A common symptom of a cold, infections of the respiratory system or even heart diseases, is chest congestion. The condition is associated with a sensation of tightness or heaviness in the chest which often results in difficulty in breathing. Chest congestion restricts the air flow into the lungs which in turn affects reduces the flow of oxygen to the lungs. The body attempts to clear out the congestion by getting rid of the excessive phlegm through coughing.
Home remedies and natural treatment options can prove to be extremely useful in cases where the chest congestion is not threatening, or if it is not persistent, but simply a temporary symptom of mundane conditions like a flu or the common cold. If the condition persists or does not respond to treatment fast enough it would be imperative to visit your doctor immediately. In some cases chest congestion causes pain and discomfort in the individual, and in these cases it may be advisable to administer some natural treatments for relief until medical treatment can be sought.
As a symptom of non- life threatening conditions, chest congestion can actually be treated through a number of natural home remedies. The natural treatment can prove effective for anyone from toddlers to adults and even pregnant women, when it is always advisable to stay away from pharmaceutical products. Herbal cures and expectorants made naturally are some of the common methods used to treat chest congestion. Most of the ingredients that go into making herbal medicines and cures are items you would find in every kitchen. The ingredients include garlic, ginger or mint. A tried and tested method for treating congestion is inhaling steam. In this natural treatment method, boiling water is poured into a large basin and the steam is inhaled while covering one’s head. This steam loosens the hardened phlegm, making it easier to cough it out. Nowadays, machines are easily available to produce the steam. Aromatherapy is also helpful, it employs the similar technique of steam inhalation, the only difference being the addition of essential oils to the water Eucalyptus oil is one such oil which is common and is also very effective, other oils include lavender and peppermint.
Herbal teas, when hot, are useful in giving a lot of relief from the discomforts of congestion. This has also been proven scientifically. Tea incorporated with the goodness of easily available herbs such as ginger (ginger tea) is very effective. The anti-inflammatory effect of ginger helps relieve the congestion. Other natural concoctions that cure congestion include chamomile tea.
Chest congestion can be prevented by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and a well-balanced diet. A diet that contains plenty of vitamin C and E strengthens the immune system. Practice of yoga can be incorporated into one’s life to improve and enhance the breathing process. The home remedies for chest congestion is effective only when it’s mild, one has to see a doctor if otherwise since it can be the sign of an underlying serious condition.