5 Plant Remedies that Help You Get Rid of Phlegm

Did you know that ginger, thanks to its compounds, can be a great help in clearing out the bronchial tubes and eliminating toxins and secretions. There are also other plant remedies that accomplish the same objective. 
5 Plant Remedies that Help You Get Rid of Phlegm

Last update: 03 January, 2019

Phlegm and other sticky secretions come from the respiratory paths. Their main job is to keep the area lubricated.  In addition, they trap and facilitate the expulsion of all the contaminants and infectious matter from the environment.

This fluid consists of glycoproteins, antibodies, and other substances that play a key role in health of the immune system.

Therefore, in a certain way, they are necessary. When they confront some infections, there are excessive amounts, causing congestion and other uncomfortable symptoms.

Luckily, there are various natural solutions than can help reduce the symptoms.  These are in addition to conventional treatments that are expectorants.

Among the natural options are those based on plants.  Their properties aid in clearing out the lungs.

Do you know them? We’ll share the 5 best.

1. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus leaves contain essential oils, antioxidants and anti inflammatory compounds that help to reduce irritation from the excess of mucous.

The concentration of the eucalyptus essence helps to unclog the nose and respiratory passages. This eliminates secretions that obstruct the normal flow of air.


•  3 tablespoons of eucalyptus leaves

•  2 cups of water


•  Put the leaves and the water to boil for 5 minutes.

•  Cover it so that the steam doesn’t escape.


•  Uncover the pan and put your face near the steam to inhale the vapors.

•  Cover with a towel to get the best results.

•  Do this for 5 to 10 minutes and then rest.

•  Repeat the following day if necessary.

2.  Oregano

Oregano leaves contain essential oils and antibiotic substances that help to combat infections that cause the production of excessive phlegm.

Its infusion loosens the mucous and helps to lessen the congestion.


•  1 teaspoon of oregano

•  1 cup of boiling water


  •  Put the oregano in the boiling water and cover it.
  •  Let it steep for 10 minutes, strain, and drink.


•  Drink 2 to 3 cups of tea a day, until the respiratory paths are open.

3. Thyme

 The medicinal properties of thyme have been used to help people recuperate faster from colds and the flu.
It has antiseptic, expectorant, and anti spasmodic compounds that help to control coughs and the irritation related to excess phlegm. 


•  1/2 Tablespoon of thyme

•   1 Cup of water

•  1 Tablespoon of honey


•  Add the thyme to the water and let it boil for 5 minutes

•  Cover it and let it steep for 10 minutes.

•   When it’s ready, strain it and sweeten with a tablespoon of honey.


•   Drink 2 cups of this tea every day for 3 to 5 days.

4. Ginger

Gingerol, the active compound in ginger, acts like an antibacterial, expectorant, and an anti inflammatory. All of these help to alleviate respiratory infections.

This compound, in addition to its antioxidants and oils, loosens the bronchial tubes and eliminates secretions and toxins.


•  1/2 Tablespoon of grated ginger

•  1 Cup of water

•  1 Tablespoon of honey


•  Grade the ginger until you obtain the equivalent of a half tablespoon. Immediately put it in a cup of boiling water.

•  Cover the infusion and allow it to steep for 10 minutes.

•   Strain the tea and sweeten with honey.


•  Drink up to 3 cups a day.

•  Do this for 2 or 3 days, until you reduce the production of mucous.

5.  Bay Leaves

Bay leaves are full of natural components that benefit the lungs. They are recommended for facilitating expectoration and alleviating chest congestion.


• 1 Tablespoon of bay leaves

•  1 Cup of water


•  Add the bay leaves to the cup of boiling water and allow to steep for 10 minutes.

•   Strain the tea and drink it.


•   Drink up to 2 cups of tea each day.

•   As an option. you can dip a clean cloth in the tea and apply it as a compress to the chest.

•   Repeat this treatment until the congestion is alleviated and the excess mucous is gone.

Remember that, as a complement to these remedies, you should increase your consumption of water and healthy liquids to promote the cleansing of the respiratory pathways.

In addition, during the time you are congested, you should keep away from irritating chemicals, dust and other volatile substances that can worsen the problem.

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