People often suffer from some type of obstruction of the throat and the nasal passage, which causes persistent coughing and difficult breathing.


These problems are caused by increased amount of phlegm in the lungs. Phlegm is a thick substance that is secreted by the respiratory tract’s mucous membranes. It serves as a way to fight infections like severe colds. The body tries to expel the excess accumulated phlegm in the chest and the throat with coughing. On the other side, accumulated phlegm in the lungs because of viral infections, cold, bacterial infection or the flu can lead to serious problems.

The excessive amount of phlegm in the lungs can cause difficult breathing, fever, constant cough, runny nose and weakness. If the phlegm is not eliminated from the lungs, it can block the bronchial tubes and lead to more serious problems that are difficult to treat even with modern medications. Fortunately, certain natural remedies can reduce the excess phlegm in the lungs and effectively treat an infection of the respiratory track. The following natural remedies are some of the best ones:

Lemon and honey

            Mixing lemon and honey can provide you with the needed relief and it can soothe the irritation of the respiratory system. Both honey and lemon possess powerful antifungal and antibacterial properties. Lemons are tropical fruits that are loaded with vitamin C. This vitamin reduces the congestion and boosts the immune system. Here is how to prepare this natural remedy:

Needed ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. honey

Method of preparation:

            You only need to mix these two ingredients in a bowl. Drink this remedy 3 times a day and the infection and the congestion will disappear.


            Ginger is a powerful antihistamine and decongestant. It also has strong antibacterial and expectorant properties. This root dries out the phlegm and stimulates its elimination, which soothes throat and chest congestion. To keep your respiratory system healthy and treat this type of problems you should consume at least 3 slices of ginger daily. You can also drink several cups of ginger tea on a daily basis. Below, you can learn how to prepare ginger tea by yourself.

Needed ingredients:

  • 6 slices ginger
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp. black peppercorn
  • 1 tsp. honey

Method of preparation:

Boil the water in a pan and then add the peppercorns and the ginger. Then, cover the pen with a lid and leave the ingredients to boil for 60 seconds. Afterwards, lower the temperature and leave the mixture to simmer for at least 5 minutes. leave the remedy to cool down, strain it and finally add the honey. Consume at least 2 cups of the tea on a daily basis and the congestion will be gone.

Apple cider vinegar

            Apple cider vinegar can be considered as one of the ingredients that has most powerful antibacterial properties. This vinegar creates a perfect pH balance in the body and prevents the production and accumulation of phlegm in the lungs. To enjoy its beneficial properties, add one tablespoon of the vinegar into 1 glass of water every day. gargling with apple cider vinegar can also soothe your sore throat.


            The compound curcumin in turmeric possesses antibacterial properties. Below there is a recipe with turmeric that will help you treat infections of the respiratory tract:

Needed ingredients:

  • 1 glass warm water
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • ½ tsp. salt

Method of preparation:

            Mix the ingredients and then gargle with the solution for 3 minutes. mixing only salt and water can also help you because the salt will eliminate the bacteria and the warm water will soothe the throat.


            The steam and the vapors can relieve your congestion and loosen up the mucus. You can also add some herbs in the water.

Needed ingredients:

  • 4 cups boiling water
  • ½ tsp. thyme
  • ½ tsp. rosemary

Method of preparation:

            Add the herbs to the boiling water, cover your head with a towel and inhale the steam. Repeat this at least 3 times a day.

Other ways to avoid phlegm accumulation in the lungs is to blow your nose, stop consuming cold drinks and foods and stop smoking. Also use a humidifier and avoid exposure to chemicals, household cleaning products and paint fumes. If you have phlegm in the throat, gargle with salt and water and spit it out. Garlic and pepper are also excellent.