Home remedies for congestion and excess mucus are very effective in dealing with this problem, provided that you follow them religiously. One of the best methods of relieving congestion is steam inhalation. You can heat a large saucepan of water and then seat yourself so that you looking down at the saucepan. You can then breathe in the steam which will help to loosen mucus and allow it to be expelled from the body. Drape a thick cloth or towel over your head so that you can trap in the steam. You can add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to the water as eucalyptus oil has very strong anti-bacterial properties which will help to get rid of any bacteria within your respiratory tract. It also helps to loosen any hardened mucus. If you do not have any eucalyptus oil, you can use one or two drops of Garlic oil or you can simply mash a clove of garlic and drop it into the saucepan. You should do this at least once or twice a day for three to four days in order to cleanse your respiratory tract of all accumulated mucus. Make sure that you do this every night just before you go to bed as this will allow to get some quality uninterrupted sleep. In addition to this, you should make sure that you have a lot of water and fluids throughout your day as this will ensure that your system is hydrated. Chicken broths and home made soups would be very good options, as chicken has a very high protein content. This will ensure that your body gets the nourishment it requires to fight off any infection. If it is possible, you can keep a thermos with hot water handy and keep sipping on hot water throughout your day. This is a very good method to get rid of congestion and in most cases even a day or two of doing this will provide excellent results.
answered by a on Dec 23, 2009, 7:34:07