Ginger is one of the most delicious and healthiest spices. In fact, it is a common ingredient used in Indian and few other Asian cuisines. It has been traditionally used for preparing many medicines. It can heal many ailments like motion sickness, cold, cough, nausea, appetite loss, etc. Hence, chest congestion is no exception. The underground stems (rhizome) or roots of ginger plants can be consumed powdered, as a spice (dried form), oil, juice, or fresh. Ginger belongs to the family of Zingiberaceae. The main producers of Ginger are India, Fiji, Jamaica, Australia, and Jamaica. It is rich in bioactive compounds and other powerful nutrients to benefit your body as well as the brain. However, their roots have anti-inflammatory properties to reduce chest congestion. Apart from clearing the mucus, it improves body immunity too.
- Step 1: Take a ginger root and chop it into fine pieces. Add them to a cup of boiling water.
- Step 2: Cover the cup with a bowl and allow the mixture to get warm. Add honey (half tablespoon) to the mixture.
- Step 3: Consume the mixture three times every day until you get relief.
Note: The other mixture is grinding the pieces of one-tablespoon dry ginger, cloves, and black pepper together. Divide the powder into three doses and take the mixture three times a day with milk or honey.
How Does This Work?
Ginger contains chemical compounds known as polyphenol that inhibits the secretion of mucus.
Ginger Is Not Good, If:
- You have a bleeding disorder problem. Ginger also contains salicylates, which can act as a blood thinner. So, individuals with this disorder should not take ginger.
- You are taking medicines related to the heart such as aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen).
- You are breast-feeding a baby. Although no adverse situations have been reported so far, physicians have advised against the use of this root and to be on the safe side.
- You have low blood pressure. Result – you might suffer from lightheadedness (side effect).
Note: Avoid ginger if you suffer from an allergic reaction like – the closure of the throat, swelling of lips, face or tongue.
Lemons are one of the best home remedies for chest congestion. Health problems like colds, sinus infections, and allergies lead to clogged sinuses and a stuffy nose with mucus. In such cases, a hot lemon tea can be of great help. Drinking more fluids help in thinning of mucus and makes sure that the sinuses are unclogged. Also, the high quantities of vitamin C in lemons reduces the cold by 8% to 14%. So, whenever your chest feels congested, don’t forget to sip some healthy, warm lemon tea. To prepare one, follow the steps given below:
- Step 1: Take a lemon and cut it in half.
- Step 2: Make a cup of warm water. Squeeze half the lemon. Mix the lemon and water.
- Step 3: Add a teaspoon of honey and consume the mixture daily as many times as possible.
How Does This Work?
The juice of a lemon can be effectively used to treat chest congestion. The component is citric acid as it can reduce the thickness of mucus and gets it eliminated. The Vitamin C also enhances the body’s immunity.
Lemon Is Not Good, If:
- You are suffering from gastro-esophageal reflux disorder. The symptoms will be nausea, heartburn, and vomiting. If you are suffering from ulcer, acidic content in the stomach may damage the lining of the stomach, and the situation can be worsened.
- You are pregnant or breast-feeding a baby. It is safe if you use as part of the regular diet. However, doctors advise against the use of lemon juice or supplements in large amounts.