When excess mucus accumulates in the body, it gets rid through coughing. This substance is normally odorless and transparent. If it has color, this indicates an infection.
In general, here are the coughs that produce more mucus:
- Excessive coughing in the morning
- Persistent cough
- A feeling of constriction in the chest
- A feeling of heaviness in the chest
- Whistles when coughing or breathing
- An expulsion of mucus when you cough
The color of the mucus can also indicate several disorders:
Clear Mucus: normal mucus
Green mucus: mucus caused by a serious infection, such as bronchitis.
Mucus Yellow: This color is the result of a respiratory infection.
Brown Mucus: brown spots can appear in mucus due to dust or pollution in the air. In some cases, this may also indicate a presence of blood in the lungs or airways.
Gray Mucus: can be caused by the presence of cigarette smoke or pollution in the air.
Pink Mucus: it is mainly produced by asthmatics. This color is due to the presence of blood cells from the respiratory tract.
However, there is a natural remedy that will help you expel this mucus more easily and clean your lungs. Here is the recipe:
A homemade syrup to expel mucus from the lungs
This old popular recipe is very effective and can even be consumed by children:
• 1 cup water
• 1 cup brown sugar
• 1 lemon cut into slices
• One tablespoon of sage
• One tablespoon of marshmallow root
• One tablespoon of flaxseed
In a saucepan, combine the brown sugar and water. Over low heat, let the sugar melt. When you get a consistent substance add the other ingredients, boil for a few minutes. Then let the mixture stand for 15 minutes and filter.
Put the mixture into a glass jar and close it well. It is advisable to keep it in the refrigerator. Take a tablespoon of this syrup 3 times a day until you feel improvements.
This recipe contains ingredients well known for their strong antibacterial ability. This is the case of lemon, which will eliminate the respiratory bacteria, and brown sugar, which will hydrate to form a protective layer. Marshmallow root and sage are two herbs widely used to soothe sore throat and cough by cleaning the airways.
Other natural remedies to expel mucus
Besides the syrup, here are other natural tips that will help you expel mucus naturally:
Garlic is prized for its antibacterial and disinfectant capabilities. This condiment is very beneficial for people with respiratory disorders. You can make a garlic infusion with ginger, honey and lemon and the result will be immediate.
Onion is a food rich in vitamin C, which helps strengthen the immune system and prevent disease. It is also an antibacterial, anti-infective and very effective anti-inflammatory agent. Cut an onion in half and breathe the scent that emerges, this will help to clean the airways. You can also make an onion infusion. In a pan, pour 4 cups of water and add an onion (fresh) sliced. Add ginger, lemon and honey to sweeten the taste. It is recommended to drink three glasses a day.
Water vapor is an old trick that is very effective to clean the airways and expel the mucus naturally. In a saucepan, boil the water and try to breathe the steam. Cover your head with a towel so it doesn’t escape. You can also add herbs such as thyme, mint, sage or eucalyptus to clear your airways.
Milk and Ginger
For this tip, you’ll need a small piece of ginger root soaked in a glass of milk. However, prefer goat milk because its composition is similar to breast milk, but also due to its easily digestible protein content. It is advisable to consume this warm milk at night before bed to breathe easier. Warning: ginger is not recommended for people taking treatment for blood-related diseases, diabetics and pregnant women.
Honey and Pepper
Honey is very popular for its antibacterial capabilities, it is also rich in minerals and vitamins that help strengthen the immune system and prevent disease. Furthermore, pepper will help expel mucus more easily through coughing. Mix one tablespoon of honey with a pinch of pepper, drink 2 times a day.