Easy ways to treat chest congestion at home

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Chest congestion can be extremely discomforting. If not treated in time, it can lead to severe infections in the respiratory tract. A person suffering from congested chest may most commonly experience pain in chest or throat, build-up of phlegm, making the chest feel really heavy. Extreme cases can even make swallowing of food difficult. Since ages, Indian households rely on home remedies to cure such common ailments. Apart from treating health issues, home remedies have a number of health benefits. DRINK HONEY AND LEMON JUICE: Add honey and lemon juice in a glass of hot water and drink this concoction for at least 2-3 times a day. Being a natural decongestant, honey soothes throat and chest and lemon contains vitamin C which helps in boosting immunity. WARM MILK: Adding honey, turmeric and black pepper to milk works on chest and cold infections. Turmeric has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that helps in killing bacteria and black pepper aids digestion and relieves cough and cold. Drink this concoction 2 times a day. DRINK WARM WATER: Not only recommended by many health experts, drinking hot water relaxes throat and gradually heals chest congestion. Drinking hot water helps in dissolving mucus in respiratory tract and relieves congested chest. GARGLE WITH HOT WATER: This home remedy to treat congested chest and infected throat is one of the highly trusted ones. Add a half tablespoon of salt in a glass of hot water and gargle for 1-2 minutes. You can gargle for at least 3- 4 times a day. Spit the water and avoid swallowing it. DRINK TEA: Brew a cup of ginger, peppermint, chamomile or rosemary tea to effectively treat congested chest. Instead of sugar, add honey to get additional benefit. If you are not a tea lover, then just chew ginger in raw form.–Agencies

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