Seasonal allergies peak as we move into warmer months and longer days. If you suffer from allergies, you know how uncomfortable it can be to deal with the symptoms, and how easily your environment can trigger your allergies. Sometimes, it feels like springtime allergy triggers come from everything, so we’ve compiled some home remedies to help.
Built-up mucus and phlegm in your chest can cause a persistent cough and, in some cases, pain. Before you head to the pharmacy, try these home remedies to get rid of phlegm in the chest.
Drink Plenty of Liquids
As cliche as it sounds, you need to drink plenty of fluids to stay on top of your health. The liquid will help thin out the phlegm stuck in your chest and relieve congestion. If you are dehydrated, the mucus will thicken. To avoid that from happening, you should drink:
- Hot Tea
- Chicken Soup
- Warm Apple Juice
Get Your Daily Exercise
Lightly jogging, biking, walking, or any other exercise can help loosen the phlegm buildup in your chest. Since congestion usually comes with sickness, it’s best to take it easy and rest up before attempting intense exercise.
Steam can help loosen phlegm and clear up congestion. You can make a humidifier at home or shop for one. The steam helps combat dry air and moisturize your throat, so your body will not create as much mucus.
Eat a Spoon Full of Honey
Researchers have found that honey helps relieve sore throats and calms coughs. Consume a spoonful of honey every few hours as if you are taking cough medicine to ease your symptoms.
We do not recommend this method for children under one year of age due to the risk of contracting botulism.
Use Essential Oils
People use essential oils to help ease a range of illnesses and stressors, including allergies, sinus infections, and chest colds. Breathing in specialized oils can help clear your sinuses. The best oils you can use to loosen phlegm are:
Add Apple Cider Vinegar to Your Drinks
Apple cider vinegar prevents bacteria growth and contains potassium, which helps thin mucus. Mixing a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar into a glass of water or hot tea will help drain your sinuses and get rid of phlegm.
End your sleepless nights and uncomfortable days. Use these home remedies to get rid of phlegm in the chest and ease your allergy symptoms.