Do you ever find yourself congested with a phlegmy cough at night? Or feel sharp pains in your chest when you are lying down? Do you want to get rid of this feeling and have healthy lungs again? There are many natural chest congestion remedies out there, but this one is designed specifically to clear mucus from your lungs quickly.
What is Mucus?
Mucus has a very similar consistency to gelatin. It’s a sticky substance that functions as a lubricant and filter. Dr. Michael S. Ellis, MD, a clinical professor of otolaryngology at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, explains that mucus protects our lungs by filtering the air we breathe. Mucus catches dirt and debris to prevent them from being absorbed by our body. However, it is not only mucus that protects our lungs, but a delicate combination of mucus and watery secretions. These fluids work together and are made by the cells found in the nose and sinuses.
Whenever you get a cold, your nose tends to drip like a faucet. According to Ellis, this happens due to an excess of this watery secretion. Nevertheless, approximately 90% of Ellis’ patients suffer from the effects caused by thick, crusty mucus. This type of mucus, contrary to watery secretion, leads to post-nasal drip and congestion and is the result of being excessively dry.
What is Phlegm?
Phlegm is a substance very similar to mucus. It is produced in the lower airways (the lungs and the respiratory system leading to the lungs) unlike mucus, which is produced by the nose and sinuses. Much like mucus, phlegm is also responsible for protecting the lungs from irritants. Lastly, while both substances are slippery in texture, phlegm is typically thicker than mucus.
When you have a cold, you blow mucus out of your nose and cough phlegm up from your lungs. Another distinct difference between the two is the fact that phlegm often contains dead bacteria, viruses, and white blood cells. This is why healthcare practitioners recommend to spit out phlegm when it rises, rather than swallow it.
If you continually suffer from this kind of congestion, there’s a 100% natural, homemade syrup that helps minimize mucus and phlegm accumulation. The best part is it only contains 5 ingredients!
Syrup to Remove Mucus & Phlegm from Lungs
- 1 cup of pure maple syrup
- 250 ml (a little over one cup) of filtered water
- 1 organic lemon, sliced
- 1 tbsp. flaxseed
- 1 tbsp. sage
- 1 tbsp. marshmallow root
- In a small saucepan, combine maple syrup and water.
- Place this mixture on a medium heat for about 10 minutes.
- Add the remaining ingredients.
- Lower the heat and keep on the stove for 15 minutes.
Store this syrup in the refrigerator. Take one tablespoon three times a day until you notice an improvement.
You may be thinking to yourself, “great, I have a list of ingredients, but what exactly do they do?” As with anything we consume, it’s nice to know what the ingredients are, but it’s even better to have an understanding of the effects these ingredients actually have on our bodies. If you’re curious as to how this remedy will clear that pesky mucus from your lungs, we got you covered.
Why are these Ingredients So Beneficial?
Below is some information about the ingredients used in this great mixture:
Sage is a herb from the mint family and contains a variety of volatile oils. With its soft, yet sweet flavor, sage has been awarded “Herb of the Year” in 2001 by the International Herb Association. It has been cultivated to flavor foods and for its many medicinal properties. It has been known to boost memory, relieve anxiety, and soothe nerves, and has diuretic and antioxidant effects.
Sage can also help with sore throats, abdominal problems, menopause symptoms, joint pain, swelling, and indigestion. But most of all, sage is an expectorant herb! This means that sage can be used to break up accumulated mucus and phlegm and expel it from the respiratory system.
Marshmallow is a plant that is widely used in medicine. The root of the marshmallow plant is typically used to reduce inflammation in stomach lining and help diarrhea, constipation, stomach ulcers, stones in the urinary tract and urinary tract inflammation. People even apply the root directly to their skin to treat ulcers, burns, wounds, and infections. Most importantly, the marshmallow root is a demulcent herb.
Demulcent herbs are slimy and thick. It works like a mucilage, producing a thick, sticky substance that coats and soothes mucus membranes. Much like all demulcent herbs, marshmallow root is cooling and moistening, bringing relief to hot and dry conditions.
Other ingredients in this recipe include flaxseed, lemon, and maple syrup. Flaxseeds are a wonderful demulcent and expectorant that a lot of people already have in their kitchens, while maple syrup and lemon are great immune system boosters!
While maple syrup has 18% of the recommended daily value of zinc, which is essential for a healthy immune system, lemons are packed with vitamin C and bioflavonoids which destroy harmful free radicals that damage blood vessels and cause inflammation. All of these ingredients combined create a potent all natural lung cleanse!
So there you have it! A powerful natural chest congestion remedy right at your fingertips!
What are your favorite natural remedies for cough and congestion?
This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and is for information only. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions about your medical condition and/or current medication. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking advice or treatment because of something you have read here.
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