27 Effective Home Remedies For Chest Congestion

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Chest congestion is quite common as it affects numerous people at several points in their life. Chest congestion often arises due to an accumulation of mucus in one’s respiratory tract and trachea which tends to make one’s chest feel tight. If chest congestion is not treated appropriately, it could lead to an infection of the trachea or respiratory tract.

Common causes of chest congestion include; common cold (this is the most common cause of chest congestion), bacterial or fungal infections, allergens, asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis, tuberculosis, and influenza.

Symptoms of chest congestion include; chest pain, shortness of breath, throat irritation, tight sensation in the chest region, dizziness, cough, and difficulty to breath.

Here are some tips and good practices, to consider, if you are dealing with chest congestion;

  • Ensure you get good quality sleep to help hasten recovery from chest congestion.
  • Avoid smoking and excessive consumption of alcohol as these habits tend to worsen the chest congestion.
  • Ensure you stay hydrated all day by drinking an adequate amount of water daily.
  • Keep your environment dust-free as this could aggravate chest congestion.
  • Ensure you eat a well-balanced diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals. Avoid fried foods, refined foods, frozen foods, and dairy products as they could exacerbate the chest congestion.
  • You could use a humidifier in your room to help moisten and loosen accumulated mucus in your respiratory tract.
  • You could also take chicken soup as it helps reduce inflammation and soothe the throat.

Below are home remedies for chest congestion;

1. Onions


Onions contain sulfur and quercetin which help in eliminating mucus in the chest by dissolving it thus giving relief to chest congestion. Onions also work by preventing the accumulation of mucus in the chest which helps prevent chest congestion. Onions also keep you free from infections due to the antimicrobial properties that they possess.

You can make this remedy by consuming some raw onions with sugar during bedtime. Alternatively, you can grind a small onion bulb to get a paste and then add some water to the paste. Then, add 4 tablespoons of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of honey to the mixture and stir well. Heat the mixture for three minutes and take it while warm. Follow this remedy three times daily to achieve the best results.

2. Garlic


Garlic has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that make it an effective home remedy for chest congestion. These properties are able to fight off infections in the respiratory system that often lead to chest congestion. You can make this remedy by crushing 3 garlic cloves and adding some honey to them. Add the mixture in water and boil it for several minutes. Strain the tea and drink it. Follow the remedy three times daily in order to get rid of chest congestion.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4103721/)

3. Turmeric


Turmeric, which is rich in curcumin, is a powerful home remedy for chest congestion. By gargling water with some turmeric and salt you will be able to alleviate the chest congestion effectively. To make this remedy you need to add some turmeric powder and 2 teaspoons of salt to a half cup of warm water and then stir to mix well. Gargle the solution thoroughly, in your mouth, for about 3 minutes. Follow this remedy three times daily to get relief from chest congestion.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17569221)

4. Steam


Steam can be used to get rid of chest congestion because it provides you with the heat and moisture that can break up accumulated mucus. This will make the solid mucus to be more liquid which you would be able to clear out easily.

To prepare this remedy you need to boil a large bowl of water and then add a few drops of essential oils in order to increase the potency of the remedy. Place your face over the bowl and then inhale the steam or trap even more steam by draping your towel over your head. Keep your head over the bowl for several minutes in order to ensure you get enough steam that can work to get rid of chest congestion.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2286438)

5. Thyme


Thyme is a potent herb that can be used to strengthen the lungs in such a way that the lungs would effectively get rid of the mucus which could cause respiratory infections. Thyme can effectively fight off numerous bacteria in the lungs as well as prevent the build-up of mucus which, in turn, prevents chest congestion. You can make this remedy by adding ½ teaspoon of thyme to a cup of boiling water and then adding some honey to enhance the taste of the remedy and leave the solution for about 5 minutes before straining and drinking
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17564943)

6. Bay Leaves


Bay leaves contain very potent anti-inflammatory properties that make it an effective home remedy to get rid of chest congestion. To make this bay leaves remedy, you need to add a few fresh bay leaves to a cup of boiling water and then allow the content to steep for a few minutes. Strain the tea and drink it while warm. Follow this remedy every day until the chest congestion is completely relieved.

7. Honey


Honey has always been used as an effective home remedy for various ailments including getting rid of chest congestion. Honey contains antibacterial and antiviral properties that help in fighting off bacterial infections as well as preventing respiratory infections. Honey is able to liquefy the mucus in the lungs and throat thus getting rid of chest congestion. You can make this remedy by mixing one teaspoon of honey with a cup of warm water and then drink the solution. This will help get rid of the chest congestion within regular consumption of this remedy.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4264806/)

8. Ginger


Ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce inflammation in the respiratory system. Its antibacterial and analgesic properties play a role in getting rid of chest congestion and cough. You can make this remedy by peeling some fresh ginger root and cutting into small slices, then add the slices into a cup of hot water and allow them to soak and steep for about ten minutes. Strain the tea thereafter. You may add some honey to the tea to enhance the taste and drink it. Follow this remedy three times daily in order to get eventual relief from chest congestion.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23123794)

9. Mustard Plaster


Mustard plaster helps get rid of chest congestion as well as fight off other infections in the respiratory system. You can use this remedy by making a paste where you add 1 tablespoon of dry mustard powder to 4 tablespoons of flour and add some water to mix. Make a paste and then rub some olive oil on your chest before applying the paste. Apply the mustard plaster on your chest and leave it for about 30 minutes before washing it off.

10. Licorice


Licorice is an effective home remedy that you can use to get rid of chest congestion. It acts as an expectorant and can help soothe the irritated throat and lungs. You can make this remedy by adding ½ teaspoon of licorice root to a cup of hot water, cover and allow the contents to steep for a few minutes. Strain the tea thereafter and drink it while warm to get effective result. Follow this remedy three times daily for sustained results.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11575586)

11. Black Coffee


The antioxidants that make up the coffee have potent properties that can help get rid of chest congestion by clearing the mucus in the lungs and throat. You only need to drink two cups of black coffee regularly in order to get rid off and prevent the build of mucus in your lungs.

12. Apple Cider Vinegar


Apple cider vinegar can help get rid of excess phlegm in the chest thus giving you relief from chest congestion. You can make this remedy by adding one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a cup of warm water and then gargle it. Follow this remedy twice daily until you get the relief you desire.

13. Fenugreek Seeds


Fenugreek seeds contain powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can help lower the inflammation in the respiratory system. They also contain antimicrobial properties that can help in fighting off bacteria. To make this remedy you need to soak one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in a cup of water and leave them overnight. Strain the tea the following morning and warm it a little bit. Add some honey to the tea and drink it. Follow this remedy daily until you get complete relief from the chest congestion.

14. Epsom Salt


Epsom salt is an effective home remedy for various ailments and can also be used to alleviate chest congestion. Epsom salt helps to eliminate toxins from the body including those that cause congestion in your chest. You can use this remedy by adding two cups of Epsom salt to warm bath water and then soak in it for about 30 minutes. Rinse your body with clean water thereafter.

15. Fennel Seeds


Fennel is another effective home remedy to get rid of chest congestion as well as to treat other conditions such as stomach disorders. To a make this remedy you need to add one teaspoon of fennel seeds to a cup of boiling water and then steep for about 20 minutes. Strain the tea thereafter and drink while still warm in order to get rid of the accumulated mucus in your lungs.

16. Pineapple Juice


Pineapple, due to its bromelain constituent, has anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties that can help clear the airway in your throat and lungs. You only need to drink a glass of pineapple juice every day during your meals.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3529416/)

17. Essential Oils


Essential oils have anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce inflammation in the respiratory tract as well as reduce the buildup of mucus in the lungs and the throat. They also have antimicrobial properties that help in fighting off respiratory infections. You can prepare this remedy by mixing 3 drops of eucalyptus oil with one tablespoon of castor oil and then apply it on your neck, chest, sinuses and also your back. Leave it on for several hours. Follow this remedy daily for eventual result.

18. Yoga


Yoga can be an effective solution for chest congestion as well as the overall health of the mind. Yoga poses (or asanas) can be very beneficial to you and can even improve your immunity. Practicing some yoga exercises helps to improve your breathing by expanding your lung capacity.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4332178/)

19. Lemon


Lemon is a very effective home remedy for various ailments including chest congestion. Lemon can help inhibit the bacteria that causes the buildup of mucus in the respiratory tract thus giving you relief from chest congestion. You only need to grate a lemon and then add it to a cup of hot water. Allow it to steep for about 5 minutes, strain the tea and drink it.

20. Hot Pack


Heat can help soothe your chest congestion. You only need to roast a few carom seeds for about three minutes and then put them in a thin cloth to make a nice hot pack. Place the pack on your throat and chest at 30 seconds intervals. This would give you an eventual relief from chest congestion.

21. Herbal Tea


Herbal tea contains anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that can help get rid of chest congestion as well as prevent the congestion from happening in the first place. In order to make this remedy, you need to add herbs such as chamomile, echinacea, rosemary, peppermint and mint to boiling water. Steep the contents for about 15 minutes and then strain the tea and drink it. Follow this remedy twice daily until the chest congestion is completely gone.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10976979)

22. Radish


Radish is an effective home remedy for chest congestion because it helps clear mucus from the throat creating a good airway. To make this remedy, you need to cut clean fresh radish and add some lemon juice to it. Consume it in order to alleviate chest congestion.

23. Oregano Oil


Oregano oil contains anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant properties that make it an effective home remedy for chest congestion. This essential oil can also boost your immune system. In order to use it, you need to heat a small amount of oregano oil until is lukewarm and then apply it on your chest. Follow this remedy twice daily for eventual result.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4804097/)

24. Parsley Leaves


Parsley leaves can help stimulate the body to release histamines which would fight off and prevent infections in the respiratory tract. You only need to chew a few a parsley leaves or add them to your meal every day in order to get rid of chest congestion.

25. Rosemary Oil


Rosemary oil contains antimicrobial and antioxidant properties that make it an effective home remedy for chest congestion. It helps to clear the blocked airways thus giving you relief from chest congestion. To use this remedy you need to add ten drops of rosemary oil to warm bath water and soak in it for ten minutes in order to get a relief from chest congestion.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10641130)

26. Chicken Soup


Chicken soup can help fight off infection in the lung. Chicken soup actually acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and can also help in getting rid respiratory infection symptoms. To make this remedy, you only need to boil a few chicken pieces in salt and water. Add onions and garlic, let it cook for about 30 minutes in low flame. Put the chicken aside and remove meat from the bones. Put the bones back into the pot and add some carrots. Allow the contents to simmer for about 45 minutes. Consume the soup thereafter. Taking this soup once daily would give you the best results.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/359266)

27. Cayenne Pepper And Chili


Cayenne pepper and chili powder, which are rich in capsaicin, are healthy ingredients that can effectively get rid of chest congestion. They work by clearing blocked airways thus giving you relief from chest condition. You simply need to add these ingredients to your food every day to alleviate chest congestion.

 

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