Mucus is a slimy secretion from the mucous membrane. It contains lysozyme (antiseptic enzyme) and protects the epithelial cells. Mucus as such can be seen in the respiratory system, auditory system, the urogenital system to name a few. Additionally it also provides protection from external micro-organism such as fungi, virus and bacteria. It is obvious therefore that there is the possibility of excess mucus being produced. In humans, excess production in any part, say nasal mucus can be treated and cured with appropriate decongestant medication.
Similarly for those suffering from asthma or influenza, where there is an excess of mucus in the bronchioles, treatment takes the form of anti-inflammatory medicines.Moreover, though there are some natural and herbal remedies to treat chronic mucus, it is recommended that a medical practitioner be consulted. Some of the popular herbal remedies are discussed here:
5 Best Herbs For Chronic Mucus
The aerial parts of the plant is renowned for its anti-inflammatory as well as astringent and anti-mucus properties, and has been used conventionally as a treatment for chronic and acute eye problems as it effectively reduces excess mucus. It is also effective on the throat and nasal mucus membrane and helps in reducing secretions.It can be taken in the form of tea or a tincture. As a tea it can be had regularly for five to six times by mixing a teaspoon of the dried herb to a cup of water. Alternative as a tincture, 25-30 drops can be taken in a day.
The leaves or seed is very useful to reduce excess production of mucus, and is effective in treating respiratory infection and sore throats. Fenugreek is expectorant. It contains steroids and alkaloids which is able to slacken the mucus and relax the mucus membrane, as well as expel it from the body. For best results, the fenugreek seeds can be soaked in hot water and drunk when lukewarm. The leaves alternatively can be added to boiling water along with a handful of eucalyptus leaves, and on removing from heat, the steam can be inhaled.
The leaves of this anti-bacterial herb are expectorant in nature. It is preferably used in cases of excess mucus in the respiratory system as in bronchitis or even asthma. Thyme too can be had as a tea or a soup or broth. A teaspoon or two of the herb is sufficient for making tea or soup. A more elaborative dose is to combine thyme with licorice, peppermint and honey to make up a syrup.
The syrup helps in lessening inflammation, opens up blocked passages and calms the mucus producing membranes. To make the syrup, take a cup of water and add two tablespoons of all the herbs and boil it for about 30 minutes. Strain the content and add a proportionate amount of honey. Cool it and have the syrup once or twice a day.
Once again, mullein, a traditional remedy is beneficial for the respiratory system for its decongestant and expectorant nature. It has saponins and helps in a dual manner- first it calms the swollen tissues and the raw membranes, and next it adds moisture to the air sacs in the lungs. Mullein too can be taken as a tea or tincture. As a tea a tablespoon of it can be added to a cup of water and had for 4-6 times daily. As a tincture 30-40 drops can be taken. The dosage however depends of the degree of excess mucus.
This herb is known for its ability to ward off bacterial infections and virus, and for eliminating body toxins and in turn is effective in vitalizing the immune system. 500mg of the herb can be taken two times a day to soothe chronic mucus problem.It can also be taken in the form of a tablet or even a tincture, approximately 5-10 drops, four to six drops a day. Also, since this herb does not easily mix in water, it is recommended that it is not taken in the form of tea.
Caution: Please use Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.