Chest Congestion and Coughing Remedies

by Sam Malone

There are numerous chest cough remedies that are completely safe and free of side effects, unlike most drugs and medications available in pharmacies. A chest cough can be very painful and is mainly due to congestion. It creates a feeling of pressure on the chest that can be overwhelming and particularly painful when coughing.

A persistent cough of this nature could be caused by some serious condition or disease, in which case medical attention should be received immediately. In most cases however chest cough treatment can be administered at home quite easily. There are a number of chest cough herbal remedies and home remedies that you can easily prepare at home without much expense.

Home Remedies

Applying olive oil to the chest is believed to help provide relief from an intense chest cough and is quite a popular remedy. Eucalyptus oil is also another excellent herb extract that has tremendous medicinal value and can be applied to the chest for relief. It is also of the utmost importance that the congestion which is responsible for the cough is addressed. Steam or vapour inhalations can help to this end. Steam inhalation is possibly the most effective of all chest cough remedies. You can add a few drops of eucalyptus, peppermint or olive oil to a bowl of steaming water and position your head over it so that the steam rises towards your face. Place a towel over your head, also enclosing the bowl. You can also have a hot shower, with the water heated enough to steam a mirror.

There are a number of other simple home remedies for coughing that you can try out at home. Boil some cloves of garlic in water after which you may take out the cloves and drink the water. Drinking herbal teas also helps a lot and soothes the throat providing instant relief. Some of the most popular herbs used with tea would include green tea, thyme, hyssop, salvia, fennel, peppermint and eucalyptus.

Another effective remedy that you can try out requires ginger root and wine. Cook some ground ginger root in sweet wine, after which you should strain it and have at least a few sips of the mixture everyday. This will help reduce the coughing. You can also try and have a mixture of honey and lemon grass juice. Mix the ingredients in equal proportions and drink it. Honey and brandy is also an age old chest cough remedy that is still very popular and is quite effective.

Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions on the home remedies from this article. Avoid using any of these products if you are allergic to it. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the writer.
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