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10 Natural Remedies for Chest Infection

Chest infections are normal just as regular cold and cough. It's not necessary to treat the mucus in the chest with medications or any kind of medical intervention. But those suffering from it can try these natural home remedies that may help them co

Home Remedies By Tavishi Dogra / Apr 14, 2014

Chest Infection

The buildup of mucus in the chest and inflammation is generally called chest infection. It can lead to various unpleasant signs, such as:

  • wheezing
  • sleep difficulties 
  • sore throat

Congestion in the chest is commonly accompanied by mucus/cough that brings up phlegm. However, some cough in the chest is normal, but an excess of cough can be a cause for concern for your health. A chest infection is just like a virus that affects your lungs. However, this condition varies as per different bodies. The mucus in the chest has a range of signs including

  • chest pain
  • chest pressure
  • continuous cough 

The chest infections are the results of 

  • viruses
  • fungi 
  • bacteria


Steam can help you reduce the severity of chest infection and expel phlegm. Inhale the steam deeply produced from a vaporizer or several cups of boiled water.

Eucalyptus (Nilgiri Oil)

Eucalyptus (Nilgiri oil) is an excellent remedy to get rid of chest infection, owing to its antibacterial and antifungal properties. Add a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil into a bowl of steaming water. Lean over it and breathe deeply for several minutes.

Thyme Juice

A powerful expectorant, thyme juice is excellent for the lungs. Not only it moves excess mucus out of the lungs to ease the cough, but it also acts as an antispasmodic on lung tissue and kills bacteria in the lungs.


Garlic can be used to reduce the severity of a bacterial chest infection. It can be used in food preparations, eaten raw garlic or added to tea. To make garlic tea, add a teaspoon of freshly grated garlic to one cup of boiling water.

Garlic, Lemon and Honey

A combination of garlic, lemon and honey can help get rid of chest infections. Crush half-a-onion to paste, add 2 spoons of lemon juice and honey to it. Consume the mixture three to four times a day.

Ginger and Honey

Grate ginger and squeeze half a teaspoon of its juice. Combine it with a teaspoon of honey to make a syrup of the two natural ingredients. Consume the syrup thrice a day and you will get rid of chest infection.

Milk, Turmeric Powder, Black Pepper powder and Honey

Take one glass hot milk. Add half teaspoon of turmeric powder, a pinch of black pepper powder, one spoon of honey to the milk. Drink the milk hot, at least thrice a day to get relief from a chest infection.

Plantain Juice

Plantain juice is like a herbal antibiotic that treats the infection. Moreover, the juice also acts as an expectorant on the lungs to get rid of the mucus from them and ease the cough.

Mustard Poultice

Mustard poultice, made by mixing one part dry mustard with three parts flour and a little water, is quite effective against chest infections. It stimulates the healing of chest infection and eases the symptoms.

Give Rest To Your Body

Sometimes, our busy schedules don’t let our body get the rest it needs and which makes the immune system to break down. With little immunity, our bodies may find it difficult to fight sickness or disease. Give your body the rest it needs to strengthen your immune system and fight illnesses.


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