5 Home Remedies of the Grandmother to Eliminate Cough and Cold and other Tips to Avoid them.

Phlegms in the airways is annoying for those who suffer it. Either as a result of allergies or flu season, the phlegm that accumulates in the nose and throat is something that we want to separate as soon as possible.

As it was said before “the flu is cured with rest and a doctor or only with rest”, and this case is similar; because we can simply wait for it to happen or we can appeal to simple solutions to try to accelerate the processes.

Why are they produced?

Even when we suffer from any type of infection, our mucous membranes normally produce phlegm. In fact, we produce between 1 and 2 liters of phlegm daily, a normal process that keeps the nasal mucous membranes moist and clean while also helping to trap bacteria and other elements that could irritate the respiratory tract.

However, when we suffer from some type of infection such as colds or flu, inflammations or allergic reactions; the mucosa production increases. Mucus builds up and can run off through the nose or throat. Yes, something very unpleasant.

What to do? Fortunately, we have been taking note of the advice of all the grandmothers who always had the right remedy at the right time. For the problem of phlegm, we have made a compilation of homemade and natural medicine that is always good to have on hand to consult. Many phlegms? Try these home remedies.

1) Steam of water:

  • The remedy of the grandmother par excellence to eliminate phlegm is steam.
  • Put water to heat in a container or pot and place yourself in front of it so that the steam hits your face.
  • Cover your head with a towel in order to breathe as much steam as possible.
  • To enhance the effects, you can add to the water a handful of coarse salt or medicinal herbs such as eucalyptus, mint, thyme or sage, which are excellent expectorants.
  • You can do it with dried herbs or essential oils.
  • Watch out! Do not burn yourself!

2) Saline:

  • Mix in a glass with warm water half a teaspoon of salt and gargle several times a day. Salt water has the particularity of diluting phlegm and makes it easier to eliminate.
  • Watch out! Do not swallow this solution! Saltwater can generate dehydration and the taste is very unpleasant. Simply gargle and then remove the liquid from your mouth.
  • When you have finished, make a final rinse with clear water to remove the salt.

3) Garlic:

  • Garlic is another great ally of health from many points of view.
  • It is a natural antibiotic and is one of the most powerful that exists.
  • You can cut a clove of garlic and eat it raw or mix it in different dishes.
  • Take advantage of the properties of garlic either in meals or preparing infusions.

4) Ginger syrup and honey or pepper and honey:

  • You can also prepare a syrup by making a mixture of ginger powder and honey and take a spoonful of this mixture several times a day.
  • Both natural ingredients are known for their healing properties.
  • Mix 25 g of grated or powdered ginger per 100 g of honey.
  • Let this mixture stand in a jar with airtight lid for one or two days before consuming it.
  • In the same way, you can consume infusions of ginger and add honey to the preparation as well as lemon to reinforce the effects.
  • If you do not have ginger, you can replace it with black pepper.
  • Mix a large spoonful of honey with a pinch of ground black pepper and drink this preparation twice a day.

5) Onion:

  • We all already know the positive effects that onion has on health.
  • It is a disinfectant, anti-inflammatory and natural expectorant used for a long time.
  • The onion is an ally against phlegm and cough and takes advantage of its benefits is very simple.
  • Cut an onion half and breathe directly the smell.
  • Another option is to make an infusion with onion and 1 liter of boiling water and drink three cups a day adding a little honey, lemon, and ginger.

Other useful tips

  • Whenever you can cough enough to expectorate the mucus trapped in the airways.
  • Apply eucalyptus oil on the chest and massage. It will probably make you cough more at the beginning but then make the secretions more liquid so you can expel them more easily.
  • Make showers a little longer than normal in order to relieve mucus by means of hot water. Take advantage of the steam too.
  • Apply warm cloths on the chest.
  • Control the humidity of the environment and prevent it from drying out.
  • Avoid contaminated environments and charged with cigarette smoke.
  • Sleep with your head slightly elevated in order to facilitate the passage of air to the lungs.
  • Remember that mucus can take two paths; either exit through the nose or drain through the throat. It is preferable that the mucus comes out and this should promote it by clearing your nose even when you do not feel the need.
  • Do not hesitate to consult a specialist in case the phlegm is persistent or repeated.

What should we avoid?

Some foods or habits favor the secretion of phlegm and make them thicker, something that increases the discomfort and the difficulty to get rid of them. These are,

  • Red meats
  • Dairy products.
  • Soy and its derivatives.
  • Fats and fatty products in general.
  • Fermented foods.
  • Alcohol.
  • Caffeine.
  • Banana, avocado or avocado nuts.
  • Tobacco: inhaling smoke can irritate the throat and nose and aggravate the problem.

We have all suffered from this problem, but the difference is that now we know how to deal with it naturally and thus avoiding medications that damage our body.

Recommend these natural remedies to anyone who may need them and tell us what is your home remedy to combat phlegm.