A Helpful Little List Of Phlegm Remedies
There's no shortage of home phlegm remedies, due no doubt to the fact that a little excess phlegm is something almost all of us encounter at one time or another. Phlegm remedies, as the name implies, are designed to rid the body of excessive phlegm, not to prevent it. Phlegm, as sticky, yucky, and unsightly as it is, is really a good guy. It provides a means of ridding the body, in particularly the airways, of dust, bacteria, parasites, or other foreign invaders.
The problem with phlegm is, while helpful, it is a substance we still need to get rid of so it won't settle in our lungs and create respiratory problems, which could become quite serious. Phlegm comes in various colors, each of which carries some meaning. Brown phlegm usually means that the body is trying to get rid of nicotine trapped in the lungs. If you are hospitalized with pneumonia, you are urged to cough and spit (into a tissue), and if your phlegm is green, the nurse will be happy. It means your body is busy fighting infection.
No Spitting (In Public) - Still, we want to get rid of the stuff when it becomes a nuisance, and while spitting it out is effective, that is something we just can't do anywhere. So we look to various phlegm remedies. They are not hard to find. In fact we can usually think of a number of things off the top of the head which would likely break up phlegm and mucous. The best overall phlegm remedy is liquid. Water is fine, as long as you don't drink gallons of it and deplete salts and electrolytes. Several glasses a day above and beyond what you normally consume can work wonders. Juices are good too, especially citrus juice.
Hot Tea - Another approach is to boil up some hot tea. There are a number of different herbal teas that serve as excellent phlegm remedies. The best may be slippery elm tea. Ironically, slippery elm when ingested forms a slippery substance, not unlike the phlegm you're trying to cough up. But it soothes the throat and makes coughing up phlegm much easier. It's actually the powdered bark that is used in preparing slippery elm tea.
If you don't have a slippery elm tree handy, the next best tea may well be ginger tea. Ginger is a natural decongestant, and is often prescribed as a remedy for colds, bronchitis, sinusitis, and of course an accumulation of phlegm. Adding a little lemon juice and honey to the tea will make it even more effective, and better tasting as well. Just be aware that ingesting too much ginger can cause discomfort in some, and when certain health conditions are present, people are sometimes advised against taking ginger. If you are basically healthy, there should be no problem.
Lemon And Onion? - Other phlegm remedies, taken individually or in combination are raw honey, eucalyptus leaves, mint leaves, lemon, onion, white and black pepper, with the latter naturally best used in combination with something else. We've mentioned citrus juice. Grape juice is good too, especially with a little honey in it. Lemon and onion is an effective phlegm remedy, although the combination sounds terrible. Some honey can come to the rescue here.
What To Avoid - When phlegm is a problem there are a few things that you should probably not eat or drink as it may make matters worse. Fatty foods are at the top of the list here, and if you can avoid them while treating your respiratory problem you'll probably get relief much more quickly. One additional hint is to continue to exercise. If you don't feel like it, at least try to do a little light exercise. It will help.