Chest congestion is no fun. It occurs when too much mucus accumulates in the lungs. The membranes in the lungs get irritated, usually from a viral or bacterial infection, so they go into overproduction to get rid of the problem. There are many things you can do at home to minimize your cough so you can work and sleep better. Try these things for homeopathic chest congestion relief.
Drink Lots of Liquids
When you don’t feel well, one of the best things you can do is to stay hydrated. Drink water, hot tea, chicken broth and other clear liquids. Warm liquids can help soothe your throat, which is why grandma always recommends chicken soup. Avoid caffeine and alcohol though.
Essential Oil or Vapor Rub
Most chest coughs are viral, so antibiotics won’t help. Eucalyptus oil, a primary ingredient in most vapor rubs, has antiviral properties to help you get over your cough. It also helps relieve mucus production. Many essential oils can help you feel as if you can breathe easier.
Steam and Humidity
Warm, moist air can help relieve a cough. Whether it’s a dry cough v wet cough, sitting in a steamy shower can help you feel better. If you’re not up to a shower, place a heating pad or hot water bottle on your chest. The warmth can help loosen mucus, making it easier to cough it up. Adding humidity in the air can make it easier to breathe at night.
Natural Expectorants in Your Kitchen
Expectorants are cough medicines that help clear mucus from your airway. Instead of using an over-the-counter medicine, try some of nature’s expectorants. Lemon, ginger and mint are natural expectorants. Pineapple juice is another natural expectorant. Honey soothes the throat, so adding some honey to your warm tea can help with your cough. Just don’t give honey to a child under the age of one.
Sleep and Rest
Getting enough sleep when you have chest congestion can be difficult, but your body needs rest to heal. When you don’t feel well, you may need to slow down your routine to give yourself time to get better. Try a homeopathic cold medicine to help quiet your cough to get enough sleep.
Avoid Passing Your Chest Cough To Others
Your chest congestion may not be as contagious as the flu or COVID-19, but you can pass viruses through sneezing and coughing. Protect your friends and family by washing your hands frequently. Cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze. Throw tissues in the trashcan right away after use. It might be good to keep your distance around others in your house or office because normally, viruses spread through droplets of moisture produced when you cough, sneeze or talk.
If your mucus changes colors or if you just aren’t getting better, you may need to see your healthcare provider. A cough that starts out dry is generally a viral infection, which should go away in 7 to 10 days. Home remedies can help you get through the worst of it.