Home Remedies for Phlegm

Phlegm often accompanies colds and other upper respiratory infections. While not a serious health problem, if phlegm is not treated timely, it can clog and irritate the bronchial tubes and in turn cause a secondary upper respiratory infection.

The presence of phlegm is usually indicated by a constant need for throat clearing, constant cough, runny nose, difficulty breathing, feeling weak and, in some cases, fever. Phlegm tends to collect and congest in the chest and throat and is usually expelled through coughing.

Phlegm contains the bacteria, virus or inflammatory cells produced in response to an infection. In addition to infections such as the common cold, flu and bronchitis, phlegm can be caused by an allergic reaction to irritants such as in asthma and hay fever, damaged vocal cords, and excessive smoking.

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Dealing with phlegm can be incredibly frustrating and seemingly never ending. But there are effective, natural home remedies that work quickly and without causing side effects.

home remedies for phlegm

Here are the top 10 home remedies for phlegm.

1. Steam

Steam inhalation is the best and the simplest way to get rid of phlegm. Inhaling steam into the nasal passages helps keep phlegm in liquid form so it is easier to eliminate from your system.

  • Take a steam shower twice daily. Turn your shower to full heat and stay in the closed bathroom for 10 minutes to help break up the mucus. Be sure to moisturize your body after, as warm water robs your skin of essential oils and moisture.
  • Alternatively, pour hot boiling water in a large bowl. Hold a towel over your head and inhale the steam for five to 10 minutes. This will help loosen the secretions in your lungs. You can use this simple remedy several times a day.

2. Salt Water

Gargling with warm salt water is another easy way to treat phlegm. While warm water is soothing for an irritated throat, salt helps destroy bacteria that may be causing your infection and therefore reduces production of phlegm.

  1. Mix one-fourth teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water.
  2. Gargle with the solution.
  3. Repeat this remedy several times a day.

3. Lemon Juice

Lemon is a great ingredient for loosening mucus and phlegm. Plus, lemon’s antibacterial property and high vitamin C content improves the body’s resistance to infections.

Phlegm Home Remedy

  • Add two teaspoons of lemon juice and one tablespoon of honey to a glass of hot water. Drink this at least three times a day to soothe your throat and reduce phlegm production.
  • Another simple option is to cut a slice of lemon, sprinkle a little bit of salt and pepper on it and then suck on the lemon slice. It will help force the phlegm out of your throat. Do this two or three times a day.

4. Ginger

Ginger is a natural decongestant and has been used to fight off throat and respiratory tract infections for ages. Also, the antiviral, antibacterial and expectorant properties present in ginger ease congestion in the throat and chest to help you breathe easier.

  • Add one tablespoon of fresh ginger slices to one cup of boiled water. Steep for a few minutes and then add two teaspoons of honey. Drink this soothing ginger tea several times throughout the day.
  • Alternatively, chew raw ginger slices several times a day and add ginger to your dishes.

5. Turmeric

Turmeric has strong antiseptic properties that help reduce phlegm by killing the bacteria that cause excessive mucus production. Also, turmeric helps strengthen the immune system.


  • Add one teaspoon of turmeric to a glass of hot milk. Drink it once in the morning and again before going to bed.
  • Swallow one-half teaspoon of turmeric with a glass of water two or three times a day.
  • Add one tablespoon of turmeric and a pinch of salt to a glass of hot water. Use it to gargle several times a day.

6. Chicken Soup

Warm chicken soup can also help treat phlegm. Hot chicken soup will help moisturize the airways and thin the consistency of the phlegm. It will also soothe an irritated throat and induce relaxation.

Have some chicken soup at least two or three times a day to clear phlegm from your throat. For increased benefits, add ginger and garlic to the soup. Homemade soup is often more effective than canned soup, which has preservatives.




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  6. It was very helpfull. Thank you so much for the post.

  7. How can one encourage a grown man to stop spitting almost all of the time ? He claims that it is an athletic habit from playing professional (United States), football.
    He also passes gas very loudly for the same reasoning. Otherwise he is impeccably groomed, very well dressed, brushes his teeth and flosses about 5 or 6 times each day, and showers 3 to 4 times a day. He is always fresh and manicured and pedicured. He is very attractive as a perfect specimen of physical fitness. he also models and acts when not working out for the games. What can I do ? I love him very much. But he just does not understand why the general public finds these things rude and unsanitary. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

    • Sorry but if he does what you say, he may need to shower 3-4 times a day. Ask him how he would feel if you did that, especially around his friends. I’m sure he would think it disgusting. Tell him thats how you feel.

    • There is something wrong with him. People don’t need to take 3-4 showers a day & do all the other obsessive things he does to be perfectly groomed etc. The spitting is just another clue as to this guys compulsions. These behaviors are just a clue to underlying problems, they are not really problems themselves.

  8. thanks for this useful post

  9. thank U so much, 😉

  10. Thanks for this website..

  11. DO THIS! I have massive sinus issues, and steaming, neti pot, gargle, ex cetera, REALLY WORKS! Must be commited to doing every couple of hours…

  12. Nice remedies…… thanx a lot

  13. Love this post, it really helps.

  14. thanx home remedies 4 d useful tips..

  15. I have a blocked nose only when I am asleep. The main problem is that my throat, chest and inner nose seem to have mucus which I cough it to clear. At times it is thick at times loose. It appears as if I am allergic to something I don’t know. I am taking the Ridaq 25mg Tablets daily for Bp. At times it appeared that I had a problem with Coke – acidic loose juice forming in my chest, throat and nose.

  16. salabh singh parihar March 14, 2015, 3:42 am

    thanks to u….

  17. thanks for the information and now i know i can use it practically without administering any drugs and cough syrups. like the lemon juice it is contained high vitamin c very healthy way of curing phlegm thank you.

  18. Thank you this is helpful

  19. very good

  20. thaks home remedies for this usefull post

  21. netirihjean Kane April 11, 2015, 10:54 pm

    Aww great though..it adds more knowledge…thanks fo it

  22. Very nic tips . thanx.

  23. V.R. NARENDRAN April 13, 2015, 5:03 pm

    Nice to read these remedies for cough and cold. These are easy, nature based and hence practical in its application.

  24. Thanks. The remedies work quickly and effectively.

  25. It says to go to your doctor if your mucus is green, but this advice isn’t entirely accurate. When you have a Cold or Flu, your mucus can change colour from white/clear to green, and when it does turn green, it is a sign that your body is fighting the infection, so it’s a good thing, and no reason to see a doctor.

  26. Great post. very helpful and informative. Thanks and bless you

  27. 3 or 4 showers a day would be a obsessive compulsive disorder (ocd) like washing your hands 20 times a hour


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