The Healthy Hack

Chest congestion, which is an excessive build-up of fluid and mucus in the lungs and trachea, occurs when a person feels tightness, heaviness, and pressure around the chest area. It is associated with a respiratory system infection wherein the lower tract swells. This causes difficulty in breathing.

Causes of Chest Congestion

  • Common cold
  • Bacteria
  • Fungi
  • Allergens
  • Flu
  • Tuberculosis
  • GERD
  • Excessive smoking
  • Heart problems
  • Asthma
  • Pneumonia
  • Lung cancer
  • Bronchitis

Symptoms of Chest Congestion

  • Tightened chest
  • Cough
  • Dizziness
  • Wheezing
  • Mild chest pain
  • Throat irritation
  • Runny nose
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever
  • Body aches

While it is still very recommendable to visit a doctor for a checkup and treatment, there are many remedies at home that can be followed in order to temporarily relieve chest congestion naturally.

Method 1 – Gargling with Salt and Water

Removes mucus from the respiratory system
Reduces irritation in the throat

  • Step 1: Put in a teaspoon of salt (and a pinch of turmeric, if desired) to a glass of warm water and stir until all the salt has dissolved.
  • Step 2: Gargle the solution for a few times then spit it out.
  • Step 3: Keep on doing the same process every day for about 3 days or until there is no more congestion.

Method 2 – Inhaling Steam

Helps in breaking up and dissolving mucus

  • Step 1: Add drops of peppermint and/or eucalyptus essential oils to a bowl of boiling hot water.
  • Step 2: Cover both your head and the bowl with a towel, and make sure the steam does not escape to the outside too much.
  • Step 3: Deeply inhale the steam for at least a few minutes, while still keeping in mind that it is recommended to stay there as long as you can.
  • Step 4: Keep on doing the same process 2 – 3 times daily until there is no more congestion.

Method 3 – Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar

Thins the mucus in the chest

Prevents the occurrence of future respiratory problems by boosting up the immune system

  • Step 1: In a cup of warm water, mix in 2 teaspoons of raw, organic apple cider vinegar (and 2 teaspoons of turmeric, if desired).
  • Step 2: Drink the mixture twice or thrice a day.
  • Step 3: Repeat the process for a week or until there is no more congestion.

Method 4 – Drinking an “Onion Juice” Mixture

Dissolves mucus and prevents its buildup in the chest

Fights against respiratory tract infection

  • Step 1: Extract the juice from a medium sized onion.
  • Step 2: Incorporate 2 tablespoons of honey, 2 tablespoons of water and 4 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice.
  • Step 3: While stirring carefully, heat the mixture until it is lukewarm.
  • Step 4: Drink it for 3 – 4 times daily until there is no more congestion.

Method 5 – Drinking Hot Lemonade

Reduces the thickness of mucus

Boosts up the immune system

  • Step 1: In a glass of hot water, combine 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice and ½ teaspoon of raw honey OR add 1 tablespoon of grated lemon zest and then strain the mixture after 5 – 10 minutes.
  • Step 2: Drink the juice for a few times every day. For the lemon zest option, it may also be gargled.
  • Step 3: Keep on doing the same process daily until there is no more congestion.

Method 6 – Consuming Honey

Thins down mucus and eliminates it from the respiratory tract

Fights against infections and viruses

Soothes the congested and swollen area in the chest

  • Step 1: Scoop or pour raw honey onto a teaspoon OR combine 2 tablespoons of raw honey and ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper.
  • Step 2: Whether mixed or unmixed with water, swallow it for 3 – 4 times a day.
  • Step 3: Repeat until the congestion is relieved.

Tips and Precautions

  1. Drink plenty of water and other healthy fluids to relieve chest congestion and reduce lung inflammation.
  2. Use a humidifier to help you breathe normally, through opening up the nasal passage.
  3. Restrict yourself from smoking and drinking alcohol and any fluid that is carbonated to lessen the damages that affect the respiratory tract.
  4. Get enough sleep, eat healthily and do breathing exercises to ease congestion.
  5. Rub decongestant salve on desired areas around the chest to lessen pain.
  6. Keep your head up, literally, while sleeping to induce better flow of mucus and reduce buildup.
  7. Find immediate treatment to respiratory problems to prevent further damage to the respiratory system.
  8. Clear the nasal passage to avoid congestion.
  9. Clean your surroundings and keep things tidy to avoid dust and bacteria.

Never forget to visit a doctor for a checkup and proper treatment.