The accumulated phlegm and mucus in the chest can be highly uncomfortable, leading to sharp pains and congestion.
Mucus is a sticky, gelatin-like substance that acts as a filter and lubricant, and protects the lungs by filtering the air we inhale. It catches the debris and dirt and prevents their absorption in the body.
The sinuses and nose have cells which produce watery secretions that help the mucus to protect the body.
In the case of a cold, the nose starts to produce watery secretions in excess. Yet, the thick and crusty mucus is caused by excessive dryness and causes congestion and nasal drip.
Phlegm is similar to mucus but thicker, and it is produced in the lower airways, and not by the sinuses and nose. It protects the lungs fro irritants. It often contains white blood cells, dead bacteria, and viruses, so you should always spit it out, instead of swallowing it.
The following 100% natural homemade syrup will help you fight congestion and get rid of mucus and phlegm!
It contains five ingredients, and the main ones are marshmallow root and sage.
Marshmallow root is a demulcent herb that reduces inflammation in the stomach lining and treats stomach ulcers, diarrhea, constipation, stones in the urinary tract and urinary tract inflammation.
It also accelerates the healing process of infections, ulcers, wounds, and burns. This plant produces a thick, sticky substance that coats and soothes mucous membranes, by cooling and moistening them.
On the other hand, sage is high in volatile oils, and it has been found to relax the nerves, boost memory, relieve anxiety, and provide antioxidant and diuretic effects.
It is especially helpful in the case of swelling, indigestion, joint pain, sore throat, abdominal problems, and menopause. It acts as an expectorant, so it breaks up the accumulated mucus and phlegm and eliminates them from the respiratory system.
The three other ingredients are lemons, flaxseed, and maple syrup. Lemons boost immunity and are loaded with vitamin C and bioflavonoids that prevent free radical damage.
Flaxseeds are powerful demulcent and expectorant agents, and maple syrup strengthens the immune system and is loaded with zinc.
Here is how to prepare this potent natural chest congestion remedy:
1 tablespoon sage
1 tablespoon marshmallow root
1 organic lemon, sliced
1 tablespoon flaxseed
1 cup of pure maple syrup
250 ml of filtered water
Mix the water and maple syrup in a small saucepan, and place it over medium heat for 10 minutes. Then, add the other ingredients, lower the heat, and cook for 15 more minutes.
Afterward, transfer the remedy into suitable containers, and store them in the refrigerator.
You should take a tablespoon of the syrup three times daily until you fight the congestion and get rid of mucus and phlegm.