Although not a disease, phlegm is a symptom of an infection that is caused by microorganisms in the respiratory system, and its incidence increases in winter when the air is wetter. It is characterized by a secretion expelled when sneezing or coughing, which is made up of proteins and water. This mucus is responsible for protecting and filtering the air we breathe, retaining foreign bodies such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and even dust. However, its alteration and uncontrolled production are reasons for concern, and the cause to regain balance must be addressed.
When does he show up?
Phlegm can be present in many of the respiratory diseases causing nasal congestion and making breathing difficult. It is related to diseases such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, asthma, tonsillitis, bronchitis, flu and cold. Its consistency can vary depending on its composition, as well as its color and smell, which are influenced by the cause.
Treatment consists of expectoration of this phlegm, which must be done with the discovery of the cause. However, there are some natural medicines that can be used to expectorate. Among them are some foods and teas.
Teas to eliminate phlegm
To prepare this tea, use the proportion of 40 g of celery leaves for each liter of water. In a container, put the water and wait for it to boil. Put the leaves in another container, and add the boiling water afterwards. Cover and let stand for approximately ten minutes, straining and then consuming. For every cup you consume, add 10 drops of propolis. Consume four cups a day.
In a container, place 30 g of avocado leaves and set aside. In a saucepan, place a liter of water, bring to the fire and wait for it to boil. Then add the water to the leaves and cover, leaving it to rest for approximately ten minutes. Strain and sweeten with bee honey, then consume. The recommended dose is four cups a day.
The tea, made with the fruit, is an excellent expectorant medicine, and can be made with the proportion of four apples for every liter of water. In a container, pour the water and cut the apples into pieces, bringing to fire. When it comes to a boil, set it for ten minutes and then turn it off, remove the apples and sweeten with bee honey, consuming twice a day.
Mint or eucalyptus tea
The teas are made the same way, with the same proportion. Put 20 g of herb for each liter of water. In a container, bring the water to the fire, until it comes to a boil. Then turn off the heat and add the herb, cover and let it warm. Strain, sweeten with bee honey, and consume four cups a day.