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decongestant for chest 

1. Do a gargle

Gargles aren’t always the most appealing, but they help to break apart mucus in your airways. Mix half a cup of warm water with 1-2 tablespoons of salt, and a pinch of turmeric. Stir the mixture to dissolve the salt a bit, and then take a swig. Gargle it as far down your throat as you are able for 1-2 minutes, 3-4 times a day.

2.Steam it out.

Similar to drinking hot liquids, the heat and moisture of steam help to break up and dissolve mucus deep in your lungs and throat. Take a hot shower, or fill a bowl with very hot water. Place your face over the bowl and a towel over your head to trap in the steam. Hold your face there for as long as you are able, and breath deeply as you do.

You can choose to add in a few drops of peppermint or eucalyptus essential oil, which may aid in breaking up the mucus.

3.Elevate your head.

This tip applies primarily to sleeping; keeping your head elevated will help promote drainage of mucus, rather than a build-up overnight. Use several pillows to try to keep your head raised a bit higher than your torso.

4.Do a bit of yoga.

Exercise may be the last thing on your mind when you’re sick, but certain yoga positions can help to open up your airways and drain out mucus. Try the reclining bound angle pose, in which you lay a pillow/bolster along the length of your spine on the floor. Lie down on the pillow so that your torso/head are raised above your legs, and then bend your knees. Lay your knees/legs flat on the ground with your knees still bent and the soles of your feet touching.

Maintain this pose for 10-15 minutes for the best results

5.Try a hot pack.

Applying a hot pack or steaming hot cloth on your throat and chest will help soothe congestion and warm the airways externally. Lie down with your head elevated, and allow the heat to soak in through your skin for 10-15 minutes. It may be helpful to follow this up with a steam treatment to empty your body of the liquefied mucus.

6.Use a humidifier at night while you are sleeping.

This can help to open your nasal passages so you can breathe much easier. On certain models there is a slot on front where you can add nasal medication for extra power.

7.Keep well hydrated.

Drinking plenty of water when you are ill is a must, but is especially helpful in clearing out chest congestion. Not drinking enough liquids will cause the mucus in your chest and throat to coagulate and thicken, making it stickier and harder to get rid of. Drink water (warm is preferable) throughout the day to thin out the mucus in your body.

8.Drink plenty of Gatorade and juice to help increase your electrolyte production

When you are sick your body is working very hard to kill your infection and this can significantly hamper electrolytes without restoring them.

9.Drink tea

Hot liquids in general help to dissolve the mucus that causes chest congestion, but tea offers a double punch by adding in helpful herbs and spices that can ease chest pain and congestion. Brew up a cup of peppermint, ginger, chamomile, rosemary, or ginseng tea to drink several times a day. Add a bit of honey for sweetness and extra mucus-fighting power.

10.Make an herbal congestion clearer.

Add a little saffron to a cup of milk. Stir and heat it up. Add a teaspoon of honey and a few drops of lemon juice. Drink while very hot and stir every few minutes.

Avoid problem foods. Although food doesn’t seem to be directly related to mucus and phlegm, there is a correlation between the two. Dairy products, salt, sugar, and fried foods all increase mucus production. Cut these items out of your diet until your chest has cleared.

Eat beneficial foods. On the flip side, there are certain foods that can help to clear out the mucus in your chest and lessen its production. Eat spicy foods, citrus fruits, garlic, and ginger for easy chest congestion relief. In particular, asparagus and pineapple have shown to have chest-clearing benefits as well.

ry garlic and lime soup. Both ingredients can help to clear congestion. Add soda crackers to the mix to help even more.[citation needed]

    • Add juice from 3 lemons to a cup of very hot water.
    • Crush some garlic (1- 2). Add this to the water.
    • Add some salt and a lot of crushed black pepper.
    • Gulp it all down and you will instantly feel better.

Take an expectorant. Expectorants are medications that break apart mucus and make it easier to cough up and expel from your body. There are many over-the-counter expectorants available at drug stores, but you can go to your doctor for a prescription as well.

Expectorants aren’t safe for children younger than six years old, so check with your doctor for a child-safe alternative.

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