Congestion and Coughs

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Congestion in the body, especially in the lungs, is the result of phlegm or mucus. Congestion is very common for adults, children and babies who consume meat, dairy, refined grains and starches.

A normal body function when there is congestion in the chest area is a cough. A cough is a reflex action.

Causes and Risk Factors

Most cases of congestion pertain to congestion or accumulation of mucus in the lungs. Congestion, or mucus congestion.

Causes of congestion are:

  • Respiratory infection
  • Deviated septum
  • Asthma
  • Common cold and influenza
  • Allergies
  • Croup
  • Pulmonary edema
  • Lung cancer
  • Pneumonia
  • Heart failure
  • Cystic fibrosis

Symptoms

Symptoms of congestion are:

  • Coughing (a reflex action)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Labored breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Runny nose
  • Wheezing
  • Chest discomfort
  • Blood in cough
  • Noise while breathing

Healing Congestion and Coughing Naturally

When there is congestion, drink plenty of water. Alkaline water is best, as alkalinity counteracts acidity. For more of an effect, squeeze lemon juice in the water (warm water is best) and add a pinch of cayenne pepper, stir well and drink. You can do this as much as you like. It will only help remedy the congestion and cough as it will help dissolve the stubborn and hardened mucus.

Herbs

Individual herbs that are excellent and efficacious in cases of congestion include:

  • Blood Root
  • Mullein (leaf)
  • Boneset
  • Lungwort
  • Comfrey
  • Fenugreek
  • Euclayptus (leaf)
  • Coltsfoot
  • Talisadi
  • Lobelia
  • Hyssop
  • White Pine Bark
  • Pleurisy
  • Lung Moss, and
  • Elecampane

Cayenne, though not a mucilaginous or demulcent herb, works wonderfully well in conditions of mucus congestion. So does Black Pepper, Ginger Root, and Horseradish (used to make Wasabi for sushi).

Marijuana (in tea form) is a powerful herb for congestion and coughing bouts. Unfortunately however, the herb is banned here in the U.S. (due to political reasons). So you would be wise to stay away from this herb (to prevent getting yourself in trouble with the federal government).

The single best herb for coughing is Wild Cherry Bark, which provides natural codeine (bio-codeine). Wild Cherry Bark, unlike many pharmaceutical grade medications on the market, does not suppress a cough or coughing, but instead works with the cough (a normal body reflex) and facilitates the coughing process. Wild Cherry Bark works well with White Pine Bark (or Spruce).

Remember, we never want to suppress a cough because suppressing a cough keeps the mucus or phlegm in the body and thus, the congestion will return at a later date.

Essential Oils

There are essential oils known to be effective in cases of congestion and coughing include:

  • Eucalyptus
  • Cajeput
  • Wintergreen
  • Inula
  • White Camphor
  • Black Pepper
  • White Pine Bark
  • Peppermint, and
  • Hyssop.

Eucalyptus is by far the best herb to use to counteract congestion. It should be inhaled, added to bath or soak water, and rubbed on the chest (especially before bedtime).

To apply to the chest, first rub on a little carrier oil (like olive or coconut oil) to your (or another person’s) chest, then add about 5-7 drops of Eucalyptus to your palm and rub or massage into the chest area. Make sure you open your window too as this oil works in tandem with the natural air that helps to dissolve hardened and stubborn mucus.

You can also add one drop of essential oil of Eucalyptus to a glass of warm water, stir well, and drink. You can do this 2-3 times a day.

In hot bath water, add 5-8 drops of Eucalyptus oil and 1-2 boxes of sea salt and soak for about 30-45 minutes. This is a great anti-congestion soak that I highly recommend. For infants and babies: use only 2-3 drops of oil and only half a box of sea salt and let the child soak for about 20-30 minutes.

Crystals

Zoisite is also known to be effective in cases of congestion and coughing. It’s believed that Zoisite can help neutralize overacidification and reduce inflammation.

Margarite is another recommended crystal for mucus accumulation. It’s a form of mica that helps balance the acidity level of the body and to improve acidosis conditions.

These crystals and stones can be directly applied to the chest area or placed in a glass of water overnight and drank the next morning as an elixir.

Natural Healing Options for Children

For babies suffering with mucus congestion, add carrier oil to his/her chest and add only 1-2 drops of essential oil of Eucalyptus (and/or White Pine Bark) and rub into the child’s chest. Afterwards, dress the child with warm clothing and make sure the window is cracked (slightly opened) so a nice breeze can come into the room, as this works along with the oil and warmth caused by the clothing to cause the hardened mucus to dissolve.

Infants with congestion: 1-2 drops of essential oil Babies with congestion: 2-3 drops of essential oil Small children with congestion: 3-4 drops of essential oil

Carrier oils include: olive oil, coconut oil, grape seed oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, rose hip seed oil, etc. Shea butter can also serve as a carrier.

Try a preparation of tea of Mullein leaves, Eucalyptus Leaves, White Pine Bark, and Wild Cherry Bark (or any one of these herbs individually), let it cool down, add a little lemon or lime juice, and some maple syrup (Grade B or C) or agave nectar or vegetable glycerine to sweeten, stir well, and pour contents into a baby bottle and let the baby drink this wonderful tea which should stimulate expectoration of mucus or phlegm.

These teas can be bought separately and mixed together (adding the various teabags to one cup of hot water).

Any demulcent formula tea is also good to give to the baby following the instructions above.

Over-the-Counter Drugs

Beware of all commercial pharmaceutical grade brands of antitussive and demulcent medications (cough syrup), especially Nyquil, due to the alcohol content and other ingredients. These harmful products impair motor skills, the nervous system, and the blood and liver among other things.

There are few good alternative brands of cough syrups (most made of elder berries) on the market at good health food stores that are safe and ideal to use. However, some of them may be made with honey, so make sure you read the labels. Honey should not be given to babies under the age of two.

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    Q: I really need your help concerning my son. He is only 2 years old, but he has suffered with mucus build up and chest congestion since he was born. I only give him soymilk now. No other dairy. Several times a month he coughs up mucus and it is difficult for him to breath. Do you have something that can help him? He also has to use the nebulizer machine for breathing treatments.

    A:

    I recommend you give your son Mullein Leaf Extract or Dherbs Lung Extract. Serve him mullein tea (with maple syrup for sweetness and a little lemon juice) EVERY DAY!

    Rub olive oil on his chest and rub in 3-4 drops of Eucalyptus oil, before he goes to bed every night.

    Switch from soymilk to almond milk if possible.

    Give him plenty of water to drink too!

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    Q: I commonly get sinuses headaches as a result of congestion. I have a sinus drip which is the root cause of this and as a result I am suppose to take sinus medicines daily. I recently did the 10 day express cleanse during which time I did not have the issue with congestion. Which individual product can be used to resolve my congestion issues?

    A:

    The formula's in the 10 Day Cleanse didn't specifically help with your congestion issue, but more so the adjusted diet did. Eliminating certain foods from your diet and eating foods that provide benefits helped decrease the amount of mucus and inflammation in your body. It would be best for you to do the Respiratory Cleanse and Regimen as this specifically helps recondition the lungs and helping with sinus issues.

    Please read our article entitled Respiratory Health. http://www.dherbs.com/articles/respiratory-health-67.html

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    Q: The problem is I am having heavy congestion and now its worse. I am pulling up dark green mucus, I have a sore throat, and also I have the chills. I am sick like almost every other day. My immune system is going down the drain. It’s depressing I don't know what to do because not even the doctors know what to do except for prescribing antibiotics.

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    I WOULD RECOMMEND THAT YOU PERFORM OUR FULL BODY DETOX FOLLOWED BY OUR RESPIRATORY CLEANSE AND REGIMEN. THESE WILL HELP YOUR CONDITION AND HELP YOU TO HEAL. AFTER YOU PERFORM THESE KITS OR AT LEAST ONE OF THEM, A GOOD DAILY FORMULA WOULD BE OUR RAINFOREST TONIC AND/OR OUR IMMUNE SUPPORT FORMULA. AND REMEMBER, YOU MUST ALSO CHANGE YOUR DIET. YOUR DIET IS WHERE THE MUCUS IS COMING FROM. YOU CAN HEAL, BELOVED! IT'S YOUR DIVINE BIRTHRIGHT!

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    Q: This question is in regard to my 1 yr. old daughter. This morning she grabbed a boiling hot cup of water down from the kitchen table and now has a 2nd degree burn on her chest. She has a big open wound where the skin came off on her chest. I do not vaccinate my child and the nurses were trying to urge me to give her a tetanus shot which I refused. They mentioned it was a vaccine which was for pertussis as well which I did not really understand. So my question is, what would u recommend I give her to keep infection away? I am taking her to a burn center tomorrow for them to check it and show me how to and how often to dress it. I plan to put silver water on the bandage to help the healing process as well. I plan to do a detox for her soon since they gave her morphine for pain and also she has had a lot of mucus and congestion lately due to her teething. Thank you in advance and thank u for this BEAUTIFUL website I am so blessed to have come across your products, I plan to promote them within my business I have already been directing my clients here (I'm a natural stylist).

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    Make sure you put aloe vera gel on the damaged skin of the child daily. Aloe is very calming and healing. To prevent infection, rub shea butter on the skin daily. Shea is very good for skin healing. Calendula gel (from a health food store) is also very therapeutic. The OZ OIL from Dherbs would be the best healing agent due to the oxygen in it. Alternate between the above oil, gel, and butter. Don't worry too much about the situation. Focus on healing and moving forward. The child will be alright! Peace, Love and Healing!

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    Q: My 16 month old grandbabies have a cold with congestion. What can I use to relieve the congestion? They are on antiboditics now.

    A:

    Get them off the antibiotics! It's not good for them! Give them our CHILDREN LUNG EXTRACT and CHILDREN’S COUGH EXTRACT. Both are listed under Children's Product on the On-line store.

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    Q: My daughter just got over a cold and had to have antibiotics for a sinus infection. This was 3 weeks ago. She has the same thing going on again. She also has asthma. I have ordered the lung extract and the echineacha golden seal drops which she takes. Do you have any other suggestions to stop her from having this terrible cough & congestion?

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    Please read our article entitled "CONGESTION AND COUGHS" located in our articles section.

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    Q: I'm sitting with a woman who has lung congestion. She thinks she has bronchitis. I told her to detox first. Any suggestions??? Will your "Formula #4" be enough for her?

    A:

    Have her perform the 20 day Respiratory Cleanse and Regimen to assist her body in expelling the build-up in her lungs.

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    Q: Hello, I know I haven't talked to you in a while but I have a concern with my health lately and it's been pretty extreme. I am 6 months pregnant and I have had major congestion. I had mild congestion prior to pregnancy all my life. Now it's severely chronic. I wanted to know your thoughts on why this is and what I can do to heal it.

    A:

    Your body is too acidic and thus is loaded with mucus!

    For congestion: rub essential oil of eucalyptus on your chest every night. First rub on a little olive oil and then the eucalyptus oil (3-5 drops). Drink BREATHE EASY TEA by Traditional Medicinal. Order the RESPIRATORY inhaler from Dherbs.Com and use throughout the day. Bathe in hot water and add 1 box of sea salt and 5-7 drops of eucalyptus oil and soak in it for 30 minutes.

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    Q: If you have a so-called cold, you will cough and your nose will be runny, and you will be tired. From the articles I read, it seems like if you have an alkaline body with only a little acid you can't get sick. Is this true? The coughing, runny nose, and tiredness is just excess mucus right? So no mucus no cold right?

    A:

    CORRECT! AND ALSO THAT YOU LIVE NATURAL. A COLD CAN ALSO DENOTE THAT YOU NEED TO REST! DOING TOO MUCH CAN WEAKEN THE IMMUNE SYSTEM.

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    Q: I have a 7 month old baby girl name Neffera. I breast fed her for about 4 1/2 months. I have been giving her soy infant formula and really do not feel right about it. I also have been giving her the Gerber organic green beans, peas, applesauce, ect. She has a lot of congestion and mucus like I have never seen before ever in a baby. I am not sure what has caused all of this mucus, but I want to strengthen her immune system and feed her better. What do you suggest?

    A:

    Wow, Beloved! I'll tell you what caused all that mucus: the soy-based infant formula which is crap!!!! Plus, those baby foods. Gerber's is CRAP!!!!! You must undo the damage you unintentionally done via ignorance. Please read our article on "ALTERNATIVE INFANT FORMULA MILK" and learn to make alternative formulas for your baby. You must also start making your own baby food. You must do these things to reverse the serious harm you've done to your baby. All wrong can be righted by doing the right thing. I would highly, highly, highly recommend you schedule a 1-hour health consultation (only $100) a.s.a.p. There's just so much that needs to be explained to you so that child can make a speedy recovery. Time here won't allow it, so a consultation is best!

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    Q: I had this cough for about 6 months. I started taking blood pressure meds, the pills have been changed several times and till have the cough, I don't smoke. Doctors have did blood work, chest xrays, breathing test, inhalers. still have the cough. I drink maybe once a month, beer or mix drink. got your email from a friend.

    A:

    Perform the FULL BODY DETOX followed by the RESPIRATORY CLEANSE AND REGIMEN. Meds are TOXIC and POISONOUS! They will not help you!

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    Q: I have mucus stuck on my upper chest and throat area it hurts my throat when I try to cough it up. What the best product you have for this ailment?

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    Please perform the RESPIRATORY CLEANSE AND REGIMEN.

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    Q: I have mucus stuck on my upper chest and throat area it hurts my throat when I try to cough it up. What the best product you have for this ailment?

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    Please perform the RESPIRATORY CLEANSE AND REGIMEN.

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    Q: hello, you have a great website and products it seems. I have a 3 year old daughter She has been sick for about 3 weeks already. She started with a cold then a bad cough. We ended up in the E.R. with her because she just would not stop coughing, had a chest x-ray-she was developing an pneumnia. I am so tired and depressed because they put her on a steriod for 5 days antibiotics and the nebulizer, she might even develop Asthma (but "they" do not know for sure). I goggled herbs for children and came across your website. It looks like you have great stuff for kids. I also work for a natural herb company but we do not have any kid’s supplements nor herbs. What do you recommend from your products? (by the way I read your story about when your were a child and ended it up in the hospital----kind of like my little girl's situation. I’m glad you are much healthier.

    A:

    Glad you like the website! Sounds like the little girl has excess mucus in her. The drugs (steroids and antibiotics) will only mask the problem and harm the little girl. I suggest you get your daughter the CHILDREN DETOX (liquid extracts) and start here!

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    Q: I have had a dry cough for going on three weeks plus a little sinus drainage. The cough is very annoying and sometimes it leaves my chest hurting. What can I do about this dry cough?

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    Try our RESPIRATORY CLEANSE AND REGIMEN.

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    Q: I suffer from intermittent episodes of Dry Coughing upon laying down at bedtime as well as mucus build up which lasts for a while until I expel the mucus from my throat and lungs. In the morning, upon awakening I have the mucous build up which is provoked by the ingestion of foods and liquids. Would you recommend that I use your " Lungs & Respiratory Formula" for Bronchitis Remedy?

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    I would highly recommend that you use our Respiratory kit and regimen followed by a daily regimen of our Lungs Formula and Mucus Buster formula. You can be healed!

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    Q: Over the last 2 yrs I've been interested in taking a more holistic approach to my health. I heard a radio ad for the dherbs website in NC where I live. At any rate, after perusing the site, I know there are several products I want to use but I don't want to take a large quantity of supplements at once. I am interested in doing a detox and colon cleanse. I want to improve the health of my eyes. I am very mucus laden and don't want to have an invasive procedure done that ENT/Sinus doctors are suggesting so I would like to do something more natural to clear that head congestion. I also have oily skin and have struggled with acne most of my life and my hair is not manageable so I would like to do something about skin/hair. With the multiple areas that I'm trying to improve, what's the best regime for me without having to take a lot of products together at once?

    A:

    Start your healing journey by: 1. Change your diet (Go raw foods/vegan: no meats, no dairy products, etc.) 2. Perform the FULL BODY DETOX 3. After the FBD, take daily EYES FORMULA, MUCUS BUSTER FORMULA and ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD.

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    Q: My son with "ALLEDGED" sickle cell is now said to have adenoid problem. He does sound like he has nasal congestion most times. What product(s) do you have to remedy this issue? He has currently been taking your astragulus combination, ginger root and vitamin c. Those products work wonderfully!!

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    Try SINUS FORMULA , MUCUS BUSTER FORMULA, and RESPIRATORY INSPIRANT. Make drastic changes to his diet as well. Less meat and dairy products.

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    Q: My son has recurring eczema. When it flares up it gets really bad and needs all kinds of soothing/moisturizing balms and anti-itch creams. He also has a recurring cough...He had mild bronchitis at the age of 2 and now at the age of 4 he gets a cough every other month or so. What remedies can I use to rid him of the eczema and coughing (outside of a general cold) for good?

    A:

    Please read: â€ECZEMA†â€CONGESTION AND COUGHSâ€

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    Q: Is sea salt and warm water a good natural laxative? If so how often do you recommend the use of sea salt for elimination? I was reading The Master Cleanser by Stanley Burroughs and it gives this recommendation, along with drinking lemon water mixed with organic syrup and cayenne pepper. Is it safe to give myself an enema 2xs per day using a hot water bottle filled with fresh squeezed organic lemon and distilled water? Asking this because Bzod had me to listen to 88.3 today here in Cincinnati and the guy (Mike) was telling how he does this regularly and has great results.

    A:

    Yes, sea salt in water is a mild laxative!

    You can do it as often as you FEEL the need to drink or take it. 

    You can also consume the Master Cleanse (cayenne, maple syrup, lemon juice) if you choose. You can drink this as much as you like depending on how you feel.

    And yes, you can perform enemas 2X a day! Enemas are very helpful for health!