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Saturday, February 27, 2010


  1. Breathe the steam from a vaporizer, hot shower or pan of boiling water. The moist air will sooth the airways and loosen sinus congestion and mucus in your throat and lungs. A few drop of the Eucalyptus oil will help this process.
  2. Elevate the head of your bed, this will allow the sinuses and nasal passages to drain better.
  3. Drink atleast 8 eight ounce glasses of water, this is especially important if your cough is due to an illness. Water is the best expectorant you can take, this will help thin the mucus and loosen the cough.
  4. Stop smoking
  5. Apply vicks to your foot and wear socks, this relieves you from cough during nights, funny but works.
  6. Do not use over the counter expectorant cough medicines as they suppress the symptoms and do not address the underlying problem. If you have the kind of cough with mucus you want to get it out of your respiratory system, not suppress it. Try one of the natural expectorant remedies below:
  • Try eating chilli peppers, horse radish or spicy food, this will help loosen the mucus.
  • Boil 2 glasses of water with pepper and ginger until it reduces to half a glass, add jaggery and drink believe me this helps to stop your cough and dissolves the thick mucus to push it out of your lungs.
  • During winter use a humidifier and a cool mist vaporizer.
  • Drink hot tea to break the mucus and moisten the airways.
  • Cough drops helps to stop the dry cough and moisten the throat.
  • Hot packs can be used on your throat and chest.
  • Avoid foods like dairy produst, meat and fried foods which increases the mucus production.