Cough accompanied by mucus, phlegm or sputum is usually called productive cough. This could be a sign of a developing infection of the lungs.
Both for productive cough, as well as for dry ones, doctors recommend to avoid foods that may irritate airways and can cause new episodes of coughing, such as: spices and spicy foods, dishes containing vinegar, carbonated drinks, alcohol and smoking. Here are some natural remedies that will help you eliminate the mucus and heal faster:
Gargle with salt water. Rinse the throat with salted water and then spit the water. The mucus will be removed from the upper airways and coughing will diminish temporarily.
Lemon and onions. In a cup of hot water squeeze the juice of a lemon and the juice from an onion. Add honey and allow the beverage to cool until it reaches room temperature. Drink it in one half. Prepare yourself this drink 3 times a day, for 2-3 days, until the phlegm disappear.
Mint and eucalyptus. Boil a handful of mint leaves mixed with eucalyptus in a large pot. After the infusion begins to boil, take the pan off the heat and lean over it to inhale . Be careful not to get burned. Hold a towel over your head. Breathe deep water vapor. It will open and maintain sinuses moisture.
Honey, horseradish, onion. Prepare a mixture from fine grater horseradish root, finely chopped onion, 5 tablespoons of honey and 5 tablespoons of water. Boil the mixture boils and wait until it cools. Consume one teaspoon 3-4 times a day.