Reduce mucus in your throat and congestion with these home remedies!
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I’m sure we’ve all experienced this at some point! Postnasal drip followed by excessive mucus build up in the throat and maybe a little congestion. Sometimes you think it’s a cold, maybe it’s your sinuses or allergies acting up. Maybe you just are so run down that this is your body’s reaction, making you feel a little under the weather. Today I have you covered with some easy natural remedies for mucus and some homeopathic medicines.
Why do I have excessive mucus all of a sudden?
There are a few factors that can contribute to excessive mucus. If you all of a sudden start having extra mucus but don’t really feel any other symptoms it could be as simple as too much dairy. However, if you are feeling a little throat irritation or congestion then read on. You may have a little cold, postnasal drip, run-down, or maybe your allergies/sinuses are acting up as I stated above.
If you tend to suffer from allergies and sinus issues pretty often and this is the cause of your mucus I would recommend checking out My Allergy and Sinus Preventative Maintenance Routine. There are some simple home remedies and homeopathic medicine recommendations that may help you reduce your allergies or sinus issues naturally and possibly keep you from getting attacks at all.
So what is post nasal drip?
Have you ever felt mucus dripping down the back of your throat? What about when your throat feels a coat of mucus and feels slimy? That right there is a postnasal drip. It can make you feel really run down sometimes can make you very hungry or nauseated. People who deal with allergies or sinus issues usually suffer from post nasal drip more but just about anyone can come down with it especially with a cold climate change. Don’t worry though if you start to feel it there are natural remedies for mucus if your symptoms do persist for 10 days or more see your doctor.
How to reduce mucus naturally at home.
Water, I cannot stress how important it is to drink water regardless of how your feeling. It is especially important to stay hydrated when you have a drip or any other sickness, the more fluids you drink the better you will feel and quicker you will heal. Drinking plenty of water will help thin the mucus which in turn will make you feel a lot better.
Grab an extra pillow! The way your sleeping may be worsening your symptoms, make sure you prop your head up if you have a drip, this way all the mucus isn’t draining into your throat causing a huge build-up making you feel worse.
Steam or humidifiers are great natural remedies for mucus and postnasal drip. You can purchase a humidifier but if you want a quick fix a shower will help. Take a couple of hot showers a day or another method that I really like is taking a heat-safe bowl and filling with boiling hot water. You can add some pure oils like lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint. You just need a drop or 2 of one or all of these oils and put a towel over your head with your head hovering the bowl of hot water, breathe in and out for at least 10 mins. Doing steam will also thin the mucus. The more you steam the quicker you will feel better.
Thyme tea, if you didn’t already know thyme has antibacterial actions and helps clear mucus. You can buy a premade thyme tee, though I make my own. My tea is made up of thyme, cinnamon, and ginger, sometimes I’ll even throw a throat lozenge in if my throat is itchy or hurts and maybe some honey. First, boil some water then let a cup of water steep for 10 mins with 1tsp of dried thyme, add in a ¼ tsp of cinnamon and a ¼ tsp of ginger, after 10 mins strain into a fresh cup add your honey and lozenge if using. The reason I add cinnamon and ginger is when you are having extra mucus build up in your stomach it can make your stomach uncomfortable so to balance that out the ginger and cinnamon are both very good for your gut health.
Rest, sometimes if you are feeling rundown all you need is a really great night’s sleep. You need to take care of yourself, pay attention to your body, getting a little drip could be your body’s way of telling you to slow down. Take a bath or maybe a little foot soak at the end of a long day and relax with some lavender Epsom salts. Then have a nice peaceful sleep. If you can get one good night’s sleep that might be all your body needs to heal!
When all else fails, here are some great homeopathic medicines for mucus.
Xlear, I have talked about Xlear before but for sinus and allergies. Sometimes there is a buildup in your nose which can cause the excess mucus draining down your throat. I use this product daily but my husband uses it as needed. Xlear is not a steroid it is a saline solution with xylitol. The product works like a saline solution but it will give you a similar relief effect like using a Netti pot. I personally prefer Xlear over a Netti pot.
Boiron’s Chestal, this product is really amazing I would say its better if not comparable to Mucinex. This is a liquid but it doesn’t taste nasty. It mostly tastes like honey and it will help in thinning mucus very very well. By using this in conjunction with Xlear and all of the natural remedies for mucus I listed above, you will feel better in no time. Boiron also had products for sinus and allergies, if you feel like your issues are due to allergies or sinus I suggest you also check into Sinus Calm and Rhin Allergy.
I hope you found my natural remedies for mucus helpful, keep in mind that not every remedy will work for everyone. We are all different but I think it’s worth it to try a natural method before adding an over the counter drug into your body.
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