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9. Garlic


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.

10. Licorice


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.


Additional Tips

  • 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.

Medic for Chest Congestion was last modified: June 6th, 2015 by Top10HomeRemedies

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44 thoughts on “Medic for Chest Congestion”

  1. nice to have tips of daily ailments–it provide protection to unnecessary medicine ,thus saving from further complications——thanks.

  2. My mum used to get a large onion or two smaller ones and either chop them up, or make cuts in them. She would then either pour two tablespoons of honey or brown sugar (even white can do at a pinch), and grill it. What is left is actually a delicious dessert style caramelised onion, which you then eat and it is guaranteed to get rid of cold and flus. If your chest is really bad, do this twice a day for a day and everything starts moving out. Works every time.

    1. I tried this remedy last night and the results were amazing! Chest clearing after months of congestion and difficulty in breathing.

    2. I used this and got results almost immediately! I could feel the pressure on my chest decrease and the wheezing subsided tremendously! My stuffy nasal passages even began to open up! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Im currently feeling sick, I think I will try…boiling some water and fresh ginger, honey, and a squeeze of lemon. Sounds a little more palletable.:)

  4. The vinegar and tumeric (with honey) works wonders. I couldn’t believe in just one day my cough was under control and chest congestion aleviated. Good bye prescription drugs!

  5. I would like to know WHICH remedy worked. To say the tips are helpful,doesn’t let a person know WHICH one worked!

  6. This tips are marvellous. Last night my 11 year old was coughing and heating up so I prepared one of ur tonics for him….ginger, turmeric, lemon and bcs I didn’t have honey so I used a bit of sugar instead…..I’m telling you it worked like a charm. This morning, no coughing nor heating just congestion so I’ll keep her on the ginger for the whole day

  7. Only one person told us wich remedy works, hello knock knock is there any body out there , the lights on but know body is home…….

  8. I was suffering from chest congestion and suffered a lot during day and night …..and God send I came across these home tips and there in a day I was relieved T. H. A. N. K. S.

  9. All of them work but as we are all individuals you have to find the one that works best for you. Start with the one that sounds most palatable to you but all of them will alleviate your symptoms. No need to be rude, no one would post 5 remedies where only one works and you have to puzzle it out. A good chicken soup has also been scientifically proven to help with congestion.

  10. My son started sneezing frequently n a month,then it leads to cough severely..some times he breath through mouth..give me some remedies…

  11. Good tips but while I eat onion in night definitely my throat will get pain in the morning how it works for cold can u expline because Ihave cold often

  12. Hot ginger/lemon tea is very good for breaking up congestion, not to mention hot/sour soup and of course vick’s rub under the nose and on the chest..

  13. I ad a bit of sliced red onion to my bowl of hot water before I deep breath it. The harsher the onion the better it seems to help.

  14. Drink 3 liters of water everyday and free from allergy and chest congestion. I had chest congestion for 4 years and tried all possible option. Started drinking 3 liters water everyday and now free from congestion and allergy.

  15. Have yet to try any of the remedies.but will do so tonight. thank you very much for these remedies.for the past two weeks I’ve waste money on chest congestion medicines, I’m still congested..

  16. What do I need to do to relieve chest congestion and sinus pressure and nose bleed and swollen legs and feet and swollen sinuses on my face

    1. Flush your nose with Saline solution to start with..go to your doctor and get a culture done to make sure you dont have an infection, and if you have recurrent sinus problems, get a referral to an ENT specialist.

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