hands of a specialist. There are other very frequent cases that can be treated at home in a natural way. Take a look at the following compilation of the best home remedies to relieve congestion in the chest. You can try the home remedies for chronic gastritis.
Onion is one of the most popular remedies for treating chest congestion at home. Its anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties are really effective in controlling this problem. Grind or crush an onion very well to form a fine paste. Then press the paste to extract the most juice. To the juice, you are going to add two tablespoons of water, four tablespoons of lemon juice and two tablespoons of honey. Stir well and heat the mixture until it is warm, to take a little of it three times a day. The simplest way to take advantage of the benefits of onion is to eat it directly in its natural state, but this can be unpleasant for some people due to its strong smell.
2. Onion and honey
This remedy has an effect similar to the previous one, but it is prepared differently. The main thing is that you make it from one day to the next. Place several slices of onion in a bowl, to which you will add at least 4 tablespoons of honey. You must cover the onion completely. Let rest like this all night and the next day remove the onion.
The lemon is ideal to get rid of the bacteria that form excess mucus in the respiratory tract. If you have a congested breast, I recommend adding a bit of lemon zest or a slice of lemon in a cup of hot water, leaving it to rest for five minutes before drinking it. You can also add lemon juice to the water you normally drink during the day or to your favorite infusions.
4. Salt water gargle
Gargling with salt water helps a lot to remove mucus from the respiratory tract and relieve a sore throat. Remember that salt has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and decongestant properties. Boil a glass of water and add 1 or 2 tablespoons of salt, stir well and add a pinch of turmeric powder. When the water is warm, start gargling for 5 minutes. Repeat the process several times a day to notice the calming effect.
5. Bay leaf
Many people have bay leaves in their kitchen but do not know that they can be a natural remedy for many health problems, including chest congestion. I recommend you prepare an infusion of bay leaves, putting them to rest for several minutes in a cup of boiling water. Drink it when it is still hot. You can also use bay leaves in the form of a hot compress. Place a handful of bay leaves in hot water and let them boil for a while; Then strain the water and soak a clean cloth to place on your chest.
6. Hot tea with lemon and honey
One of the simplest home remedies for chest congestion is hot tea with lemon and honey. You simply have to prepare any herbal teas you have at home and add lemon juice and honey. Drink it immediately to feel relief from congestion, sore throat and runny nose.
Add a small piece of ginger and two or three grains of black pepper in hot water; Let stand for 5 minutes. Now strain the water, add a spoonful of honey and drink it immediately. Of course, this is not the only way to take advantage of the anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effects of ginger, you can also add it to meals, green juices, infusions, and even eat it raw. The recommendation is to consume it several times a day when you feel congested.
Thyme can strengthen the functioning of the lungs, allowing them to fight against bacteria and excess mucus. This remedy comprises preparing tea. Add a quarter teaspoon of thyme in a half cup of boiling water and let it sit for five minutes. Then add a little honey to sweeten it and drink it immediately. If you have thyme oil, you can prepare a mixture with olive oil or corn oil, in a ratio of 1 x 1, to rub gently on the chest.
9. Vapor inhalation
It could be said that vapor inhalation is the quintessential remedy to relieve congestion in the chest. The truth is that it is very effective in loosening the mucus inside the airways. It gives us a quick relief. All you need is to boil some water in a large container, lean into the container, cover your head with a towel or cloth and inhale the vapors that come out of the hot water. For best results, you can add a few drops of essential oil (peppermint or eucalyptus oil) in the boiling water. This will help loosen hardened phlegm. You can also use a humidifier or nebulizer to inhale the vapor. Note: Do not forget to close your eyes when you inhale vapors of eucalyptus and mint, as they can cause irritation in some people.
10. Hot vinegar
A very effective variant of the previous remedy comes from the hand of vinegar. You just have to heat a little vinegar in a saucepan and take deep inhalations for a while. Do not forget to cover your head well so that the steam does not escape.
11. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is also a good ally to combat congestion in the chest. It helps kill the bacteria that cause excess mucus. The taste can be very difficult to tolerate when we try to drink it, but it is worth trying. Drink several large sips of apple cider vinegar every six or eight hours to notice better results. It is normal that you feel discomfort pain in the stomach.
12. Black coffee
When you are suffering from chest congestion, shortness of breath and cough, take two or three cups of black coffee. The caffeine present in coffee acts quickly, facilitating breathing and eliminating excess mucus.
13. Turmeric, honey, black pepper and milk
Turmeric is the star ingredient that we are going to add in this decongestant preparation. In other publications, we have talked about its healing, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. That’s why I always recommend having it in our kitchen. In a cup of hot milk add half a teaspoon of turmeric powder, two tablespoons of honey and a pinch of black pepper. Shake the solution well and drink it hot. You can also make a turmeric tea by adding two tablespoons of turmeric powder or a piece of the natural root in boiling water.
Homeopathic remedies for chest congestion
Homeopathic remedies do not cause side effects, and unlike home remedies, they do not require any mixing or soaking. The following remedies help eliminate mucus from the lungs and throat.
Bryonia alba: It is very effective for treating congestion in the chest, especially if there is also headache, excessive thirst and dry cough.
Natrum muriaticum: It used to treat watery congestion in the chest and relieve cases of bronchitis that have a dry and painful cough.
Kali bichromicum: It is effective to fight thick and sticky mucus; It also works against cough caused by bronchitis.