Garlic is another very effective home remedy for reducing chest congestion. Its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties help fight respiratory infections that cause congestion.
Plus, it has nutrients like vitamins A, C and B as well as copper, iron, calcium and selenium that help keep you healthy.
- Boil 2 to 3 crushed garlic cloves and ½ teaspoon of honey in 1 cup of water or milk. Strain and drink it 2 times daily until the congestion clears.
- Another option is to add 2 crushed garlic cloves and juice from 3 lemons to a cup of very hot water. Go, add salt and ½ teaspoon of crushed black pepper. Drink it while it is still warm to get instant relief. Do this 2 times a day for a few days.
- Eating fresh garlic cloves can also help relieve congestion.
Licorice acts as an expectorant and thus can help relieve some symptoms of chest congestion. It will also help soothe your irritated throat.
- Add ½ teaspoon of licorice root to a cup of hot water. Cover and allow it to steep for 5 to 10 minutes, then strain. Add a little honey and drink this tea 2 or 3 times a day.
- Another option is to add ½ teaspoon each of licorice power and ginger powder to a glass of hot water. Drink it 2 times a day.
Follow either of these remedies until your symptoms begin to resolve.
Note: Licorice remedies are not suitable for people who have high blood pressure.
- Drinking chicken soup may help ease chest congestion as it reduces inflammation in the lungs.
- Drink 1 to 2 cups of strong black coffee regularly. You can also drink green tea or any other herbal tea on a regular basis.
- Use a humidifier at night. This will help open your nasal passages so that you can breathe much easier.
- Eat more vitamin-rich fresh fruits and vegetables as well as spicy foods. Stay away from foods that can aggravate congestion, such as dairy products, fried foods, refined foods, frozen foods and rice.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Stay away from carbonated drinks, though.
- Avoid drinking alcohol and quit smoking to get relief from chest congestion.
- Keep your room and surroundings clear of dust and bacteria that cause a buildup of mucus.
- Get sufficient sleep to keep your body strong to fight the congestion.
If your chest congestion is due to the flu and you are experiencing fever, chills, body aches and malaise, it is best to consult a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.