Step 3. Store and use the decongestant daily to clear chest congestion
- Pour the mixture into a container.
- Shake well before each use to get the most out of the remedy, as the powders in the recipe tend to settle.
- Take 1 to 2 tablespoons of the mixture daily to relieve chest congestion.
Repeat the remedy until the congestion clears.
Method 2: Use Onion
Onion is one of the oldest natural remedies used to get rid of chest congestion. Sulfur and quercetin present in onions are responsible for the stinging and the waterworks that get going when you get near a fresh-cut onion. They can also be of immense help to facilitate decongestion when you’re struggling to breathe.
Things you’ll need:
- Onion, peeled and quartered (relieves chest congestion) – 1
- Clean towel
Step 1. Cut and heat an onion
- Peel an onion and cut it into 4 parts.
- Heat the cut onion in the microwave for 2 minutes.
Step 2. Make a poultice
- Remove the hot onion pieces from the microwave and put them into a small towel.
- Bundle up the towel to make a poultice.
Step 3. Place the warm onion poultice on your chest or back
- Test the temperature of the poultice so that it’s bearable.
- Place the onion poultice on the bare skin of your chest or back. Keep it there for 30 minutes at a time.
- For best results, cover the poultice with a warm compress.
Do this daily until the chest congestion is gone.
Method 3: Use Steam with Essential Oils
The best way to break up congestion is to steam it out with essential oils. Steam carries the essential oil vapors through the nasal cavity to the area gripped with congestion. The antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties of essential oils make them effective against the infection that’s causing the congestion.
Eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils are the most appropriate choices when it comes to decongestion, as both are effective in clearing out the nasal passages. Eucalyptus oil is considered an excellent expectorant. Not only does peppermint oil soothe and calm the body, it also has analgesic properties.
Things you’ll need:
- Water – 2 cups
- Eucalyptus essential oil (clears nasal passage) – 5 to 10 drops
- Peppermint essential oil (soothes and calms your body)– 5 to 10 drops
Step 1. Boil the water and pour it into a bowl
- Pour 2 cups of water into a pan and bring it to a boil.
- Pour the steaming hot water into a bowl.
Step 2. Add in the essential oils
- Put 5 to 10 drops each of eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils into the bowl of steaming water.