Catarrh can be described as the over-production of thick mucus or phlegm that builds up in one of the cavities or airways of your body – it is most commonly found in the sinuses but can also develop in the throat, chest or ears. Most of the time, catarrh will eventually clear up on its own. Unfortunately, some people have it for much longer than they would like and have a lot of difficulties shifting it. In this article, we will look at how to get rid of catarrh using natural methods.
Catarrh is usually the result of your immune system fighting an infection. The excess mucus is produced by the mucous membranes to get rid of the infection and move it along. As catarrh is a symptom of an infection like the common cold or an allergic reaction, it will usually disappear on its own.
If you are a long-term smoker, then it is very likely that you have developed a smoker’s cough. A smoker’s cough can be identified as a cough that is persistent, in that it lasts for more than three weeks. It usually starts off as a dry, irritated cough but eventually becomes mucous-filled.
A dry cough that occurs immediately after smoking is usually as a result of your body responding to the toxins that are present in cigarette smoke. A long-term smoker’s cough develops because of damage to the cilia, tiny hair-like cells that protect the nasal passageways and other areas of the respiratory tract from toxins.
Years of smoking impairs the cilia cells, preventing them from filtering out toxins, which then are able to enter the lungs. When the toxins enter the lungs, they create inflammation and your body responds with an extra production of mucus, which is what makes you cough.
By stopping smoking, the cilia are able to repair themselves, which allows them to do their job properly. Eventually, you won’t have that build up of catarrh; you will also get rid of that hacking cough.
Some people find that steam works really well to get rid of excess mucus. The first thing I do when I feel congested is steam it out and I really find it is one of the best natural ways to get rid of catarrh. Using steam will loosen the mucus from wherever it is and leave you feeling very relieved. If this is something you want to try, all you will need is some form of a deep bowl filled with hot water (hot enough to see steam, of course) and with a towel over your head just take in some deep breaths. You may want to invest in a steam inhaler as they really do come in handy. If you want to make this more effective, you could try a few drops of eucalyptus oil.
Salt Water Gargle
Gargling salt water is not just an old wives tale, but actually makes a really good remedy if you have soreness or thick mucus in throat. Gargling salt water helps to loosen up mucus, making it easier for you to clear your throat. You can also use a saline solution in a neti pot to do a nasal irrigation to get rid of excess mucus from the nose and sinuses. To make a salt water gargle, simply add a couple of teaspoons to a glass of warm water. Stir and then gargle for at least 30 seconds and spit out. Repeat until glass is empty.
Turmeric and Ginger Tea
If you really want to know how to get rid of catarrh, then you should try turmeric and ginger tea. Drinking a hot drink will moisten the throat and naturally break up any phlegm at the back of the throat and chest congestion; the steam created from the hot drink acts as a nasal decongestant. Turmeric and ginger – botanically related – are both packed full of health benefits and are highly recommend when you are suffering from a cold or flu as well as other conditions.
Turmeric, also known as curcuma longa, has long been used in countries, including India, as a natural health remedy. It contains the active compound curcumin, which is thought to possess strong antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. Consuming turmeric when you have a viral infection, should, in theory, shorten the length of it. Additionally, the anti-inflammatory properties may help to relieve chest congestion and reduce coughing.
Ginger, like turmeric, has been used as a natural treatment for centuries for various ailments, including nausea and muscle pain. Ginger is also very good to consume if you are suffering from catarrh because it is a natural expectorant. Expectorants loosen up the build-up of mucus that occurs when you have a respiratory infection, making it easier for you to get rid of the mucus in your lungs.
Turmeric and ginger tea is pretty easy to make, though, for an easier option, there are actually ginger and turmeric tea bags that you can buy. How much turmeric and ginger you add is really up to you but below is a guideline.
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While most of us are used to using garlic to enhance our food, it actually has a long history of being used medicinally for a range of conditions, including high blood pressure, ringworm and even a mosquito repellent – although from past experience I’m not sure how effective garlic is as a repellent. Garlic can get rid of catarrh because it is an expectorant, meaning that it can loosen any excess mucus. There are a few ways you can use garlic for catarrh.
The first way and best way is to crush or grate a clove – it is more effective than taken whole – and take it with a teaspoon of honey, which does mask the taste a little. If this seems like it would be way to difficult, then you may want to add some to hot water and use it as a steam inhalant. You could also use it as a rub, which is pretty effective, but I personally think the smell would take a long time to disappear.
When you think of oregano, you think of a culinary herb that is most commonly associated with Mediterranean cuisine, but little did you know that oregano has many health benefits and has actually been used for centuries as a natural remedy. Not only is oregano is an antioxidant, which may support your immune system during an infection, it is also a powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial, making it a great way to fight off a nasty cold or flu virus. Additionally, like garlic and turmeric, oregano is an expectorant, so it can help you bring up any excess mucus.
Hopefully, one of these methods on how to get rid of catarrh will help you bring up all that excess mucous you have been harbouring. Please, make sure that when you do eventually cough it up, you get rid of it in a tissue or down a toilet, because hacking it up and disposing of it on the streets is just gross.
How do you get rid of catarrh?