Chest congestion pertains to chest heaviness or tightness of the chest that toughens the breathing process and restricts the air flow. Congestion refers to obstruction in flow of oxygen and accumulation of mucus and fluid in the lungs, resulting in persistent coughing. It becomes more troublesome when it interferes with sleep at night. Severe form of chest congestion become audible and is heard as the crackling sound within the chest.
It may be caused by bronchitis, post nasal drip or pneumonia. To get relieved from chest congestion, the main focus is on loosening the rigid and hard phlegm so that it becomes easier to cough up and gets expelled from the respiratory tract.
1. Inhaling Steam
Inhaling steam is the most comforting remedy during chest congestion. The heat from steam aids in loosening up the tucked phlegm from the respiratory tract.
Lemongrass leaves or basil leaves, cabbage and water.
How To Use
One can simply boil one large bowl of water and add lemongrass leaves or basil and some shredded cabbage to it. Then inhale the steam for a period of 15 minutes, while keeping head as well as feet covered. Let them remain covered even after steam has been inhaled for half an hour time to allow the warmth of steam to get settled fully. Perform steam inhaling for 3 times on daily basis and get rid of congestion blues. Alternatively, one can make use of nebulizer for inhaling steam.
Cough and chest congestion may also be relieved by using eucalyptus infused steam and is referred as aromatherapy. Aromatherapy makes use of blend of essential oils for relieving the congestion.
Eucalyptus, lavender, ravensare and rosewood oil, lemon juice and tea tree oil
How To Use
Mix one part each of eucalyptus, rosewood, lavender oil and lemon juice to 3 parts of ravensare oil and use it as diffuser for steam inhalation. This blend of oils and lemon can also be added to bath water to undergo soothing bath, but be careful of not swallowing it even by mistake. Using tea tree oil, a gargle can be prepared in warm water that supports unclogging of the passage but at the same time, avoid gulping it down.
Eucalyptus oil is known for effectiveness in curing respiratory troubles and show immense benefits to the affected person. Even essential oils of rosemary, eucalyptus, sage or clary can be applied topically over the chest in order to relieve congestion.
3. Herbal Teas
Herbal teas come as a savior for curing chest congestion. Among all ginger tea is the most effective as it exerts an anti-inflammatory response that aids in relieving chest congestion.
Crushed ginger, water, tea leaves
How To Use
While preparing ginger tea, put crushed ginger into water and allow it to boil at low flame to get infused into the liquid. Then add on tea leaves or granules and allow it boil again on low flame. Now drink this ginger tea 2 to 3 times in a day and get remarkable relief from the congestion. Prepared herbal teas pack of ginger are also available that have strong essence of ginger in it.
Herbal teas are loaded with nutrients that aid in building up of stronger defense system within the body and wards off the foreign material from the body more efficiently. Peppermint or chamomile tea can also be prepared in the same manner and used for soothing the troubled chest and throat. Avoid adding sweeteners like honey, sugar or artificial sugars as they tend to aggravate the congestion. Drinking herbal tea in the morning has profound effects in curing chest congestion.
One tablespoon of honey does wonders in relieving the chest congestion as honey coats the esophagus layer and offer relief from the trouble.
Honey, lemon juice, carom seeds, turmeric, water and tea.
How To Use
Add it to fresh tea along with little lemon juice. The hot honey tea will relax the inflamed bronchial tubes of the lungs and aids in clearing the clogged segment. Thirdly, boil 4 cups of water and add 1 teaspoon each of honey, carom seeds and turmeric to it. Allow it to simmer for 15 to 20 minutes and then drink it twice a day.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
Though, it tastes awful but has immense benefits as vinegar kills away the bacteria and clear clogged passage, allowing one to breathe much better.
Apple cider vinegar
How To Use
Take a small shot of apple cider vinegar after a gap of 6 to 8 hours and experience the amazing relief. But be careful of not overdoing the shots as otherwise it may upset stomach, if excess amount has been consumed.
6. Ginger Root
Ginger extract have been widely used to clear chest congestion as the pioneer home remedy. it can be easily incorporated in daily usage.
Ginger root, water, wine, lime juice, honey.
How To Use
Pour some wine in a pot containing little amounts of ginger root and then boil them together for 10 minutes. Now take out the ginger root and let it get cool down. Once it gets cooled, drink the prepared glass of ginger root wine and cut down all chest congestion. The ginger root wine remedy is not alone beneficial, but it tastes good too. Another remedy is preparing ginger root extract by using one tablespoon of ginger root juice, little lime juice and half a tablespoon of honey. Use this extract 3 times in a day. This prepared ginger root extract can even be added to warm water or hot tea and then consumed to have immense benefits of clearing the chest congestion.
7. Spice Pack
Indian spices do wonder in offering relief from many ailments like sore throat, cold and chest congestion. these are a part of everyone’s kitchen and can be used as part of easy home remedies to enjoy their immense benefits.
Fenugreek, carom seeds, cloves and handkerchief.
How To Use
Take a clean handkerchief and put some mildly roasted carom seeds, fenugreek and cloves into it and tie it together in form of a bundle. Now use this hot spice pack over the throat and chest region by placing it for 5 to 10 seconds. Keep repeating till the time it gets cooled down. Then cover yourself and take a complete rest. It is best to apply the spice pack at night, just before the sleep time. This ensures the chest is soothed and one can have a good night sleep.
8. Saline Water
The oldest and one of the effective remedy remains the saline water gargle or rinse. It cures ailments like chest congestion, sore throat, viral infections and colds.
Common salt and water
How To Use
Make a solution of 2 teaspoons of salt in half a glass of warm water and then gargle deep down the throat. Alternatively, spray this solution into the nostrils and let it travel down the throat. Then drink a glass of lukewarm water post the gargle or rinse, to clear the bronchial tract and nasal passages. Use this salt water 3 times in a day to loosen the hard phlegm and expel it out with every gargle or rinsing.
Additionally, make use of sliced onions and sauté them in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and one tablespoon of curry powder till they turn transparent. Ingest it for 2 times a day and get comfort for uneasiness of chest congestion and recurrent coughing. Lastly,ensure to remain hydrated to thin out the excess mucus that have thickened over time and caused congestion. Consume more of warm broths, soups or even warm plain drinking water for better results. Avoid use of alcoholic drinks, carbonated soft drinks and caffeinated liquids as these tend to aggravate the condition. Include more of citrus fruits like pineapple, oranges, strawberries, lime and grapefruit to keep immune system healthy and safeguard from catching cold too.