How To Get Rid Of Chest Congestion
We've all been there. You wake up in the morning and open your eyes. Time for another day's ...
Is it the flu? Could be - are you sweating and do your muscles feel like they've been beaten with a mallet? Maybe it's just a cold. Of course, "just" is an uncharitable term. Many colds bring with them a sore throat, a blocked nose and a whole lot of pain. In any case, you know that your breathing is not as it should be and the likelihood is that it's down to chest congestion.
Your chest is the workhouse of your body, where your heart and your lungs work to provide the life forces of oxygen and blood. And when your chest is congested, it means your lungs have a harder time doing their job.
There's not really a pill you can take here to make it better. You can limit the pain and minimize the effects of congestion, but you've still got to accept the fact that you're going to be ill for a few days.
Causes of congestion can be many and varied, and it's worth trying to identify which one you're dealing with. Some may need medical attention that only a doctor can provide. If it's flu or a cold, you're best staying at home initially. No-one will thank you for attending a doctor's surgery while contagious, and there's not much they can do. They'll advise you to rest and get plenty of fluids, which you should do.
There are plenty of things, too, you can do at home to ease the congestion and speed recovery.
A lot of people don't like onions - the taste, the smell, and the tears that come from chopping them. But if your nose is blocked, that doesn't matter so much. Boiling a few spoonfuls of onion in water makes a tea for congestion relief. Add garlic, too. Both have anti-bacterial properties and will help fight the congestion.
The impulse with chest congestion will be to cough. The natural reaction to this is to try and suppress it, and anti-tussive medications will stop you coughing. However, they are a bad idea. If your body needs to cough, it's doing so for a reason. It wants to get something out, so let it go. Cayenne pepper is a natural expectorant and will loosen phlegm - and with it, any irritants.
You may or may not have these around, but they are inexpensive and worth investing in as they have a multitude of uses. In particular, if you have chest congestion, eucalyptus and peppermint are great for combating it. Lavender, too, has decongestant benefits and also helps you relax., which you might need after a couple of hours coughing.
It may be that your congestion comes from another source. Colds and flu are typically easy to identify and don't need medical intervention unless you have an underlying condition. But if it seems like something else, see your doctor. They can dispense advice - and anything else - and the sooner they do this the better for your chest.
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