Mucus in Lungs | Natural Cure for thick Mucus in Lungs

What Causes Mucus in the Lungs

COPD means chronic obstructive disease under which two spectrums of diseases are grouped- chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
Chronic bronchitis is characterized by over-activity of mucus secreting glands of bronchi which lead to excess secretion of mucus which blocks the bronchioles.
While in emphysema it is characterized by over-distension of alveoli and bronchioles. Usually chronic bronchitis and emphysema co-exist.

Causes of chronic Bronchitis

  • Exposure to dust, smoke, tobacco smoke, fumes occurring as specific occupational hazard or as a part of general atmospheric pollution in cities.
  • Exposure to dampness, cold winds and sudden changes in temperature may be responsible.
    Smokers have an increased incidence of chronic bronchitis.
  • Patient usually with COPD complains of repeated attacks of cough, dyspnoea (breathlessness), wheezing, tightness in chest and increased mucous secretions especially in the morning.

How to Prevent Bronchitis

  • Most important preventive measure for smokers is to stop smoking and non-smokers should avoid passive smoking.
  • Avoid atmospheric pollution and industrial workers should use measures to prevent inhalation of dust and smoke at the workplace.
  • Respiratory infection if any, should be promptly treated.
  • Keep yourself well hydrated; drink plenty of liquids (8 to 10 glasses per day) to keep the secretions loose.
  • Wear a scarf around mouth and nose in cold weather.
  • Use of face masks to prevent industrial pollution to enter airways.

Home Remedies for Mucus in Lungs or Bronchitis

  • Take steam inhalations to keep the secretions loose and to reduce congestion. Menthol and eucalyptus oil can be added to water for better results.
  • Home remedies commonly used are ginger, basil and black-pepper.
  • One teaspoon of ginger extract or powder, mixed with honey  and taken three times a day is very beneficial in chronic bronchitis.
  • Decoction made out of basil leaves, ginger and black pepper in equal quantities is effective.
  • Basil leaves crushed and mixed with honey taken three times a day is also beneficial.
  • Onion juice and honey, one teaspoon each mixed, can also be taken twice daily for reducing cough.


  1. Ken said:

    Is there anything that could help dry the lungs? I am 73 and am not on any prescription drugs. I can walk long distances without any breathing problems. Yet, I am continually coughing up phlegm. I do not smoke. Sometimes the phlegm looks like saliva, after I bring up mucus after breakfast.

    June 27, 2009
  2. Louise said:

    I am 24 and I have this feeling of phlegm in my lungs. At night I can here kind of like a wheezing sound when I breath out deeply. I don’t have a real cough, only occasionally but I can feel like a vibration in my chest when I breath. I was diagnosed with a sinus infection by my doctor about 2 months ago for which I took a course of antibiotics, which worked well. But I am still constantly clearing my throat. The difficult thing is that I am not really bringing up any excess phlegm or fluid. Any help or suggestions as to what this might be would be appreciated. I am still young and don’t want to be feeling like I’m 100 years old.

    December 28, 2009
  3. Anonymous said:

    I am 44 and I have this feeling of phlegm in my lungs. I can hear a wheezing sound when I breath out deeply. I was diagnosed with an asthma. The difficult thing is that I am not really bringing up any excess phlegm or fluid.

    February 2, 2010
  4. PL said:

    I was operated upon my lungs last year because of the inflammation and the doctor had said that my cough will stop and that is why I had agreed for the operation but until now the the cough has not stopped, however the bleeding has stopped. What is the best remedy for mucus in chest.

    July 2, 2010
  5. J Z said:

    I am 16; I have had asthma all my life. Having to use an inhaler like every day, I wheeze a lot especially when I get a cold or something triggers my asthma, just about anything triggers it.

    I am still learning better ways to deal with it, when I have mucus in my lungs its uncomfortable, especially when it thickens ’cause it blocks my airways, one way to help that mucus is to take some over counter meds, that say they are for mucus or even ones that say they are for chest congestion. Dark chocolate also helps with this. Also honey can be quite useful. It can be very uncomfortable and hard to breathe but hang on in there, trust me I know how it feels.

    November 22, 2010
    • PUP said:

      In asthma the air passage becomes inflamed and narrow. The condition makes it difficult for the air to move in and move out. Many factors are involved such as genetic, environmental, occupational etc as the cause.
      You can try home remedies for asthma:
      – Try to find out the allergen and avoid it as much as possible. Fumes, dust mites, pollens etc may be a cause.
      – A mixture of radish, lemon juice and honey helps to liquefy the sputum.
      – Try to avoid exposure to cold and dusty places.
      – Drink a mixture prepared from milk, honey and garlic clove and olive oil regularly. It helps to relive the symptoms of asthma.
      Boost your immunity by drinking lemon juice, eating green leafy vegetables.

      November 25, 2010
  6. RRS said:

    I have been trying to find ways to get rid of the cough/mucus in my lungs. I don’t wheeze that much (its only after a day of heavy smoking). I don’t cough that much. I do have a brown phlegm when I spit (not always, but mostly in the mornings). It’s very very sticky and thick too. I do feel that the reduction in my stamina (I can judge it as I have been a sports person). Basically, I think my vital capacity has gone down because of smoking. I can’t sing for long without taking a breath. I do have lack of breath when I climb, say 4 flight of stairs. I am working on quitting smoking. Is there a way I can actually throw out the mucus. I have been looking for a liquid / powder/ mixture that can help.

    January 17, 2012
  7. A said:

    A week ago I noticed wheezing without any cough. It seems I have phlegm stuck inside my chest and I can’t cough to get rid of it. It’s getting worse, especially when I sleep at night. I can hear my wheezing and it is so annoying because I am not bringing up any excessive phlegm. Also, I am a passive smoker.

    February 7, 2012
    • TDR said:

      One of my friends had a similar problem. He was advised to do some rapid walking for a few days. Walking 20 minutes a day about 6 miles/hour. The heart rate goes up and you start breathing heavily and also break into a sweat. If you are otherwise healthy, you should try this out. It worked for him. He feels much better and breathes much more easily now. Check with your physician before you embark on this treatment.

      February 8, 2012
  8. CK said:

    I don’t cough but I have this thick sticky mucus that is on my throat and lungs. I can’t specify exactly where the mucus comes from. Sometimes my lungs are so weak that I feel like putting my hand in them and wash the dirt away. I even feel that the size of the food pipe has gotten so small that I can’t swallow smoothly. I am a smoker and usually I do take a dump after having my meals and smoke. Please suggest whats the right remedy for all this?

    March 23, 2012
  9. AM said:

    I have found drinking hot water mixed with one teaspoon of ginger juice and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar helps. Also try menthol inhalation.

    April 26, 2012
  10. Jimy said:

    I have been coughing up brownish green and clear phlegm for a couple of weeks now. Now I am not really coughing anymore but my chest still feels tight. I am a smoker and I smoke about a half a pack daily. Please suggest me some home remedies as I don’t want to see the doctor.

    June 5, 2012
    • PUP said:

      Stop smoking, it is the simple and short method to alleviate your symptoms.

      June 6, 2012
  11. Imi said:

    My mom has cancer and she is suffering from asthma also. In winter and when the weather is overcast her chest becomes tight, she finds it hard to breath. She has flem in her lungs or chest. Please suggest some remedies.

    July 2, 2012
    • PUP said:

      Fig is one of the most time tested home remedy for asthma. Clean 3 to 4 figs with warm water and soak them during night. Eat them early next morning.
      Mix 6 grams of Indian gooseberry powder in one teaspoon of honey. Take it regularly in the morning. Indian gooseberry has anti-oxidant properties and it may also be beneficial in reducing problems related with cancer.

      July 5, 2012
  12. Farha said:

    You can do many things to relieve yourself. You can use an inhaler better breathing. You can take steam inhalation. Stay away from dust areas. Take a hot shower as it produces steam and kill the germs. Drink water mixed with honey and ginger.

    October 9, 2012
  13. NA said:

    I am suffering from mucus in nose and mucus in lungs accompanied with irritable cough. What is the effective natural medicine for it?

    December 9, 2012
    • PUP said:

      Mucus in nose and lungs is common in upper respiratory tract infections. Mostly it is causes due to cold and viral infection. Certain home remedies are beneficial in such conditions;
      • Drink ginger tea. Add shredded ginger while boiling the tea. Ginger has properties beneficial in getting rid of mucus from respiratory tract. It is effective in cold and flu.
      • Turmeric is another time tested home remedy for relieving cough and mucus from lungs and nose. Mix a pinch of turmeric powder in warm milk. Drink it before going to bed as well as in the morning. Turmeric helps to expel mucus from respiratory tract.
      • Steam inhalation is an age old method to liquefy mucus and get rid of it from lungs and nose.

      December 10, 2012
  14. Adrine said:

    My mother is 50 years old and suffering from asthma for almost 25 years. Recently about 3 years her condition got worst. All problems are about the phlegm. For example if she could be possible to rid of that by coughing it’s ok but if for a couple of days if phlegm stops getting out, she gets very sick. We have to take her to hospital in intensive care unit just to take the phlegm with medicine. Please my question is that is there any natural way to get rid of the phlegm? My mother never smokes neither she works in smoky area.

    May 4, 2013
    • PUP said:

      Asthma is chronic condition. The airway becomes narrow and inflow and outflow of air becomes difficult. Besides environmental factors, genetic is also an attributing cause. However, there are ways to keep the phlegm thin which will help to expel it out easily.
      • Drink enough water every day as water makes the thick mucus liquefied.
      • Take one teaspoon of honey, two teaspoon of radish juice and one teaspoon of lemon juice. Mix all the content and let her drink this mixture two times in a day. She can add all the above ingredients in a glass of water.
      • Take two cloves of garlic daily. Also add garlic while preparing food.
      • A teaspoon of basil leaf juice two times in a day is also beneficial.

      May 4, 2013

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