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Foods With An Expectorant Effect

Nadia Galinova
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Nadia Galinova
Foods With An Expectorant Effect

Expectorant medicine is most often found in the form of a liquid syrup that loosens phlegm and helps to expel it through the mouth while you cough. In this way, your chest is cleared of congestion caused by phlegm.

There are also some foods that have an expectorant effect as they help remove phlegm from the respiratory tract. We will share these home remedies with you in this article.

With chest congestion, people often have difficulty breathing and heaviness due to the accumulation of phlegm and mucus in the lungs and airways. This restricts air from entering the lungs.

Common causes of chest congestion include colds, flu, allergies and asthma. However, this can be due to some serious conditions, such as pneumonia, tuberculosis and lung cancer, etc. There should be clearing of phlegm and mucus from the lungs by coughing to relieve the condition.

Here are some effective home remedies to remove phlegm from the respiratory tract.

Chicken Soup

It reduces inflammation in the lungs and relieves chest congestion. Black pepper in chicken soup reduces phlegm production in the lungs. It also helps to eliminate mucus through coughing.

Lemon and honey

Honey kills the bacterial infection in the respiratory tract. Mix some honey with lime water and drink it. This will also suppress the cough. This is one of the best home remedies for breast enlargement.


Licorice tea for expectoration

It acts as a natural expectorant and helps expel mucus and phlegm from the lungs. It also has a soothing effect on the throat. You can drink licorice root tea twice a day.

Honey and black pepper

A mixture of honey and black pepper helps to dissolve phlegm in the chest and is easily removed by coughing. Honey has antiseptic properties, which helps to eliminate the infection. Mix one teaspoon of black pepper powder and honey to form a paste and take this three times a day.


Parsley helps to dissolve and break down thick phlegm, thus facilitating its removal from the lungs by coughing.


You can eat it raw or after cooking. It is effective in relieving chest congestion. It thins the phlegm by breaking it down so that it is easily coughed up.

Ginger tea

Ginger tea helps with expectoration

It reduces lung inflammation and kills bacterial infection of the respiratory tract. It also helps in breaking down phlegm and making it easier to remove. Ginger tea is one of the simple home remedies that help relieve chest congestion from phlegm.

Lemon juice with salt

Mix some salt in a glass of hot water and add lemon juice to it. It helps fight infection by boosting immunity as it contains vitamin C. It also helps break down phlegm and makes it thin.

Steaming with eucalyptus oil

Inhaling the steam will clear the airways and break up the thick mucus in the lungs. It helps in the smooth removal of sputum through coughing and gives a lot of relief from chest congestion. Eucalyptus oil kills the bacterial infection in the lungs.

Black coffee

Relieves chest congestion due to asthma attack. You have to drink two cups of strong coffee to get relief. Don't drink too much, as caffeine can raise blood pressure.