What is Phlegm or Mucus in throat

Throat mucus, also known as phlegm, can be described as that uncomfortable feeling that you experience when the mucus in the back of the throat becomes thick, it is natural to feel a need to clear the throat with coughing.  Phlegm is slightly different from mucus, as it comes from the lungs and not the nasal passages. Phlegm tends to collect and congest in the chest and throat region. It is usually expelled from the mouth when the individual coughs. it leads to constant throat congestion, constant throat clearing, coughing, and at times shortness of breath.

Symptoms of Throat Phlegm or Mucus

  • Phlegm
  • Constant Coughing of Mucus & Phlegm
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Throat Congestion

What Causes of Throat Phlegm or Mucus

  • Mucus or phlegm can be caused by a variety, such as:
  • Infections such as common cold, flu, bronchitis and COPD.
  • Because allergy irritants, such as dust, pet dander, chemical fumes, etc.
  • Smoking causes the dryness of the vocal cords. This leads to excess phlegm production to line the airways
  • Gastro-esophageal reflux or bacterial or viral infection in the lungs
  • Severe illnesses, such as pneumonia, asthma, acute heart failure, or pulmonary embolism

Types of Phlegm or Mucus

  • Phlegm color is an important indication of your health and should not be ignored. It is best to get in touch with a doctor in case the color signifies any serious health concerns.
  • Color of phlegm, the original is white. If the person is healthy phlegm will be white in color.
  • Dark yellow colored phlegm is an indication of infection of the lower respiratory tract or any bacterial infection. At times, light yellow phlegm could be a symptom of a viral infection that occurs in the upper respiratory tract.
  • The presence of blood in the phlegm is a benign indication of bronchitis or even the sign of a major illness, such as tuberculosis or there is severe congestion in the respiratory or minor damage to the sinus and nasal cavity tissue,
  • Green colored  phlegm indicates pneumonia
  • People who smoke will have dark brown colored flem Phlegm that is brown in color is often associated with people who smoke excessively.
When treating excessive amounts of phlegm, specifically, herbal remedies have been known to offer tremendous relief. There are over the counter medications that do this, but some people prefer natural remedies such as herbs. Treat congestion with herbs by identifying the herbs that will help, and then ingesting them, inhaling them or taking them in herbal supplements Here are some herbal phlegm removal remedies that can help you avoid infections.


1.Ginger, Black pepper Tea

Boil ½ pieces of Ginger and 3 Black pepper corns in a glass of water for 2-3minutes, pour it with a strainer in a mug add a table spoon of honey and drink it. It’ll not only cure mucus but also the congestion and cough. Try it at least 2-3times a day. Ginger pungent, slightly warm and goes to the lungs, spleen and stomach channels. Reduces coughing and white phlegm and mucus in throat, reduces nausea and vomiting and induces sweating. Pepper is used to treat various throat infections. Honey will soothe the mucous membranes of the throat.

2.Turmeric, Apple cider vinegar Tea

Add 1 tsp of Turmeric powder along with 2 tablespoons of Apple cider vinegar in a glass of hot boiling water. Take this tea thrice a day. Turmeric is a miracle and contains antiseptic properties that fight mucus infection.

3.Ginger, Onion Syrup

Make an herbal syrup by simmering on a low heat extracted juices of fresh onion and ginger 1-1 cups and ½ cup Sugar or Jaggery (Gurr) till dense. Lick it up when u needed. You will find that the syrup is sweet and does not have the pungent taste and aroma of onions and ginger.   This tonic helps to bolster the immune system and thus helps to reduce the severity of the infection. It also helps to increase the fluidity of the phlegm and allows it to be easily expelled from the body. The tonic also helps to soothe the throat which makes it especially effective in treating a sore throat. Garlic and Onion around your house; these can be powerful and natural decongestants.

4.Turmeric, Milk

Add a teaspoon of Turmeric to a glass of hot Milk Drink this mixture before going to bed. Turmeric has antiseptic properties. Drinking milk and turmeric improves the immune system of the body and make it more effective in fighting infections.

5.Ginger Cinnamon Tea

Boil one inch Cinnamon piece and one inch ginger piece in a glass of water for 5-7 minutes. Then it is warm enough to drink add honey to taste or 2 tsp and drink before going to bed and you can drink up to three cups a day. Cinnamon is effective in reducing throat and respiratory tract infections as it has antibacterial properties. And Ginger has been used for centuries in treating cold and sinus.

6.Mullein Tea

Steep two teaspoons dried Mullein leaves in a cup of hot boiling water for 10 minutes, then strain out the wet leaves and drink the tea. You can drink up to three cups a day. Drinking mullein tea is a traditional folk remedy for respiratory ailments, offers another way to clear mucus from your lungs. It contains saponins, which help loosen phlegm, along with gelatinous mucilage that soothes raw mucous membranes.

7.Oregano Oil

Oil of oregano is derived from the plant Oregano Vulgares, and is believed to be antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral. Thus, many people use it as a dietary supplement when other types of medicine do not do the job. Congestion, colds, and sore throats are also said to be cured by oil of oregano in many cases, when you have yellow mucus Oregano Oil works effectively in treating mucus infection. Oregano Oil works wonders especially for upper respiratory infection. This essential oil can be taken in pill form, or as a liquid mixed into a drink. Oregano Oil can be applied to skin to eliminate mucus infections.

8.Oregano Decoction

Oregano is also very potent when used for respiratory ailments, such as colds, flu, sore throat, asthma and bronchitis.  It helps to relieve congestion, loosen phlegm and quiet coughs.
Either applying it topically (diluted, or diffused), it offers you excellent benefits. boil oregano leaves for several minutes pour it with a strainer in a glass add a table spoon of honey and drink half glass of the concoction  three times a day. Oregano tea has been an effective herbal remedy for coughing and white phlegm and mucus in throat.

9.Slippery elm

Slippery elm is the most effective herbal remedy for chronic phlegm. Add I tbs dried leaves of Slippery elm in a cup of hot boiling water steep for 10 minutes. Consume this concoction to get relief from white phlegm and mucus in throat.

10.Steam Inhalation

While inhaling a vapor will not necessarily clear your congestion, the oils in those vapors will help you feel like you are breathing better.  Squeeze a few drops of recommended herbs into a pot of simmering water to create a vapor or a steam. Inhaling the steam will loosen the phlegm in your chest, nose, throat etc and helps in the elimination of phlegm from the body. You can add aromatic oils like hyssop, thyme and peppermint in your vapors and steams and inhale the steam. These herbs will help you breathe and most people find them to smell soothing.

11.Eucalyptus oil, Pine oil Steam

To make the steam treatment even more effective, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil or Pine oil to a vaporizer to loosen mucus and phlegm and relieve congestion. Eucalyptus has antiseptic property and the vapors of the oil will prevent the production of throat mucous. Pine oil acts as an expectorant, so it will help you “bring up” phlegm from the bronchial tubes.

12.Juniper Berries, Eucalyptus leaves Vapors

The steam from juniper berries and eucalyptus leaves are also most effective. If you want to use juniper berries or eucalyptus leaves, simply boil them in a pot of water, then remove from the heat and inhale the steam vapors for sinus congestion Eucalyptus helps to soften mucus in obstructed airways and has some antibacterial properties.

13.Herbal Teas

  • Drink tea containing herbs that ease congestion. You can buy herbal teas at your health food store or grocery store, or you can also keep dried herbs on hand to use in tea when making your own by steeping herbs in hot water.
  • Brew tea with angelica root, cayenne pepper, goldenrod, colt's foot and eucalyptus. These herbs will work as expectorants and help you eliminate the mucus that may be causing your congestion.
  • Drink chickweed or liquorices tea for mucus in the respiratory tract.
  • Consume hyssop tea for a powerful decongestant. This herb clears your lungs of any mucus that may have settled there.
  • Taking comfrey, fenugreek, and thyme teas will be quite beneficial for mucus in the digestive and respiratory tracts and sinuses.

14.Culinary Herbs

  • Eat herbs that will naturally clear your sinuses and treat congestion.
  • Ginger root, garlic, onion and cayenne pepper can be added well with salads, soups and pastas or everything you eat when you are congested, these can be powerful and natural decongestants.
  • Consuming a small amount of mustard or horseradish herbs will open your sinus and nasal passages quickly.
  • To reduce yellow sticky phlegm and mucus in throat, combine agar and turnips into a salad. Avoid if loose bowels. Agar a sweet, salty and cold nature goes to the lung and large intestine channel. Moistens dryness, dissolves phlegm and mucus in throat, moves bowels.
  • Take cooked bamboo shoots with ginger and vinegar. Avoid if loose bowels. Bamboo Shoots are sweet and slightly bitter, cold in nature and goes to the lung, stomach and large intestine channels. Bamboo shoots clear yellow phlegm and mucus in throat and chest.

15.Try Herbal Products

Look for products that contain herbs that can relieve congestion such as ginger, cayenne, mustard, rosemary, ginseng, yarrow, hyssop and turmeric. Buy pills or capsules that are all natural and herbal to take instead of over the counter medications that may have additional chemicals and could have side effects.
Take juniper berries in capsule form as a preventative measure. 2 Marshmallow Root capsules along with each meal for a day or two till we start getting relief. Then, taper down to the dosage on the bottle. Congestion often comes with a cough Try an herbal cough syrup that work as an expectorant to bring up mucus. They will also soothe your throat if it is sore from coughing.

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