With the arrival of spring, we have also greeted our allergies at the door. When it’s this time of the year it can feel like you’ll never get over this cold – and if you aren’t using these methods, you’re probably right.
When the pollen starts to fall you know it’s coming. That nasal like voice, the coughing, the sore throat; we’re all too familiar with it. No matter how hard you heave, it feels like you’re going to cough up a lung before any of that stubborn phlegm. While the phlegm is essential to your sinus health, it can also be an indicator of poor health. A persistent yellow or green phlegm can be a key sign of further infections. However, sometimes we accumulate too much mucus – which leaves us with a stopped up nose, sore throat, or chest congestion.
Mucus or phlegm is essential because it gathers up dirt and dust that comes in with each breath. This keeps it from entering your lungs and causing further issues. Excess mucus can be caused by an environment where dust is often stirred up, not drinking enough fluids, medications, or smoking.
One of the most effective natural ways to defend against all this excess mucus is steaming it out. When you’re suffering from a stuffy nose, take a steamy shower twice a day. The steam from the hot shower works by breaking down the mucus! Be sure to close the door, turn the heat up as high as you can stand it, and just breathe in.
Salt Water is also extremely useful when it comes to clearing congestion. The warm water is effective at soothing a sore throat, and the salt is effective in getting rid of any excess bacteria in your throat.
Mix one-fourth teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water.
Gargle with the solution.
Repeat this remedy several times a day.
If you’re looking to defend yourself against this season’s phlegm, just remember that there are better ways to do than buying some medications from Walmart. The best medications are always supplied to us by mother nature!